Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM measurements and review

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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:

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.

  • Aleksandr Kriuchkov

    “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”
    How that could be true, when your testing results are saying that second version produces almost twice more p-mpixels of sharpness (33 vs 18 mounted on 5DS-R) then the old one?

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