Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II – DEAL

True story. I was lined up to work on a shoot where I really needed Image Stabilization on a 70-200mm. I ponied up $2500 full retail price to get one shipped in time for the shoot.

Today there's a pretty amazing deal on this lens I wished I had at the time of my purchase. At B&H, the new $2500 70-200mm F/2.8L IS lens immediately drops down to just $2199, and combined with another $300 Mail-in-Rebate, your final total is just $1899. Just add the item to cart to see changes. [Update: Go beyond cart to see changes]

For a limited time, and limited quantity at this price. (found here).

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17 thoughts on “Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II – DEAL

  1. I've got a 70-200mm 2.8 IS Mark I, and apparently it is parfocal from what I understand.

    However, apparently the Mark II is not parfocal. I may be wrong, so feel free to correct me, guys!

  2. Archie

    Thanks motionglass. I too read on a website (they rent lens) that non-IS is parfocal. But I checked with Canon (a top guy) and they refused, and they emailed me too. Why would they do that.
    @Emm thanks for your reply (and even remembering I am an overseas customer :)

  3. In case anyone is thinking of getting here are my 2 cents. I bought the non-IS version in '96, and it's the only piece of equipment that survived many system changes. There is a lot to love about the glass. Fast, sharp, clear, resolves people beautifully. I've found Canon's telephotos to be top notch and this one is exceptional. It looks awesome at all distances and all zoom settings wide open. Canon did it right with this lens.

    There are two things I don't like about this lens for filmmaking. First, good luck pulling focus. The focus throw (I forget, probably between 90 and 120 degrees) is way too short. Worse, my copy is imprecise, and has the focus ring that has a small but significant dead zone: you turn the focus a few mm before it catches, then when you turn it the other way there's another few mm before it catches. Combine the short throw with the short DOF at 200mm/2.8 will drive any focus puller berserk.

    The other thing is the IS version is reportedly not parfocal. The non-IS version like mine I can confirm is parfocal, at all the distances I've tried at least. I've found this is super handy. The non-IS version is cheaper too.

    Anyway, great lens, but when the shot requires a focus pull, I switch to a prime.

  4. Don

    FYI, right now, using an Ipad, it gave me a price of $2,199 (I assume that still does not factor in the $300 rebate). It appears that using a mobile device gives you the lower price, so try that if you want this deal.

  5. I tried adding another lens with the mail-in rebate on it to the cart, and at the same time that the 70-200 is listed with $300 off, the 50mm 1.2 is listed with $180 off, which is the rebate amount.

    I called B&H and the discounted price does NOT include the mail in rebate, so it seems that right now they are doubling down on the rebate amounts on at least those two lenses and potentially more. The guy at B&H said this could change any time though...

  6. Phillip

    Thanks Cheesy Cam,

    Just bought this lens 12 days ago on B&H and got refunded the difference. Love B&H... Such good customer service.

  7. scottrellwi


    Thanks for the explanation. I do know how wonderful the 70-200 is, and I can't wait for tax returns to try to score one on sale. I have been wishing for one for more than 2 years. Maybe a used version 1 on ebay. We will see.

    Thanks again....

  8. Emm

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    @bt - Whoa, guess they ran out? Let me find out more info, but I guess the mail in rebate is still effective.

  9. Emm

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    @scottrellwi - I knew I needed this lens for all my future projects. Even if I had rented at the time, there's no guarantee a deal will come around before I need it again so I would feel i'm just wasting money renting.

    I use these lenses quite a bit because they narrow the field of view (so I can shoot with a small background), and blur out the background when used up close (to hide unsightly locations). A 200mm F/2.8 lens is something everyone should own.

  10. Emm

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    @Archie - I have no clue how many they have, but B&H is a pretty big retailer (including over seas from US). This is probably the lowest price i've seen on this lens.

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