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How to tell different 70-200 F2.8 IS mark I or Mark II

 
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Aug 03, 2010 14:38 |  #1

How can one tell the diffrent on lens for Mark I or Mark II?




  
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Aug 03, 2010 14:41 |  #2

the labeling would probably be the easiest way.




  
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Aug 03, 2010 14:41 |  #3

If you mean in appearance of the lens, the width of the focus ring is a giveaway.. mk 2 is wider. Hood design is different as well.


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Aug 03, 2010 14:43 |  #4

robertwsimpson wrote in post #10655113 (external link)
the labeling would probably be the easiest way.

Is there a lable II on the lens?




  
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Aug 03, 2010 14:46 |  #5

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Is there a lable II on the lens?

This is a very useful site for questions like this. Also, the label is at the end of the barrel. you can see the "II" (external link)




  
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Aug 03, 2010 14:54 |  #6

You can only tell the difference at the pixel level.


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Aug 03, 2010 14:55 |  #7

AxxisPhoto wrote in post #10655187 (external link)
You can only tell the difference at the pixel level.

Actually, at f/2.8 it's very obvious.




  
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Aug 03, 2010 15:02 |  #8

The focus ring as another said.


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Aug 03, 2010 15:04 |  #9

At a glance the old lens has a glossy black hood and the new lens is matte. That's how we tell them apart :)


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Aug 03, 2010 15:26 |  #10

The easiest to me is the focus ring (II is much thicker, about another 1/2" thicker or so) and the lens hood is different and has that button.


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Aug 03, 2010 16:23 |  #11

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The easiest to me is the focus ring (II is much thicker, about another 1/2" thicker or so) and the lens hood is different and has that button.

If you have both side by side then you can compare, how think (measurement) is the focus ring for II?




  
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Aug 03, 2010 20:01 as a reply to  @ TT-00's post |  #12

a) If the hood is glossy then its a Mark 1 while Mark II is matte.

b) Label on tip of glass will have a "II" on it on Mark II.

c) The receipt will usually say its at least 500 dollars more.

d) Your wife will get mad if you attempt to purchase the Mark I.
You will get divorce papers, otherwise.


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Aug 03, 2010 20:06 |  #13

another easy way is to look at the size of the box they came in. If the box is big enough for a small toaster oven then it is a Mk II


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Aug 03, 2010 20:22 |  #14

I think we should lobby Canon for the addition of a second red stripe on each 70-200 mark II lens.


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Aug 03, 2010 20:58 |  #15

TT-00 wrote in post #10655743 (external link)
If you have both side by side then you can compare, how think (measurement) is the focus ring for II?

As said, the II says II on it, so it's easy to tell. Also as mentioned, the focus rung is larger and the center section of the barrel is shaped slightly different.

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