If you are concerned about shooting or buying older lenses, you really shouldn’t be when it comes to the Canon 70-200 L IS F/2.8 lens. The new MKII version of this lens is out and is a stellar performer with a hefty price tag. I’ve included high res sample shots from the MK1 which you can zoom in on to see the details.
The Canon 70-200L IS F/2.8 MK 1 is a proven performer and you can purchase one from $1400 -$1500 depending on the condition of the lens. This is a considerable savings when you look at the pricing of the new MK2 version, which comes in at $2500 on B&H Photo.
A $1000 savings, well, depending on your shooting style and your needs, you could add a couple of primes to the lens kit with the additional savings.
I found the zoom and focus to be fast, the IS to be very reliable and the lens is capable of capturing stunning shots. With the newer cameras out today having the ability to shoot insane high ISO ranges, you have to ask yourself, do I really need the MK2 version of this lens? Yes, there are improvements to the MK2 version which might be more inline with what you need, no argument there. But, if you haven’t shot the MK1 version I would highly suggest you give it a shot. It’s a wonderful lens with considerable cost savings over the MK2 version.
Here are some sample shots from the Canon 70-200L IS F/2.8. Be sure to zoom in and/or toggle to full screen with the shots.
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