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Registered: October 2015
Posts: 1
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM review by vivianchen
Review Date: 10/30/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $950.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: Excellent color and image. 200mm without being too big. Excellent color and image! Not white.
Cons: It doesn't make coffee.

After my Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 broke, I was in the market for a replacement. While considering options, I thought to myself that most of the time I was pushing my 70-200 all the way to 200 (and wishing I had more). I wanted to see what all the fuss was about Canon L glass but there was no way I was going to pay for and carry around the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L. The Canon 200mm f/2.8L was my first L series lens.

I miss being able to zoom, but this is the case with every prime I have. But it's easy to make the adjustment by foot most of the time.

I primarily use this lens for landscape, portrait and event pictures. It is definitely not a walk-around lens because of it's focal length. But, when you know how to use it, it can make for an interesting lens to tackle street photography.

It's a great lens and the price I paid was fair. | |

Registered: July 2012
Posts: 1
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM review by Giorgio
Review Date: 7/26/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $5,299.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast subject acquisition, great IS and great IQ!
Cons: The magic of the 200L 1.8 is not here.

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. The images were incomparable to any others I have ever seen. IN short there was magic in the old lens.

BTW let me explain that I rarely use the IS feature as my subjects are almost always in motion.

As you can guess, I am hunting down a lightly used 200L 1.8 because I need to go back to the future. I miss that magic.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 12
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM review by genotypewriter
Review Date: 11/22/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

Pros: Unparalleled image quality, 4 stops rated/5 stops effective IS, lightning fast AF
Cons: Need to find your own perfect lens cap!

It produces an image with a DOF+compression effect that is a bit more than the 85L does @ f/1.2 but the image quality is better than the 85 @ 5.6!

Add to that lightning fast and accurate AF and unbelievable IS and this is the most handholdable lens that Canon has at the moment (ignoring shutter speed)!

This thing outresolves the 40D's 10MP APS-C sensor wide open! I can't see any improvement in sharpness all the way up to f/5.6! It's also sharper than the 70-200 f4 IS, both wide open.

I gave a 9 for construction because I honestly think that Canon could've used a better material for focusing rings of their top lenses. Apart from that, it's every bit as good as pro lenses get.

I have the 85LII which I use for pretty much everything and I'd use this 200 f2 IS as a replacement whenever I'm allowed the increased distance to the subject.

I have pictures at:

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 15
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM review by Badmono
Review Date: 11/11/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $4,500.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ - Speed - Bokeh
Cons: None so-far

I had to have this lens - my most used lens before i bought this was the canon 200F2.8 L. which itself is a fantastic piece of glass, but the extra stop of this lens is what I desired, it allows this lens to produce WOW WOW WOW images. People who see shots taken with it are stunned & always mention the clarity and stand out nature of the subject, even hardened shooters. Images viewed at pixel level on a monitor are the sharpest I've seen, and beat my other super sharp lens the 135 F2 L.
Using this lens has made me yearn for Canon to make a 400mm F2 L the 400 F2.8 I have is great but I could do more if only I had an extra stop on that super lens too.
For uses of the sad 70-200mm 'Hell' zoom don't ever compare your images against this lens or the 200 F2.8. coz they'll blow you away, that is assuming you ain't blind.
Thank you Canon - your best l;ens sofar :-))))))
As for the handling well I'm used to the 400 F2.8 L IS - so I could use this lens all day without a sweat.
To anyone who uses a 200mm lens frequently then you need to beg, borrow or steal one of these NOW!!
Oh almost forgot as another plus - this lens is also brilliant with a Canon 1.4X convertor, - and will save you having to buy the awkward length [at least for my photographic shots] of 300mm.


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