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Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM Full-Frame Lens (2019)

MSRP 2849 EURNeoscore 71%NEX score 87%

Product Overview

RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM complete's Canon's "trinity" professional f/2.8 zoom lens lineup for the EOS R full-frame digital mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system.
Unlike its EF-mount predecessor, the RF features external zoom. As a result, the new RF lens is 27% shorter and 28% lighter, with a large portion of the lens elements closer to the camera body.
The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM sports two Nano USM focusing motors for smoother and quieter autofocus.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent optical performance
  • Smaller than the competition
  • Optically stabilized
  • Zoom lock prevents zoom creep
  • Weather-sealed
  • Comes with a tripod collar
Cons
  • Not the best zooming mechanism

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 87% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent image stabilisation
  • Excellent stabilization
  • Compact, sturdy construction
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Compact and light
  • Improved optics
Cons
  • No telephoto zoom
  • No filter window
  • Brakeh blobs
  • F/2.8 version is more compact than f/4
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Form Factor
Telephoto Zoom Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Focus limiter, Tripod collar
Lens Mount
Canon RF-mount
Motor
Ultrasonic
Optical Formula | Elements
17 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
13 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
Two glass-molded aspherical, one super UD, four UD (One of which is UD Aspherical) groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
77 mm / 3.03 in
Size | Diameter
90 mm / 3.54 in
Size | Length
146 mm / 5.75 in
Weight
1070 g / 37.81 oz

Function

Angle Of View
34.4° Diagonal | 28.8° Horizontal | 19.5° Vertical (wide) ~ 12.4° Diagonal | 10.3° Horizontal | 6.9° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/2.8
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
70 mm ~ 200 mm
Image Stabilization
Yes (5 stops)
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
External zoom (zoom lock available)

Performance

Max Magnification
0.23x
Min Focus Distance
700 mm / 27.56 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2019-02-14

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM is a pro zoom that exploits the benefits of both mirrorless and modern optical design to deliver a truly unique proposition. It essentially matches the optical quality of the superb EF 70-300mm Mark III, but with a barrel that’s two thirds the weight. Event shooters will greatly appreciate the benefit of a noticeably lighter lens, plus the shorter barrel allows it to stand up for transportation in many bags rather than lying down. Canon also improved the image stabilisation, delivered better closeups, quietened the motors and thrown-in a cylindrical white lens hood with a filter window.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image stabilisation
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Improved optics
Cons
  • Brakeh blobs
  • No filter window

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Canon's RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM is a statement lens. It can focus on subjects as close as 2.3 feet (0.7m) The lens has a decent 1:4.3 macro magnification rating at 200mm. At $2,699, it's the most expensive 70- 200mm you can buy.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Incredibly sharp at f/2.8
  • Excellent stabilization
  • Compact, sturdy construction
Cons
  • No telephoto zoom

digitalpicture[3]

Sentiment Score 90%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is extremely sharp. 5-stop image stabilization system will help realize impressive image quality even when shooting handheld. The retracting design means a far more compact retracted size that is especially useful when packing in a case. All of the RF-series lenses introduced to date are extremely high-quality.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fast, smooth, nearly silent autofocus
  • 5-stop image stabilization system
  • Compact and light
Cons
  • F/2.8 version is more compact than f/4

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/canon-rf-70-200mm-f2-8l-is-usm-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/canon-rf-70-200mm-f28-l-is-usm. 2020-08-28. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-RF-70-200mm-F2.8-L-IS-USM-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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