The 70-200mm focal length has been one of the most versatile and popular zoom ranges available. First introduced in March of 1995 the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM has been one of the go to lenses for sports, portraiture, and journalism across the world. Canon has four 70-200mm lenses in their lineup, two f/2.8s and f/4s with and without IS. As a portrait photographer I find the f/2.8 aperture is a must have over the f/4 versions to completely isolate your subject and stray from any distractions or environmental flaws. Thus is why I sold my 70-200mm f/4L USM earlier this year and purchased this f/2.8 version. Though it lacks image stabilization and the weather sealing that its newer 70-200mm f/2.8L USM IS II brother has, it is around $1,000 cheaper and lighter, making it a much better bang for your buck.
|Aperture||Maximum: f/2.8 Minimum: f/22|
|Lens Construction||18 elements in 15 groups|
|Diagonal Angle of View||34° – 12°|
|Focus Adjustment||Inner focusing system with USM|
|Front Element Rotation||No|
|Closest Focusing Distance||1.5m / 4.9 ft.|
|Max. Diameter x Length, Weight||3.3″ x 7.6″, 2.9 lbs. / 84.6mm x 193.6mm, 1310g|
In the box come not only the lens and warranty papers, but a very nice zippered, padded case. Much better than the soft drawstring lens pouch the f/4 variants of the 70-200s receive. It has two rings on each side in case you want to attach a strap to it as well as having two connected zippers allowing opening and closing to be a breeze. The top of the bag is kept shut by a Velcro tab on the zippered flap. This case is also sold separately for ~$55.
Not only is the case included, as with all L lenses Canon provides you with the lens hood as well. The f/2.8 versions of the 70-200mm lenses receive a tulip style hood over the classic bayonet hood the f/4 lenses have. Sold separately the ET-83II hood is ~$45. A hood is always a good thing to have on your lens. It helps reduce flaring, increases image contrast, and acts to protect from any accidental smashing into things.
Finally, the lens comes with a tripod collar. The f/4 70-200s do not come with one, so if you need to pick one up, they will set you back ~$180 if you get the Canon version.
The collar easily rotates and is removable for hand-held shooting purposes. The collar helps balance the weight out a lot when you mount your camera on a tripod. There is less stress on the lens collar mount than there is when the body itself is attached to the tripod.
The thread for the mount is a standard 1/4″.