Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM SLR lens is a sharp focus lens with focal length up to 200m and maximum aperture of f/2. It has ultra fast telephoto capability and produces superior picture quality due to its new optical design. Measuring 5 inches x 8.2 inches in size, it is a heavy lens with weight of about 2.5 Kg. Lens is well built with magnesium alloy in its lens barrel and is good for professional photography.
EF 200mm has AF with manual focus and USM driven inner focus system. Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and optimized algorithms drives Auto focus with accuracy, silence and speed. Lens has good color with nice contrast and supports near focus distance of 1.9m. EF 200mm has high performance OIS, the Optical Image Stabilization system, that provides stabilization correction up to 4 stops. Lens is very good for indoor sports, low light and portrait photography.
Canon EF 200mm lens is constructed with 17 fluorite and UD elements in 12 groups that provides sufficient chromatic aberration correction with no distortion and well controlled flare and results into high resolution images with nice contrast. Circular aperture is 8-blade that can enhance the exposure at wide apertures and produce excellent out-focus images. Lens has angle of viewing of 12 degree diagonally on full frame cameras and accepts drop-in filters of 53mm size.
EF 200mm has protective front element and full weather seal design that provides necessary safety. Dust and proofing mechanism enhance its durability further. Glasses used in lens are lead free and magnesium lens barrels are moisture resistant. Lens also has Focus Preset feature that helps to specify distance as per shooting requirements. It uses ET-120B Lens Hood that enhances the weight of lens by another 300g. Tripod ring is non-removable that helps to provide balanced and smooth rotation of the lens on tripod.
Canon EF 200m has some drawbacks. When held for long period of time, one gets tired easily due to its large size and heavy weight. One not only requires a good learning hand on the lens but also sufficient good technique to handle the shallow depth of field and pictures at short distances. Price tag of lens is also bit negative at about $5500 but is definitely value for money looking at the features of lens. Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM is overall an excellent lens both optically and mechanically and is a good choice for light applications, fashion photography, sports shooting, theater work and other similar events.
Tue, 05 Jan 2010 10:06:29 +0000
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