Got to test the EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM yesterday. Really not much difference, physically/weight between this and original one. Optically, the II is sharper at @200mm ƒ/2.8 but not so much that I would want to sell my version for this. What does make you stop and think is the new IS, this thing is a monster allowing me handhold at .5 sec @200mm.
The body I used it on was the EOS 1D Mark IV. This body fooled me as when they ask what body I shot with I told them Mark III and they mounted the lens to what I thought was the Mark III. I was scratching my head as to why there are so much more AF points that I could choose from and figured it was a custom function that i had missed. Only till I asked if I could use the Mark IV that they told me I had been using it all this time. I think it's great they kept the buttons/interfaces the same. Really allows Mark III owners just to pick up the Mark IV and start shooting. Much different than when it went from Mark II to Mark III.
But back to the lens, I find that optically it's better than the original but not enough to render the first version obsolete, but the new IS used... man that is a beast.
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