Conclusion: One of the greatest lens I've ever used. I had the f/1,8 FD version, which was already stunning, but this new model is even better, especially wide open. And the stabilizer is a great addition. To improve this lens, I can only think about a shorter minimum focusing distance. Other than that, this lens is just perfect from every point of view, regardless of the diaphragm, the lighting or the distance of focus. Bokeh is very beautiful.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, bokeh, sharpness wide open, color rendition
Summary: I bought this lens because Canon (CPS) stopped servicing my original 200L 1.8 lens. I reluctantly sold the original 1.8 version and bought the 200L IS 2.0 in 2009. I used this lens for well over 2 years till I sold it. The 200L IS 2.0 is sharp and makes lovely pictures but... Let me explain. The original 200L 1.8 has some kind of magic in it, something that absolutely shocked and surprised me every time I shot the lens.
Pros: Fast subject acquisition, great IS and great IQ!
Summary: This lens is supreme, allowing me to impress my friends and family, eliciting lots of wows and awws, and How much did that cost, comments. Heavy and bulky though but that's the price one must pay.
Conclusion: Used this lens over the past 4 months and it never ceases to amaze me. Whether I am shooting a low-light dance/music recital or a portrait of a newborn & mother, this lens beautifully portrays the intimacy of the moment I am trying to capture. Simply, this lens makes me look brilliant (which I am not).
Conclusion: After owning this lens for two years, I finally decide to review it, after I sold it not long ago. I bought the lens brand new two years ago. Every praise you read from the previous reviewers is true, period. I am not going to repeat those words here. However, this is not the lens for everybody. I am not saying this for its price. Rather, I am saying this for its weight and size. It is a big hassle to carry this lens around.
Conclusion: My favorite lens. This lens is a true beauty that produces unreal and stunning images. The bokeh is creamy smooth, contrast and colors and beautiful and it's razor sharp wide open. It's light enough to handhold for complete two hour engagement sessions and similar events. I love the thin DOF I can create and the focal length is just perfect for my type of work. My 300 f/2.8 IS is amazing also but sometimes just too much.
Conclusion: I will benchmark the 200/2L IS to two other white primes namely the 800/5.6L IS and the 300/2.8L IS. First off lead-free glass is a load worth of less worry. The 200L IS delivers superb IQ like the 800L IS and 300/2.8L IS. Modern focusing mechanism performs as well as the 800/5.6L IS. My focus lock rate on AI Servo is as good as the 800/5.6L IS and 300/2.8L IS. This basically means fantastic!
Pros: Lead-free glass. Better MTF chart than 200/1.8L's. No antiquated focus-by-wire focusing. AI Servo works as great as the 800/5.6L IS. As hand-holdable as the 300/2.8L IS. Preferred tripod ring location. Shorter CFD by 600 cm than 200/1.8L. Has IS @ 4 full stops. Half a kilogram lighter than 200/1.8L. Cheaper than the two 200/1.8L copies my friend and I found on two local forums. Will be serviced by Canon for decades to come.
Cons: I consider these pseudo-Cons: 1/3--stop smaller/slower aperture than the 200/1.8L but the 4-stop IS more than makes up for that. Not as well known as the "legendary" 200/1.8L. I will benchmark the 200/2L IS to two other white primes namely the 800/5.6L IS and the 300/2.8L IS. First off lead-free glass is a load worth of less worry. The 200L IS delivers superb IQ like the 800L IS and 300/2.8L IS. Modern focusing mechanism performs as well as the 800/5.6L IS. My focus l...