Canon 70-200mm 2.8L Lens

August 10, 2015  •  2 Comments

The Canon 70-200mm 2.8L Lens is arguably one of Canon's most popular lenses (pictured below).  I purchased this lens about three years ago primarily for event photography.  However, the direction of image:captured has gone into more studio and location studio photography.  Therefore, this cracking lens has not been seeing that much light of day recently.  The lens I generally have on my camera is the Canon 24-70mm 2.8L which is an absolutely awesome lens and my favourite lens by far.

I am a Getty Images contributor and this winter I would like to up weight my Getty portfolio with a large and varied wild life selection. I am intending to shoot the style of images which would be in demand for greeting cards.  Therefore, I need a new lens for the job reaching parts the 70-200mm can't..... the Canon 300mm 2.8L.

The Canon 300mm 2.8L is quite possibly the best lens to have ever blessed the word of photography.  So sharp you can cut your fingers on the images and it produces the dreamiest bokeh on any prime lens in the market.  Therefore, the Canon 300mm 2.8L has a price tag to match!  This means I need to make some sacrifices and the Canon 70-200mm might just be one of them.

The question is.... can I part with this lens???!!!  I know the minute it is gone I will need it!

Some sample images which I have taken using this lens are below.  It's a tough decision. 

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Example images using the Canon 2x 111 extender with my Canon 70-200mm 2.8L. I am very impressed:-

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After a long deliberation I am going to keep this lens (for now!) I have ordered a Conon 2X III extender for the wildlife work. This takes this lens to 400mm. The compromise is that I lose 2 x stops of light (taking the aperture from 2.8 to 5.6). Also, depending on which review you read... a lose of image quality. I will try the extender and test it's performance. Watch this space.
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