Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II lens review by Justin VanLeeuwen at Canon Rumors: Is it worth more than twice the 70-200 f’/4L IS? Yes, if the ability to shoot at f’/2.8 across this entire range is what you need.

The lens was tested on EOS 5D Mark III, Mark II, and 7D bodies, and according to the reviewer performed admirably on every occasion:

I can’t find anything wrong with the 70-200 f’/2.8 L IS II, even the weight isn’t so significant that I whine, especially when I consider the results. If you want one of the very best telephoto zoom lenses with a consistent wide-open aperture this is, without compromise, it. If you want incredibly professional looking photographs with a sharp subject and a blurred out background with the versatility of a zoom, this is for you. Is it worth more than twice the 70-200 f’/4L IS? Yes, if the ability to shoot at f’/2.8 across this entire range is what you need. If you’re stuck shooting at . . . read more

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM L IS II review at Photozone

"Fast tele zoom lenses a la 70-200mm f/2.8 are one of the key players in a lens lineup. These lenses are used by many profession photographers, especially photo journalists, and they're also very popular among "prosumers". Canon dominated the market in the early AF years - the EF 80-200mm f/2.8L and EF

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Description by Canon:

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a workhorse telephoto zoom lens designed for professional use. It has a rugged durable design, a four-stop Image Stabilizer and specialised lens elements.

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM review at SLR Gear

"Beginning with the lens mounted on the sub-frame 20D, we noted excellent results for sharpness at all focal lengths, even wide open at ƒ/2.8. Performance at ƒ/2.8 is not tack-sharp, but it's quite close at around 1.5 blur units. Stopping down to ƒ/4 provides a marginal increase in performance, and at 100mm and ƒ/4 it is indeed about as sharp as our testing can measure. There are tiny gains from ƒ/5.6 onward, but the focal range between 135mm and 200mm never hits 1 blur unit; by ƒ/11, diffraction limiting begins to set in, and impacts on  . . . read more

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"Canon rates the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens' IS system for 4-stops of assistance. Testing showed that I need a shutter speed of 1/80 to get a high percentage of sharp 70mm images with this lens. Turn on IS and my shutter speed requirement drops to about 1/4 second which is slightly better than 4 stops of help. At 200mm, my shutter speed requirements are 1/160-1/200 . . . read more

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