updated 11:30 am EST, Wed January 6, 2010
New 70-200 gets fluorite element, fifth UD element
Canon today launched a new version of its DSLR-based EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens, alongside CES-related announcements of new PowerShot cameras. The lens is considered a staple by most professional photographers, and features a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, ultrasonic autofocus and is weather and dust resistant. The new version replaces the original IS version of the lens, with Canon's next generation optical image stabilizer, promising four stops of camera-shake correction -- the original promised only three stops.
The series II lens adds a fluorite element and a fifth UD element in its reengineered construction, minimizing secondary chromatic aberrations and providing improved image quality, contrast and resolution across the entire zoom range, as compared to its predecessor. It also shortens the minimum focusing distance to 4.6 feet, eight inches better than the first generation lens.
Canon's EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens arrives with a detachable tripod collar, a reversible bayonet mount lens hood and a lens pouch. It is promised for delivery to U.S. dealers in April. Pricing will be announced later -- its predecessor sold for $2000 retail.