This ultra-fast telephoto, a new member of Canon legendary L-series lenses, has totally new optics to provide better image quality. It uses fluorite and UD lens elements for excellent chromatic aberration correction and consists of 17 elements in 12 groups. The built-in Optical Image Stabilizer gives it up to 4 stops of stabilization correction.
The inner USM and optimized AF algorithms result in fast and quiet autofocusing and the circular aperture can even produce beautiful out-of-focus images. This ultra-high-performance lens also improves its durability - better dust- and water-proofing. The EF 200mm f/2L IS USM is outstanding for many available-light applications, including indoor sports, theater work, fashion and candids at events.
The Canon 200mm F/2L is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 200mm F/2L: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images
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Best Portrait Lens!
maybe sports as well. Just insanely fast, brilliant bokeh and the best color imaginable. A little heavy. But I need the workout. Sharpness beyond question. This is THE lens for shooting anything moving fast or wanting to pull something off its background. Can isolate eyes! If I was going to beg for something, it would be a decrease in the minimum focus distance.
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Great lens. Superb quality. Lightening fast, focusing. Precise pinpoint accuracy, probably too much. Pricey-yes. Worth it- yes.
This lens is fantastic, and will help a skilled portrait photographer produce excellent images. Compared to my other L series portrait lenses (which are also amazing) this lens is superior in many ways. For instance, it seems even sharper and quicker to focus than my 135mm f/2 L. Previously, I had thought that the 135L represented the "ceiling" or the absolute best performance/image quality that can be had. I was actually wrongâ€” the 200mm f/2 is actually better, if you can imagine that. Most people focus in on the "cons" when discussing this lens. You probably already know, but It is heavy and expensive. For me, the extra weight isn't really noticeable when comparing my gripped 5DIII, flash, and a 70-200 2.8 IS VS the same setup with the 200mm f/2. If the weight is a big deal, I recommend a regular physical training routine: 25LB weights, pushups and pull-upsâ€” keep your arms and shoulders strong and you won't notice the difference in weight. Next up is size of the lens: it is big, and people will comment on how big the lens is, so hopefully you are a pro and not some guy that hangs out on the beach or a playground with this lens. For me, the size isn't an issueâ€” it's actually a good thing when people notice... they'll assume you are a top gun to have such a nice lens. Ok, the final "con" for this lens is the cost. It's expensive. If you are a pro photographer, you know that it doesn't really matter how much this stuff costs, it's really all about creating images that are better than what you can create at f/2.8. So, for me, cost is almost a non issue, as long as it helps me create better images. Rationalization on the cost factor: it's a business write-off. :) Final thoughts: This lens isn't going to make the shot for you. But if you are good already then perhaps this will give you the competitive edge that other's do not have. Just like a pair of Air Jordan sneakers isn't going to make you into a pro basketball player. If you think that your work will be amazing with a wider aperture option at 200mm, and you can afford it, and you're arms are strong enough... then I'm not going to tell you to get it or not to get itâ€” you just have to think about it and decide for yourself. Maybe you should go to Peru for 3 months instead. Perhaps that money is better spent in your kid's college fund. A safer bet might be to just invest that extra cash in mutual funds. But, remember, f/2 is like twice as "fast" as f/2.8 :)
One of the greatest lens I've ever used. I had the f/1,8 FD version, which was already stunning, but this new model is even better, especially wide open. And the stabilizer is a great addition. To improve this lens, I can only think about a shorter minimum focusing distance. Other than that, this lens is just perfect from every point of view, regardless of the diaphragm, the lighting or the distance of focus. Bokeh is very beautiful.
Used this lens over the past 4 months and it never ceases to amaze me. Whether I am shooting a low-light dance/music recital or a portrait of a newborn & mother, this lens beautifully portrays the intimacy of the moment I am trying to capture. Simply, this lens makes me look brilliant (which I am not).
this glass can be hand held and it is just fun to use in so many settings. you can also add 1,4x and 2.0x and get lots of range and still can hand hold....a really big plus when you are on the move...highly recommend. if you are ever in the neighborhood come by and check it out!
I thought long and hard before purchasing this lens over one year ago. Two things were worrying me...the weight and the cost. I need not have worried. There is no doubt that this lens will become the one to go to when the very best in quality is the goal. There is a reason it is heavy....it has a lot of superb, the best Canon can make, glass. An f/2 allows almost twice the amount of light an f/2.8 allows and this makes for a super fast lens that can be used in low light situations without a second thought. While the lens is heavy, I have used it with great success, hand held, in air shows where people using 400 and 500mm lenses were using tripods and missing all the shots because there is no tripod or monopod that can be as free as a hand held. It has IS and that makes it so much more hand holdable even if the light is only mediocre, since it is such a superfast lens. Furthermore, with a lens as fast as this, action photography is a joy. Portraits? that is the strength of this lens. The dreamy background blur of the lens will spoil you and makes for extraordinary portrait shots. I have the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II as well and between these two lenses I am in lens heaven. The Canon 1 or 5DM2 are perfect for these lenses. If you are on the fense for the f/2...go for it...you only live once and those photo ops don't come but once in a lifetime.
I have 600mmF/4 and 400mmDO and 85mmF/1.2 50mmF1.2 And much more.... By far,this lens is best lens that I have. Very sharp and clear iamges you can get by using this lens.
I own the 70-200mm MkII so buying this seemed like overkill but it is worth it if you can afford it. Fantastic images with gorgeous bokeh. Heavy but you can handhold it for quick shoots. Monopod is your best friend. Focusing is super fast. Surprisingly little 'hunting' for focus. Low light focusing good so far. I use this for nature and outdoor and indoor sports. For indoor sports or anything where you have motion and low light, this is your lens. I can dial in nice fast exposure times and even stop it down a bit to increase DOF when desired. This is what the lens was made for, and it excels here. Superb. Superlatives are overused, but for image quality and fast optics, this lens is indeed superb. The IS on this is lens is the best of all I've used, and I've owned many. It comes as close to freezing' the lens in place as one could imagine. Lend hood is a bit akward, the silver knob assembly that attaches the lens doesn't have the sturdy 'feel' as other lenses, and the knob is big enough to get you wondering that this could have been designed some other way that was without knob. A lens cap to fit over the lens hood or front element would be nice for a lens this price. The lens has to have the lend hood reversed to fit into the case, so while out of case, even with hood on, there's nothing to protect the lens. Carrying case is wonderful and sturdy, not sure how sturdy the lock is. Tripod attachment will leave some shaking their heads. Can be removed but you have to remove four allen screws. I can imagine some ending up holding the lens by the attachment. The lens can rotate within the tripod ring with 90 degree detents. Great feature for quickly switching from portrait and landscape and back. The price of the lens will be the deciding factor. You get what you pay for with this lens.
I own a dozen L lenses and this one is my favorite because of its amazing versitility. I use it for portrait and nature work as well as both indoor and outdoor sports photography. Sure, it is heavier than a typical hand-held lense like the 70-200mm L IS USM, but I find that I actually use this lens for walking about anyway because of its ultra-sharpness and amazing fast speeds. I also own the 300 2.8 L, but because of the weight differential, that lens often gets left behind now that I have this one. Paired with my 1D Mark IV, this thing is ridiculous.