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

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens Add to MyBests

Expert Review

The EF 20-200mm f/2.8L IS II is considered by many to be Canon's most important lens. Not only does it cover the important short telephoto range, but it does so with exceptional performance across its entire range. The EF 20-200mm f/2.8L IS II replaces the original EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS which itself was a very popular lens. Despite the original's almost universal favor, the newer EF 20-200mm f/2.8L IS II improves on its predecessor in every aspect.

The EF 20-200mm f/2.8L IS II is one of Canon's sharpest lenses. Wide open at 70mm, few lenses can match its edge to edge image performance. At this end, it picks up where the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II leaves off, with the EF 20-200mm f/2.8L IS II delivering similarly impressive results all the way up to its 200mm max. The sharpness across its range is so impressive that many professional portrait photographers rely on it almost exclusively, something unheard for a zoom lens 10 years ago!

This lens delivers that classic Canon bokeh when the aperture it set wide open, and coupled with the natural compression effects of a telephoto focal length (especially between 85mm and 135mm) the EF 20-200mm f/2.8L IS II renders absolutely gorgeous portraits. In this regard, many professional portrait photographers like to claim that the EF 20-200mm f/2.8L IS II "prints money, which is to say the quality of images this lens produces can be visually stunning, wowing clients, and leading to increased business. Of course, you still need to know how to wield such a fantastic instrument, but when mastered, the EF 20-200mm f/2.8L IS II will yield amazing results.

As a member of Canon's "L" line, you can expect the components that make up this lens to be top notch, and rest assured they are. Making use of large and expensive fluorite and ultra-low dispersion elements, this lens performs on the test bench as you would expect with well controlled chromatic aberration and nearly imperceptible distortion. Compared to most other zooms, the EF 20-200mm f/2.8L IS II performs exceptionally well wide open at f/2.8. Performing this well when wide open is the tell-tale for how quality a zoom lens is and this pick cannot and will not disappoint!

If your bank account can swing it, the Canon EF 20-200mm f/2.8L IS II is a must-have lens and will be a reliable go-to for years to come, whether you’re a professional or you aspire to produce images at the artisan level.Rating: 4.75/5