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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

BH #CA20028LEF2 • MFR #2529A004
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Two Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Spectra Coating
A medium telephoto L-series prime, the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM combines a flexible focal length with a modestly bright maximum aperture to realize a relatively compact and lightweight design well-suited for sports and portraiture applications. Its advanced optical design incorporates a pair of ultra-low dispersion glass elements to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to realize notable clarity and color accuracy, and a Super Spectra coating also helps to increase contrast when working in harsh lighting conditions. Benefitting the optics, a ring-type USM is employed, too, to deliver quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus control.
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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Overview

A medium telephoto L-series prime, the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM combines a flexible focal length with a modestly bright maximum aperture to realize a relatively compact and lightweight design well-suited for sports and portraiture applications. Its advanced optical design incorporates a pair of ultra-low dispersion glass elements to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to realize notable clarity and color accuracy, and a Super Spectra coating also helps to increase contrast when working in harsh lighting conditions. Benefitting the optics, a ring-type USM is employed, too, to deliver quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus control.

Telephoto prime 200mm f/2.8 lens is compatible with full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs as well as APS-C models where it will provide a 320mm equivalent focal length.
Two ultra-low dispersion elements greatly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color accuracy.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with a rear focusing system, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Rounded eight-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens is sealed against dust and moisture for working in inclement environmental conditions.
Compatible with optional EF 1.4X and EF 2X teleconverters.

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Specs

Focal Length200mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View12°
Minimum Focus Distance4.92' / 1.5 m
Maximum Magnification0.16x
Optical Design9 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades8, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNone
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.28 x 5.36" / 83.2 x 136.2 mm
Weight1.68 lb / 765 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.6 x 5.3 x 5.3"

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Reviews

Exceptional images/ a proven design

By HotandMuggyinFL
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-02

A very well designed lens, low CA minimal light fall-off. Makes for an exceptional astro-lens.

This is a good lens for the $$

By Jose
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-12

This is an amazing lens if you are looking to upgrade from non L lens tele lens, it is super affordable compared to other L options (hence non IS). You can definitely tell the difference when shooting on L glass at this focal length. If you never had an L tele lens I think this is a great place to start, as it was my first canon L tele lens ... I seen some harsh reviews for this lens on B&H but I can say you definitely get what you would expect from a lens that retails for $750 and less in the used market.... I have gotten amazing blur on some close up shots at f5.6. I haven't seen any distortion, it produces some real sharp images, I also been getting solid results for architecture shots as well. That being said its not perfect, i seen some chromatic aberration when using this lens, it seems to happen when I use it to photograph statues during the day time... and have had a hard time correcting in post however i still like this lens overall. I have had this lens for a few weeks now and i am very happy with it, it fits my needs for now, I may look to upgrade to a 70-200mm in the future... This lens will make handling the whole set up harder if you have a ball head tripod so I highly recommend purchasing a Vello tripod collar for this lens, B&H sells it as well. If you already have a 70-200mm your just not going to get the same performance from this in some aspects, so you might not need this lens unless you want to pack light and travel with just a 200mm.

Very Solid Canon L Lens

By Evan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-06

Found this lens at a Camera show. I traded a 5D MkII for it (I know a body for a lens... but I also have a 6D that had a much lower shutter count). Originally I was looking for a 135mm F/2L, but the guy with it would not budge, so I ended up finding someone with this lens in immaculate condition. I generally use it to capture action shots, at a very high shutter speed. I've found the auto focus and overall sharpness to be very good. I choose this over my 70-200mm F/4L, 9/10 times. As far as it lacking image stabilizer, I'm sure that'd be great, but since I generally shoot at a high shutter, it hasn't been something I'm losing sleep over. When I use it for filmmaking to get shots from far away, or to get close ups it's always on sticks, so again, not freaking out about no IS. It's a specific lens that you use for certain stuff, and 2.8 handles well in low light, especially with full frame.

Superb no frills optics

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-02

Used with the 1.4x extender with no discernable degradation from the tack sharp focusing using just the lens itself. True, it's not the 70-200 f2.8 Zoom with image stabilization, etc. But note the difference in price point.

An excellent option over the 70-200 f/2.8

By HotandMuggyinFL
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-02

Had purchased the original Mk1 version back in 2002. It’s manual focus just went out and found this Mk 2 version available here on Canon Refurb site. Still an exceptional lens.

Great for astrophotography!

By Tony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-11

I’ve used this lens to take pictures of objects in space and it works fantastic!

Love it, but I was used to the IS on my 70-200

By edwin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-15

Love it, but I was used to the IS on my 70-200. Being a rather sloppy photo person, I'm used to depending on IS. I think the Image Quality is better, but I missed shots because of no IS.

BETTER THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE

By Jan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-21

I read reviews, which seemed to be mixed on whether this lens was better than the Canon 70-300 IS USM. I have that one and the 100-300 USM and like this better. IS adds weight to any lens. My old, arthritic hands can't hold a camera/lens as steady as they used to. Increased Shutter speed helps. Not having IS to drag me down helps more. As would be expected, the depth of field is narrow. But this is a telephoto lens. If you want great depth of field, use a wide angle lens and step closer to the subject. I haven't tried it yet with the Canon EF 1.4 III extender. I look forward to it when the temps go back down. I agree that the 135mmL is better -- probably the best lens I own, and I own a lot of Canon lenses. I recently decided to return to Prime lenses, when possible. That was the reason for this purchase. I am pleased to have added this lens to my prime collection (24mm, 50mm, 50mm macro, 135 mmL and now 200mmL).

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