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200mm 2.8L II
« on: August 29, 2012, 06:11:56 PM »
just curious if anyone wants to share any thoughts on the 200mm 2.8L II, IQ, image sharpness, colors, use on ff v. crop bodies? thanks all. 

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200mm 2.8L II
« on: August 29, 2012, 06:11:56 PM »

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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2012, 06:30:24 PM »
Great value, excellent lens if a somewhat dated design.  Easy to handle, does well outdoors on APS-C (too long indoors, generally), great on FF for portriats with lots of compression.  I only sold mine after getting a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.
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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2012, 08:00:31 PM »
This lens has a lot of highly satisfied users. It's great value for money. Rather than drill into the technical stuff here, read up:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-200mm-f-2.8-L-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/170-canon-ef-200mm-f28-l-usm-ii-test-report--review
http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/580-canon_200_28_ff
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=37
http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/161

You'll get the picture that this is a very highly rated lens across most of the relevant parameters.

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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2012, 12:54:58 PM »
thanks for the input, much appreciated

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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2012, 02:16:46 PM »
It's also somewhat of a "stealth" lens - in a lot of places you are limited to a lens of no more than 6 inches, but you need the reach and the low light capability. For example, when shooting hockey from the stands, I'm almost always shooting at 200mm, so using the fixed 200 f2.8 is just as easy as the 70-200 f2.8 (much lighter over the course of a game, also) and far less likely to draw the attention of the arena staff who tend to frown on larger "professional" lenses (it also helps that the 200 is black, so it doesn't stand out like a lot of the other L lenses). I find that the image quality is excellent.

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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2012, 02:36:27 PM »
This lens is the bomb.

You want to have an equivalent of a 300mm f/2.8 L on your 7D???

The Canon 200mm f/2.8L II is it, and it's actually way more versatile since you can sling the thing around as fast as a western gunfighter. The balance is perfect, the most perfect handling of all Canon lenses in my experience. The 135mm L is a little too short, others a little too heavy or light, many too long. If you're walking around you'll get far more tired and far fewer pictures lugging a camera with the 70-200mm lens. Much better if you have this lens on one camera and a wider lens on another camera.

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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2012, 03:35:20 PM »
One my fav. lenses. Used it for a variety of images and it never let me down.
It has great IQ, it's sharp and the color/contrast is just awesome from this lens.









This gallery was shot with the 200mm 2.8L II: http://atlanticpicture.com/p446494716

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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2012, 04:44:10 PM »
I used this lens on an XTi and 7D, and absolutley loved it.

Optically it's a very very sharp lens, bright, fast focusing, very useful focus limiter (makes fast USM ring focus even faster) and will get the best out of a basic camera, and make a good camera absolutely sing!

I found it faster for stills use than the 70-200 f2.8 I switched to (I needed the flexibility for video) but have no issue whole hearedly recommending this lens.

These shots were taken on an XTi with centre spot Ai Servo..  a very basic set up...  Except the speedway one which was taken with a 7D, wide open!




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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2012, 05:06:45 PM »
Love the lens. Must be the best bang for the buck if this is the focal length you are looking for. I use it with a 5DII. On crop it becomes a 320mm lens. I've been shooting it handheld and with monopod support with good results. I personally don't care that it doesn't have IS.
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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2012, 07:13:41 PM »
I bought the lens 8 years ago to capture high school sports.  It was excellent on a crop body (20D & 40D) for indoor volleyball and Friday night football under the lights.  Never missed having to carry a 70-200 which I figured would be at 200 mm 98% of the time anyway.
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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2012, 07:21:55 AM »
How does this perform compare to the 70-200 mk.ii @ 200mm wide open?

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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2012, 08:46:58 AM »
I, also, am in love with this lens.  I actually started using my monopod with a lens ring and this (after having the monopod over a year and not really using it all that much.

My Two favorite configurations are:
FF straight on body
Crop w/ 1.4x teleconverter

This is really one of those lenses that (after you learned the basics), really gives you a lot of confidence from what you get from it.
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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2012, 09:31:42 AM »
Been wanting to rent one of these & plan on doing so really soon.  I think with a monopod or tripod it would be Great at outdoor concerts, & other things.

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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2012, 09:35:14 AM »
This is a lens i am constantly on the lookout for on ebay...  the fact i never see it on their tells me that all the owners really like it! :)
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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2012, 10:15:53 AM »
just curious if anyone wants to share any thoughts on the 200mm 2.8L II, IQ, image sharpness, colors, use on ff v. crop bodies? thanks all.

I recently rented both it and the 135 f/2 and was greatly impressed by both on my 5Dii, for all the reasons already given by others.  I like them both so much I've been unable to decide since then which one to buy, but right now may be leaning towards the 200.  I didn't do a direct comparison, but it may be slightly sharper than my 70-200 f/4 at 200 (Roger Cicala at lensrentals.com claims it's sharper than the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II at 200mm); either way, it has two of the usual advantages of 2.8 over 4.0 that matter to me - better in low light plus even smoother blurred backgrounds.  Plus, if, like me, you end up at 200mm much of the time on a 70-200, it has huge advantages of weight/size/etc. over the zooms.   It would be nice if it had IS, of course, but I was pleasantly surprised at my success rate hand-held, even in low light.

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Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2012, 10:15:53 AM »