Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens


One of the most popular lenses in our recent popular DSLR lens list was the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS lens.

Today Canon have released an updated version of this very popular lens – a Mark II version.


With a really versatile focal length range it is no wonder that these 70-200mm lenses always feature in our top lenses lists. This updated lens comes with improved optical performance after a redesigned innards that now has a fluorite element and 5 UD elements to help with correcting chromatic aberration and faster focusing system.

The new lens has a smaller minimum focal distance of 1.2 meters (as opposed to 1.4 meters in the last version) and there are a couple of external changes including wider focusing ring. It’s also a little stronger and weighs 20 grams more than the previous model.


I’m not sure I’ll be ordering one to update my current 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Mark I – but if I was in the market for the best I’d be certainly drooling over this new lens!

No price has been announced yet for this lens but it shouldn’t be far off as it is expected in stores in April.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Press Release

Canon Makes The Best Even Better, With The Introduction Of The Second Generation EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II USM Lens

Canon’s New EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Incorporates Advanced Lens Elements and Enhanced Durability for High-Speed Autofocus and High-Performance Optical Image Stabilization

Canon, a leader in digital imaging, introduces the new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens. Arguably the most popular focal range in Canon’s telephoto arsenal and a staple lens for any professional photographer, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens provides the focal length, maximum aperture and zoom power for capturing everything from fast-action sports to studio portraits. Built for the professional, the body structure of the new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens has been enhanced to provide better durability and strength without a significant increase in weight. Canon has improved optical performance on the new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens by redesigning the internal elements, incorporating a fluorite element and a fifth UD element. The use of the fluorite element and five UD elements helps to minimize secondary chromatic aberrations and produce better image quality with improved contrast and resolution through the entire zoom range; the end result is an optically precise lens worthy of becoming the leader of Canon’s L-series lenses.

Along with its redesigned optical elements, the new lens design features improved AF speed due to a new focusing algorithm and has reduced the minimum focusing distance to 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) through the entire zoom range, allowing photographers to capture tighter portraiture shots in a small studio space. The previous lens model’s minimum focusing distance was 4.6 feet (1.4 meters), whereas now photographers can stand nearly 8 inches closer to their subject and achieve sharp focus and tight crops. Canon has also enhanced the Image Stabilization allowing it to compensate for shutter speeds up to four steps slower than 1/focal length, a one step improvement over the previous lens model.

“Canon’s core has always been our optics, and we are constantly challenging ourselves to produce better and more advanced optical systems for our customers. The new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens incorporates the best advancements in Canon lens technology from the past few years and packages it into what we believe will be the most popular lens for professionals and advanced photographers,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

The enhanced magnesium alloy barrel design of the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens features added strength with a minimal 20-gram increase in weight compared with the previous model (1490g vs. 1470g) and retains Canon’s protective seals and fittings providing dust and water resistance for those photographers working in adverse conditions. A new bayonet mount on the front of the lens includes a locking mechanism to ensure the supplied lens hood remains securely in place. Other noticeable improvements include a wider focusing ring, and sleeker design by reducing the thickness of any protruding elements such as the switch panel. The new lens is also compatible with Canon’s existing EF1.4X II and EF2X II Extenders as well as EF Extension Tubes and the 77mm Close-Up Lens 500D.

Pricing and Availability

?The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens is supplied with a detachable tripod collar, a reversible bayonet mount lens hood and a lens pouch. The new lens is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers in April, price to be determined.

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  • Tim September 4, 2010 01:44 pm

    Just ordered an ef 70-200mm f/2.8 II Is USM ......
    still cant believe that they could improve on the f/2.8 IS USM,
    but I am looking forward to trying this lens.

  • John August 11, 2010 05:26 pm

    Just bought myself a 70-200 2.8L IS MK II and have to say this is a heavy, albeit excellent piece of glass. I use it with a fairly low-end 400D body but it makes this body shine in terms of quality and clarity of photos. The photographs are crystal clear, and sharp, and the contrast is fantastic. Background blur at f/2.8 is wonderful. If you don't have a portrait battery grip, it is almost essential to have one when using this lens, just so you get the balance right (even though it adds to the weight of the setup, it makes it more balanced and easier to manage).

