Building upon the success of its predecessor; the EF 200mm f/2.8L; the "II" in this latest 200mm lens model number refers to improvements suggested by the most important people of all - Canon customers. For instance, the pull-out hood featured on the original model has been replaced by a separate, larger and more effective hood, the ET-83B; making this model unique in its class of moderately priced, single focal length lenses.
The EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM employs Canon's famous rear-focus telephoto optical design that delivers outstanding picture quality throughout its entire shooting range - even at middle and close distances. And like its high-end siblings, this lens also uses two ultra-low dispersion (UD) glass elements to ensure maximum image sharpness and accurate color fidelity; and Canon's advanced ultrasonic focusing motor (USM) and rear focusing design for silent, high speed autofocusing. The EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM is perfectly suited for Canon's EOS system cameras, placing special emphasis on manual focusing capabilities. The new 200mm f/2.8L II USM lets you get up close and personal, and still keep your distance.
The Canon 200mm F/2.8L-II is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports/action, Travel, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 200mm F/2.8L-II is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 200mm F/2.8L-II is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 200mm F/2.8L-II: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Easy to clean, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Simple controls and Strong construction
Most Liked Positive Review
I shoot weddings with a Canon 5D Mark II - I originally bought the 70-200 IS f2.8 and it proved to be far too heavy for me to use over a long day - I'm a female about 5'2" - this probably wouldn't be a problem for a man with larger hands. I exchanged it for this and I love it ... on a full frame camera, I didn't see a big enough difference between the 70mm and the 200mm length if you still have to be a minimum of 3 feet from your subject.....just walk a little farther away with the 200mm prim...View full Review
I shoot weddings with a Canon 5D Mark II - I originally bought the 70-200 IS f2.8 and it proved to be far too heavy for me to use over a long day - I'm a female about 5'2" - this probably wouldn't be a problem for a man with larger hands. I exchanged it for this and I love it ... on a full frame camera, I didn't see a big enough difference between the 70mm and the 200mm length if you still have to be a minimum of 3 feet from your subject.....just walk a little farther away with the 200mm prime, and you get the 70mm length. I own an 18-200mm zoom and I quickly learned that 200mm is my favorite length to shoot at. That was my other big deciding factor. Although the 135mm stops down much lower and would perhaps be more ideal for low light, I chose this one for its length and awesome price!
Most Liked Negative Review
I admit that this lens was cleary sharp and fast focus. Excellent lens. But one thing is there is no IS, and 200mm bit shaky if u can not hold it right. After 2 days i bought this lens i returned and swap to 70-200mm F/2.8 IS, I know this lens is very heavy and expensive but this lens is the most photographer use and excellent sharp. Should i recommend you 200mm lens ? Its depend what you using at, coz no IS. But i recommend stretch more time to save more money to get 70-200mm F/2.8 IS USM.
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I use this lens at the skating rink and other sporting events. It takes a little getting used too because I hand hold it. I found that by bumping up the ISO and the shutter speed it takes crisp pictures. Adding a flash helps.
I use the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L-II USM Lens to photograph my daughter in sporting events.
I use this lens on an APS-C sensor EOS SL1 Rebel for landscape photography. Focal length after the 1.6 crop is 320mm on APS-C. This lens kills! Truly stellar long telephoto image quality. I passed on the 70-200 L zooms because I really only cared about the top end of the focal length range. The problem with the 70-200 zooms is that 200mm performance is mediocre. You need to back off the zoom for clean edge to edge sharp photos on those lenses. I wanted killer 200mm performance on APS-C and this lens delivers. Amazingly sharp edge to edge, great color, great contrast, very little distortion, and very little chromatic aberration. Edge to edge sharpness and chromatic aberration is even great at F/2.8. I mostly use this lens from F/8 to F/13 for long depth of field. I'm so happy with the photos I'm getting from this lens. This lens is a real sleeper also. It's very discrete in appearance for the long focal length due to its short length and black color. Don't forget the black accessary tripod mount ring. The model number is A II B. I found out that the B stands for black. The tripod mount ring model number was verified through Canon. If you're serious about long telephoto image quality on APS-C, this is the right tool for the job. It wont disappoint.
I use the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L-II USM Lens to take pictures of my daughter at the beach and other places where I need more telescopic power. I have a Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens and it ROCKS! Between the two, I think the 135 gives better color and better focus.
I use it for landscape and photographing people/events
I bought this as a replacement for my 70-200mm zoom. I used to have a 200mm f2 in the old days and was concerned that I would be disappointed with this lens. Oh, no, it is brilliant and I love it. So crisp and works so well with the extenders.
This is an exceptional prime lens. The images it produces are outstanding. I also shoot with a 70-200mm II is and I find myself using it more than the zoom lens. It can produce great images hand held but if you can use a tripod or a monopod do so. It's a great lens for the price. If you are shooting action then you should go for the 70-200 mm II is if you are not experienced enough to use a prime lens without image stabilization.
I bought this lens for event photography, volleyball, portraiture. I used it at a recent church event and I was really impressed. I could shoot from the back of the church and get very sharp pictures of the priests at the altar. Good Things: sharp, works well in low light, great background blurred, shoot from far away Bad: Heavy, if you don't have room to shoot you will be too close
I bought this as a backup to my 70-200 2.8 III lens and it is a disappointment. Does not hold up to the performance of the 70-200 AT ALL. Maybe I got a bad copy, but mine is not god enough to be worth shooting. I keep it around for my daughter (she's 14 and has a rebel) to shoot. Not recommended...
I bought this one pretty recently but I have to say it's gotten a lot of use. I'm not a big fan of zooms, but I have a few. I was looking at the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II. Very pricey, and it would probably spend most of its time at 200mm. So for 1/3 of the price I get this 200mm f.2.8L II. I think it's actually sharper, and I don't miss the IS much because honestly below 1/200 of a second your subject motion comes into play. Also this lens is quite sharp wide open. It's heavy-ish but certanly not in its focal length range and certainly lighter than the 70-200s are. If you don't mind changing lenses to get the job done, get this lens. Between this and the 135 f/2L I find the short telephoto range is covered.