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CanonEF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (54)
  • Strong construction (38)
  • Rugged (29)
  • Durable (27)
  • Nice bokeh (26)

Cons

  • Heavy (24)
  • Tough to attach (4)
  • No lens cap (3)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (40)
  • Weddings (22)
  • Low light (19)
  • Night photography (17)
  • Portraits (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (8), Professional (7), Enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27)

Reviewed by 53 customers

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5.0

Speechless!!

By Prime Lens Rob

from Las Vegas, NV

Verified Buyer

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

Makes a rookie look like a pro. This lens is truly amazing. At F/2 I can't find the words but know it will fill my pockets with cash. Yep its heavy. Monopod works well; I use a Gitzo with a really right stuff head. I think its reasonably priced for what you get. The return on investment has already begun.

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5.0

Awesomeness!!

By reyH

from Spring Valley, NY

Verified Reviewer

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

This lens by far is now my favorite on my Sony A7R2 with Metabones IV. It is heavy but I really dont mind the weight. When used with Yongnuo 2x TC III it will become a 400mm F4 and the image quality is not affected or undetectable unless you blow it up 1:1 and even if you do this you can still barely see the difference. This lens is fast with Metabones IV even with the 2X TC.

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5.0

Does it get any better than this !!!

By Tom

from Long Island NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I have 12 L lens including the famous 85 f/1.2 L and the 300 f/2.8 . But 95% of the time I am using this lens and using it at f/2 . I shoot lots of environmental portraits in low light and as long as I have the room this is the only lens I use .

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    5.0

    Awesome Best Lens love it ,

    By Vladi Samodarov

    from Sacramento C.A

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

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

    Great lens. Quality. Lightening fast, focusing. Precise pinpoint accuracy, probably too much. Worth it- yes. Vladisamodarov.com

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    5.0

    I love it

    By T

    from California

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

    Love this

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    (14 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Everything you've heard about this lens is true!

    By Kristina Dominianni

    from Middle Island, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Attracts attention
    • Expensive
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Portraits

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

    I've been dreaming of this lens for years.
    Now that I've had some time to really use it - I am confident in saying that this is the best portrait lens, period. That's right... I'm looking at you 85 1.2!!

    If you're reading this review, you probably already know about the stunning depth of field, razor sharp focus and speed. You probably also know it's heavy as hell, expensive and stands out like a sore thumb.

    The most important thing I can convey is that this lens delivers the most stunning, dreamy, backgrounds and takes portraits second to none. If you ever have the opportunity to make this purchase as a portrait photographer..... DOOOOOO IT!!!

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    (7 of 9 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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    (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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      • No

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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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        (25 of 26 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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        (2 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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          (12 of 13 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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              • Yes

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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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                (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                (18 of 18 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 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                  • No

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                  (16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                  (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    (6 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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