Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM measurements and reviewWednesday September 21 2011
A couple of days ago, we released the measurements for the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. With its wide aperture, its image stabilizer and its fast auto-focus, this telephoto zoom lens is definitely one of the favorite equipments of sport photographers. It is also ready to face difficult weather conditions with its solid and watertight build.
Let’s see how it behaves in term of image quality compared to its predecessor.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM vs its predecessor :
If we compare these 2 generations of L series telephoto lenses on a Canon 5D Mark II, we can see the following:
- These 2 lenses are very similar in term of transmission, distortion and vignetting
- The version II gives slightly less chromatic aberration
- The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM offers slightly less resolution with 51 lp/mm compared to the excellent 61 lp/mm of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
- The slightly less good resolution result of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM comes from less homogenous behavior across the field.
To conclude, these 2 lenses are both excellent telephoto lenses, but the overall scores come out slightly in favor of the previous version of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, especially for Travel and Sport photography, which are the main use cases of these telephoto zoom lenses.
Please note that if we compare the same lenses on an APS-C camera, the results are much closer thanks to the smaller sensor: for example, here is the comparison on a Canon EOS 7D. So, be sure to always compare lenses in combination with the body on which you will be using it.