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CanonEF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 47 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (52)
  • Strong construction (35)
  • Rugged (28)
  • Durable (26)
  • Nice bokeh (24)

Cons

  • Heavy (22)
  • Tough to attach (4)
  • No lens cap (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (39)
  • Weddings (22)
  • Low light (17)
  • Night photography (16)
  • Portraits (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (12), Pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (7), Professional (7), Enthusiast (4)
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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

YOU WON'T BE SORRY.

By Cal

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Incredible sharpness
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Poor lens cap design
  • Price

Best Uses

  • Outdoor Portraits
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

Sharp, Sharp, Sharp. So sharp you won't have to post-sharpen your image, especially a portrait subject.I received my lens last week and photographed my 4 year niece a few days later at the park with lens attached to a Canon 5D Mark II. Photographed her in open shade at 1/125 sec @f/2.8, handheld with IS turned on. I can't believe how sharp the image is at f/2.8 and the sharpness and creamy bokeh can't be beat by the Canon 135mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 II IS lens set to f/2.8. I also bought the Don Zeck C3 lens cap after reading the B&H lens review recommendation and happy I did. The lens cap that comes with the lens is big and awkward and should be replaced by Canon with something similar to the Zeck C3. The lens is a little heavy and the lens hood can be tricky to attach since it's not bayoneted to the lens like other Canon lens and hood combinations.Looking forward to using the lens again in a few days.The lens is pricey but if you buy it, YOU WON'T BE SORRY.

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5.0

If you have the dough, Get It!

By Wags

from Modesto, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

    Money shots every time!

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    5.0

    Light(er) than "N" version

    By Vill

    from Dubai

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

      My previous 200mm f2 was the Nikon version vri. Im happy with the Canon version as its technically 400 grams lighter which is a lot when you have to lug it around all day. Performance is around the same. Feet on the canon is better. Collar on the canon is better with preset 90 degree positions that click into place. Make sure you get the don zeck cap with this. I was lucky with my copy as i did not experience the noise issues when paired with the 5d mark iii. The hard case with this lens is a nice touch.

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      (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Glass Extraordiare

      By Bill

      from western New York

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Cost

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

      My intended use for this lens is low light sports photography and environmental portraits. Fast focusing, moderate weight and superb resolution are all rolled up in this not so little gem.
      Excellent Bokeh when used at 2.0

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      4.0

      Focus not as fast as 300 or 70-200

      By Ernest Becker

      from Earth

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Cost Vs Return

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

        Fast glass - yes, super shallow depth of field, an extra stop of light vs a f/2.8 lens. Claimed to be the fastest 200mm in production. Fast focus - yes but not as fast as the 70-200 f/2.8 II, or the 300 f/2.8 II. Of course the 220 f/2.0 is MUCH faster to focus than the 85 f/1.2 II. Buy the lens cap designed for the 300 f/2.8 II as it works much better than the silly leather boot that comes with the 200 f/2.0. Recommended.

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        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        yes its pricey, but worth every penny

        By matt2ten

        from boston, ma

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

            This is one of those lenses people research for months and go back and forth on. The price scares folks, the "weight" .Really those are the only things I could imagine anyone could find to complain about with the lens, First off the price is totally reasonable to me, I cant imagine the millions and millions of dollars spent to develop this lens, Now im not saying you wont be shocked when you open the credit card bill, but come on, you cant fake what this lens does.And really the weight is not a factor at all if you ask me. bottom line the thing is as close to perfect as I;ve seen

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            5.0

            Awesome lens

            By Jason Rosete

            from San francisco

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

              Use this for basketball shootin with my 5d mark 2. Awesome lens but ended up selling mine for more than what I paid for it and ended up buying a 7d and the 135 f2 lens that live together. Was able to pick up the 50 1.2 for the 5d. Digging this set up a lot. Smaller, lighter and got a bit more reach.

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              5.0

              Wow good deal even at $6k!

              By ChrisHal4D

              from New York

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Loud AF with the 5D Mark3

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

              Fast focus, great sharpness, great overall image quality.
              This is an absolute dream if you use it for Portraits.

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              (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Just buy it and you will love it!

              By Studio 1930

              from Kansas City, KS

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • No lens cap

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

              Sharp, sharp, sharp! This lens is everything you have read about and more. My hit rate went up considerably compared to my 70-200 2.8 IS. F/2 at this focal length has to be seen to be believed. It gathers so much light that low light shooting is much easier. Focus is fast and silent on my 1DM4 and 1DM3 bodies although my 70-200 did focus a bit faster which surprised me. Tracking improved quite a bit over the 70-200 producing 9 out of 10 sharp images. I use this for sports and portraits mostly.

              The down sides are the weight which is to be expected and the lack of a lens cap. I bought the AquaTech softCap made for the 300 f/2.8 since they fit the 200 f/2 which works perfectly. Also the $$$ lens hood is a bit tricky to get on and off but you get used to it. Overall this is a near perfect lens.

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              5.0

              20 20 Hindsight - An awesome lens!

              By Roberto48

              from Edmonton, AB, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

              This lens is amazing and when used with 1.4 and 2.0 Extenders produces excellent results as a 280 f2.8 and 400 f4.0. Could have saved myself $4,000 on a 300 f2.8!

