New Canon EF 70-200/2.8L IS II USM - Available April 2010
As of this afternoon (5pm 3/10/10) B&H are showing the EF70-200/2.8L IS II USM as being in stock. This is somewhat early since Canon were predicting April availability. I suspect their stock may not last long.
Canon have announced that they will be releasing the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM in April. This is an update of the venerable Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, one of Canon's best and most popular lenses among photojournalists and advanced amateur photographers.
The old lens was (and is) so good that it's hard to see how Canon can improve on it, but in their press release they say that the following changes have been made:
I can't say I was really expecting this lens since the current version is so good (and so popular). I suppose it may in part be a response to the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II which was released this summer. Nikon added ED elements and improved their VR, so Canon have added more elements and improved their IS. And so it goes. I'm just wondering where the 24-70/2.8L IS and 400/5.6L IS are on the development ladder...
|Diagonal Angle of view (full frame)||34º - 12º|
|Elements/Groups||23 elements/19 groups|
|Special elements||1 Fluorite element, 5 UD glass elements|
|Closest focus||1.2m (47")|
|AF Motor||Ring-type Ultrasonic Motor with FTM|
|Image stabilization||4 stops, 2 modes|
|Lens Hood||ET-87 (supplied with lens)|
|Dimensions (diam x length)||89mm x 199mm ; (3.5 x 7.8 inches)|
|Weight||1490g (3.28 lb)|
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For those who need a lens before April and/or don't relish the thought of spending $2000 or so, there are the excellent existing 70-200 lenses at prices from under $600 to around $1700! Remember that all four of the current lenses have Canon rebates (from $40 to $150), but the REBATE PROGRAM ends on January 16th 2010.
There are until the Canon Rebates end