Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 10
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cyberpip Fantastic Lens bargain price
Received my new lens today. Of course I had to try it.
Pros: Fast focusing, zooming effortless. Nice having the rear zoom and not having the long lens come out as it would on others.
Sharp, clear, bright photos.
And it came with the canon tripod ring. A good value since they cost up to 150 bucks from Canon. This made the purchase from QVC a good buy. Especially being able to split up the payments.
Cons: It's HEAVY!!! Can't get around that. But for the pro glass and quality construction it is hard to get around that.
Good time to get this folks.
Rated 5 out of 5 by kb8mcz Awesome Lens!!!
I used to have this lens and it was top notch and produced great pictures on my 7D until I sold it (by the way they hold there value in case you ever want to upgrade) and bought the new 70-200 2.4 IS II.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Monstermash5 Fantastic lens
Gotta love this Canon lens, it takes great pictures. It's not the lightest lens so If you are not shooting at faster shutter sppeds you may want iS. The only hard medicine is this lens retails for $1399........so if your'e paying 6 easy payments it's a 35% penalty. If QVC could make this price a bit more competitive it would be easier to swallow.
Rated 5 out of 5 by PHOTOS BY TOM GREAT LENS!!!!!!!
I have only had this lens for a couple of weeks. It has rained a lot here lately so I have not had much time to check out. The few pictures I have taken have been fantastic.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Roger9 Great lens, but overpriced
I don't know of many prosumer or pro photographers who would have anything bad to say about Canon lenses and while this specific 70-200mm f/2.8 is an older model, it stands up to the rigors of heavy use with quality results. It would have been great if it had image stabilization (IS), but it was not available here.
The only reason I gave this 4 stars was QVC's inflated price. It would have been fair if it had IS. To put it into perspective, the new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is just a little over $800 more. I purchased the lens because of the easy pay option so I had to bite the bullet on the higher price.
Rated 5 out of 5 by MisterWtty And Oldie, But Awesome Workhorse
Even though this lens made its debut in 1996 with no Image Stablization, this lens was the staple for the working photographer and photojournalist. Its not hard to figure why:
1. L Class Lens from Canon - Top tier quality, all metal chassis, only downside is that there is no weather sealing on this model.
2. Excellent focal range - On a full frame the 70-200mm focal range is fantastic. I can't give my experience with the crop sensor lines (Rebels, 7D etc) that magnify the focal length to around 105-300mm (give or take if your body crops at 1.5x, 1.6x etc)
3. Fast autofocus - The autofocus is very quick and accurate. Once you have this lens mounted, switching to a lower tiered lens will seem like focusing takes an agonizingly long time to acquire focus.
4. High Quality Glass & Complex Optical Formula - The lens has ultra low dispersion elements and a high amount of lenses internally. Lens flares and chromatic abberations are pretty minimal, and any you do get are not a detriment to the photo.
5. Fast aperture - the f/2.8 aperture allows for excellent bokeh (out of focus backgrounds) to be rendered as well as take in more light. This means better low light performance than its F4 counterpart.
All in all, this lens is great. If you are familiar to photographic principles, its a no brainer why this lens would benefit you.
However, I've seen a review on QVC claiming that this lens and their 5D body weighs a combined 10 pounds and nothing is in focus. The lens and body on a 5D won't break pass 6 pounds, in which the weight is very well distributed anyway.
As far as constant out of focus problems, follow the rule of setting your minimum shutter speed to the focal length of the lens at which you will take the photo. For example, if your shooting at the 70mm end of the lens, use no less than a 1/70sec shutter speed to help eliminate blurry photos.
This is pro level glass, pro level/enthusiast techniques and knowledge will help to ensure that you understand and love the capabilities of this lens.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fan of Canon Great lens
You have to know how to use the lens before you can give it a bad review. I have rented all of the 70-200 f/2.8 lens. Just because this lens does not have image stabilization does not take away from it's greatness. My pictures were a lot better with this lens because I knew I did not have the image stabilization. Image stabilization can become a crutch in photography.
Rated 5 out of 5 by hawflower Great Lens
I read the negative feedback on this lens and I disagree. This is a great lens and you would need to know how to use this lens in order to get its full potential. If you wanted to do macro than it is better to use a prime lens than the 70-200mm lens. But you have to be an experienced photographer to know that. I used this lens for weddings and it is awesome.