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Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM

3 November 2010
Szymon Starczewski

9. Ghosting and flares


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It seems that we finally managed to find one category where we can carp about something - the Canon loses to the Nikkor and the Sigma here. The work against bright light was a huge problem for the previous 70-200 mm f/2.8 model versions. The improvement is noticeable but not as big as we expected because there are plenty of light artifacts in the test photos and their intensity is significant.

Such a result was predictable in a way. Compared to the predecessor, better anti-reflection coatings were most probably used here but, on the other hand, the number of air-to-glass surfaces that had to be covered increased from 36 to 38. Add to it a huge front element which is not hidden inside the barrel as it ends side by side with the outer lens. In order to avoid the effects presented below we recommend using the lens hood, included in the standard accessory kit.


Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM - Ghosting and flares