Canon today announced the EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM lens, a successor to its EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM lens that was launched in 2008. The pro-grade 70-200mm f2.8 lens has long been a go-to lens for professional shooters. This newest version offers improvements on an already solid design including a redesigned optical system and a closer minimum focusing distance.
It is fully weatherproof. The mount, focus mode switch, and focusing ring are completely dust-proof and drip-proof. The lens is designed and built to withstand the rigors of everyday use by professional photographers.
The Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM lens features a redesigned optical system with an added fluorite lens element along with five ultralow dispersion (UD) lens elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and to maintain high-contrast images from corner to corner. To add to its flexibility, the lens has a reduced minimum focusing distance of 3.9 feet, a big improvement over the 4.6 feet of its predecessor. The lens has a ring-type ultrasonic motor (USM) AF motor, that along with a new CPU and AF algorithms, make for fast, quiet AF, and match the capbilities of the new EOS-1D MK IV and EOS 7D.
As well as internal improvements, there also are enhanced external differences. The thickness of the external switches has been reduced to guard against accidental switching and for an improved appearance. Also, something rarely seen in an age of autofocus, the manual focus ring is now wider and has been redesigned for a better manual focusing experience. It weighs 52.6 ounces, only slightly more than the former lens' 51.6 ounces.
No pricing information is available yet, but the lens will be available in February. Its predecessor sells for about $1,900.