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Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS, 70-200/4L, 135/2L, etc

70-200/2.8L IS II and 70-200/4L IS

Yesterday I wrote about the new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II in general terms.

Today I shot the 70-200/2.8L II against the 70-200/4L IS and 200/2L IS and 135/2L and 85/1.2L II and 85/1.8 and also some 1.4X teleconverter comparisons too (one reader requested the 135/2L + 1.4X and I did shoot that).

I should be finishing my Nikon ultra wides comparisons tomorrow, and I then intend to take up the Canon 70-200 and related stuff just discussed, which means it should hit sometime late this weekend.

I’m pretty excited by what I saw in a cursory look at my results tonight, and if you’re about to pull the trigger on the new Canon 70-200, by all means go ahead— you will not be disappointed.

Canon 5D Mark II + 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ f/4

While Nikon’s new 70-200/2.8 VR II is excellent, I found myself wishing that the new Canon 70-200/2.8L II said “Nikon” on it instead. Something about the rock-solid build quality. Dang it, I’ll probably have to buy the new Canon 70-200. But one can own both the 70-200/2.8L IS II and the 70-200/4L IS, because they feel so different; one is huge and heavy, the other pleasant to carry.

The standout bargain in the lenses I mentioned above is the under-appreciated 85/1.8. At about $380, it’s a no-brainer even if you own the 85/1.2L II, because it is noticeably narrower in diameter, but also much lighter, with great image quality by f/2.8.

Remember, Canon rebates are good for another few weeks, though the 85/1.8 has no rebate.

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