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Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM, reviewed by PCousins

 
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This is an easy review for me to write as the 200 f/2.0 is my favourite lens which I have owned for nearly 3 years. I use this lens for People Portraits, Wildlife, Event Photography as well as Sports. In fact I use it almost all the time and always wide open.

I get the best out of the lens by always using back button focussing and shooting 80% of the time in Manual Mode

Bokeh

There is no doubt about it that the 200 f/2.0 is the King of bokeh out of the present Canon lens range. I can say that because I currently own the 85L2 f/1.2 and have up to 3 months ago owned the 135 f/2.0.
The f/2.0 aperture combined with the focal length sets this lens apart and in a league of it’s own. The way it renders the bokeh is unique and simply amazing and unlike any other lens. I would go as far as to say that it is on par with the legendary 50mm f/1.0 and 200mm f/1.8.

Focussing (AF)

Lightning quick and very accurate.

IS

Truly amazing and considering this is a very heavy lens (2.5kgs) I can easily take sharp handheld shots at 1/10 sec.

Construction

It is extremely well built and fully weather sealed. The Optical/Electronic and mechanical quality is absolutely top class. No question about it.

Sharpness

It is so sharp I find that I do not have to post-sharpen any images.

Using 1.4x & 2x MK3 Extenders

When paired with the Mk3 extenders will give you 3 long fast IS lenses. I have noticed that with the extenders there is a very slight increase of CA wide open but this disperses when stopped down by 1 stop.

Disadvantages

The lens cap is awkward, I tend to use the Neoprene lens coat and padded hoodie as it helps protect the lens and makes it more discreet. This is a good thing as the lens will get you unwanted attention. I have lost count of the number of times people have commented about it.
Expensive, I was skeptical about spending so much money on a lens but after the first day of use I wondered why I didn’t buy it sooner. Yes it is a lot of money however, you do get your money’s worth.

Recommendations

The camera comes with a 52mm drop in Canon UV filter. I like to use the circular polarising filter which is very easy to change over. This filter brings the photo’s alive and helps enhance images. The results are amazing, but the cost at £180 is far too high for what it actually is. However, this is now an essential addition to my kit and, overall, a small price to pay for what it delivers.

Conclusion

It truly is an outstanding piece of equipment for all the reasons I have already mentioned. It is a beauty of a lens and I will never part with it only if canon decide to bring out a MK2 version in years to come. I have a lot of fun using this lens, it is and can be challenging with 200mm but that for me is what makes it more enjoyable. The images it process give almost a 3d type effect and when I bought it I felt that my photography had stepped up a gear or two.

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Dec 09, 2014 11:30 |  #2

Mine stays welded to a 5dmk3




  
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Dec 09, 2014 13:59 as a reply to  @ danb708's post |  #3

Hello danb708,

My lens is just over 3 years old, I'm aware that there is a phenomenon which occurs where the lens may emit an abnormal noise when used with a 5dMk3. Yes it's good that Canon will inspect and repair free of charge. Although I do not own a 5d3 I don't think it's necessary for me to get mine done. I do not have any issues at all with my 1ds3, 5d2, 7d bodies. Can you tell me if you have experienced this noise, Is it really that bad. I may want one day a 5d3?.
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Dec 11, 2014 11:49 |  #4

PCousins wrote in post #17323035 (external link)
Hello danb708,

My lens is just over 3 years old, I'm aware that there is a phenomenon which occurs where the lens may emit an abnormal noise when used with a 5dMk3. Yes it's good that Canon will inspect and repair free of charge. Although I do not own a 5d3 I don't think it's necessary for me to get mine done. I do not have any issues at all with my 1ds3, 5d2, 7d bodies. Can you tell me if you have experienced this noise, Is it really that bad. I may want one day a 5d3?.
I would be interested in knowing your view/opinion. Thank you

I have not experienced any negative issues with my 5dm3 paired with the 200 f2, mine is quiet and extremely fast and accurate. I highly recommend the combo and after seeing posts with this combo by Lisa Holloway I decided to take the plunge and have no regrets!




  
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Jan 09, 2015 05:54 |  #5

I would like the "king of bokeh" for portraits




  
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Jan 11, 2015 00:10 |  #6

PCousins wrote in post #17323035 (external link)
Hello danb708,

My lens is just over 3 years old, I'm aware that there is a phenomenon which occurs where the lens may emit an abnormal noise when used with a 5dMk3. Yes it's good that Canon will inspect and repair free of charge. Although I do not own a 5d3 I don't think it's necessary for me to get mine done. I do not have any issues at all with my 1ds3, 5d2, 7d bodies. Can you tell me if you have experienced this noise, Is it really that bad. I may want one day a 5d3?.
I would be interested in knowing your view/opinion. Thank you

You could borrow a 5D3 and test to see if your lens has this issue. My is an older version and had the noise with both of my 5D3 and Canon fixed it.
My friend, OTOH, has a newer version and he didn't experience any issue with his 5D3.

