|Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Specifications|
|Lens Construction (groups)||19|
|Lens Construction (elements)||23|
|No. of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Closest Focusing Distance||1.2m (47.2")|
|Maximum Diameter x Length||88mm x 199mm (3.5" x 7.8")|
This one's fairly straightforward: if you were looking, you probably were already thinking about getting this lens, and there's nothing to fault it. If absolutely need image stabilization and the sharpest, best image quality in a 70-200mm zoom, it's money well-spent. However, if you are less picky, you probably won't be disappointed with the tried-and-true original version of the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS, either.
The EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II USM gains about as close as it gets to an unqualified recommendation, given the price. Its combination of exceptional optics and quirk-free design even manages to surpass Nikon's equivalent that we tested recently, stealing the crown of 'Best in Class' by a whisker.
he 70-200mm mk II produces some slight barrel distortions at 70mm and slight to moderate pincushion distortions towards the long end. This is about the only aspect where prime lenses tend to be visibly better but it's certainly no show-stopper when considering the typical applications for such a lens.