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As one or two of you know, I have been selling a fair amount of gear lately. My goal was always to purchase the 200 f/2L IS when it came out.

It's out! :D

I've always been a prime junkie and I've always missed my 200/2.8L. The 70-200 zooms just don't do it for me I'm affraid.

I think 200mm on a FF body is a fabulous FL for portraits. Add to that a wide f/2 aperature and 4-stop IS and you've got a great lens for low light theatre, sports, portraits and landscapes. You've also got a bokeh machine.

This lens is going to be taking a lot of indoor and outdoor photographs of my two children over the next 15 years.

Will it be worth the money? I reckon that's relative. Each of us has to make his own determination of value and utility given the constraints of budget and spouse. But the 200/2L IS is less expensive than the 1Ds3. And I bet it holds its value a lot better than that body does.

Am I worthy of the Platinum Brick? Am I even worthy enough to dub this lens the Platinum Brick (based on its size, color and lofty price)? The answer is easy: No. But the lens brings me pleasure. So to heck with it, you only live once.

Anyway, I've just started testing the lens out. In the future I hope I can add more to the forum than these meager first test shots.

And there will be many many photographers that take much better images with this lens than I will. I hope they'll honor us by adding those images to this thread.

It seems that I've been fortunate to get a good copy. And so far I can say with certainty that I'm completely blown away by the bokeh this lens can produce.

All photos were shot in RAW with the EOS-1Ds Mark III and converted to JPEG using CS3's RAW converter. Given my minimal PP skills you can rest assured that little was done to these images except for a levels tweak and USM.

Cheers. :)

My very first shot, my eight year old, Sylvia:

f/2; 1/200; ISO 100; IS on.

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OMG! i think youve got a winner there Josh! daughter --- AND LENS! CONGRATS!

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roeddel wrote in post #5560952external link
OMG! i think youve got a winner there Josh! daughter --- AND LENS! CONGRATS!

Thanks! :)

BOKEH!

f/2;1/200; ISO 200; IS on.

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Holy sharpness... very good copy I'd say. Great bokeh is right.

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What roeddel said x2!

I would love to have this lens, but the price is far beyond my means.

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Testing the IS.

A single coil flourescent bulb and one goofball up past his bedtime. :rolleyes:
A tough one to process I'm affraid.

f/2.2; 1/25; ISO 500; IS on.

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Holy crap...1/25s?

The 200 f/1.8 was the only lens that gave me the shivers (of awe) other than the 85L. Seems like that ghost is rearing its ugly, expensive head again :|.

Have you ever tried a 200 1.8? If so, comparison?

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Nice!

Weight? Hand holdable?

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Wow, great shots! Looks like this lens is a winner. Any pictures of the lens on the body? Just curious to see the size of it.

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Some kids soccer.

IS off in these. In practice I'd stop down a bit more for my sports shots (f/2.8 to f/5.6). But I wanted to see what the Platinum Brick can do.

And I'd love to see what a real sports photog could do with this piece of hardware. I'll defiantely be taking it to next year's Sony/Erickson Open.


f/2.2; 1/1000; ISO 100.

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Here we go. . . .

Now I really hate you. :) Congrats on getting the one lens I cannot afford right now and showing it off exactly the way I thought it would perform. Beautiful kids, BTW. Enjoy it!

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And I thought Mark was going to get one first. You have more gear than he has. :)

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Holy crap! Your gear list man, it's EXACTLY what my dream gear list would look like, without a single superfluous lens :(. You've even got the damn 24mm TS. The only change I'd make is to replace the macro with the Voigtlander 125mm f/2.5 APO-Lanthar SL.

As if this thread didn't make me jealous enough by itself! :(

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perryge wrote in post #5561128external link
Holy crap...1/25s?

The 200 f/1.8 was the only lens that gave me the shivers (of awe) other than the 85L. Seems like that ghost is rearing its ugly, expensive head again :|.

Have you ever tried a 200 1.8? If so, comparison?

I have not been so fortunate as to see a 200/1.8 in person much less shoot with one. :(

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #5561134external link
Nice!

Weight? Hand holdable?

Thanks.

The specs would say it's just a bit lighter than the 300/2.8. But my guess is that is without hoods attached. With their hoods mounted the 200/2 feels noticably lighter. And with hoods mounted the 200/2 is, by my estimation, about 4 inches shorter.

I almost always hand hold my 300/2.8 and I'm finding the 200/2 to be much more comfotable to hand hold. It really feels beautifully balanced on a 1D body....whereas the 300/2.8 is maybe a bit long, which makes the whole rig feel a bit front heavy. The 200/2 feels like a lens that won't break the mount if you happen to lift it up by the camera body alone, not that I'm advocating that.

I have yet to mount the 200/2 on a tripod or monopod. I don't know that I ever will. Heck, I don't know if this lens is coming off of my 1Ds3 anytime soon.

I'm doing an engagement shoot for some friends in the next week or so. I can see doing a lot of it with this lens....hand held.

timnosenzo wrote in post #5561156external link
Wow, great shots! Looks like this lens is a winner. Any pictures of the lens on the body? Just curious to see the size of it.

Many thanks. I'll try to get you one. Until then all I have is this:

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Oh wow.... I am going to have to sell a kidney, but I thin it will be worth it!

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