Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM



Key Features

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • One Super UD Element, One UD Element
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Air Sphere and Fluorine Coatings
  • Dual Nano USM AF System
  • Optical Image Stabiliser
  • Customisable Control Ring
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Canon RF 70-200 Review


Offering versatility and long reach in a notably sleek form factor, the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is a flexible telephoto zoom characterised by its bright design and advanced optics. The constant f/2.8 maximum aperture suits working in difficult lighting conditions and also enables greater control over depth of field. A sophisticated optical design comprises a series of specialised elements, which help to suppress a variety of aberrations throughout the zoom range for well-controlled imagery. An Air Sphere Coating has also been applied to suppress flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions.

Balancing the distinguished optical assets is the Dual Nano USM focus system, which delivers fast, nearly silent autofocus performance with full-time manual focus override. An Image Stabiliser also compensates for up to five stops of camera shake to help produce sharper handheld shots in difficult lighting conditions. A unique Control Ring is also integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself. Additionally, this 70-200mm is weather-sealed and has a fluorine coating to protect the front and rear elements.

Versatile telephoto zoom lens is designed for use with full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless cameras.

  • Bright f/2.8 constant maximum aperture maintains consistent illumination throughout the zoom range and suits working in low-light conditions as well as affords increased control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques.
  • One UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion) element and one Super UD element help to minimise chromatic aberrations and color fringing in order to provide greater clarity and colour accuracy.
  • Two aspherical elements are used to correct spherical aberrations and distortion for improved sharpness and accurate rendering.
  • An Air Sphere Coating (ASC) has been applied to lens elements to reduce backlit flaring and ghosting for maintained light transmission and high contrast in strong lighting conditions.
  • An Optical Image Stabiliser helps to minimise the appearance of camera shake by five stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. Three distinct IS modes are available: standard single-shot mode, a panning-optimized mode, and a mode that only activates the Image Stabilizer during the exposure.
  • Dual Nano USM system utilises both a ring type USM and an STM mechanism to realise quick and accurate focusing that is also smooth and nearly silent to suit both photography and video applications. This focusing system also affords full-time manual focus control when working in the one-shot AF mode.
  • Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.
  • Protective fluorine coating has been applied to the front and rear element to resist fingerprints and smudges and to make cleaning these elements significantly easier.
  • As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens has a weather-resistant design that protects against dust and moisture to enable its use in inclement conditions.
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
  • Removable rotating tripod collar is included and benefits working with the lens atop a tripod or monopod.
Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 70–200 mm
Image stabilisation Yes
CIPA Image stabilisation rating 5 stop(s)
Lens mount Canon RF
Maximum aperture F2.8
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Elements 17
Groups 13
Special elements / coatings Two glass-molded aspherical, one super UD, four UD (One of which is UD Aspherical)
Minimum focus 0.70 m (27.56″)
Maximum magnification 0.23×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter Yes
Weight 1070 g (2.36 lb)
Diameter 90 mm (3.54″)
Length 146 mm (5.75″)
Sealing Yes
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 77 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar Yes

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Customer reviews

(4 Customer reviews)
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Great lens and brilliant service

Love this lens. I'm new to photography but this lens captures some amazing images even with my low skill level! Of course, to achieve F2 it is a big piece of kit.

Hdew service was great. I love a business that under promises and over delivers!

K Lancaster | Hampshire | March 2024

Great Lens

Following all the YouTube reviews of this lens I decided to go for it and have not been disappointed. Sharp in low light and easy to hand hold, normal quality expected from a Canon lens at this price.

HDEW delivered too, with a great delivery service.

Malcolm Burrows | Northamptonshire | November 2023

In a different league to the older EF version !

I owned the original EF 70-200 f2.8 Mk 1 and it did great service for many years paired with a 1Ds II and then a 5D III. I sold it but moved back to Canon with an R5.

The RF lenses are superb and this lens is so much better than the older 70-200 2.8. It is hugely smaller in the hand and weighs a lot less. It can be used as a genuinely ok lens to carry around all day, where the older version was simply too big and heavy.

If focuses fast and quietly. The image quality is amazing when coupled with the R5. I have a number of RF lenses now and this one seems to be the pick in terms of size, weight and image quality. It is incredibly sharp and easy to use.

I am really pleased with the new RF mount lenses and this, as I say, it probably the best in terms of value versus results IMO. Canon QC seems to have moved on a bit with these too as with 7 lenses I have had no issues. EF lenses I had a few issues with the L versions which were not up to scratch IQ wise wide open mainly. No such issues with any of the RF ones at all.

John Hartfree | London | October 2021

Outstanding lens

This new RF lens is just fantastic. Brilliant optical quality, as you would expect from an 'L Series' lens. The build quality and weight as also excellent. It is lighter than the previous EF versions. Tack sharp focus and when combined with the EOS R5's 45mp sensor, the results are just stunning.

David Owens | Sussex | March 2021