Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L USM Lens Review (with samples)



Here is the NON IS version of Canon’s 70-200mm f2.8. It’s fantastic…but it’s aging. There have been a lot of advances in lens technology since 1995. In the face of competition with the likes of the new and similarly-priced Tamron 70-200 lens…is it still worth £1,000?

And can you get by without image stabilization?

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All shots taken by me, with my trusty 18 megapixel Canon 60D.

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  1. Hello, which one is better? This or the canon 100-400 Mk1? Im going to change my 70-200 because I want more zoom, but im afraid of the sharpness and higher F.

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  3. HI Chris, Love your videos. I need some advice. I am in dilemma whether to buy the 70-200 F2.8 NON IS for outdoor and Indoor portraits or events. My main concern is the NON IS, will that hamper me taking sharp images at 200mm? Cheers Sameer

  4. Thank you for the review! I find them all very useful.
    I just recently upgraded from my Canon T6s on to a Canon 6D mk ii and now I would like to get a 70-200 lens.
    Are there any other options you could suggest as an alternative to the 70-200 2.8 IS Mark I ? Maybe with newer optics?

  5. if i want the depth of the field on the 70-200m of a soccer game should i put on wide focus or manual focus for filming

  6. Excellent reviews from someone who knows very little about cameras, i just bought my first DSLR a week ago and your videos are a real help for guys like me with all the gear and no idea. thanks man

  7. Hi Christ , I’m deciding to buy this one or 4L Is I don’t really care much about contrast, because I can adjust that in Lightroom anyway, what I want to ask you is between 2.8 non Is and f4L Is Is there much different in sharpness when they shot at the same aperture like f4 ? Also I can get the 2.8 one at $850 and 4l IS at $790. Thank you in advance

  8. Please make a review of the 70 – 200 is Mark ii. Vast improvements in respect to the optics and their performance has been made in the meantime. Would love to see your analysis on the newest version

  9. Why do people keep banging on about 'Bokeh'? The f/2.8 makes it faster! Means you can take 'shrp' pictures which what you also keep banging on about. You idiots!


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