Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM
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I made my dream come true
9 September 2012
Summary: Yes it is expensive, yes it is heavy, yes Canon don`t produce and service it any more. But sharpness it produce wide open, contrast and saturation it makes, that sweet bokeh - none of canon lenses stand by. Sold my 85mm L to get this light pump prime and never regretted it - only 8000 copy's made by Canon. If you can get hands on one of it in good shape, do it.
Conclusion: Acquired this legendary piece of glass several months ago, and boy it does not disappoint. Sharp wide open, but much sharper between f/2.8 and f/4. Color replication is outstanding. Optics is perfect. And build is consistent with all "L-class" level glassware. It's a wonderful piece of glass that Canon should've continued developing/produce prior to the 200L IS lens. There are three 'cons' to this glass: weight, service, and parts.
Pros: Optics. Color replication. Build. Legendary History.
Summary: I've been shooting for 30 years. Though I have Nikon, Canon and Zeiss lenses, there's nothing comparable to the 200 1.8. The results are outstanding and make your images the envy of the world! Excellent resolution, sharpness and color. None like it.
Conclusion: Managed to finally pick one of these up - they're becoming more and more rare. I'd read all of these amazing reviews, but nothing prepared me for the results straight out of the camera. Stunning image quality that still makes me smile when I load the next batch onto the Mac and view at 100%. I predominantly shoot hockey, and it's the perfect lens. I thought my 300 f/2.8 was sharp, but this is in another league. For low light, indoor sports, it can't be beaten.
Pros: Stunning image quality wide open. Gorgeous colour rendition. Very fast to focus. No post processing needed, other than resizing.
Cons: Not a thing. It's heavy - use a monopod. It's expensive - but worth every penny when you see the results.
Conclusion: Does not focus as fast as the Nikon version I used to have, but is fast enough. Built to last. Image quality is awesome my 5dmrk2. If you love shooting fast primes, I am sure you will love this lens. Its heavy, but you can definitely hand hold this lens for long periods. For the price I sold my Nikon version, I bought this lens and Canon 135mm f2, for times when I wish not to stand out in public.
Pros: My copy is razor sharp wide open. Colour and contrast are spot on. Bokeh and 3D look are all there. No need for PP, except for turning the sharpness down for portraits. If you dont need image stablilisation and, can find a good copy, I highly recommend this lens for the money. This is coming from a former 200mm f2 VR owner.
Cons: Does not focus as fast as fast as the Nikon 200 VR, and probably the new canon version a little heavy.
Summary: This lens is everything I expected it to be when I bought it on eBay. When they tell you that it is the fastest 200 mm on earth, believe it. The focus is instantaneous at fully open (why would anyone use this lens otherwise if he can?) gives a sharp picture and everything else a blur like no other lens I ever used. When I bought it the hood was loose. I had a hard time finding a store that had 2 perfect replacement screws (Canon non longer services this lens).
Summary: Having recently graduated into the digital SLR era, I got myself a Canon 40D to test the waters. I had a super-tele, a 300 f/2.8 Tamron that I found good but rather slow to focus on fast objects. An attempt to photograph mountain bikes was futile, few pictures in the 60 were in focus, and those poorly framed as I had to work hard just to get focus. Some months later, I took the camera to an open house at someones business and there was one of these lens there.
Conclusion: This lens is so good. Get a good tripod and start filming. The price on the second hand market is getting really good. Sometimes I see one passing by for 1500 EUR. For this kind of optics it is really superb price/quality. Although what is really annoying is that canon wont repair it. This is so disappointing. Nikon repairs all there lenses.
Pros: Heavenly optics, f/1.8 is razorsharp and superbright. Made from stone. Some much fun filming with my 5DII.
Cons: heavy, cant get repaired or serviced anymore which pisses me off. relatively cheap
Canon Telephoto EF 200mm f/1.8L USM..best sports lens
8 April 2010
Summary: Probably the best sports lens ever made, especially for low light. Speed is unmatched in the 200mm class...unfortunately Canon stopped making it (lead in process of making glass). If you can get your hands on one do it. Additionally if you get the Canon 2x extender you then have a 400mm lens.
Conclusion: I have lusted for this lens for a long time. So my wish was granted today when a Chinese student wanted to sell this beauty and its cousin 85mm 1.2 II. Took some shots with both f these lenses on my new 7D. Cannot believe the results. Simply mindblowing. Yes, it is the ultimate lens.
Pros: Build like a tank, quick, tack sharp and the ultimate lens