    If you want to get excellent photographs in lower light or faster action than you can with the 70-200 f/4, then this is the lens you should get. Don't waste your money on a second hand 70-200 f/2.8L IS MK I - save the extra few hundred dollars for the MK II - when you're spending this amount of money its well worth it to spend a little extra and get the best.

    Just my 2c worth...

  • kelvin May 12, 2010 10:32 pm

    hey guys, just want to knw, i got canon500d, i planing to buy Canon 70-200mm.. this lens can fit into my camera rite.. i mean there no probs with 500d useing this lens? or i cant use 500d body for this lens

  • Ade April 16, 2010 04:45 am

    Lyd, yes it will work. Your camera is compatible with ANY Canon EF lens so rent and enjoy. Make sure you have a good wide-angle zoom as well or you will find the shots a bit tight. Rent also a EFS 17-85 f2.8.

    sugi, if money is no object buy the MKII but the MKI is still a properly serious piece of kit. I own one and it is simply brilliant if you need a fast focussing, fast lens! The MKII is even better still but so is the price!

  • Sugi April 16, 2010 12:58 am

    i was about to buy the MK I when the news of this MK II are spread...
    Now i really confuse...........

  • lyd March 27, 2010 01:43 am

    also i am a new photographer and wanted to know if i should rent this to shoot a wedding with?

  • lyd March 27, 2010 01:41 am

    hi, i have the newest canon rebel xsi, and was wondering if this lense will work on the rebel body?

  • Anatoly Manzhola March 17, 2010 11:50 pm

    I just bought 2 absolutely miraculous brand new Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS II USM. I have purchased 2 lenses to choose the best one.
    I am very critical about my equipment. I have the version 1 of this lens.
    The Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS was known for variations from copy to copy. I had 4 lenses to choose the best one from when
    I was buying my first Canon 70-200 mm lens 3 years ago. I made several comparison shots with my new lenses against my old version #1. Both new lenses are identical.
    At 200 mm the new lenses were in a totally Different League. The difference to that degree was unexpected. My Canon 70-200 2.8 IS looks now as a piece of junk.
    The new lenses are extremely sharp even wide open. The contrast and colours are way better as well.
    I am very excited about the results. The new 70-200 F2.8 IS II is as sharp at 135 mm as a Canon 135 mm lens which tells you a lot. Time to retire all my primes. $2549.
    Receipt from a major Toronto store provided. Save $500 on this lens! Email the phone number if interested. Thank you, have a great day!
    Take a look at this link:

  • suziey March 16, 2010 03:43 pm

    estimatedly, when was the lense will be avail in malaysia??

  • Ade March 5, 2010 04:03 am

    Hi, I have had the 70-200mm f/2.8IS on my 50D for a couple of months now. The MKII never came into contention purely based on the price difference. At neary £1000 more than the mkI it just can't be bought unless you really have the funds and usage requirements to benefit from it!

    Back to the original, all I can say is that I believe everyone thats says it's one of the best. It is!

    I recently covered a running event and was amongst several other photographers. They were using 40D's with 'consumer' glass and the results are perfectly acceptable. When I sent my shots in, I got nothing but praise from these guys regarding my shots. Bear in mind that on this day is was extremely cold and rained heavily almost constantly. So I was out there shivering, but using a higher ISO the 2.8 IS performed admirably.
    In fact I reckon the only shots that werent keepers were simply due to my technique, or lack of it with where I was aiming.

    So, in summary the MK1 is a fast action based lens directed more towards the working photographer/journalist that needs fast shots in a fast environment.

    My guess is obvious in that the MKII is going to be faster still and get you a few more keepers per session which when a missed shot can cost you a days pay, is probably worth the expense.

    As a hobby lens, jeez, why waste so much money. The MKi will always be available, for the next few years at least, is razor sharp when used right and seriously useful in low light!

    Last thing: I will probably buy the F4 at some point simply because the 2.8 is huge and heavy. It does stick out like a sore thumb so for street shots it's a little ambiguous....

  • Rosie February 27, 2010 02:01 am

    hi there - i have the 100mm 2.8L IS
    i havent had a chance to use it for sports photography yet..and i am trying to look for sports photos by this lens. i have a t1i.
    has anyone tried to use this for sports? i know the 70-200 2.8 would have been good - but the budge lead me to this lens as it has IS, Macro and the focal length.

