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First Look at Canon’s New 70-200mm Lenses (June 2018)


Yesterday Canon introduced two new 70-200mm lenses – the EF 70-200mm F4L IS II USM and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM. In the above Adorama video wedding photographer, Vanessa Joy talks about her experience shooting with the two lenses.

The two new lenses bring with them a number of changes. Let’s start with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM which actually has the least amount of modifications. Basically, this lens is identical to the existing version (released back in 2010) but with new coatings including An Air Sphere Coating (ASC) added to reduce backlit flaring and ghosting and fluorine coating on front and rear elements of the lens (Canon also mentioned that some other coatings were improved on the lens).

The more interesting improvement comes to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM. This lens has both some changes to the optical structure (although the basic design probably didn’t change too much) but the biggest changes are to the image stabilization (which is now 5 stops up from 3.5) and is also quieter, and features 3 modes, designed for shooting both still and moving subjects.

The lens has a new 9 blade aperture and all new coatings including Spectra Coating that should help minimize ghosts and flare as well as front and rear elements with fluorine coating, for ease of cleaning.

B&H also released a video about the two new lenses

As for pricing, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM will sell for $1300 and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM will sell for $2100.

Canon’s own video about the two new 70-200mm lenses

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