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Can You Beat it?
« on: January 25, 2013, 04:19:36 PM »
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM @ just under $800?

I don't own any L glass.  For this price it looks like a good first L lens for my FF camera.

What do you think?



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Re: Can You Beat it?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013, 04:22:44 PM »
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM @ just under $800?

I don't own any L glass.  For this price it looks like a good first L lens for my FF camera.

What do you think?

Saw a version I of this lens for 350$ with the built in hood. Didn't buy it.  :P

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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013, 04:59:36 PM »
Depends...do you need a 200mm lens?

The 200/2.8 II is a great lens, and a very good value.
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 05:44:41 PM »
Absolutely, take a punt, brilliant lens.

My first L and one of only two lenses I wish I'd never sold.

I could get good track day, speedway and jetski shots with this on an old xti.

Nicely built, compsct, light, fast, exceptionslly fast focusing with af liniter on.

Works a dream on centre spot af combined with af.

You'll find it a revelation how you'll find zoom rings a distraction after shooting on this lens.

Track BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM as fast as you can, track, track BAM BAM BAM

If I didn't need a zoom for video I'd never have sold mine.

Ask me nice and I'll post some results.

I would tell anybody to try one of these lenses.  I think at one point only the 135 f2 tested sharper, and by a baw-hair.

Get the tripod ring and it handles pans and tilts like its part of you.

I like it.

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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2013, 08:15:15 PM »
A new USA model is $769, Gray Market $741, Refurb $699, and used ones $500-600.
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/00013/Canon-EF-200mm-f2.8L-II-USM-price.html

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2013, 08:19:06 PM »
Depends...do you need a 200mm lens?

I don't need it, but will use it plenty if I have it. I currently have 28 1.8, 50 1.4, 85 1.8.  The 200L 2.8 will fit nicely.  It gives me good range relative to what I have.

Absolutely, take a punt, brilliant lens.

My first L and one of only two lenses I wish I'd never sold.

I could get good track day, speedway and jetski shots with this on an old xti.

Nicely built, compsct, light, fast, exceptionslly fast focusing with af liniter on.

Works a dream on centre spot af combined with af.

You'll find it a revelation how you'll find zoom rings a distraction after shooting on this lens.

Track BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM as fast as you can, track, track BAM BAM BAM

If I didn't need a zoom for video I'd never have sold mine.

Ask me nice and I'll post some results.

I would tell anybody to try one of these lenses.  I think at one point only the 135 f2 tested sharper, and by a baw-hair.

Get the tripod ring and it handles pans and tilts like its part of you.

I like it.

I would love to see some (great) shots captured with 200L 2.8.  :)

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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2013, 06:24:36 PM »
Horsie one isn't great, just to show you the sharpness and bokeh the lens is capable of.

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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2013, 02:25:09 AM »
Go for it :)
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2013, 04:39:03 AM »
Look at 135L :)

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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2013, 10:37:43 PM »
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM @ just under $800?

I don't own any L glass.  For this price it looks like a good first L lens for my FF camera.

What do you think?

If you can hang with a fixed 200 length and 200 is what you want then it's exceptional bang for the buck imo. I like mine enough to keep it despite the recent arrival of a 70-200 IS2.

A number of people would recommend the 135 instead, and theres volumes of shots posted showing its a fantastic lens, but it is a different animal and it depends on how much reach you want to in order to decide between them. On FF you're looking at 2.7x magnification (compared to 50mm) vs 4x magnification with the 200 if that helps.

If you're going to buy and then figure out what and how to shoot it, the 135 is imo the better bet. If you know you want the reach of the 200, you will not be disappointed in the least.
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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2013, 10:42:16 PM »
Saw a version I of this lens for 350$ with the built in hood. Didn't buy it.  :P

LOL, I know you're not a fan of this lens but you could have easily made $200-$300 flipping it.  :)
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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2013, 10:45:09 PM »
A very good lens - for me though the biggest plus factors would be great IQ, it is relatively lightweight and is the longest "black" telephoto lens made by Canon.

I emphasize "black" because it helps avoid the attention the white lenses end up inviting.
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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2013, 10:56:11 PM »
Horsie one isn't great, just to show you the sharpness and bokeh the lens is capable of.

Dang I LOVE speedway. So did red make the pass inside blue? Looks like he has him set up perfectly in that shot...
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Re: Can You Beat it?
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2013, 11:26:30 PM »
Saw a version I of this lens for 350$ with the built in hood. Didn't buy it.  :P

LOL, I know you're not a fan of this lens but you could have easily made $200-$300 flipping it.  :)

It was pretty beat up. The previous owner did some serious shooting with it and had a very good life of use. Just wasn't for me.

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