Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Non-IS USM Telephoto Lens

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM LensThis Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens is a middle child in the extremely popular Canon L Series 70-200mm family. This is the non-IS version. The primary benefit the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L USM Lens has over the non-IS version is IS (Image Stabilization). Apart from that feature, the main difference IS makes is in the around $500 less asking price. Plus unlike its IS sibling, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens is not weather-sealed. Particular care should to be taken in wet circumstances.

This Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens is often described as sharper than the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L USM Lens. The difference is believed to be the extra lens elements in the IS version. Even with a 1.4x or 2x extender attached, there does not seem see much dissimilarities between these two 70-200 lenses..

Like all L series lenses, this one is built extremely solid. It may feel fairly large and bulky to those who haven't used L series lenses before. The extra bulk is comes from higher quality glass and the use of more durable materials (metal vs. plastic).


One of the finest telephoto zoom lenses in Canon's EF line, this 70-200mm f/2.8 lens offers comparable optics to a single focal-length lens. The lens employs four UD-glass elements to minimize chromatic aberrations, creating sharp, high-quality images regardless of the application.

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length70 200 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Canon EF  
Angle of view 4 - 12  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F2.8  
Smallest aperture opening F32.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 8  
Total Elements 18  
Number of Groups 15  
Coatings / special elements 4 UD-glass elements  
Minimum focus distance 1.50 m (59.06")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.16 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight1310 g (2.89 lb)  
Lens diameter 85 mm (3.33")  
Overall length 194 mm (7.62")  
Construction materials Metal barrel, metal mount  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (internal)  
Power zoom No  
Zoom lock switch Unknown  
Filter thread size 77 mm  
Lens hood code ET-83II  
Tripod collar included Yes  
Optional accessories Hard Case LH-D24B Soft Case LZ1324


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