CountryBoy wrote in post #10844791
But just hope it doesn't ever need repairs !
Shh! Don't jinx me!
Actually though, it'd be more accurate to hope that it doesn't ever need parts. I bought mine for a song because the rubber zoom grip was loose, the zoom ring was a bit "catchy" (likely from a screw underneath sticking out a bit), and there's a faint hairline scratch on the front element (a complete non-issue in my book). It's currently being fixed at Midwest Camera Repair; they're giving it a full cleaning, fixing the zoom ring snag problem, and cutting/regluing the zoom grip, all for $150 plus shipping. Not bad if you ask me! My local camera repair place wanted $230 for the same job.
tkbslc wrote in post #10844820
I don't see why you would get a 80-200L, sorry if I am offending any owners. It's got no USM, sells at inflated prices and cannot be serviced by Canon any more. So what's it provide you over even the Tamron, much less the the ring AF newer Canon and Sigma options.
It provides superior sharpness and color rendering, for one thing. And even though it lacks USM the focus is actually quite fast - definitely faster than the Tamron. But no, I definitely wouldn't pay $889 for one.
I'll also admit to getting a big "intangibles" kick out of walking around with a legendary lens that has probably taken loads of interesting shots in its long lifetime.