There’s not much to say about it without comparing it in a more controlled environment to the old lens; however, I did take the opportunity to fire a couple of shots using the improved Image Stabilization system.
The two photos shown below are close up crops of images that were shot at 200mm with a 1/40s shutter speed. The first photo was taken with IS turned OFF, while the second photo was taken with IS turned ON.
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Sample – IS turned OFF (for full-res file, right-click link and choose Save as…)
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Sample – IS turned ON (for full-res file, right-click link and choose Save as…)
Other than that, there’s not much I can say about the new lens, except that it has the same quality feel and handling as found with the previous version of this lens.
If you recall, the new 70-200mm lens has an upgraded autofocus system and better glass inside. While the focus was snappy, there was no way for me to judge whether it was, in fact, better than the former model (which was already plenty fast). Likewise, commenting on the improved optics would require testing under more controlled circumstances.
Finally, no further word from Canon on pricing just yet.