The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens is an update to the former 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens, one of Canon’s most popular professional lenses. In the updated lens, the internal elements have been redesigned and a flourite and fifth UD element have been incorporated to the lens. According to Canon, a new autofocusing algorithm should increase AF acquisition speed. Additionally, the minimum focus distance has been reduced to under 4 feet. Finally, the Image Stabilization system has been upgraded to a claimed shake-correction of 4-stops, which is a 1-stop improvement over the previous model.
The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens comes with a tripod collar, lens hood and pouch. It should be available in April 2010. Canon has yet to disclose the initial retail price; however, I would speculate the price to be around $2000 or more given Canon’s recent trend of increasing prices.
More details in the press release below. [Read more…]