Note: The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens has been replaced by the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens.

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The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens is a middle child in the very popular Canon L Series 70-200mm family.

The 70-200mm L lens family shows many genetic similarities aside from their obvious focal length range similarity.Top notch image quality with build chất lượng to match is at the top of the list.All have constant wide apertures (f/2.8 or f/4) over their entire zoom range.All feature fast, quiet and accurate autofocusing benefiting from Ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) & internal-focusing.All four are internal zooming lenses - the physical length of the lens does not change throughout the zoom range.All four nói qua 8-blade apertures (though the IS lenses features a round aperture) for excellent out-of-focus blur quality.


Above from left to right are the
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens and
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens.The two f/2.8 lenses are shown with their included tripod rings.The f/2.8 IS lens is shown with an optional Wimberley P20 Lens Plate attached to the tripod ring.The same lenses are shown below with their included lens hoods attached.


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The primary benefit the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens offers over the
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens is a 1 stop faster aperture.Letting twice as much light through the lens is more than a small advantage, but there is a cost to lớn this extra f-stop - in size, weight & price.

ModelWeightDimensions w/o HoodFilterYear
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM Lens24.9 oz(705g)3 x 6.8"(76 x 172mm)67mm1999
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM Lens26.8 oz(760g)3 x 6.8"(76 x 172mm)67mm2006
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens46.2 oz(1310g)3.3 x 7.6"(85 x 194mm)77mm1995
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens52.6 oz(1490g)3.5 x 7.8"(88.8 x 199mm)77mm2010
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens51.9 oz(1470g)3.4 x 7.8"(86 x 197mm)77mm2001
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM II Macro Lens48.4 oz(1370g)3.4 x 7.2"(86 x 184mm)77mm2007
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens46.6 oz(1320g)3.5 x 7.6"(90 x 194mm)77mm2008

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens is about 1.3 lbs (605g) heavier, .8" (21.6mm) longer, and .3" (8.6mm) wider than its smaller sibling.The actual numbers are 3.3" x 7.6", 2.9 lbs compared to lớn 3.0" x 6.8", 1.6 lbs for the f/4 or 84.6mm x 193.6mm, 1310g compared lớn 76mm x 172mm, 705g for the f/4.

The faster f/2.8 aperture is helpful for isolating a subject from a distracting backgroundand for gaining action-stopping shutter speeds (the kích hoạt can be from the photographer or the subject).At 200mm, f/4 can blur the background, but f/2.8 can provide more blur.

The primary benefit the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L USM Lenshas over the non-IS version is IS (Image Stabilization).(note: the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens has replaced the version 1 lens andadds image unique to the advantage list).Aside from the feature, the most significantly difference IS makes is in the price tag.Otherwise, the IS version adds .1" (1.6mm) to lớn the diameter, .2" (3.4mm) khổng lồ the length and .34 lbs lớn the weight of the lens.The specifics are: 3.4" x 7.8", 3.24 lbs (86.2mm x 197mm, 1470g) for the IS compared khổng lồ 3.3" x 7.6", 2.9 lbs (84.6mm x 193.6mm, 1310g) for the non-IS lens.I don"t notice the difference in size and weight when using these lenses - you have khổng lồ determine if the value of IS is worth the price lớn you.It unquestionably is khổng lồ me personally.Even in decent lighting, I lượt thích the added insurance IS gives me if I get a little sloppy at typically-hand-holdable shutter speeds.

Unlike its IS sibling, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens is not fully weather-sealed - Extra caution will need khổng lồ be taken in wet conditions.The 70-200 f/2.8L lens is, however, a partially weather sealed lens.A lens mount gasket is not present, but the switches, focusing ring và zoom ring have moderate dust & moisture resistance.A front filter should be used for sealing purposes.


The same lenses once again - this time with their included-in-the-box lens hoods.

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens is sharp wide mở cửa and even sharper when the aperture is closed down a stop.At most focal lengths, corners are slightly soft until the lens is closed an additional stop.

