Canon RF 70-200 mm f/2.8 L IS USM

Posted on maj 16, 2020 in EOS R, Photography | No Comments

I owned the EF version of this zoom lens a couple of years ago. It was the L II version (Canon later released a almost identical L III version). I was never satisfied with the size, the weight and the sharpness on f/2,8 and its just below average bokeh presentation (not very creamy compared to 85 L II and 50 L). I was forced to use f/4 for more crisp sharpness. Later I replaced the 70-200 with the 100-400 L II, a lens that I really love, even if it’s a bit slow (f4-5,6).

The RF version corrects all my problems with the EF version:

  • It is small (53 mm shorter) and light (420 g lighter)
  • and sharp already from f/2.8 and very sharp from f/4, center to corner
  • excellent IS
  • zoom lock button
  • much improved minimum focus distance – 70 cm (improved from 1,2 m EF version)
  • well corrected – not much CA, just some corner shading
  • it hold up well in backlit settings: good contrast and little flare

There’s not much to complain about. The RF 70-200 is a fantastic lens with a ”fantastic” price tag.

The RF lens lineup continues to impress me. My own lens ranking for optical quality/performance:

  1. RF 85 mm f/1.2
  2. RF 70-200 mm f/2.8
  3. RF 50 mm f/1.2

Image examples

It’s Corona-times now, so just some flowers from around my home base:

Fritillary on Kungsängen, May 13, 2020

Uppsala, May 4, 2020

Uppsala, April 26, 2020

Uppsala, April 26, 2020

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