My new EF 70-200/2.8L IS II USM

Today, the latest addition to my lens collection has arrived: The Canon EF 70-200/2.8L IS II USM, and it’s image stabilizer really blows me away. I am used to working with the non-IS version of the lens, and it was already very good in terms of image quality, i.e. sharpness, distortion and colors. But this lens, whew, it’s just amazing.

And I can easily prove it. Below is the first test shot. It is 1/50 sec from hand at 200 mm on a 1Ds mark III body. Usually, with the old lens, I would have required at least 1/200 sec, better 1/250 or 1/300, to get a decent shot. But here, the image stabilizer works its magic, and I can shoot at 1/50 sec. I did another test shot: 1/25 sec. at 90 mm, all sharp and clear.

This is probably the best purchase I made in years! Now all those super-dark environments, like churches and meeting rooms, can be shot entirely from hand. No more fiddling around with tripods or monopods.

Yee-ha! Am I excited? You bet.

Test shot from hand, with EF 70-200/2.8L IS II USM on a Canon EOS 1Ds mark III body at 200 mm using 1/50 sec exposure time.

1:1 crop out from test shot above. The “Focus” field is clear and sharp. The image stabilizer has corrected the manual camera shake perfectly.

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