Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
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Excellent, Functional & Sharp
Perfectionist on a Budget, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: I desired a nice quality 200mm-ish telephoto for for my Canon 5d Mk II, but have some weight carrying/holding limitations, don't like the large size and obtrusiveness of the "big whites" such as the 70-200mm zooms, didn't have a large budget, and needed the lens to be small enough and stealthy enough to use without drawing too much attention in small intimate or crowded urban shooting environments. The solution: The Canon 200mm f/2.8L II.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I lost this lens to a robbery 6 months ago. After replacing my DSLR, 7d, and my walk around 24-105L. This fast prime glass was always a favorite, the 2 version is just as good or better.The price is very reasonable for 200mm reach and a f 2.8 aperture. I'm stoked to be filling my bag with gear again, thank you B&H. My gear connection!
Excerpt: Bought this lens to take to the Ice Hockey where there is a 6" lens length limit. Fits just under 6" so expect a couple of arguments from the security people, but once they measure it great lens for action shots.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: Although nearly 15 years old now, this lens is still a great option for those not needing, or unable to afford, a big white. One stop slower than the big white 200s, it light, (reasonably) fast and very affordable. Offering great image quality (a 9 or 9.5 compared to the 11 of the bigger 200s) it fits in any bag, and is more likely to be there when you need it.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I bought this lens primarily to photograph wildlife and aircraft at closer range and could not be happier with my purchase. This lens is relatively light, especially compared to the 70-200 zoom lens, easy to handle, even when handheld. Focus is fast and accurate. The bokeh is great with this lens.<br /><br />Build quality for this lens is awesome; it has a solid feel and is comfortable to hand hold.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This one is incredibly sharp and fast to focus for wildlife shots. It understandably also maintains that sharpness under less than ideal light conditions. If you are in the right position to shoot flying birds, the shots are simply superb. I use it with a Canon 40D. It is relatively light and therefore easy to carry around. It is a great addition to my 24-105L.<br /><br />Overall, I am very happy with this lens.
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.