I took a few shots yesterday of my niece’s softball game with the Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS. It performed beautifully. Even with a cropped sensor DSLR I was able to get some nice action shots like the one here of her sliding into home. Even with a reduced resolution and modified for web upload you can see how the picture came out really nicely. Keep in mind I was behind the backstop cage and was shooting through the chain link fence. This was shot at 70mm so I wasn’t even zoomed in all the way. Now I’m not a sports photographer and there were a lot of nice action shots that I missed because I was too busy watching the game instead of shooting. Which by the way amazes me. I don’t know how sports photographers do it. They are able to watch and track the game while still taking amazing photos. I have new found respect for them and have learned that I should stick to landscape photography.
Back to the lens – the copy that I have seems to be really crisp, sharp and has good color rendition. I liked how easy it was to sharpen it even just a little bit after autofocus had found it’s target.
The weight is an issue. After holding it for a while trying to take some shots it became abundantly clear to me why many people use it on a monopod. Next time I will have to bring my monopod with me if I’m going to be using this lens a lot. The tracking on this lens is great and I can only imagine what it would be like on a Canon 1DS camera or even the Canon 7D with the faster burst rate.