Alvin Ho has been capturing concert photography for over eight years and in his recent adventures, took the opportunity to review the Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM lens. Read this article to find out more about his experience with the lens!

Reduced Flare And Ghosting

The EF70-200mm f/2.8L family of lenses has always been a staple of Canon’s premium L-lens series as it meets the needs of both professionals and photography enthusiasts. The latest version of Canon’s most celebrated telephoto zoom lens, the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM now features ASC (Air Sphere Coating).

Canon EOS 5D Mark IVEF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM | f/4 | ISO 3200 | 1/250s

The ASC (Air Sphere Coating) feature helps reduce flare and ghosting. This allowed me to shoot directly into strong lighting while still producing high resolution and finely-rendered details in the image.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IVEF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM | f/2.8 | ISO 4000 | 1/250s

Tackle Low Light Conditions

Concert photography is known for its erratic lighting conditions – one moment it is dim while the next it is blinding. The fixed aperture of f/2.8 throughout the entire zoom range, allows me to tackle the low light challenge with fast shutter speeds. The zoom range is also useful for large or high stages and tight shots of individual performers.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IVEF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM | f/2.8 | ISO 4000 | 1/250s

Shooting In Various Environments

The lens surfaces also feature fluorine coating, which prevents dirt from adhering to the lens. This makes maintenance easier after shoots in smokey and harsh environments.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IVEF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM | f/2.8 | ISO 4000 | 1/400s

Achieving sharp images is never a worry with the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM. The fluorite lens enables consistent delivery of vivid, sharp images yet detailed image expression across all focal lengths, far from the action.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IVEF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM | f/2.8 | ISO 3200 | 1/250s

Canon EOS 5D Mark IVEF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM | f/2.8 | ISO 3200 | 1/320s

The new EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is an essential equipment throughout my concert photography journey since its predecessors. It is also versatile for shooting a variety of genres including landscapes, sports and even portraits.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IVEF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM | f/2.8 | ISO 1600 | 1/40s

Canon EOS 5D Mark IVEF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM | f/11 | ISO 100 | 20s

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