Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Canon launches EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Mk II

Canon has announced the launch of the 2nd generation of the professional workhorse lens. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Mk II improves on the predecessor’s performance with a revised optical formula featuring a fluorite element and 5 UD elements. The minimum focusing distance has also been reduced to a class-leading 1.2m to allow for tighter close-ups, and the Image Stabilization (IS) has been improved to 4 stops (instead of the predecessor’s 3 stops). Other minor improvements include a wider focusing ring and dust/splash proof construction.

The inclusion of the fluorite element is an important aspect of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Mk II, as the IS version of the 70-200mm f/4 IS is noticeably sharper than the non-IS version by incorporating a fluorite element. We can only wait for test images to come in at this moment. Meanwhile, legions of fans may be disappointed to learn that the new lens is not lighter than its predecessor – at 1.49 kg. Ouch!

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