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The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM (Ultrasonic Motor) Lens is a medium level product in the Canon L Series 70-200mm product line.

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Pros

durable enough to take a few bumps without it affecting performance

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reliable operation, can see some heavy use without any problems

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results in extremely sharp pictures with great contrast, excellent light-gathering

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auto-focus is fast and accurate, finds the subject right away

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easy and intuitive control ring interface

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includes a quality lens hood and tripod collar

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constant professional F/2.8 aperture - good in low light, capable of better isolation of subjects though DOF

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8-blade aperture for smooth sexy bokeh

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beautiful optics, very sharp, very well controlled light falloff (vignetting) and geometric distortion

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output is consistent throughout the zoom range

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often said to be optically superior to the IS version due to the lack of an additional floating lens

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fast, quiet, and accurate AF (USM)

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considerably cheaper, and slightly smaller / lighter than the IS equivalent

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Cons

no image stabilization (IS) - lower overall performance compared to IS lenses

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not weather sealed like its IS brethren

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very heavy and bulky, throws off the balance of the camera severely and is cumbersome to carry

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The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM (Ultrasonic Motor) Lens is a medium level product in the Canon L Series 70-200mm product line. The 70-200mm L lens family has many similarities in common, like focal length range, top notch image quality with build quality to match, constant wide apertures (f/2.8 or f/4) over their entire zoom range, and, fast and accurate auto focusing benefiting from Ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor). The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens is about 1.3 lbs heavier, 0.8" longer, and 0.3" wider than its smaller models. The faster f/2.8 aperture is helpful for isolating a subject from a distracting background and for gaining action-stopping shutter speeds. At 200mm, f/2.8 can provide more blur background as compare to f/4. The primary benefit the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L USM Lens has over the non-IS version is IS (Image Stabilization); but unlike its IS models, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens is not weather-sealed, especially for the wet conditions. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens is sharper than the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L USM Lens, because of the extra lens elements in the IS version. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens is compatible with the Canon Extender EF 1.4x II and the Canon Extender EF 2x II .The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens has the smallest maximum magnification value among its other product line members. 70-200mm is one of the most useful and most popular focal length ranges for action sports photography, landscape photography, portrait photography, and also the street photography.

Features
  • Diagonal angle of view: 34 to 12 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
  •  Zoom system: Rotating type
  • closest focusing distance: 4.9 feet
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 3.3 inches in diameter and 7.6 inches long
  • Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Focal length: 70-200mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.8
  • Lens construction: 18 elements in 15 groups
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