Wedding, sports, nature, and portrait photographers all love the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L Mk II for it’s zoom, sharpness, IS, dynamic range, and power. But who wants to shell out $2299 especially when there are great options? A lot of photographers often forget that third party lenses can be just as great, without the price tag. Now let’s see what Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II alternatives we have:

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS Mk I

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The first lens that would be the most obvious would be the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS Mk I coming in at $1449. This is a tough lens. It’s big, heavy, fast, sharp. This lens is built like a tank. It’s not as sharp as the MKII but it’ll do the job well. The focus distance is 4/6′ (1.4m). It is heavy, but so is every 70-200 lens. Below you’ll see our shop helicopter being used to model as we test out the MKI:

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Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM

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Second, the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM at $1199. Yes that’s a crazy long title for all of the features, but we can sum that up for you. This lens does have image stabilization (OS), but it is not weather sealed. Its sharpness is better in the middle for focus points. It focuses rather quickly and it is the cheapest telephoto with IS. This lens isn’t the sharpest out of the three but for the price point no one should really complain. Below you’ll see our shop helicopter being used to model as we test out the Sigma:

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Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC Di USD

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Lastly, the Tamron VC Di USD is $1,499.00. It is very sharp and renders bokeh very well. It does have image stabilization and is weather sealed. Though it is sharp, it does show some focus breathing at 200mm. This is our favorite of the three due to it’s performance and price point. It’s inexpensive with great performance. Below you’ll see our shop helicopter being used to model as we test out the Sigma:

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These are all great Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II alternatives. Come give them a try by reserving them here.

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