Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
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Hard to beat the value and usability ...
Cory, B&H Photo
4 weeks ago
Excerpt: This lens has very good image quality, it's light weight, and for a 200 mm autofocus it's very compact. For the price, it's an absolute no brainer. It's wonderful to have in a travel kit (since you never know when you might need a telephoto on short notice). What's more, the autofocus on this lens is pretty fast most of the time.
Pros: Compact, Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: I bought a Canon T4i less than a year ago and have been taking lots of concert photos with the two kit lenses supplied. Results were surprisingly good, but there was not enough light at many shows for the zoom lens with maximum aperture of 5.6 when zooming at 200 mm or more. I went back and forth between getting a better zoom or fixed focal length, but zooms with bigger apertures were $ or more and I wasn't quite ready for that.
Summary: Let me start off by saying I ended up returning this lens and buying the 100mm f2.8L IS USM Macro instead. But that's not to say I didn't like this lens. Trust me, I did. In fact, I loved it. I thought the 200mm focal length was totally usable and not a problem by any means. If you can't frame up your shot like you want it, then you really don't know how to shoot. People complain that the 200mm length is problematic.
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: images are ok-I expecated a lot more from an "L" lens. Cannot get tack sharp images even with high SS. Will keep though since it was a gift from father who makes very little money. B & H service was top notch as always.
Excerpt: This is a very good lens. Images are very sharp with little or no, chromic abberation. And, it works very well with my Sigma 1.4X and Canon 2.0X tele-extenders.<br /><br />The only down-side to this lens is that is does not have IS. I knew that going in and compensate for it when I use it.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I really love this lens - it is too long for general use, but it has wonderful sharpness and very smooth bokeh. It has good reach for moderate distances and is fast for the focal length. Minimum focus distance is pretty long though - about 1.5m. I often wish I could go closer with it. At it's sweet spot this lens looks sensational. Probably not long enough for serious wildlife photographers.
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.