Canon Release NEW 70-200mm f4L and f2.8L lenses

We received a New Product Announcement from Canon this morning at 6am.

Today Canon launched an upgrade to two of their most loved and well-regarded L-series lenses, with the launch of the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM.

The 70-200mm lens is the later half of the one-two punch that is the EF 24-70mm and EF 70-200mm combo. These two lenses have been the industry standard for professional and semi-professional photographers for many years now. The original EF 24-70mm f/2.8L was released in 2002, to replace the well-regarded EF 28-70 f/2.8L from 1993, and the first EF 70-200mm f/2.8 in 1995.

These two mark the latest two iterations of this pivotal pairing. Their adaptability make then suitable for capturing a wide rang of subjects from portraits to wildlife solidifying their spot in many professional kitbags.

What are the Key Features?



    EF 70-200 f4L IS II USM £1299

    • Versatile 70-200mm zoom range

    • Constant f/4 max aperture

    • Ring-type USM focusing

    • 5-stop Image Stabilizer

    • Highly portable, weighs just 780g

The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM comprises a new Image Stabilizer unit, based on the design of Canon’s EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, which delivers the equivalent effect of a shutter five-stops faster, compared to the previous lens' three-stops.

The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM uses a combination of a Ring USM and a new third generation EF engine, which features a new high-performance control CPU and newly developed firmware, to drive greater speed and accuracy in achieving high-speed autofocus. The silent functioning autofocus can also be tweaked manually and allows a close focusing distance of 1m, compared to the 1.2m on its predecessor. These features make the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM perfect for unobtrusive and precise shooting, characteristics required to successfully capture street photography.


    EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM £2149

    • Versatile 70-200mm zoom range

    •Constant f/2.8 max aperture

    • Ring-type USM focusing

    • 3.5-stop Image Stabilizer

    • Tough, weather-proof construction

Thanks to its first-class fluorite and UD optics, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM delivers high contrast and excellent resolution. When using this lens, a photographer can be confident that they can achieve the perfect shot. Shooting in low light is also no problem for the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, thanks to its fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, which is constant throughout the zoom range and lets in twice as much light as an f/4 lens.

Camera shake isn’t something users of the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM should be concerned about as a 3.5-stop Image Stabilizer compensates any blur caused by movement. A ring-type USM motor offers silent autofocus at outstanding speeds, and manual adjustments can be made at any time with a simple twist of the focus ring. These features make the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM an exceptional lens for perfectly, and quietly, capturing animals in their natural habitat.

When will they be available?

Shipping begins mid-August, both lenses are now available for pre-order.

  • 7 Jun 2018

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