  • Jeff_Ng February 4, 2010 06:29 am

    There is a 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro already released in HongKong, the price comparing to the previous EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro is 35% more. I heard its the same new Hybrid IS technology for this new 70-200, so if its going to cost 35% more, and weight 20 more gram? well . . . .

  • CampC January 27, 2010 05:19 pm

    The 70-200 f4 non IS is my most used lens for tight portraits. It's small enough to walk about and I'm a little ol' lady. [eimg url='[URL=][IMG]' title='2115862180101615738S600x600Q85.jpg'][/URL][/img]

  • JJ January 22, 2010 12:04 pm

    I just got mine two days ago and I absolutely love it!

  • RDZ January 22, 2010 04:49 am

    I just bought the 70-200mm 2.8L IS USM in Dec. Not at all disappointed that a new version is coming out - what I just bought is awesome, and I expect there'll only be a small incremental difference with the MKII, which will only be noticeable in a few lab tests. I expect to use my MKI for years to come.

    If you fret about buying a lens (or any other technology) because it may be superseded by a new version the next day you may as well crawl into a hole and stay there - there will always be something newer and 'better' the next day. Relax, enjoy what you have, and get over it. Sheesh.

  • Sabrina January 16, 2010 07:45 am

    Looking forward to getting this awesome lens!

  • Chuck Hewett January 15, 2010 06:58 am

    I'm a bit surprised by many of the comments on this site regarding Canon lenses. Especially f2.8 vs. f4.0 as well as IS vs Non-IS . For John K. His shots are good but take that f4 into a football stadium for an evening high school game and he can throw the lens back in the bag. The same goes for an indoor basketball game. You'll get nothing with that lens except the coach standing still on the sideline. It's tough enough to get great shots with the 2.8 in low light. As for IS...Sure, it's great but again, unless you are shooting in low light, the shutter becomes your IS. If you're outside like John shooting sportbikes with all that light and getting 1/2000th of a second shutter...the IS means nothing. The shutter stops all the action. The IS is ineffective at that point. Now if you're shooting your daughter at her Dance Recital in low light...shooting at 1/50th of a second, the IS is awesome. It all comes down to what your are shooting. Typically though, if it's in your budget. Always go with the better, faster glass. You can always open up the lens but you can't get 2.8 out of a 4. And believe me. There'll be a day when you wish you had that 2.8 !

  • Booker January 12, 2010 02:35 am

    @Sam, the 70-200 will likely be too short for surfing.. you'll need 300-400mm minimum. Unless you're willing to sacrafice speed and sharpness with an extender, you should rent longer, or consider a 3rd party or used lens.

  • Booker January 12, 2010 02:33 am

    @Jeremy thanks for adding a worthless comment.

  • Jeremy January 9, 2010 07:10 am

    While I've only used the Sigma version of this lens, the speed and focal length make it very versatile. While it works great on crop body cameras, it really shines on fully frame cameras.

  • Booker January 9, 2010 02:17 am

    @ronneema: Your images come out really blurry? Well, put down the crackpipe. Or maybe your eyes are twitching from overpaying for that 7D..

    But seriously, have you done ANY troubleshooting? What if you manually focus on a still object with the camera on a tripod at fast shutter? Does the image still come out blurry? How blurry? Just in the center, just the edges, or all over equally? Do you know anything about focus micro adjustment, which the 7D allows you to do for every lens made?

  • Ronneema January 9, 2010 01:38 am

    I have the 7D and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM Mark I. It's odd that my images come out really blurry as if the lens doesn't focus properly. I was wondering if anyone knows why. All my other EF-S lenses work properly. It's this EF that doesn't.

  • Booker January 8, 2010 11:09 pm

    @gturner: Too many armchair photographers who never actually held a camera or lens.. all they do is talk on the web about it, spit out what they read, creating bad-information like Saddam Hussein's Information Minister after a case of Red Bull (Remember, "The sand runs like a river of red with the blood of infidels!"). Like 8 year old boys who learn every spec about that new Porsche 911, but won't even have their driver's license for another 8 years.