This is one of the lenses that I have received comments on regarding the ISO 12233 resolution chart samples - some think they are too soft at f/2.8.As I get time, I retest questionable results - Or even buy another copy of the lens to lớn insure accurate but expectable results.I re-tested this lens và the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens at the 200mm focal length using AF, MF & bracketing - obtained results were identical.The chart is tough on optical performance, và real life images bởi seem sharper.

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens is often reported to lớn be sharper than the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L USM Lens.The difference is said khổng lồ be caused by the extra lens elements in the IS version.Any center-of-the-image advantage the non-IS lens has is not significant on my Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II.And, the middle và edge image unique from the IS lens is better at the longer over of the focal length range.My subject is seldom in the center of the frame, so corner image chất lượng is more important than center-of-the-frame image unique to me.Even with a 1.4x or 2x extender attached, I could not see much difference between these two 70-200 lenses.I"ve had two copies of this lens - both performed similarly.

Very minor barrel distortion is present at 70mm.Pincushion distortion is present by 135mm & moderate at 200mm.Color và contrast are excellent.A small amount of CA is noticeable at the 200mm edges.Vignetting is very minor even at f/2.8 until 200mm where full frame camera body users will notice some corner darkening at f/2.8.


Pictured above from left lớn right are the
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens, the
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens và the
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens.

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens is compatible with the
Canon Extender EF 1.4x II & the Canon Extender EF 2x II.The 1.4x yields a still relatively fast and reasonably sharp 98-280mm f/4 lens while adding some CA and barrel distortion (a little more than offsets the 200mm pincushion distortion).The 2x extender yields a 140-400mm f/5.6 lens though results are soft with low contrast until stopped down khổng lồ at least f/8.CA once again is more apparent with the 2x.Extenders are a relatively inexpensive option to lớn increase the usefulness of an already useful focal length range.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM Lens47.2"(1200mm).21x
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM Lens47.2"(1200mm).21x
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens59.1"(1500mm).13x
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens47.2"(1200mm).21x
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens55.1"(1400mm).17x
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM II Macro Lens39.4"(1000mm).29x
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens37.4"(950mm).32x

The 70-200 f/2.8L has the smallest maximum magnification value among its siblings -.16x at 4.9" (1.5m) vs. .21x at 4.6" (1.4m) for the IS, .26x at 3.9" (1.2m) for the f/4 and .21x at 3.94" (1.2 m) for the f/4 IS.A 25mm extension tube will significantly help the 70-200 non-IS" closeup capabilities (.41x) while a12 mm extension tube will help only very minimally (.22x).

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens feels great in your hands.The build quality is đứng đầu notch.The focus & zoom rings are smooth and nicely sized - my 70-200 has a very slight amount of play in the focus ring.FTM (Full Time Manual) focusing is supported.

A tripod collar, a lens hood and a nice lens case are included in the box when the 70-200 f/2.8L is purchased from a reputable retailer.The 77mm filter size makes sharing filters with Canon"s other L zooms (and some non-L lenses as well) convenient.


Another 70-200mm lens group picture - This one with the 70-200mm f/4 IS removed và the Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens in its place.

70-200mm is one of the most useful và most popular focal length ranges available.

Action sports photography is one of the more popular uses for the non-IS Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lensas IS cannot stop subject kích hoạt and f/2.8 is as fast as any EF zoom lens Canon makes.Action-stopping shutter speeds (generally 1/500 or faster) are easily hand-holdable in this focal length range.The 70-200 f/2.8L silently autofocuses very fast (perfect for action sports).An autofocus range limitation switch increases autofocus performance when subjects are not close. Swimming, soccer, baseball, kids" sports ...Indoor kích hoạt sports will typically require a high ISO setting with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens, but it can be used in these situations.A Full Frame bodyobviously cannot frame distant sports as tightly as a 1.3x or 1.6x toàn thân and may require a 1.4x Extender for larger-field sports.

While many think wide angle lens when landscape photography is mentioned, the 70-200mm focal length range is frequently employed to lớn capture beautiful landscape shots.John Shaw"s most used nature & landscape photography lens falls within this focal length range.

Portrait photography, street photography, a walk in the park, a day at the beach và other similar uses are perfect for the 70-200 f/2.8 L.

