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

Launched 7 June 2018

from the Canon press release

Canon has today announced an upgrade to two of its most loved and well-regarded L-series lenses, with the launch of the EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM and EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM. The 70-200mm lens has been instrumental for professional, semi-professional and photography enthusiasts for many years, thanks to the ability to easily change image composition by switching from standard to telephoto. This adaptability means both lenses can capture a wide range of subjects, from portraits to wildlife, reaffirming the pivotal role the 70-200mm lens plays in a photographer’s kit bag.

Commenting on the launch of the EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM and EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM, Michael Burnhill, European Product Specialist, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe, said: "Following feedback from our global photography community, we are very proud to be introducing these two lenses. We are committed to delivering the best quality and performance-driven products for today’s visual storytellers to ensure we provide unsurpassable choice for photographers looking to meet their image requirements with confidence. The EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM epitomises the very finest in L-series optical technology, whilst being compact in size, robust and lightweight, and the EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM offers unbeatable performance, versatility and durability."

High-performance, versatile and durable – EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM

The EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM replaces Canon’s flagship 70-200mm lens, enhancing the experiences of photographers using this industry leading lens. It has been designed with high-performance and robustness at its heart, ideal for a photographer who requires a high-quality telephoto lens for accurate detail.

Built to meet the demands of professionals, the EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM’s protective seals make it an obvious choice for challenging conditions. Resistant to both moisture and dust, the EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM also comprises fluorine-coated front and rear elements, which are easy to clean. With the functionality photographers love, updates to the EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM’s durability means it is excellent for shooting high-quality travel photography.

With its wide f/2.8 maximum aperture and eight-bladed circular diaphragm, the EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM opens up a world of creative options. It enables the photographer to emphasise pin-sharp subjects against a silky smooth, out-of-focus background. Thanks to its first-class fluorite and UD optics, the EF 70-200mm f2.8L 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 f2.8L IS III USM, thanks to its fast f2.8 maximum aperture, which is constant throughout the zoom range and lets in twice as much light as an f4 lens.

Camera shake isn’t something users of the EF 70-200mm f2.8L 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 f2.8L IS III USM an exceptional lens for perfectly, and quietly, capturing animals in their natural habitat.

Key features

• Enjoy extra creative control, with a fast f2.8 aperture

• Shoot with confidence in low-light conditions

• Superb image quality throughout the zoom range

• Built to meet the demands of working professionals

• Fast, near-silent autofocus

High quality L-series accessories

The EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM is supplied with several accessories, including the ET-87 Lens Hood and the Ring-Type Tripod Collar B (W). The smart Lens Case LZ1326 is also included as standard, offering quick and easy access when users need to switch lenses in time-pressured situations.

Compatibility with a range of optional Canon accessories also allows users to pair the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM with Extender EF 1.4x III,  Extender EF 2x III, Extension Tube EF 12 II and Extension Tube EF 25 II.

Pricing and availability

The EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM is available from summer 2018 with an SRP of 2,149.99/€2,499.99


Focal length and maximum aperture: 70-200mm 1:2.8
Lens construction: 23 elements in 19 groups
Diagonal angle-of-view: 34-12
Focus adjustment: ring-type USM, full-time manual focus
Closest focusing distance: 1.2m, 0.21 x magnification
Filter size: 77mm
Max. diameter x length, weight: 88.8 x 199mm, 1,480g


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