Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
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2 weeks ago
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I like the lens, but am more used to a zoom telephoto so it is taking longer to get used than I would have liked. I miss not having the flexibility of the zoom. However, the lens takes sharp photos and I like it a lot more now that I am getting used to walking back or forward to get the crop I want. Unfortunately, sometimes there is not enough distance to walk back. I am impressed with quality of the photos and really like having the lower f stop.
Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Summary: This lens works exactly as expected: 1. Sharp corner to corner, wide open, as sharp as the 70-200 2.8 zooms 2. Almost no vignetting wide open, completely gone by f/4 3. CA is minor, correctable in-camera in the 5D Mark III or in RAW 4. Relatively light weight and small compared to the 70-200 f/2.8 zooms 5. L-Quality build and optics 6. if you use the 70-200 f/2.8 mostly at 200, this is a cheaper alternative All that said, I'm not keeping it.
Excerpt: This lens is really amazing. The pictures are so crisp and it is realitivly light weight. The only improvement I would suggest is Image Stabilization. To get that the price jumps up WAY too much.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Conclusion: I originally purchased the 200 f/2.8L to use with my 40D. It was my first L series lens and I was pleased with the performance on a tripod. However, lacking image stabilisation, the lens is next to impossible to use while hand held on a cropped frame camera. This is particularly true with the new, higher resolution cameras. On the whole, I think the design is also somewhat dated.
Pros: Super-sharp images, good value for money, light weight, compact
Summary: This indeed is a fine lens. Excellent construction. Relatively small and discreet (with the lens hood off). Excellent image quality and very sharp. The colors it produces are gorgeous - it may be a subjective thing, but to me it has that certain look that you get from some of the finest L lenses. If you buy it, you will be very pleased. The one negative thing I can say about the lens is that it has less than stellar flare control.
Summary: A couple of years ago, I had my 70-200 f 2.8 stolen. At the time I chose not to replace it (it's heavy, and I do mostly architecture and landscapes. I figure I used it for less that 3% of all shots). Well recently I decided I needed something in the moderate telephoto range. I still did not want to pay $1500-$2500 for a lens that I would hardly use because of it's weight and focal length.