  • gturner January 8, 2010 06:47 pm

    I think many folk here don't realise that IS does not stop motion. Shooting a moving bike, car or person is BEST done with the F4 non-is. It is the lightest and sharpest of the entire range!
    The q.4 extender on the F4 is fine for shooting in bright light, but it does take it down to a F5.6 and autofocus does not work on all bodies. The f2.8 IS shows its true value in low light - hand held on still subjects. In these areas it simply cannot be beaten

  • Sam January 8, 2010 11:23 am

    Ok great. I think I may hire one first and see how it goes.


  • Curtis Wallis January 8, 2010 11:19 am

    I shoot alot of horse events and the 70-200 has been great for the close fast pace movement

  • sharon January 8, 2010 10:54 am

    Fantastic lens. Bought one a couple of weeks ago. Beats having to changing lens so often and is great at full zoom . Clarity and color perfect.

  • Sam January 8, 2010 10:21 am

    How would the f/4 70-200mm go when shooting surfing/watersport? Would it be too slow? I don't have a great deal of cash at the moment so I want to be sure of what lens I buy.

  • Jane January 8, 2010 09:06 am

    I have used the interest free thing before. I get that the interest rate goes to 234% a second once the interest free period is over! lol
    I just work it out so I pay enough monthly to pay it out way before the interest free period ends.

    In regards to Harvey Normans prices I have been quoted a really good price by them. Several hundred dollars cheaper than other camera stores around here. But I totally agree with the lack of stock .......... most everything has to be ordered in. I can see that their after sales service wouldn't be that crash hot.

    I"m really hesitant to purchase such large/expensive items online! Of course I buy small things off ebay but to pay out over $3,000 online scares the heck out of me.

    Anyway I've decided to wait and see what February brings....... hopefully a drop in price on the 7D and that will give me more time to ponder over which lenses to go with it!

    Thank you all for your input and advice

    Jane xx

  • petajolley January 8, 2010 08:44 am

    @jane- I agree Harvey is not the place to buy definately overpriced and interest is appalling...try Sam and some others will look after you they have really reasonable prices continuous sales and dilivery is quick. I get a lot of my stuff from them now and also from Hong Kong connection they have. It looks like I'll be taking out a loan to get the new M11 was just about to buy the m1 but it means a season without it....still not sure...have fun

  • FriedChicken January 8, 2010 07:47 am

    @Jane - well, they're way overpriced on items, have limited stock and their reps don't know too much.

    I'd do some research and buy online, preferably @ I've used them once before; delivered next day, seemed really reliable. If you don't want online, try @ Ted's. They're also a bit overpriced, but... not so bad. Also, some specials are really good, especially around this time.

    Regarding months of interest free... I'd not take the risk. If you don't pay by the end, it increases immensely.

  • Adam Botond January 8, 2010 07:42 am

    Impressive! The mk II is supposed to replace mk I or they both will be available at the same time???

  • Pixelz January 8, 2010 06:20 am

    Hello to all DPS Readers,
    Please anyone let me know Now I wanna switch from Nikon to Canon, I am wedding and event photographer. I have tow Nikon bodies 1. Nikon D70s with kit lens 18~70 mm. and 2. Nikon D80 with kit lens 18~135mm and two flashes SB-800.
    Question is now I switch to Canon 7d, but which lens I 'll use with this for sharp and quality result. and also let me know if I use Canon 7d with sigma 18-125mm(I.S) f/3.8-5.6 , is compatible or not? I also know I do change all my equipments flashes , lenses, and bodies etc...
    I will need 580EX II flash, and other canon accessories etc....
    I hope you all understand my questions
    so plese guide me about camera Body with sigma lense or canon lens etc.....

    Thanks in advance

  • peddy January 8, 2010 05:05 am

    Owh..thanks booker..

    it's reallyt help..
    Now i know which lens that i can use..
    Actually..i already google it..since i just want to confirm it here..because i know readers here can give me better information..

    Anyway..thanks again :)

  • jessica January 8, 2010 04:58 am

    Geezz...didn't even know this is coming!! I just got my "old version" from 4 weeks ago. What a bummer!!

  • Booker January 8, 2010 04:48 am

    @peddy; 40D can accept any EF or EF-S lens from Canon. L lenses work on everything.

    The only lens-camera combinations that don't work are EF-S lenses on 1D or 5D bodies.

    A 20-second Google search would have answered your question.

  • peddy January 8, 2010 04:44 am

    hello to all DPS readers...

    I just want to know..If anyone can answer me..

