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

L Series zoom lens with image stabilization for Canon EOS SLR cameras

Item # 280EF70200

Discontinued item

Item # 280EF70200

About the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens

High-performance L Series lens

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

For shooting indoor sports, concerts or wildlife, you just can't beat this high-performance 70-200mm L Series lens from Canon. It delivers the telephoto power and fast autofocus you need for taking rapid-fire shots of far-off subjects. Plus, its built-in image stabilization technology helps minimize the effects of camera shake for capturing crisp, in-focus photographs in all sorts of lighting conditions. You'll really see the difference that pro-quality glass makes in every brilliant, high-contrast shot. Find out why Canon L Series lenses are world-renowned for superior optics and rugged reliability.

Perfect for portrait photography

The 70-200mm focal range and large maximum aperture also make this lens ideal for photographing stunning portraits. You can softly blur unnecessary background details, while making your crisply focused subject pop from the photo. And unlike many lenses whose aperture and brightness decrease as you zoom closer to your subject, this Canon features a maximum aperture of f/2.8 which remains constant throughout the zoom range. That means your images stay bright as you zero in, and your exposure values remain unchanged (a very handy feature when shooting manually).

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Product highlights:

  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM telephoto zoom lens
  • compatible with Canon EOS film and digital SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 70-200mm with full-frame digital or film cameras
    • 112-320mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • Canon pro-quality L Series lens for superior image sharpness and durability
  • Image Stabilization allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to three stops slower shutter speed)
  • large f/2.8 maximum aperture for better hand-held shooting in low-light environments
  • ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast, silent autofocus
  • available full-time manual focusing
  • minimum aperture: f/32
  • minimum focus distance: 4.3 feet
  • Lens construction: 23 elements in 18 groups
  • aperture blades: 8 (circular aperture)
  • filter size: 77mm
  • lens is 7-7/8" long, 3-7/16" in diameter
  • weight: 51.8 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • soft lens case
  • MFR # 7042A002

What's in the box:

  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM telephoto lens
  • Lens cap (installed)
  • Back cover (installed)
  • Lens hood
  • Soft carrying pouch
  • Instructions
  • Warranty Card

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More details on the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens

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Features & specs

Mount Type Canon EF-mount
Sensor Size ---
Image Stabilization Yes
Lens Type Telephoto Zoom
Focal Length 70-200mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Weight 51.84
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: Incorporating Canon's second generation Image Stabilization technology, this telephoto zoom responds in as little as 0.5 seconds, while providing up to three stops of correction for camera shake. Its AF system has been refined for better response time and tracking speed. And even the new 8-blade circular aperture offers a more pleasing out-of-focus image. Constructed to pro standards, this fast zoom is also highly resistant to dust and moisture.

Compatibility: The EF 70-200m f/2.8L IS USM is an EF Canon lens which means it is compatible with all Canon digital SLRs (those that accept EF and  EF-S lenses, plus those that accept EF only; which would be the Full-frame EOS 5D Mark II), as well as Canon EOS film SLRs.

Lens Construction: The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens features a lens construction with 23 elements in 18 groups.

Diagonal Angle Of View: This Canon telephoto zoom lens provides a diagonal angle of view of 34° to 12°.

Zoom: The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens features a 2.9x optical zoom and manual zoom ring.

Optical Image Stabilizer: The lens features an Optical Image Stabilizer for up to 4-stops of effective correction even at full zoom. Since the Optical Image Stabilizer system is in the lens, not in the camera, you can see the stabilized, steadier images through the viewfinder. The Stabilizer switch is located on the barrel of the lens.

Ultrasonic Motor (USM): With the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), you can expect fast and quiet focusing capability.

Inner Focusing: Inner focusing affords a long working distance of approximately 8.0" at 1x. Ring USM for silent and high-speed AF, and full-time manual focusing is also provided.

Auto/Manual Focus: To shoot in Autofocus mode, set the focus mode switch on the lens to "AF". To manually focus the camera, set the switch to "MF", and focus by turning the focusing ring. The focusing ring always works, regardless of the focus mode.

Focusing Range: You can se the focusing distance range to 4.3' to infinity or 9.8' to infinity. By setting the suitable focusing distance range, the actual autofocusing time can be shorter.

Infinity Compensation Mark: To compensate for shifting of the infinity focus point that results from changes in temperature, the lens features an Infinity Compensation Mark. The infinity position at normal temperature is the point at which the vertical line of the L mark is aligned with the distance indicator on the distance scale.

Infrared Index: The infrared index corrects the focus setting when using monochrome infrared film. Focus on the subject manually, then adjust the distance setting by moving the focusing ring to the corresponding infrared index mark.

Lens Hood: The include hood, can keep unwanted light out of the lens, and also protect the front of the lens from rain, snow, and dust.

Optional Accessories: A circular polarizing filter (sold separately) can be attached and used without difficulty because the front lens element does not rotate during focusing. You can also attach an optional  Tripod mount, Extenders and Extension tubes.

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