After the fix it's really quiet. Prior to that you would hear the click...click. It was pretty loud and hard to miss.

Or if you're concern, just send it in


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May 10, 2015 01:08 |  #7

Great review! It's such an amazing lens indeed.

sonnyc wrote in post #17376546 (external link)
You could borrow a 5D3 and test to see if your lens has this issue. My is an older version and had the noise with both of my 5D3.....

Wow, I forgot all about this issue. I just tried it with my 5D3 Vs. the 1D4 and wow, is it much louder and "clunky" IS with the 5D3.

Do I really have to send it to Canon?,. bummer.


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Mar 29, 2018 19:47 |  #8

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my lens and hope it is everything I think it will be. I will be pairing it to my 5D3 and hope the noise issue isn’t a problem for me. Is it mandatory to fix the issue or is it just a nuisance issue? Thanks for the comments and reviews guys and gals!


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Mar 29, 2018 20:00 |  #9

Should be fine.


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Point-n-shoot-n wrote in post #18596671 (external link)
I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my lens and hope it is everything I think it will be. I will be pairing it to my 5D3 and hope the noise issue isn’t a problem for me. Is it mandatory to fix the issue or is it just a nuisance issue? Thanks for the comments and reviews guys and gals!

For me it was indeed mandatory.

I am unclear if the issue is only about sound, but maybe it also effects functionality? Your the only one that will know if you will want to live with it. Maybe yours will have already had the fix. You will know. If your in doubt when you hear it, I would assume that means you don't have the problem, because it is too obvious to have a doubt.


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Apr 02, 2018 19:33 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #11

Ok....so the lens is in my hands as we speak! I cannot find a single mark anywhere on it that indicates that it was ever used at all....when I focus on something there is a very slight click when it hits focus. It sounds more like a slight rattle or looseness in the focusing system and only when the lens stops focusing. If I hadn’t heard anything about this being a problem, I doubt that I would have even noticed it. I will get out and shoot some with it to see how well it hits the focus points and if there aren’t any issues, I think I will be very satisfied with my purchase!


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Apr 02, 2018 21:14 |  #12

It's the IS, not AF.
I would assume that if you don't think it sounds bad, then your 100%

If you are still unsure, at some point try it on another body. But it sounds like you are good to go.

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Apr 03, 2018 14:38 |  #13

This is from canon rumours.com.....take note below of the 5th & 6th digit to confirm if you have a lens with the issue or not.

From Canon USA
To Users of the EF200mm f/2L IS USM and EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lenses with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera.
Thank you for using Canon products.
We have confirmed that when the EF200mm f/2L IS USM and some units of the EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lenses are used with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera, the Lenses may emit an abnormal noise.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera does not need to be repaired as a result of this phenomenon.
The support measures for this phenomenon have been decided and they are as described below.
Phenomenon
If either of the lenses is attached to the camera with the Image Stabilizer switch on the lenses set to ON, the Image Stabilizer will synchronize with the autofocusing (AF) function and an abnormal noise may occur. This abnormal noise does not affect captured images.
This phenomenon only occurs when the camera is used with either of the lenses, and does not occur when the camera is used with other lenses.
Affected Products
EF200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens
*This phenomenon does not occur with cameras other than the EOS 5D Mark III.
*If the fifth and sixth digit of the six-digit alphanumeric number that is imprinted on the lens mount of the above EF lenses is of any of the following numbers, the lens is affected.
EF200mm f/2L IS USM: If the fifth and sixth digit is 00, 01, or 02.
EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM:If the fifth and sixth digit is 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, or 06.
How to Identify Affected Products:
Please check the six-digit alphanumeric number as indicated in the image below.
Support
The Canon lenses affected by this phenomenon will be inspected and repaired free of charge starting from May 21, 2012. If you own one of the affected lenses, please contact our Customer Support Center.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc


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Apr 03, 2018 20:29 |  #14

Ok...so I did a bit more playing around with my new baby. It is in the affected number code being an 01 .. I turned off the image stabilizer and it is indeed totally silent and fast....with the stabilizer on, I can definitely feel and hear a slight clickIng noise as previously mentioned. If there is no damage occurring or loss of image quality from the malady, I can probably live with it as I don’t usually need stability turned on anyway. If I decided to send it in, what is the usual turn around time for such a repair? Thanks for the input!


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