Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
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5 September 2014
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: 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
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.
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.
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: 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.