Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
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Nice alternative to a zoom.
2 weeks ago
Summary: This is one of Canon's under-appreciated lenses in my opinion. I used to own the 70-200mm IS II and that's a great lens, no doubt. But as I transitioned from a professional photographer to filmmaker I started to collect prime lenses. Doing more run and gun, the 70-200 became too much lens. I wanted to be more discrete and wanted to use a C100 on a monopod without having such a large and hard to stabilize form factor. I purchased this lens and haven't looked back.
Summary: After realizing that I was using my 70-200 2.8L at the 200mm end way more than anyplace else, I decided to make a change to the 200mm 2.8L II lens. As expected for L lenses, it is nice and sharp with quick and silent focus. As an added bonus, this lens is nice and discreet compared to the much larger, white 70-200. The only reason I'd caution against this lens is if you need the flexibily of a zoom lens for your particular use case. For my needs, this is perfect.
Summary: I bought this lens for sports photography based on the stellar reviews. From the first shots I could see the difference and after working with the lens for a few weeks now my photos of high school football games rival the local pros. From the stands this lens won't reach out far enough to get great shots but from the sidelines it will do everything you want. It is fast enough for great shots in low light late in the game.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, lightweight for the fl, great value
Summary: I found this is a great lens for sports and wildlife and any situation where you want to get in close and get sharp as a tach photos from a distance. If you use a tripod or monopod you will get very pleasing results. The 2.8 appiture let's in all the light you will need. The price is not cheap but you have to expect to pay more for a quality lens like this. The only thing I would change is that I would make an IS version to control hand held shooting.
Summary: I say this lens is fantastically specific because its only useful for a handful of situations, but in those situations it does its job fantastically... When you need reach and speed and can't afford to miss on the focus, this is as fine a lens to use to achieve those goal. In my case, I'm a wedding photographer that happens to hate 70-200 lenses with a passion. I find them to be big and heavy, intimidating to subjects and vastly overpriced for my needs.
Summary: This lens is built with high quality craftsmanship. The auto focus is very fast. I'm using it primarily for astrophotography which really can test the quality of a lens. This passes with flying colors. Highly recommend.
This lens was first marketed in 1996 and is not white/grey..but who cares!
J. Gwinn, Amazon
21 June 2013
Summary: "Update" After using this lens at 3200 ISO for a HS football game at night...unbelievable performance. Razor sharp at F2.8. I positively can't fathom how ANY canon lens or 3rd party lens at 200mm has an edge! Even the 200mm f2. valued at 6,000 MRSP under most situations. Yes,you may get an extra stop but weighs several times more/monopod dependent.