Sizzling on the heels of the wonderful Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, reviewed final month and awarded an Editor’s Selection accolade, we’ve the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, the massive brother of the pair, with its quick, vivid f/2.eight most aperture. We are able to additionally add weight and value to the equation, so it is going to be very attention-grabbing to see the result, and examined utilizing the identical Canon EOS 5DS R 50mp physique as for the earlier evaluate.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Dealing with and Options

Canon Ef 70 200mm F2,8L Is III Usm Side View (Custom)

As anticipated, the lens is considerably heavier than the f/Four model, weighing in at 1480g. Maybe surprisingly although, it appears comparatively compact and could be very manageable when mounted on the Canon EOS 5DS R. The lens got here with us to the Gwrych Citadel Medieval Fayre and it was completely superb carrying it round all day, utilizing a digital camera sling for consolation. It is a full body lens, nevertheless it can be used on APS-C format digital camera our bodies, the place the equal focal size vary turns into 112-320mm.

Beginning our tour of the lens, we’ve a generously sized bayonet match lenshood, with a locking catch. Inside the bayonet becoming on the lens, there’s a typical 77mm filter thread. In direction of the entrance of the lens is a large handbook focus ring. This affords a wonderful grip and is energetic throughout AF operation, so tweaks may be made to the ultimate focus place. Focusing vary is all the way down to 1.2m, a most magnification of 0.21x at 200mm. It is a helpful shut focusing distance, however not fairly as shut because the f/Four lens. Focusing is inside, and handbook focus is just not digital so continues to work with the digital camera energy switched off. The motion could be very easy and has simply the correct amount of damping. AF utilises a ring-type USM motor and is quick, correct and silent. The lens utilises Canon’s Air Sphere Coating, and there may be additionally a Fluorine coating on the entrance aspect to repel mud and moisture. The lens can be sealed in opposition to mud and moisture.

Behind this, we’ve a small plastic window that homes the space scale, marked in toes and metres. There are IR focus correction marks for 70mm and 100mm, however no depth of subject scale.

On the facet of the lens on the similar level are a collection of switches. First is the AF limiter change which gives a selection of full vary or infinity all the way down to 2.5m. The second is the AF on/off selector. The third is the optical stabiliser on/off. Recommendation is to change this off when utilizing a tripod. The fourth is the stabiliser mode change. Place 1 is for static topics, place 2 is for panning.

Canon Ef 70 200mm F2,8L Is III Usm Without Hood On Canon 5dsr Top View (Custom)

Closest to the digital camera physique is the zoom management, clearly and precisely marked at 70, 100, 135 and 200mm. The motion is easy however agency sufficient so focal size is just not by chance modified. There’s a rotating tripod mount, because the elevated weight in comparison with the f/Four model signifies that ideally the lens ought to be supported on the tripod relatively than the digital camera carrying all the burden on its mount.

Optical development is 23 components in 19 teams, with an eight bladed diaphragm to boost the bokeh of the lens.

The lens is suitable with Canon’s extension tubes and extenders. Extension tube EF 12 II gives a magnification vary of 0.28x – 0.06x. Tube EF 25 II provides us 0.36x – 0.14x.

There are two suitable extenders. EF 1.4x III leads to a 98-280mm vary with a most magnification of 0.30x. The aperture vary turns into f/4 – f/45.

EF 2x III provides us 140-400mm with apertures from f/5.6 to f/64 and a most magnification of 0.44x. Each extenders assist AF operation.

Do we’d like f/2.eight might be a fundamental query to ask as a result of it carries the penalties of weight and value to a major diploma. There is no such thing as a doubt that this f/2.eight model is ergonomically excellent, nevertheless it does take extra wielding than its smaller brother. Nonetheless, it does really feel very properly balanced on the 5DS R, and for some photographers that f/2.eight aperture could be wanted.

Canon Ef 70 200mm F2,8L Is III Usm Rear Oblique View (Custom)

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