If you need a lens in the 70-200mm focal length range that is faster than f/4, but can"t afford or don"t need IS, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens is perfect for you.This is an excellent lens.

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM (covers all formats, 77mm filters, 5 feet/1.5m close-focus, 48.3 oz./1,370g with collar, 44.2 oz./1,253g without collar, about $1,375.) This không tính tiền website"s biggest source of support is when you use these links, especially these directly lớn it at Adorama or at Amazon, when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Thanks! Ken.

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See also:

Canon 70-200 Comparison Table.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II (2010-)

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS (2001-2010)

Canon 80-200mm f/2.8L (1989-1995)

Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS (2006-)

Canon 70-200mm f/4L (1999-)


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The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM is a fully professional 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom for half the price of the very similar Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II. The only benefits for paying twice as much for the flagship 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II is Image Stabilization (IS) và slightly better optical & AF performance, so if you"re shooting from a tripod, this 70-200/2.8 does the same thing for half the price, with a little less weight.

Just grab the focus ring at any time for instant manual-focus override.

This was Canon"s đứng đầu professional zoom from 1995 thorough 2001, when the first 70-200mm f/2.8 IS was introduced. This 70-200/2.8 (non-IS) remains in production because if you"re shooting kích hoạt or shooting from a tripod, IS doesn"t vì chưng anything.

Just lượt thích with Canon"s $2,400 Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II, Canon graciously throws in not only caps, but also the ET-83II hood and very nice LZ1324 zippered, padded case with this lens.

This 70-200/2.8 is ideal for sports, kích hoạt and tripod use. For hand-held nature & landscape use in the field, I own the Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS which costs a little less & and weighs a lot less, with the same optical performance and adds IS, which lets me leave my tripod at home. This f/2.8 lens is for the tripod crowd, & those who want f/2.8 for action or throwing backgrounds further out of focus.

This Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens replaces Canon"s first professional tele zoom for their EOS (autofocus) system, the EF 80-200mm f/2.8 L of 1989.

This 70-200 2.8 is a top-drawer professional lens, built lượt thích a tank with optics khổng lồ match. The only reason it costs half as much as today"s showy Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II is because Canon can get $2,400 for its flagship, while few people pay any attention lớn this long-time favorite, so Canon makes a lot less profit on this one. Canon has also long ago amortized its development cost, so with this lens, you"re paying directly for chất lượng instead of paying extra for fluff and marketing.


Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM. enlarge.

Compatibility & Formats

This L lens is optimized for 35mm film và full-frame digital, and of course works on 1.3x và 1.6x Canon cameras.

This Canon EF EOS 70-200mm f/2.8L works perfectly with every Canon EOS camera ever made, meaning every Canon DSLR & every Canon autofocus EOS 35mm SLR made since 1987.

This means of course it works great on today"s 5D Mark II and Canon 7D, but it works just as well on my original Canon EOS 620 from 1987!

As a full-frame lens, this works on all Canon SLRs, regardless of format. As a professional lens, I will be reviewing this lens on full-frame.

Specifications top

Intro Specs Performance Compared Usage Recommendations


Canon calls this the CANON ZOOM LENS EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM.

EF means "electronic focus," meaning that there is an autofocus motor in the lens itself. All Canon lenses since 1987 have been EF.

L only means as expensive as L; it means nothing technically.

USM means Ultra-Sonic Motor. This means autofocus is almost silent, & that you can grab the big focus ring for instant manual focus override at any time.


18 elements in 15 groups.

4 elements of magic UD glass.

Internal focus và internal zoom; nothing moves externally as focused or zoomed.

Focal Length


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On 1.3x Canon cameras it will see angles-of-view similar lớn what a 90~260mm lens would see on a 35mm camera.

On 1.6x Canon cameras it will see angles-of-view similar to what a 115~320mm lens would see on a 35mm camera.

Angle of View (on 35mm và full-frame cameras)

34º ~ 12º diagonal.

19.5º ~ 7º vertical.

29º ~ 10º horizontal.

Close Focustop

5 feet (1.5m), specified, from the image plane.

