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Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II - Initial Review

 
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Nov 13, 2013 10:43 |  #1

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I received a new lens yesterday. It is the Mark2 version of the 70-200 f/2.8 IS. I have had the original one for 4-5 years and it has always been my most used lens. It is so versatile and always looks great. Wide open at 200mm it is known to be a bit soft, but it was always plenty good for web use and moderate size prints.

With both lenses in hand I decided to do a quick test shot. The images below are all at f/2.8 and 200mm. The shots are straight out of camera (shot in RAW, converted to JPEG with LR default settings). Same camera settings for both lenses (manual exposure, and manual WB). I have posted a downsized full image, as well as a 100% crop from near the center of the frame.

Canon 5D3, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS (mkI)
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Canon 5D3, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS (mkII)
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Canon 5D3, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS (mkI) - 100% Crop
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Canon 5D3, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS (mkII) - 100% Crop
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Even the full resolution image resized down to web size shows the lack of contrast and warm color cast of the Mark1 lens. This can be correctly fairly easily in post processing, but that is not required for the Mark2. When looking at 100% the sharpness is clearly miles ahead on the Mark2 lens.

The sharpness at this magnification is not something that is noticed on web size images, but on large prints it will make a huge difference, and it is not something that can easily be "fixed" in post processing. The large images from the 5D3 make the differences very apparent, but even on an older camera the Mark2 will stand out.

Overall the lens seems great. The build quality is the same as the previous version. The overall size and weight are very slightly bigger. The image quality is where this new lens really stands out. The old version had great practical value, with good (not great) image quality. The new lens is just as useful, but provides excellent image quality across the frame.

The only real issue is the cost. The new lens is quite a bit more expensive than the old version. If you can afford it, then I think the Mark2 is well worth the price difference, but if you're on the tight budget the Mark1 will still do a great job, and it will save you a good chunk of cash. Nothing new in any of my findings, but I was very pleasantly surprised to see the results of the new lens, so I figured I would post them up for others to see as well.

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Nov 13, 2013 10:47 |  #2

WOW! that's certainly more of a difference than I expected.


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Nov 13, 2013 10:50 |  #3

MKII looks great.
It's said that my Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS sits in-between these 2 based on IQ, but looking at these samples, my Sigma is a lot closer to the MkII's IQ than the MkI's. (That looks fairly soft.)


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Nov 13, 2013 11:07 |  #4

I just picked up the v2 of the lens as well. Differences with a 1.4tc on are significant as well!


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Nov 13, 2013 12:25 |  #5

wow. thanks for the review! makes the decision lot easier....


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Nov 13, 2013 12:29 |  #6

Can get this lens fairly cheap right now with rebates and smart shopping. Around $1700. No brainer!

Love my 70-200 II!


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Nov 13, 2013 17:55 |  #7

Invertalon wrote in post #16448613 (external link)
Can get this lens fairly cheap right now with rebates and smart shopping. Around $1700. No brainer!

Love my 70-200 II!

What? I've seen it at B&H for $1899. Where is it for $1700?




  
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Nov 13, 2013 19:03 |  #8

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What? I've seen it at B&H for $1899. Where is it for $1700?

I just bought one used (locally) for $1740 about 2 hours ago and it's absolutely MINT. He gave me the receipt. Nearly $3000 with the filter and taxes. Still in disbelief!!!


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Nov 13, 2013 19:11 |  #9

Roshan wrote in post #16449528 (external link)
What? I've seen it at B&H for $1899. Where is it for $1700?

Make offer on greentoe.com for $2199... You got a $300 MIR which makes it $1899. Use the $100 off $2,000+ purchase on greentoe (cashback), plus the 4% rebates if you get it through Adorama and then if you have a discovercard, additional 5% off.

Final cost is around $1600 after all the cashback and rebates.


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Nov 13, 2013 19:27 |  #10

Invertalon wrote in post #16449742 (external link)
Make offer on greentoe.com for $2199... You got a $300 MIR which makes it $1899. Use the $100 off $2,000+ purchase on greentoe (cashback), plus the 4% rebates if you get it through Adorama and then if you have a discovercard, additional 5% off.

Final cost is around $1600 after all the cashback and rebates.

Now that's smart-shopping bw!


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Nov 13, 2013 19:28 |  #11

Aressem wrote in post #16449779 (external link)
Now that's smart-shopping bw!

Sadly, I forgot my discovercard when I got mine, so I paid $1700... Still, for brand new that is a great price!


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Sadly, I forgot my discovercard when I got mine, so I paid $1700... Still, for brand new that is a great price!

So how much was it with taxes, shipping etc, exactly? Starting to think I should have just bought it new now. :(


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Nov 13, 2013 19:47 |  #13

My breakdown was this:

$2199 I paid to Adorama up front. That was my final price charged to my CC.

I will get my $100 cashback from greentoe in a month right into my paypal.

Adorama confirmed I will get their 4% cashback to use on their website, so $88 I can use on the website for whatever I need.

Once I send in the MIR, I will get a $300 MIR American Express card from Canon. I use it everywhere, so good as cash for me.

I also get 1% back from Amex for reward points, so $22 back there.

So my final cost with all that was $1689 give or take some pennies. Sure, it is scattered amongst givecards, reward points and store credit, but it is all very useful and good as cash for me.

Can't go wrong!


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Invertalon wrote in post #16449832 (external link)
My breakdown was this:

$2199 I paid to Adorama up front. That was my final price charged to my CC.

I will get my $100 cashback from greentoe in a month right into my paypal.

Adorama confirmed I will get their 4% cashback to use on their website, so $88 I can use on the website for whatever I need.

Once I send in the MIR, I will get a $300 MIR American Express card from Canon. I use it everywhere, so good as cash for me.

I also get 1% back from Amex for reward points, so $22 back there.

So my final cost with all that was $1689 give or take some pennies. Sure, it is scattered amongst givecards, reward points and store credit, but it is all very useful and good as cash for me.

Can't go wrong!

Greentoe? Mind elaborating....? Never heard of it.


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Nov 13, 2013 20:02 |  #15

Reverse auction type site. You name your price what you want to spend on an item. You put how long you are willing to wait time wise and basically "pre-pay"... If a retailer accepts your offer, you are charged immediately and your item ships from them. It is only authorized USA Canon dealers, no grey market stuff or anything. I was able to get the double-dip rebate before it was listed on any retailer (about a week prior).

Generally, it appears Adorama has been fulfilling almost all of the camera related offers.


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