08-26-2015 10:09 PM
Is there any scheduled, or rumored update to the legendary canon 70-200 F2.8 IS USM II? It has been about five years since the refresh and I want to purchase one but not if it will be updated in the next season.
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08-27-2015 01:42 AM
Lenses typically don't get a refresh unless there's a reason to do an update.
The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM (original) was (and still is) an EXTREMELY good lens. The mark "II" version of this lens improved upon it -- the lens is very fractionally sharper at center, and slightly more than fractionally sharper around the edges. The image stabilization is also improved.
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II is currently not just the best out of 70-200 lenses that can fit on your Canon... but the best lens in that category across the industry (nobody makes a better 70-200).
Sigma, Tamron, and Nikon all have lenses with either the same or very similar focal length ranges available with f/2.8 aperture... but all of them have very significant "breathing" issues. All lenses have "breathing" issues to some extent. "Breathing" means that if you very carefully look at the edges of your frame and then change the focus, you'll notice that as the focus changes, the lens appears to also be zooming in or out (just by the focus changing -- not touching the zoom ring.)
On the Canon, this "breating" is insiginficant... at the 200mm end, the breathing might change by perhaps 10mm tops. But the Sigma, Tramron, and Nikon versions have significant breathing... depending on your focus, your focal length might only be 130 or 140mm (even though the zoom ring says you're at 200).
I think you're pretty safe in that Canon wont likely be updating this lens anytime soon. There's just not any reason to update it again.
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08-27-2015 09:41 AM
"The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II is currently not just the best out of 70-200 lenses that can fit on your Canon... but the best lens in that category across the industry (nobody makes a better 70-200)."
Absolutely! It really doesn't matter even if an upgrade is coming out. This lens is so good you will love it. It is my favorite lens and I have many. I also have the Sigma and the Tamron and the Nikon. The Nikkor is in second place followed closely by the Tamron. But any of these are very good, the Canon is, just the best one!
08-27-2015 09:44 AM
08-27-2015 10:24 AM
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08-27-2015 02:24 PM
I own a number of Canon L series lenses, but the 70-200 f/2.8 is the lens that usually "lives" on my camera body. I use it more than any other.
Though some might think of this as a lens for taking photographs of subjects at a distance away, I actually prefer it for taking photos of subjects that are relatively close. Shooting a portrait shot of a subject at the 200mm focal length using f/2.8 or even f/4 -- and with the subject at a relatively close focusing distance means you get a gorgeous background blur that most other lenses wont provide.
If I'm in a crowd, I usually have to flip to a shorter focal length lens because if I don't, people will get between me and my subject. But if I'm not in a crowd, I prefer the look I get when I shoot with a narrow angle of view using the 200mm end of the lens -- even when it's not the sort of subject you'd normally grab a 200mm lens to shoot.