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70-200 F2.8 IS USM III?

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.

 

Thank you,

 

Kevin

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Re: 70-200 F2.8 IS USM III?

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.

 

 

Tim Campbell
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 IS USM III?

Awesome! Thank you so much for the prompt and detailed reply. I will pick one up today :-) hopefully I fill have some great pics to share soon.
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 IS USM III?

Tim is right. The version 1 was in production from 2001 to 2010 and the version 2 has been in production since 2010. This does not mean version 2 is going to only last 10 years like its predecessor though, so I would think it has a lot more lifespan ahead of it than just 2020 because it has no competition that is better.

I read the rumor sites for both Canon and Sigma. These sites don't know everything but there is zero chatter about either one doing an upgrade of their 70-200 f/2.8 lenses. Sigma has not indicated any desire to create an "Art" version and claims to be sticking to its old pre-global vision 70-200. I just can't see this lens being updated any time soon. It is a great lens and no one who follows these things anywhere I have ever heard of is expecting a replacement any time soon.
Scott

Canon 5d mk 4, Canon 6D, EF 70-200mm L f/2.8 IS mk2; EF 16-35 f/2.8 L mk. III; Sigma 35mm f/1.4 "Art" EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; EF 85mm f/1.8; EF 1.4x extender mk. 3; EF 24-105 f/4 L; EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS; 3x Phottix Mitros+ speedlites

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Re: 70-200 F2.8 IS USM III?

Did I mention you will have no regrets if you buy it? Smiley Wink

It is not just super sharp and super smooth and fast at focusing and solidly made with metal. It makes really lovely images. I was blown away from the first card full of shots. And I bought a couple years ago when it was $2500.

Best of luck!
Scott

Canon 5d mk 4, Canon 6D, EF 70-200mm L f/2.8 IS mk2; EF 16-35 f/2.8 L mk. III; Sigma 35mm f/1.4 "Art" EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; EF 85mm f/1.8; EF 1.4x extender mk. 3; EF 24-105 f/4 L; EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS; 3x Phottix Mitros+ speedlites

Why do so many people say "FER-tographer"? Do they take "fertographs"?
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 IS USM III?

That is good to know. I am stationed in the pacific now so it's hard for me to pass up the chance to take some of the most beautiful photographs I may never have the opportunity to take.
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 IS USM III?

"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!

 

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Re: 70-200 F2.8 IS USM III?

Any recommendations for first filter? I shoot mostly daylight, well lit, some scenes with water, landscapes, etc. I am primarily looking for protection of my new "baby" lol (I have no kids, so this will have to do)
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 IS USM III?

  Yes.

The  B+W 77mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter and the B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter.  Don't forget filters unscrew as easily as they screw on.  

 

 

 

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Re: 70-200 F2.8 IS USM III?

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.

 

 

Tim Campbell
5D III, 5D IV, 60Da
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