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              5.0

              Best of Top of the Line

              By Canon Shooter

              from Baton Rouge, La.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                Superb, top of the line, extremely clear, easy focus, great photos

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                5.0

                Spectacular lens: fast, sharp

                By Michael Carlos

                from Central Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Preset focus is superb

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                Just came out of the box last week, and so far I've only used it at a youth sports league to test its speed, AF accuracy, sharpness, and the legendary bokeh. It exceeded all my expectations. Despite the weight (easily mitigated by using a monopod), it is easy to maneuver quickly. At wide open 2.0 aperture, it's insane! From across the soccer field, the plane of focus even at 100 ISO was razor sharp. You'll see in the sample photo below that I was just a fraction off the correct focus even at that distance because it is so precise. I've not tested the IS yet because of the super fast shutter speed in full light, but expect to do so at an evening wedding in New Orleans next month. Worth every penny, and I'd recommend it without hesitation!

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                5.0

                Absolute top class

                By Christian Kloumann

                from Oslo, Norway

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                  Since you consider buying this lens, you probably have done some research already. Just to confirm what you already know:

                  Optical/electronic/mechanical quality: Absolute top class. No question about it.

                  Portraits: You are not anonymous using this lens, and it could easily frighten shy people ;) Its minimum focus distance is 6.23' (1.9 m). So, get the Canon extension tube EF 12 II.

                  To make it complete, also buy:
                  Canon 52mm Drop-in circular polarizing filter and
                  Canon ERC-E4M Medium rain cover.

                  The Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS is a beauty of a lens.
                  Enjoy!

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                  5.0

                  Beyond Imagination

                  By Ben

                  from Philadelphia

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                  This & the Canon 135MM F2 are probably the best telephoto lens'on the world Eye popping images, sharp, rich colors, contrasty & the best bokeh in the known galaxy. A must have for sports or when you want to keep your distance at an event. Can get a little heavy so get some exercise before use!!

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                  5.0

                  Sports Illustrated has nothing on this..

                  By Indianscout

                  from Vidalia, GA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                  ...what a great lens. I shot a high school basketball game the other night. I was concerned about the crackerbox size of the gym.

                  It was the first time I had used it and the pics turned out stunning. Crisp on the subject with the background blur that's os typical of great sports pics. It's worth every nickel I put into it.

                  Best if using a monopod or tripod. It's a little heavy.

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                  5.0

                  Otherworldly, Insane, Impossible, Rare,

                  By Grant Brummett

                  from Mesa, Arizona

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Amazing intense sharpness
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Gets respect everywhere
                  • Otherworldy Insane Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Your there clarity

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Too much attention
                  • Tough To Attach
                  • Very narrow DOF at 20

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                  I mainly use this lens to take professional portraits which it really excels at in fact better then any other lens including my beloved Canon 85mm F/1.2L II that's if you have the room to use it. Even on a full frame camera you will be backed up a ways from your subject.

                  This lens WILL get you attention, I had it at the zoo the other day and a model shoot at the local park and lost count of how many people commented about it. I hear envy, lust, awe and attitude in their comments. But it also gets you respect people automatically think you are a pro.

                  Be prepared for a heavy lens too after a three hour hand held shoot I feel ready to sit down and take a break, feels over twice as heavy as my 85 but much faster to focus and sharper wide open.

                  Now for the best part, get back to your computer and be prepared for your jaw to drop when you see the images full sized. I can even at a glance tell from thumbnails which images are with this lens. Also when asked which images are liked almost always people pick out the ones taken with this lens from a shoot.

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                  5.0

                  One of Canon's finest

                  By Nanook

                  from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                  Outstanding in all areas..sharpness, color, resolution, low light performance with 4 stops IS..simply stunning bokeh

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                  5.0

                  Best of the Best...

                  By Steve01

                  from L.A. CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Sharp
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                  My Uses- Portraiture

                  when used wide open, it gives a look that can only be achieved by very high speed super telephoto lens...it sets the shots apart from other lenses.

                  AF is lightning fast!!!!

                  IS works great.

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                  5.0

                  EF 200mm f/2L IS USM And B&H Photo

                  By Stillkickn

                  from Los Angeles county

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                    Great quality lens, I am having so much fun with this lens, it is so fast!! B&H was fast also with their shipping and from their add, I didn't know that the lens came in it's own case, like a small suitcase that will protect the lens from any damage. I have not studied the CD that came with it but will enjoy that soon. The cost is steep but well worth the quality. No worries on B&H giving quick service of shipping.

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                    5.0

                    The best lens I have ever used

                    By NickD

                    from Sydney, Australia

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Excellent colorcontrast
                    • Excellent IS
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                    I purchased this lens after a lot of research. I had high hopes and expectations of this lens and all I can say is that my expectations were not only met but they were far exceeded. This is THE best lens I have ever used. I cannot fault it in anyway whatsoever.

                    As has been stated before, its heavy but by no means is it unmanageable. The build quality is excellent, the focus speed and accuracy can only be described as insane. Once you have this lens on your camera everything just takes on a different feel, its is a pro lens in every sense of the word.

                    It is absolutely pin sharp wide open from edge to edge, even sharper that any of my other L lenses when they are stopped down. The color and contrast is fantastic but most of all, the bokeh that this lens produces is nothing short of amazing.

                    I was skeptical at spending so much money on a lens but after the first day of use I wondered why I didn't buy it sooner. Sure its a lot of money but you do get your money's worth.

                    An absolutely amazing piece of glass and the best quality I have ever seen. It blows away the other 7 L's I own by a long-shot. I wont ever part with the 200 f2

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