Maximum Reproduction Ratiotop


Minimum Subject Field top

152 x 226mm on full-frame.


This lens may be used with either of the Canon EF 1.4x II or Canon EF 2x II Teleconverters.


8 blades.

Stops down to lớn f/32.

Octagonal at most apertures.

Hard Infinity Focus Stop? top


You have to let the AF system focus for you at infinity.

Focus Scaletop


The ring turns from infinity to the closest focus distance in about 135.º

Depth-of-Field Scaletop


Infra-Red Focus Indicestop

Yes, marks for 70mm and 100mm focal lengths.

Not specified, but probably for 800nm wavelength.

Filter Threadtop



Does not move, ever.


Canon specifies 3.3" (84.6mm) diameter by 7.6" (193.6mm) long.

It doesn"t change size as zoomed.


48.310 oz. (1,369.6g), measured with collar.

44.205 oz. (1,253.2g), measured without tripod collar.

Canon specifies 45.9 oz. (1,310g).



Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM with included ET-83II hood. enlarge.

$45 plastic bayonet ET-83II, included.

Tripod Collartop

The rotating và locking tripod collar removes for hand-held use.



Canon LZ1324 case, included. enlarge.

$54 LZ1324 zippered, padded case, included.

It"s nice: the dual zippers are connected, và if you pull them down, Velcro at the top keeps it closed.

It comes with a strap khổng lồ thread through its two side attachments if you want to sling it around your shoulder.


Standard 77mm ET-77U front, included.

Standard EOS cap rear.


March 1995.


Made in Japan.

Price, USA top

$1,375, November 2011.


Box, Canon 70-200/2.8L USM.


Intro Specs Performance Compared Usage Recommendations

Autofocus Bokeh Breathing màu sắc Distortion

Ergonomics Falloff Filters Flare and Ghosts Lateral color Fringes

Mechanics Sharpness Sunstars

Overall performance top

The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L is optically and mechanically superb.

It"s also big, heavy and expensive — but still only half the price of the very similar Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II, lacking only IS và a little bit of optical performance no one is likely to lớn miss in exchange for the huge difference in price. Most of the price difference is because the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II is the brand-new gotta-have-it lens, while this veteran pro lens has been in Canon"s catalog unchanged for over 15 years.

Autofocus performance top

Autofocus is fast and silent.

It"s as fast as the 70-200mm f/4 IS L, but a little slower than the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II.

Auto/Manual Switching

Just grab the focus ring at any time for instant manual-focus override.

Only move the AF-MF switch khổng lồ MF if you want to disable the camera from tự động focusing.

AF Speed

AF is fast, as Canons always are.

The AF motor is silent. All you"ll hear is some internal sliding.

AF Accuracy & Consistency

I saw no autofocus error on my Canon 5D Mark II.

Especially at f/2.8, all my shots are dead-on perfect at every focal length.


Manual Focus

Manual focus is easy; just grab the ring at any time.

It takes 135º to lớn go from end-to-end of the focus scale.

Bokeh performance top

Bokeh, the unique of out-of-focus areas as opposed lớn the degree of defocus, is great wide-open at 200mm, becoming neutral as stopped down.

At 70mm it"s mediocre wide xuất hiện and neutral stopped down, but if you"re worrying about soft backgrounds, you"re shooting at 200mm anyway.

Here is are some full-frame shots at 200mm focused on a vertically-polarized phase lattice at 3 meters, with synthetic reference vegetation at 15 meters:





Focus Breathing performance top

Focus breathing (the image changing size as focused) is mostly of interest khổng lồ cinematographers who don"t want the image changing kích cỡ ("breathing") as the lens is focused among different subjects.

The image from this Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L always gets larger as focused more closely.

Color Rendition performance top

The màu sắc balance of this 70-200mm f/2.8 L seems lớn match my other Canon EF lenses.

Distortion performance top

The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 USM has the usual distortion seen in telephoto zooms: It"s got some barrel distortion at 70mm và some pincushion distortion at 200mm. The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II has 25% less distortion, not that big a deal.

For critical use, use these values in Photoshop"s Lens Distortion tool lớn remove it:

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