The successor to the legendary 200mm f/1.8L, this lens has a bit tighter aperture but adds Canon’s 4-stop fourth-generation Image Stabilization. With 17 optical elements including fluorite and low dispersion glass elements, this lens is supposed to have lower chromatic aberration and faster autofocus than its predecessor. Other improvements include better dust/weather proofing and the ability to remain amazingly sharp even wide open.
The 200mm primes are THE indoor sports lenses and is often used for theater work and other low light applications. They are superb with 1.4x teleconverters, creating a 280mm f/2.8 lens, and even good with a 2x converter, creating a 400mm f/4.
This one is faster than Paris Hilton, sharper than my ex-wife’s tongue, has more contrast than a Democratic Primary, provides backgrounds as beautifully blurred as my memories of that weekend in Cancun, but is more expensive than an Illinois Congressman on vacation with a lobbyist.
This lens is phenomenal just as it is. With a set of teleconverters it can be any lens you want it to be from 200mm to 400mm.
For the die-hards among you, let’s get it out of the way first- I have owned and shot the 200 f/1.8. This lens is every bit as good from a sharpness standpoint, and while its common use (indoor sports) doesn’t require the IS feature too often, the IS is quite amazing.
- Filter Size
- 5.6 lb
- Minimum Focusing Distance
- 6.2 feet
- Maximum Magnification
- Angle of view: (full frame)
- 12 degrees
- Zoom method
- Image Stabilization
- 4 stop, tripod sensing, panning mode
- Focusing System
- Internal focus, Full time active, USM motor, focus limiting switch
- Aperture Blades
- 8, curved, octagonal
- Low Dispersion Elements
- Fluorite Elements
- Aspherical Elements
- Weather Resistant
- Flare resistance
- Mild to moderate ghosting, mild contrast loss
- Canon EF
- Crop, Full frame
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