Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS Review – A Great Lens But Not Recommended

Canon 200mm F/2L IS Review

Few of us can afford a $5,699 lens. Here is Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS review with a surprising verdict.

EF 200mm f/2L IS at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/32
  • Fluorite & Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 8-Blade Diaphragm

Manny Ortiz posted his Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS review. While he states it is a great lens (it is), there are also some drawbacks according to Manny: price, huge size and working distance. See the review in the video below.

B&H Photo has the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS at $5,699.

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Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS Review – A Legendary Lens That Might Get Discontinued

EF 200mm F/2L IS Review

Here is a Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS review. The Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS is a remarkable lens but now it seems Canon might discontinue it soon.

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/32
  • Fluorite & Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 8-Blade Diaphragm

Christopher Frost posted his Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS review. This classic Canon telephoto lens was introduced in 2008, and now it seems that Canon is set to discontinue it in favor of an RF mount version. At least that’s what recent rumors suggests, and indeed the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS shows up as discontinued at B&H Photo. You can still find it at Amazon.

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK

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Canon Patent For New Macro Lenses With Hybrid IS (180mm, 200mm, 300mm)

Canon Patent
180mm f/3.5 Macro IS

Canon Patent
200mm f/3.5 Macro IS

 

Canon Patent
300mm f/3.5 Macro IS

Egami (translated) spotted another patent filed by Canon, this time for new macro lenses with hybrid image stabilization: 180mm f/3.5 IS, 200mm f/3.5 IS, and 300mm f/3.5 IS.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-41224
    • Publication date 2014.3.6
    • Filing date 2012.8.22
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 1.37
    • Focal length f = 180.03-167.06-131.08mm
    • Fno (3.6-4.8-5.8 actual aperture). 3.6-3.3-2.59
    • Half angle ω = 6.85-7.38-9.37 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 228.39mm
    • BF 68.14mm
  • Example 2
    • Zoom ratio 1.58
    • Focal length f = 198.49-164.7-125.48mm
    • Fno (3.6-4.8-5.8 actual aperture). 3.6-2.99-2.28
    • Half angle ω = 6.22-7.48-9.78 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 231.65mm
    • BF 71.4mm
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 1.92
    • Focal length f = 289.97-213.39-151.33mm
    • Fno (3.6-4.8-5.8 actual aperture). 3.6-2.65-2.21
    • Half angle ω = 4.27-5.79-8.14 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 294.36mm
    • BF 68.05mm
  • Canon patents
    • Inner focus
    • (Part of the fourth lens group) antivibration
    • Supports Shifutobure
    • Floating

 

Rumor: New Canon Lenses Around The Corner?

New Canon lenses rumor tidbits. Canon Rumors got another confirmation that a Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS II lens is out there getting tested. It is not ready for the market and it is suggested that Canon will not announce it before Nikon announced its own 800mm lens. Another lens was mentioned, the EF 200 f/2L IS, also said to be far from being announced. Finally, one of CR’s sources says that he or she tested an ultra-wide zoom on an EOS-1D Xs (which, supposedly, is the big megapixel DSLR rumors say Canon is working on).

But the Canon lens rumor-mill is also yielding some tidbits about an EF 135mm f/2L replacement. The talk is about an EF 135mm f/2L prototype with image stabilization. Replacement of the current EF 135mm may be around the corner.

It appears as if there are definitely coming new lenses before the end of 2012, some NDAs (non disclosure agreement) should be over by the end of the month.

[via CR]

EOS 5D3 and EF200mm f/2L IS USM & EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM Service Note

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Canon released a product advisory for the EF200mm f/2L IS USM & EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lenses when used with an EOS 5D Mark III: It has been confirmed that when the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera is used with the EF200mm f/2L IS USM and some units of the EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lenses […], the Lenses may emit an abnormal noise. This is not an issue of the 5D Mark III, it concerns the mentioned lenses. The units that are affected can be identified by the serial number. See the service note below to check if you have such an unit.

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