Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM
Showing 1-10 of 49
25 October 2011
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.
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.
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
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
Conclusion: Can't really add much to the mix here. The lens has been around for some time now so pretty much anything that can be said has been said. The main thing is that I'm happy I bought it and have no regrets paying what I paid.
Pros: Shaprness, bokeh, colour rendition.
Cons: No surprises for me. Do your research and know your requirements and you won't be disappointed.
Conclusion: Found this beauty in an image show recently. It did not have leather lens cap, but the glasses and function are perfect. No regret to purchase it. Sharper than my EF300 f/2.8 (non-IS) and EF 200mm f/2.8II L even wide open. It is heavier than 300 f2.8L. Too heavy for handheld shooting unless you have a big biceps.
Conclusion: I don't own this wonder, but I had the chance to use it for covering several soccer games. I used it with the x1.4 TC, and alone. With the TC, it became a stunning 280mm f2.5 lens. I couldn't see any image quality degradation. Alone, at the widest aperture, the bokeh is so beautiful and the subject pops up so much out of the frame that, every time I come back over the pictures I took with it, I am tempted to to a search for a nice sample...
Pros: What can I add? Bokeh, sharpness, colors, contrast... everything in this lens is second to none. With no doubt, the best lens I've ever tried (and I own the 85L, the 35L and some other very fine glass...)
Cons: Well, it's expensive, and it's discontinued.
Conclusion: The best lens optically that I have ever owned. When I first got it it remained on my 5D for over a month. It never came off. Works great with 1.4x. Terrific colour, contrast,detail and bokeh. I shoot often at 1.8, lens is handholdable. Has replaced my 70-200 and 200 F2.8. My most used lens. The only complaint I have is the lugs inside hood fell off with no warning, the screws didn't hold it in place, now the hood doesn't hold snuggly.
Pros: Sharpness. Colours rendered on 5D. Bokeh at 1.8 unsurpassed with any other lens. Handholdable.
Cons: The lugs in the hood. They fall off with no warning.
Conclusion: This is optically a surprisingly good lens. Its resolving power is superior to the 300 f/2.8's, EF 500 f/4 IS and EF 500 f/4.5 I have owned. The general IQ is simply excellent although the image colours seem just a shade flatter than what the current supertelephotos yield. The AF is very precise and accurate on my lens, and the AF drive speed compares to the EF 500 f/4.5 which is not quite as fast as the EF 300 f/2.8 IS.
Pros: Obviously f1.8, subject isolation, superb OoF rendering and bokeh, sharpness 2nd to none amongst telephotos, no aberrations of any sort.
Cons: Pod mount design/placement results in awkward handholding, lens strap lug position is very poor, the hood too massive, lens servicing could be a problem.