The EF 70-200mm lens is a telephoto zoom lens made by Canon. The lens has an EF mount to work with the EOS line of cameras.

The lens comes in five different versions. All have a constant maximum aperture over the whole focal range and all are L-series lenses.

  • EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM
  • EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM
  • EF 70-200mm F2.8L USM
  • EF 70-200mm F4L IS USM
  • EF 70-200mm F4L USM

All five lenses have excellent reputation for providing optical quality comparable to prime lenses at all focal lengths in the zoom range. The F4 version, the cheapest L lens Canon makes, is popular among weight-sensitive landscape photographers and hobbyists who want L quality without spending thousands of dollars, while the F2.8 versions are popular among event and portrait photographers and photo-journalists. The latest version EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM which was announced on January 2010 comes with a complex optical build with 23 elements in 19 groups and no fewer than 5 ultra low dispersion (UD) glass elements and 1 flourite, to minimise chromatic aberration.


Attribute F2.8L IS USM F2.8L USM F4L USM
Image stabilizer Yes No
Ultrasonic Motor Yes
L-series Yes
Diffractive Optics No
Macro No
Maximum aperture 2.8 4
Minimum aperture 32
Weight 3.2 lb/1470 g 2.9 lb/1310 g 1.6 lb/705 g
Maximum diameter 3.3 in/84.6 mm 3.0 in/76 mm 3.1 in/78.5 mm
Length 7.6 in/193.6 mm 6.8 in/172 mm 6.8 in/172 mm
Filter diameter 77 mm 67 mm
Horizontal viewing angle 29° – 10°
Diagonal viewing angle 19°30′ – 7°
Vertical viewing angle 34° – 12°
Groups/elements 18/23 15/18 13/16
# of diaphragm blades 8
Closest focusing distance 4.6 ft/1.4 m 4.9 ft/1.5 m 3.9 ft/1.2 m
Release date September 2001 1995 1999
MSRP ($) $2,899.99 $1,899.99 $1,350.99

User ReviewsEdit

  • 10/10 The IS 2.8 is Canon's best lens yet. That aperture at 200mm is outstanding, crisp, sharp and not as heavy or uncomfortable as some might think. Malt