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revup67:
Recently acquired this lens and am very impressed.  It was a toss up between the F2 version for $4800 or this one for $779.  I won't compare the two however as the quality of the F2 is bar none but on a Canon 5D Mark III this 2.8 version is an excellent combo.  It's lack of IS is of no consequence as the lens is rather comfortable to hold and lightweight.  Just got this Friday 9-14-12.  Here's a first set of pics from a concert I shot on 9/17/12 (this pic was posted elsewhere in the forum under Lenses).  All photos are converted from RAW (L) to 1920 JPG then down sampled again to 1024 for this forum.  5D Mark III was set to Manual Mode except ISO set to Auto.  It would be far too confusing to have to adjust ISO for the ever changing lights and their intensity.  In certain instances (not here) I did use a 580 EX II on a bracket off camera.

Photo 1 EXIF:  F3.2, ISO 5000, 1/200s
Photo 2 EXIF:  F4, ISO 400, 1/200s
Photo 3 EXIF:  F4, ISO 400, 1/200s

noncho:
Well,
200 2.8 is a great lens, but using a flash (if it's not wireless of the camera) is just ruining the stage lighting.

revup67:

--- Quote --- Well, 200 2.8 is a great lens, but using a flash (if it's not wireless of the camera) is just ruining the stage lighting.
--- End quote ---

The first shot does not use a flash hence ISO 5000 the second and third are using a flash.  The flash was on a bracket and not in the hot shoe and corded of course.  Might be sort of difficult to hand hold the 580 EX II in one hand while holding the 5D Mark III and 200mm in the other if radio triggered / infrared.  This lens does not have IS, may or may not be a good idea hence the bracket usage (played it safe).  The flash was diffused and manually set at 14mm also as to not interfere with stage lights too much. 

skitron:
The 200L 2.8 is a sharp lens, here's a handheld snapshot using it at f/2.8 with a manual bounce flash:

Menace:

--- Quote from: skitron on January 25, 2013, 11:28:54 PM ---The 200L 2.8 is a sharp lens, here's a handheld snapshot using it at f/2.8 with a manual bounce flash:

--- End quote ---

Lovely portrait. Well done.

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