The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II replaces the venerable 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, the older model having long been considered a top grade lens capable of excellent results. The new model looks to be a significant upgrade, with a notably higher price tag to match. Canon claims the following improvements:
- Use of a fluorite element, along with five UD elements (the original model had no fluorite element and 4 UD elements). This should provide improved control of color aberrations and other optical benefits eg improved clarity.
- Alleged four stops shutter speed range with image stabilization, up from three stops.
- Improved focusing speed (details unspecified).
- Minimum focusing range of 3.9 feet (1.2m) at all focal lengths, which is slightly closer than the older version. But focal length changes might negate that advantage — TBD.
- The same weight within 20g (1490 vs 1470). That’s the lens without hood, caps or tripod mount ring.
- A lens hood that looks to be improved (going by my own memory), with a black velvet-like interior (my own observation) .
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