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Here is a fun review of an epic Canon lens from the past. In this episode of Gear of Yesteryear, DPReviewTV reviews the Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM. To some, it is regarded as one of the best lenses that Canon has ever made, to others… well they still think it’s awesome.
The Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM is a relatively easy lens to come by, as they are regularly available on eBay. I purchased this lens used from the Fred Miranda forum for about $3000 USD. I didn’t need a mint copy and so the price was right.
These lenses can be repaired, there is a company in Michigan that can apparently rebuild the autofocus motors and make other repairs on it. Canon themselves won’t do any sort of repairs. So you need to know that going in, but these lenses are as reliable as any big white Canon L lens.
You can check out the sample gallery from the review here.
Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM Specifications
|Original Price||456,000 yen / $4500 USD (Approx)|
|Lens Construction (Groups)||10|
|Lens Construction (Elements)||12|
|Number of Aperture Blades||8|
|Cloesest Focusing Distance||2.5m|
|Maximum Magnification (x)||0.9x|
|Filter Diameter||48mm Drop-In|
|Maximum Diameter x Length||130mm x 208mm|
|Weight||3000g / 6.6lbs|