Launching today, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
The 70-200mm f/2.8 is a beloved workhorse lens, used extensively by many professional photographers to get the job done. It’ll be those people with cause to celebrate today, as Canon brings out an upgrade Mark III version of this lens, as well as an upgrade to the f/4 model.
Replacing Canon’s flagship lens, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is built for outdoor work, with seals that render it resistant to moisture and dust. It also has fluorine-coated front and rear elements that are easy to clean, and a 3.5-stop image stabilisation system for ensuring blur-free shots.
The eight-bladed diaphragm of the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM will allow it to create pin-sharp shots with a silky-smooth out-of-focus background. Its ring-type USM (ultrasonic motor) means autofocus is not only fast, it’s effectively silent too. This is one of the many reasons these lenses have held such attractions for wildlife photographers. The constant f/2.8 aperture runs right the way through the zoom range.
The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM is built to match the high standards of its predecessor, a more affordable 70-200mm lens for photographers working with a tighter budget. Weighing just 780g, the lens is a good pick for the travelling photographer who doesn’t want to be too overburdened. Its elements have fluorine coating to resist dust and water drops and Super Spectra coating, which reduces ghosting and flare. The lens’ construction also contains fluorite elements designed to correct colour aberrations.
Autofocus is achieved using a combination of ring USM and a new third-generation EF engine. The silent focusing has been tweaked to allow a close focusing distance of 1m, compared to 1.2m on the preceding model.
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Pricing and availability
The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM will be available from mid-August, and its f/4 counterpart will be available earlier, from June 28th. Click the links below to pre-order:
Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS III USM Lens
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens replaces Canon's flagship 70-200mm lens with the inclusion of Air Sphere Coating (ASC) anti-reflection technology, which is designed to significantly reduce flare and ghosting. Resistant to both moisture and dust, this high-performance, robust L-series lens is ideal for any photographer who requires a high-quality telephoto lens for accurate detail.
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Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L IS II USM Lens
Built on the high standards of its predecessor, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens offers a number of improvements to meet the demands of professionals. Most notably, it now features a 5-stop IS system over the 3-stops in the older model. This combined with a constant f4 aperture and compact, lightweight build, is guaranteed to deliver beautifully crisp images in a range of environments.