Important details on the introduction page should be read prior to viewing these crops. Those details are not repeated here.
This comparison was made with the first sample. See also sample #6.
This is where the lens was focused.
The 70-200/2.8L IS II is crispy crunch sharp wide open, with finely etched detail. Stopping down to f/4 achieves nothing except to brighten the image slightly. Stopping down to f/5.6 maintains the quality, stopping down to f/8 shows slight loss of micro contrast due to diffraction, and f/11 shows clear loss of micro contrast. One cannot ask for better performance.
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