05 January 2010

My favourite lens gets updated

It's been a long time coming but finally Canon have announced a new version of my favourite lens.

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is no more and has been replaced by the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.

What's different?  Well certainly not enough to make me upgrade.

According to the Canon USA website the internal elements have been redesigned incorporating a fluorite element and a fifth UD element.  They say "The use of the fluorite element and five UD elements helps to minimize secondary chromatic aberrations and produce better image quality with improved contrast and resolution through the entire zoom range; the end result is an optically precise lens worthy of becoming the leader of Canon's L-series lenses."

Other improvements are that you can focus 20cm closer (to 1.2 metres over 1.4 metres as it was before) and its 20 grams heavier, weighing in at a hefty 1490g.  The magnesium alloy barrel design features is stronger, the new bayonet mount on the front of the lens includes a locking mechanism to help the supplied lens hood stay securely in place.  Also there is a wider focusing ring, and the thickness of the switches has been reduced.

As I'm often shooting in low light, the most important improvement to me is in its Image Stabilisation, the new lens now compensates for upto 4 steps, 1 more than the previous version.

Expect to see the news lens on the shelves sometime after April 2010.

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