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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Telephoto Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- Lens not zoomable
- Lens construction: 15 elements in 11 groups.
- Ultra-low Dispersion glass with Fluorite elements; inner focusing ring; full-time manual focus; image stabilizer (IS).
- Closest Focusing Distance: 1.5m / 4.9 ft.
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 300mm 1:4.0
- Filter size: 77mm
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ET-83b II|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Included Components||E72 Front Lens Cap, Rear Cap E, ET-83BII Lens|
|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 3.27 x 5.35 inches|
|Item Weight||1.69 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.50 m|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||9|
|Number of Groups||7|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.25 pounds|
The Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM lens uses a rear-focus telephoto optical design with two ultralow-dispersion (UD) glass elements to ensure maximum image sharpness and accurate color fidelity. The two UD glass elements, combined with the rear focusing, correct aberrations to give you extremely sharp and clear images.
This lens is perfectly suited for Canon's EOS system cameras--placing special emphasis on its manual focusing capability--which have a wide rubber focusing ring that allows you to make easy adjustments. The ultrasonic motor (USM) and rear focusing design allow for silent, high-speed autofocus and full-time manual focus. Because of its full compatibility with 1.4x and 2x EF extenders, you have the option of added focusing versatility.
- EF mount; telephoto lens
- Ultra-low Dispersion glass with Fluorite elements; inner focusing ring; full-time manual focus 200mm focal length
- f/2.8 maximum aperture
- Micro UltraSonic Motor (USM)
From the Manufacturer
- Focal length: 200mm
- Maximum aperture: f/2.8
- Lens construction: 9 elements in 7 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 12 degrees
- Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
- Closest focusing distance: 4.9 feet
- Filter size: 72mm
- Dimensions: 3.3 inches in diameter, 5.4 inches long
- Weight: 1.7 pounds
Long and Fast
A telephoto lens is essential to any serious photographer. For sports action, you will need a fast shutter speed and a long focal length. A large maximum aperture allows a faster shutter speed. In this telephoto lens line-up, the focal lengths range from 135mm to 300mm. If you want compactness, choose a lens with a smaller maximum aperture.
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Unlike consumer zooms, it also takes well to a 1.4X teleconverter, giving the equivalent of 280mm at f/4. The USM autofocus system is quick, silent, and sure in almost any lighting, and because this 200/2.8 is essentially a longer version of Canon's legendary 135/2, it's plenty sharp all the way from f/2.8. Finally, because it's small and black, the security at sporting venues is far more likely to let you take it inside.
It's not all roses though. 200mm on a 1.6X crop body is a 320mm equivalent in view angle. That's a lot of lens to handhold without stabilization. Pure sharpness doesn't stand for much when the whole frame is blurred by handshake. Despite the fast f/2.8 aperture, it takes a lot of light to keep the shutter speeds up, and this lens isn't all that forgiving below 1/400; good technique and proper bracing are essential. My copy suffers further from color fringing around highlights and loss of contrast in sunlight to a greater extent than any other lens that I own. Shooting into the sun, or with the sun just outside the frame, is not a forte.
If you want versatility, there are also better choices than the 200/2.8. Framing options are limited, and you'll rarely find the composition afforded by 200mm exactly matches what you intended. While the 70-200/2.8 series are no stronger optically than this lens, they'll get the shot every time purely by the ability to track an object at 70mm and rapidly zoom to 200mm to take the picture.Read more ›
Photos taken with this lens are extremely sharp, with colors rich and deep; it takes the 1.4x teleconverter well, adding range. The lens takes sharpening extremely well. I find it easy to handhold, and rarely use my tripod. In comparison, the Canon 70-200 f2.8 was simply impossible for me to use without a tripod; it's size and weight defeated me regardless of the IS. A direct comparison of shots between the smaller 200 f2.8 and the large 70-200 showed the prime in my case to always be superior.
Although the zoom lens are a convenience I personally find I am always at the long end of the telephoto within the 70-200 range. I own 9 Canon lens, owned the 70-200 f2.8 IS L and sold it, keeping this lens in its place. The advantages are many - I find it much sharper, easier to handhold than the white lens at 200, it is possible to take it to affairs where they will not allow the big white lens, and much, much, MUCH less conspicuous. My husband uses the camera on autofocus only, and his shots are outstanding with this lens. He is an artist and has a great eye; matched with this lens he gets what he wants.
The price is outstanding for such high quality;this amazing lens is a genuine bargain in today's camera world. Let's hope that Canon doesn't wise up and price this according to it's quality. Have owned it for several years, definitely a keeper. Buy it - you will not regret it.
Nevertheless, this is the most reasonably priced of the Canon L Primes & is a perfect one to start out with, if you don't own any yet. This lens is tack sharp, has very true, very vibrant color and high contrast. In all these areas, it is probably just shy of the 135mm, 85mm and 50mm lenses, but this is a discerning eye speaking, and these are subtle (although modestly notable differences). The difference between this and an ordinary Canon lens will be much greater.
As a side note - if you already own either or both the teleconverters (1.4x and 2x), they work very well with this lens. It maintains AF with both, due to it's speed. And this is a small light lens, considering the focal length. With a 2x it becomes a 400mm f/5.6, yet it is much lighter, narrower, and more portable than any comparable variation (the 100-400mm L, or any of the 400mm L primes, of which there are two, plus a non-L DO prime that looks like an L, and might fool you). If you intend to shoot all the way out at 400mm mostly, this is probably the cheapest method, and the quality loss is less with the 2x on this lens than with many/most others.
Whatever your choice, this is probably the most reasonable L value on the market and is a very smart buy if you wish to see what all the fuss is about.
And Yes, the fuss is warranted. L's are that good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this lens for astrophotography and was highly pleased. Great fast lense slight vignetting but nothing too bad.Published 2 days ago by D. Barry
too much chromatic aberration. Blue fringing is noticeable when cropping in post...Published 14 days ago by B. Groves
A lot of people swear by the 70-200 mm lens. But I believe this is a much better lens for a third of the price. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Jill
Very nice lens!
I couldn't think of what I'd do at 135mm so after trying a friend's copy I was in a hurry to buy this lens. Read more
This lens renders very sharp images with lovely colors. For the somewhat brief time that I owned this lens, I enjoyed using it for street photography, family outings, a corporate... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alan Q
This modest lens is very sharp. Even with 37mm of extension tubes, it is still impressively sharp with close-ups. Highly recommended for portaits and moderate close-ups!Published 4 months ago by S. C. Chase
Love this lens!!! It takes beautiful images, and the DOF is just amazing. Having no IS isn't an issue for me as I have steady hands... Read morePublished 4 months ago by BC12407
very nice lens... I use it for astro imaging and it performs well with sharp star images
throughout the field on a Canon 600D
the main writeup says 77mm filter.... Read more