The EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is nothing short of a celebrity in the world of telephoto lenses. This lens actually improves upon its legendary predecessor, the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM. It offers greater speed and performance and a superior optical quality, while demonstrating all the characteristics that have made it a lens that’s beloved by both professionals and advanced amateurs.

The EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a long lens with a high aperture, great for just about any genre of photography, from portraiture to wildlife. It is specially suited for fast-action moving shots such as sports images, given that it is a top-of-the-line L-series quality lens with a superfast autofocus. Its ring-type ultrasonic motor driven autofocus is swift, near-silent and accurate, and the lens does not extend—it features an internal rear-focusing design.

EOS 7D Mark II | F/2.8 | ISO 6400 | 1/1250s | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | Photo by Lemjay Lucas

EOS 7D Mark II | F/2.8 | ISO 6400 | 1/320s | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | Photo by Lemjay Lucas

Photographer Lemjay Lucas, who upgraded from a EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens to get the high speed offered by the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, says, “From experience, this fast lens is best used for sports, weddings and concerts, and also for street photography, where the subjects are usually in motion. With its 2.8 aperture, the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM captures critical moments effortlessly even in low light, especially when paired with Canon’s top of the line cameras like the EOS 5D Mark III and the new EOS 7D Mark II.”

EOS 7D Mark II | F/2.8 | ISO 6400 | 1/80s | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | Photo by Lemjay Lucas

While this lens handles beautifully, it is the quality of the images it produces that makes it such a superstar. The EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM delivers stellar image quality: Super Spectra coating ensures accurate colour balance and high contrasts, and suppresses flare and ghosting by absorbing light. The lens passes distance information back to its flash system to provide accurate metering. With the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM’s eight-blade aperture, a beautiful bokeh effect is effortlessly achieved—an ideal asset in portraiture.

The sharpness of the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM’s images comes courtesy of two UD glass elements and its rear-focusing technology. As Lemjay attests, the large f/2.8 aperture enables fast, flash-free shooting in low light settings, and also good depth of field control.

EOS 5D Mark III | F/5.0 | ISO 200 | 1/1250s | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | Photo by Matthew Koh

Photographer Matthew Koh, who previously used the classic EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM, finds that this new lens turns out much sharper images than its predecessor. Matthew uses his EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM for portrait photography, baby photography and travel images. “The speed and quality of this lens is very different from other lenses,” he says. “I would recommend this as a must-have lens for everyday projects, especially for photographers who shoot events.”

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EOS 6D | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | Photo by Matthew Koh

Additionally, the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM bears up to rigorous professional photography. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.2m/3.9 ft. at all zoom settings, which is useful for photographers faced with limited space, who is trying to get closer to a subject, for example during a soccer match or a fashion show. Its next-generation Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 stops of correction at all focal lengths. Being an L-series lens, it is also dust- and moisture-resistant.

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EOS 6D | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | Photo by Matthew Koh

Lemjay concludes, “Overall, the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens is very impressive. It focuses accurately very fast, offers top-of-the-line build quality, 4-stop image stabilization, weather sealing and a very useful focal length range. It is definitely a must have for every photographer.”

View Lemjay Lucas’ fast-moving subjects captured through the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens

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Discover the moments in time with Matthew Koh through the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens

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