This page compares the new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II (April 2010) to the original Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. As is my wont, I shot multiple series for both lenses as complete aperture series for each lens, refocusing each time.
There is little doubt that wide-open image quality at 200mm is improved with the new model. Not only do the images show it, there is a slight smearing or haze with the original “I” version which makes it notably more difficult to focus using Live View.
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