Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
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Great sport lens
Philip L. Peterson, Amazon
1 March 2013
Summary: Excellent lens for indoor (i.e. crappy light) sports. Very sharp pictures, and has stood up to a beating. I dropped it and cracked the lens hood. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is pricing issues. A new lens hood is $500, which seems a bit steep, as does the price of the lens. Performance wise, no complaints.
Excerpt: Fast glass - yes, super shallow depth of field, an extra stop of light vs a f/2.8 lens. Claimed to be the fastest 200mm in production. Fast focus - yes but not as fast as the 70-200 f/2.8 II, or the 300 f/2.8 II. Of course the 220 f/2.0 is MUCH faster to focus than the 85 f/1.2 II. Buy the lens cap designed for the 300 f/2.8 II as it works much better than the silly leather boot that comes with the 200 f/2.0. Recommended.
Excerpt: The optical quality & speed of this lens are unbeatable. World class! On these two aspects alone there is not a prime lens in the world to match it. But, the practical utility of this piece of photographic glass magic is tricky to evaluate. Is not an easy lens to place into a user situation. There's some serious twistings & turnings on choice. Given that you're looking at this website, you need a high quality 200mm lens.
Pros: IS, Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Cons: Cost, Heavy, No lens cap, Protective filter no, Set-up Size
Excerpt: You almost can't go wrong with a long, fast lens, and this one doesn't disappoint. As you'd expect, a bright viewfinder and impeccable control over depth of field. The biggest surprise is the Image Stabilizer. The spec says it picks up five stops of hand-held capability. I was skeptical, but surprised to find I got all that and more. I've hand held down to 1/6 sec without even trying and got passable results. Lens cover and hood are a bit cumbersome.
Pros: Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I only use primes and thought I knew what a good lens was till I got this - it simply makes all your other Primes look like old beer bottles, because its SO sharp. WAY beyond anything I have ever seen in any focal length. If canon can make this, why cant it make its other lenses this good?Weirdly it doesn't come with a lens cap [$]but some kind of combo hood/bag thing that is too big and messy when you are working and just want to cap it for a minute. ridiculous.
Pros: High Quality, Incredibly sharp
Cons: No lens cap, Tripod foot doesnt remove, very expensive