    Can canon EOS 40D use this lens??
    I am looking for zoom lens since i dont know how to choose a suitable lens for my camera..

  • Booker January 8, 2010 04:35 am

    @millerg: Man I don't disagree with your comments per se, but....

    The decision between the 70-200 2.8 or 4.0, IS or non-IS, isn't a question of whether you like to shoot handheld or tripod.. the answer falls out of what you primarily shoot. If you shoot sports, fast action, or always in low light, then clearly you need the 2.8, and if you're a working, paid photographer, there's no disadvantage to paying an extra few hundred for the IS. Get it and be happy.

    If you shoot primarily portraits, slow moving objects or still objects, or use flash at events and weddings, then you really really need to consider the f/4 version. The original 70-200 f/4 may have been Canon's sharpest zoom, it's absolutely unreal in the hands of somebody who can hold the camera still. It rivals the sharpness of the old 200 1/8, and approaches the sharpness of the 300 2.8. The only other lens that really outdoes the f/4 is the new 200 2.0.

    So don't be too upset with your f/4 purchase.

    And generally JohnK has it right.. but again it depends what you're trying to do. If you're trying to do paid, professional work, yes you can scrape through with an older Rebel or 40D. You can do amazing things with those cameras in fact (I say older Rebel, because the newer ones are quite impressive).

    But let me recount my own experience, I was shooting with a 20D and 40D, with some L and mid-range non-L glass. Primarily sports, NCAA and professional. Several years ago, I dropped $2200 on a used 1D MkII-N and my world changed. Everything changed. All of a sudden, I was shooting the best games of my life, pulling 30-50 tack-sharp Sports Illustrated quality keepers instead of 10-20. My lenses didn't just show up, they sang.

    I think renting is a fantastic option. Borrowing from friends/colleagues is even better.

    The new f/4 with 4-stop IS is something under $1200, and it comes with all the L-goodies. The 2.8 will probably be $1500-1750 range.

    @jane; you don't need high fps to shoot kids and pets. You need faster shutter (over 1/500, 1/800 should be plenty) and AI Servo, set your focus point manually (which increases effective AF speed) and if you have to, use some gentle bounce or fill-in flash.

  • Alan Nielsen January 8, 2010 04:04 am

    I purchased a 70-200 4.0 IS a few months ago. Like some of the previous comments, I didn't want to give up an entire season worth of shooting go get something a little better. I'm not missing out on much with the 4 vs the 2.8. Better bokeh? I'll just move my subjects a little further from the background or I'll step back a few more feet.

  • Sime January 8, 2010 03:28 am

    jane - Mate of mine manages a HN store in Aus... Even he'd steer clear on camera gear - something about "after sales" but that's all just talk - I don't have any personal experience.


    and yeah... 2400GBP... It really would want to come with a team of Canon experts that were there to hold your hand 24/7

  • Jane January 7, 2010 11:41 pm

    Why is that Friedchicken? Not that it's a problem now. I've just been to the shops and spoke to a guy at JB Hifi.
    He told me that he's been talking to the Canon Rep over the last few days.
    Apparently there's some sort of "Launch" first week of February. He didn't know any details but it would seem Canon are putting out something new..... go figure!....... he didn't think it was anything to do with the 7D more likely to be an update/upgrade to the 1000D, 450D and 500D........ but the rep did tell him that the 7Ds price will definitely drop in February.

    So I'm going to put everything on hold!! He also offered 12, 24, 36 or 48mths interest free so the reason I was going to buy from Harvey Norman is no longer a reason!!

    Still interested to know why you mentioned it though. Bad experience?

  • FriedChicken January 7, 2010 04:30 pm

    Jane, stay far, far, far away from Harvey Norman for photographic uses.

  • FriedChicken January 7, 2010 04:29 pm

    Price will be standing around 2500+ pounds, RRP.

  • Jane January 7, 2010 09:34 am

    Oh and the Mark II........... It's HOW MUCH Sime?!?!?!? It would want to be diamond encrusted as well as gold lined I'd think!!! Way out of my league! lol

  • Jane January 7, 2010 09:33 am

    @JohnK and Millerg

    WOW John your photos are amazing! And you say most were shot with the 70-200mm NON IS!! I am blown away!

    Thank you all for you advice and comments.

