Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, My New Lens

My biggest regret over getting the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM is that I should have sprung for IS back when I first purchased the 70-200 rather than just settling. The non-IS version was great, had great colors & contrast, focused smoothly, accurately, and blazing fast. The only problem was that I couldn’t get sharp images hand holding in low light conditions at 1/80th a second at 200mm. The 70-200 are big and heavy lenses maybe it difficult to handhold steady at slower shutter speeds.

As many of you already know, having IS does not stop action. You can’t expect to take a sharp image of a sprinting football player with a shutter speed of 1/80th a second with IS; IS does not fix motion blur. What IS does is compensate for shaky hands or trying to hand hold a long focal length, especially in challenging lighting conditions where flash is not suited such as a church wedding.

With the recent Canon instant rebates, the timing and price just worked out perfectly, so I went ahead and picked up a brand new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM from my favorite photography store, B&H. I highly recommend purchasing from B&H because they’re customer service is top notch and shipping is fast. When I received the package, it was very well packaged in a box with adequate protection to prevent damage.

One of the first things I noticed upon taking the lens out of the box, it’s heavy. Definitely heavier than the non-IS version, most likely due to the additional glass for IS (23 elements[!] in 18 groups versus 18 elements in 15 groups). It’s also slightly larger and longer.

I’ll be trying the lens in the next few days and posting samples along with my review, in the meantime, enjoy these teaser pics: