Sometimes in life we don't always get what we want, BUT when you do, take advantage of it. When I first started shooting, it was the challenge accepting certain jobs like sports and music concerts due to the fact I would be so far away from the subject(s). It was about two years in before I decided that a 24-70 just isn't long enough for me to acquire more jobs. So I did about two to three months of research on everything about telephoto lenses. All I read online was the fact weight and price is going to be the deciding factors on what telephoto lenses would be the best. The fact that image quality wasn't a big concern on all the research I read kinda scared me. I actually narrowed down the search to third party brand companies like tamron and sigma telephoto compared to Canon telephoto lenses. My biggest concern was investing a lot into a lens and fearful that
A. it would break down on me after a couple of months due to it being third party
B. f4 vs f2.8, do I need the extra stop of light?
C. Very big weight difference between the f4 options and f2.8 options
So my first step into finding my telephoto lens is learning that I wanted to shoot more event photography like weddings and concerts so I decided I wanted a F2.8 lens. Having that one stop of light helps me with keeping my images as clean as possible. The bokeh difference between f4 vs f2.8 is neglegible. Second I did a comparison between the Tamron telephotos and Canon telephotos. So I researched the pros and cons of each brand and found a very shocking discovery about Tamron telephoto lenses. DISCLAIMER-*I HAVE NOTHING AGANIST TAMRON, I ACTUALLY OWN A TAMRON LENS AND WILL BE DOING A REVIEW ON IT:)* Tamron telephotos fall victim to lens breathing. What is lens breathing? Its basically where whatever focal length at the longest end really isn't what you're seeing through your view finder. After about six months of reading lens reviews, looking in the bank account, and missing out on the jobs I wanted to get, I made the big decision on what lens to get! The lens of choice I use and now became my favorite lens is drumroll please......THE CANON 70-200 F2.8LII W/ IMAGE STABILIZATION.
Why the 70-200? Its such a great lens due to many things. . Two of my favorite things about this lens is COMPRESSION AND BOKEH. I honestly feel that when people buy this lens initially, they buy it for the focal length. Don't get me wrong I love this lens focal range but thats not the reason why I bought it.This is actually the telephoto lens that does not suffer from lens breathing After time, I realized that the reasons I love this lens was because of the compression and bokeh. Compression works in the way of bringing whats behind your subject closer to them. Now the bokeh on this lens is epitomizes the term "buttery". Backgrounds on 200mm at f.2.8 literally turn into mush. The image quality coming out this lens is what you would expect from a two thousand dollar plus lens. Its sharp from f2.8 to f22, which makes feel comfortable because a lot of images are shot wide open aperture wise. Nowadays I shoot more f3.2 but I still would shoot f2.8 without any worry. What I forgot to include in my last review was build quality. The lens is built like a tank. It weighs 3.28 lbs and you will feel every pound when you hold this lens. I love the fact when paired with my 5D Mark iii, it distributes the weight evenly and doesn't feel top heavy which was shocking. It is weather sealed which is cool because I have yet to shoot in the rain but it's nice to know that I have no worries shooting in any weather condition:) I have used this lens to shoot sports, events, headshot and portraits. I find myself using this lens to be my favorite portrait lens and whenever I have the chance to use this lens I do it. If you have the money to purchase this lens, its worth every penny.
- Image quality is amazing
- Bokeh is buttery and smooth
- Amazing compression
- Only 70-200 lens that dosen't have lens breathing
- Build quality is second to none
- Price- $2,200
- Heavy-3.26 pounds
- Chromatic Aberration at f2.8 (quick fix in post processing)
- Color-silly nitpicking but a big white lens just doesn't scream discreetness
- minimum focus distance isn't great so make sure you snap those frames kinda close if you have a subject coming towards you
This lens is a staple to my gear and this lens will last longer than my next two camera bodies. As always the images below are ones shot on this lens. Hope everyone has a great day and I'll be back soon