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Old 08-29-2011, 04:03 AM
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Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 USM L Lens

Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Currently 5.0/5.0

When I'm shooting sports, I have my go-to lens, and that lens is the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L. It produces beautifully saturated, sharp and clear photos whether shooting indoors or out. The wide aperture allows for fast action to be caught and the subject to be separated from the background with beautiful, smooth blurring. This is the kind of lens the pro-sports photographer use, and with good reason.

The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L produces tack-sharp images at all zoom ranges, and autofocuses very quickly. You will want to use a monopod or tripod with this lens, as it does not have image stabilization, but with the size and weight attached to your camera body, you would likely want to use one anyway. The lens has its own tripod mount for attaching a tripod or monopod, and that mound should definitely be used instead of the camera body mount to ensure proper balance.

Having a lens like this does come at some cost, though. It is roughly twice the cost of the Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS USM L lens, and also nearly twice the weight, making it a pretty heavy lens. You will definitely feel that weight if handholding the camera for very long. While f/2.8 will create a wonderful sense of depth and separation of subject from background, you have to be sure that you are nailing your subject with focus; f/2.8 is a very, very thin slice of depth, seeming more so at longer focal lengths. If you're good, though, you'll get magazine-quality sports shots from this lens consistently.

In my opinion, the extra cost and weight are more than worth it in the shots that I get from this lens. I even use it to shoot weddings when I can't be right up near the action (such as at the altar during the ceremony). A professional photographer will easily earn back the money spent on this lens by using it on the job.

MSRP: $2,200

Review by professional reviewer, Aug. 25, 2011
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