    There may be a bit of a hold up with the purchase of the 7D! The guy that was going to buy my old kit has been given the thumbs down by his wife (she just purchased now carpets for the house with the money he was going to use to buy my camera gear! lol)

    I am in Australia and we have stores called "Harvey Norman". They currently have 1,000 days interest free and price match so I may take advantage of that before it finishes on the 17th and just pay off what I get for the 450D and some other lenses later on.

    But I digress......... Still thinking of going with the 7D, 15-85mm and the 70-200mm (seriously considering the f4 IS after reading all of your comments). Only change I may make is to also get the 50mm 1.4 to replace the 1.8 I have now and the 1.4x converter.

    I probably didn't explain properly before but the reason I can't seriously consider the 70-200mm 2.8 (apart from the price) is the weight. I have weak wrists and am a GIRL! lol Hand holding a lens of that weight for any length of time is just not an option.

    Apart from the kit lenses that i will be selling with the 450D I do have a number of other lenses already.........

    Canon 35mm
    Canon 50mm 1.8
    Canon 60mm Macro
    Canon 100mm Macro
    Canon 28-135mm (purchased 2nd hand on ebay and the lens that stays on my 450D 80% of the time)
    Tamron 70-300mm (purchased in Bangkok for a couple of hundred dollars.... surprisingly good for the price but maybe not a keeper?)

    One thing I will add is that I find myself looking for more length when I'm shooting. Hence the idea of the 1.4x sounds very appealing.

    I mostly take pictures of the kids and animals (dogs and cats). Children and dogs don't tend to sit still for photos so I'm hoping the 7Ds speed will help with that.

    Yes it's a lot of money for what I'm considering purchasing that's why I'm having such a hard time deciding......that and did I mention that I'm a woman?!?!?! lol You know how hard it is for us to make our minds up on anything!!!

  • Sime January 7, 2010 05:19 am

    I've waited for this lens for a year and NO I won't buy one... Canon, are you smoking CRACK??

    Anyone noticed the price that's being touted??

    £2400 ish... What, have they lined it with Gold?!?


  • kpgpix January 7, 2010 02:33 am

    Does this mean the mk1 is going to be more affordable??? :D

  • Sparda January 7, 2010 02:25 am


    I'd say get the lens before the body upgrade, IS version. The IS is incredible. The image quality is just amazing, even when mounted to my little 1000D.

  • JohnK January 7, 2010 01:58 am


    I agree with MillerG for the most part. Good/great glass is more important than the body. But it sounds to me that functionality is more the root of your dilemma than cost as you do not mention budget in your post.

    If budget is not the issue, ie choosing between the f/2.8 and the f/4.0, and you are more concerned if the IS on the f/4.0 is worth the added cost, it really depends on how you are going to use the lens. I typically shoot action sports and have found that the non-IS f/4.0 is fine. While the f/4.0 is defintely lighter than the f/2.8, I would have no problem hand holding either for an entire weekend of shooting, you may want to consider balance over ovaral weight. I found that the XTi body was too light to properly balance the weight of event the lighter f4.0. However after adding the battery grip the balance was much better and easyer on the right wrist.

    I have the 7D which is heavier than the XTi and balances the f4.0 without the grip, but I still will likely get one becasue of the extra battery life and more grip surface.

    As for clarity of shots, check out my website to see some of my shots. 80% were shot hand held with the 70-200f/4.0L (non-IS). However, if I were concentrating on portrait, landscape or still life photography, where the subject is stationary and there was a potential for low-light shooting, then I would have gone for the IS model to avoid the necessity of using a tri-pod, mono-pod other external stabilization.

    As for buying glass once, it is a great strategy if you are able to save rather quickly, and can wait to buy the top of the line glass. But because good glass, if well maintained retains its trade-in value, I have chosen to take the stair-step method.

    For example, I started with an XTi and kit lens. Then I bought the 70-200 f/4.0 to get the focal length and quality glass now so I could start shooting, rather than wait another 3-4+ months to save to get the 70-200 f/2.8IS which I still want for depth of field control. However, if I had waited, I would have missed an entire season of shooting.

    But in shooting for that season, I learned the XTi has a shortcoming in that it only shoots 3 frames a second which limited me with some of the shots I was trying to get. So I took the money I was saving to supplement the trade in value of the f/4.0 on the f/2.8IS and bought the 7D body figuring that the lens was not the most immediate limiting factor on my shooting. I then re-started saving to upgrade the glass.

