Canon 70-200mm F2.8 III Lens

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the quality & Versatility of this lens is exceptional.

Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM EF Lens

Released in 2018, this lens is a quintessential part of Canon’s esteemed L-series lineup. The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM lens is equipped with an advanced Image Stabilization (IS) system, providing up to 3.5 stops of shake correction, which is invaluable for handheld shooting in dimly lit environments or when using slow shutter speeds.

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What the heck do all those letters mean, anyway?

Let’s break down the name of the lens, shall we?

  • Canon – the maker of the camera lens
  • 70-200mm – the focal length of the lens
  • f/2.8 – the maximum aperture
  • L – the truth is, I’m not sure anyone knows what the L stands for, but they are the more expensive lenses in Canon’s lineup
  • IS – Image Stabilization
    • allows for handheld shooting in lower light conditions
  • III – third version of this lens
  • USM – Ultrasonic Motor autofocus system
    • known for its speed, precision, and quiet operation
  • EF – Electro-Focus (auto focus)

Pros & Cons for the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 III


  1. Image Quality: The lens delivers exceptional image sharpness, contrast, and color rendition across its zoom range, making it ideal for a wide variety of photography genres.
  2. Aperture: The constant f/2.8 maximum aperture allows for excellent low-light performance and the ability to achieve a shallow depth of field, which is great for portraits and isolating subjects.
  3. Image Stabilization: Equipped with an effective image stabilization system, it allows for handheld shooting in lower light conditions, reducing the risk of camera shake.
  4. Build Quality: As part of Canon’s L series, it has durable construction, weather-sealing, and robustness, making it suitable for professional use and harsh shooting environments.
  5. Autofocus: The USM (Ultrasonic Motor) ensures fast, accurate, and near-silent autofocus performance, which is beneficial for both still photography and videography.
  6. Versatility: This lens is incredibly versatile, suitable for sports, wildlife, portraits, weddings, and event photography.


  1. Weight and Size: Weighing in at approximately 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs), its size and weight can be quite bulky for prolonged handheld shooting or for those who prefer a lighter travel kit (like me!)
  2. Price: The high quality and performance of this lens come with a premium price tag, which might be a significant investment for hobbyists or those on a tight budget.
  3. Limited Zoom Range for Some Applications: While the 70-200mm range is versatile, it might not be sufficient for photographers needing longer reach without resorting to extenders, which theoretically could affect image quality. Honestly though, I’m a huge advocate of the teleconverters and a lot of my shots are taken with those with no problem.
  4. Tripod Collar: While the tripod collar is useful for balancing the lens when mounted on a tripod, some users find it bulky and unnecessary for handheld shooting, preferring to remove it. (Removing it altogether is a hassle if you do use it, so I rotate it to get it out of my way without removing it. Still not my favorite though.)

I’ve taken with the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 III Lens:

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