    Another way to go is to consider renting glass. It is a good way to decide what lens is right for you in the long run. It is also great if you are not going to need the lens all the time. I rented a 300mm f/2.8L super tele and a 1.4x converter to shoot the AMA Superbike race and was absolutely blown away by the lens. But what I also learned is that the 1.4x converter on my 70-200f/4 yielded pretty good results.

    So again, I modified my strategy and went ahead and bought the 1.4x converter to use with my f/4.0 and will rent a 300 f/2.8 on those weekends where I want to get that ultimate shot. I am now again saving to upgrade the f4.0 to the f2.8SI.

    In short, don't let the aspiration for getting the top of the line glass get in the way of getting good glass and shooting now with that. I would rather shoot with good glass than not shoot with great glass.


  • Kristen Schmidt January 7, 2010 01:54 am

    I was pondering buying the MK I version, but now that this is coming out it gives me enough time to save for it! Yahoo!

  • Bert January 7, 2010 01:03 am

    Price 2399 € - crazy

  • MillerG January 6, 2010 10:22 pm


    You might want to consider holding off the decision for a body upgrade, until such time as you have all your glass.

    Bodies come and go, with each iteration proving more and more features. But what good are those features if you are not sticking good glass in front of it?

    Whenever I think about a body upgrade, I always ask myself, do I have all of the glass that I need? The answer so far is no, so I save the upgrade money, and put it towards glass.

    IS vs non-IS. I will save for the IS version everytime. It's not that I don't like my tripod, it's just that I do like just shooting hand-held sometimes. IS does give more versatility of doing that.

    My Bodes and lenses are as follows:
    Canon 350D (Rebel XT) – My trusty backup body
    Canon 40D – My main body

    Canon EF 100mm f2.8 L IS USM - WOW is all I have to say about this
    Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM - Yes it's not the 2.8 version ... might have been my one mistake so far
    Canon Extender EF 1.4x
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II - Clean and crisp... best $100 I ever spent
    Canon EF-s 10-22mm f/3,5 – 4.5 USM - Landscape, IS is not important, and this is not available as L glass
    Canon EF-s 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6 IS USM - Yes, the kit lens, sees very little time on a body now.

    I'm not trying to discourage you from upgrading your camera body, nor am I saying that you shouldn't get new lenses... But depending on what you wish to accomplish, it might make sense to buy your lenses once, even if it means doing without a cheaper lens, or newer camera bodies. I prefer to buy my lenses once, then when I have all I think I need, i can consider a camera body upgrade.
    My lense kit still needs the 100-400mm for birding/wildlife, and I would like to fill the gap in the low end with the 24-70 L at some point in time as well.

    My L glass are the best of my tools, the camera body does not make the photos clear or crisp.

  • Jane January 6, 2010 08:16 pm

    @Rick......... I am on the verge of purchasing the new Canon 7D..........

    The dilemma I am STILL having is which lenses to purchase with it!

    I have just about decided on the new Canon 15-85mm, 50mm 1.8 (already own) and a Canon 70-200mm. Now the problem with the 2.8 is the weight!! The 7D on it's on is heavy and I'm not sure I could use the 2.8 for any length of time. The f4 seems to be a lot lighter to me so then it's just do I go the IS or non IS version????

    How do you, or anyone else for that matter, find the 70-200mm NON IS? Will I have to use a tripod with it at all times or can you get decent pics hand held?

  • Renaars January 6, 2010 06:12 pm

    2nd ian!
    Just bought the mark I 2 weeks ago!
    the world is not fair!

  • Ian January 6, 2010 05:32 pm

    I only bought the mark 1 version 8 weeks ago! bummer

  • Milts January 6, 2010 04:53 pm

    OMG I'm drooling! But now I'm in a dilemma as I was just about to buy the mk I version!

    Assuming I can hold out until April, do I get the mk I when the price drops or pay more for the shiny new mk II? Wonder what the price difference will be,.,?

  • Rick January 6, 2010 04:41 pm

    I just bought the 4.0 non-IS version of this lens, which is outstanding in it's own right. That said, I just may have to sell a kidney to get one of these.

  • Tim January 6, 2010 03:21 pm

    Looks good! Canon users would be happy to see this :) Anyone getting one?