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p.1 #1 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


KEH have a 200 f/1.8 in a (-LN) condition, which is an uncommon find, especially at that price.

Going by past experience of many people, when KEH call a lens (-LN), that means it should be "like new" indeed.

However, there are a couple of caveats:
*KEH do not check IQ of their lenses, and not all 200 f/1.8s are equally sharp.
* There used to be a paint shop in S. Korea which did a super job of repainting 200 f/1.8 lenses.
It would be really surprising if KEH's gear appraisors would miss such a thing, but one never knows. Several years ago a number of those repainted (undisclosed) and seemingly mint lenses used to fetch big bucks on ebay.

The 200 f/1.8 is not just a fast/sharp lens, it also does good bokeh.

Edited on Oct 01, 2012 at 09:20 PM · View previous versions



Sep 29, 2012 at 01:25 AM
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p.1 #2 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


the bokeh from this lens is amazing!

the 200 f/1.8 and the 85L were the only canon lens i lamented when switching to nikon.




Sep 29, 2012 at 03:27 AM
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p.1 #3 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


Grant, I gather that Nikon's 200 f/2 VR is quite nice too.


Sep 29, 2012 at 03:32 AM
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Sep 29, 2012 at 03:41 AM
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p.1 #5 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


I'm sure it will be gone soon. I'd buy it, but have no need for a non-IS, non-serviceable lens.

EBH



Sep 29, 2012 at 03:58 AM
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p.1 #6 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


Great find Peter!

I find I almost never need IS with mine as the main uses for me shooting bands and comedy performances I want 1/200+ shutter anyway and have no problem getting sharp shots handheld at those speeds. When I use it outside I can get 1/4000-1/8000 often I don't tend to shoot this lend stopped down. The lens is still serviceable at several places and parts are still sometimes available. I have never heard of anyone with a non-functioning lens. There are some risks but the rewards are worth it to me.



Sep 29, 2012 at 09:48 AM
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p.1 #7 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


saneproduction wrote:
Great find Peter!

I find I almost never need IS with mine as the main uses for me shooting bands and comedy performances I want 1/200+ shutter anyway and have no problem getting sharp shots handheld at those speeds. When I use it outside I can get 1/4000-1/8000 often I don't tend to shoot this lend stopped down. The lens is still serviceable at several places and parts are still sometimes available. I have never heard of anyone with a non-functioning lens. There are some risks but the rewards are worth it to me.

To me too.......definitely.



Sep 29, 2012 at 09:56 AM
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p.1 #8 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


I was shown the light by you

You should see the 1080p video we get out of the C300 with this lens YUM!



Sep 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM
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p.1 #9 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


saneproduction wrote:
I was shown the light by you

You should see the 1080p video we get out of the C300 with this lens YUM!


Must be real sweet.
I hear that both 200 f/1.8 and 50 f/1.0 are in demand by videographers these days, although many of them would probably wanna rent only for the duration of the shoot.



Sep 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM
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p.1 #10 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


It is true. They shot that series finale of house using 5DII cameras and those 50 F1 lenses. I would love to have one of those . I can't imagine it is that much better than my 50 1.2 is, but I have never seen one in person. I almost never shoot video that wide open. I tend to shoot stuff f2.8-f4 for a more classic cinema look. I will use the aperture of the slowest lens in the range I am shooting a setup with. That often involves the 200 1.8 or the zeiss Makro planar F2. Example if I shoot an interview at two focal lengths it is often with the 85L II at F1.8 for the medium shot and the 200 f1.8 for the closup. If I go wider than 24, I have to drop to 2.8 because that is the only option (14L II or Tokina usually). I wish canon made an aps-c only 18mm 1.4 cinema lens (super 35 motion picture cameras are closer to APS-C size since the film runs vertically instead of horizontally) so my kit could be 1.4 or faster 18-85mm


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p.1 #11 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


I have similar shots by 70-180 APO.























Sep 29, 2012 at 01:14 PM
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p.1 #12 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


Those shots above are decent, but don't compare them to the 200 1.8. They could have been done with a host of other lenses.

greg



Sep 30, 2012 at 06:24 AM
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p.1 #13 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


petkal: if you see an ET-123 hood for sale by any chance, please let me know


Sep 30, 2012 at 07:58 AM
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p.1 #14 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


If I had this kind of money I'd rather buy a certain 50/1.0 I spotted on the B&S forum. Nice seller as well....

Happy shooting,
Yakim.



Sep 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM
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p.1 #15 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


Here's a couple more images from the EF 200/1.8L, on a 1DsIII. The first two images are wide open. The third image is an f/9 version of the second image. Note that the first image has a touch of selective sharpening on the flowers at right and a few leaves near the bottom left, in order to bring out the in-focus areas without affecting the OOF areas.

















Sep 30, 2012 at 01:15 PM
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p.1 #16 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


gheller wrote:
Those shots above are decent, but don't compare them to the 200 1.8. They could have been done with a host of other lenses.

greg


Hm, in theory, yes. In practice its Leica R.



Sep 30, 2012 at 01:26 PM
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p.1 #17 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


Clearly no one has been in the Nikon shop for quite some time, the 200/2 and the 85/1.4 blows canon out of the water.


Sep 30, 2012 at 07:20 PM
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p.1 #18 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


Rooster L200 wrote:
Clearly no one has been in the Nikon shop for quite some time, the 200/2 and the 85/1.4 blows canon out of the water.


Troll! Unless you can show me, that is.

P.S. How does the Nikon 85/1.2 do?



Sep 30, 2012 at 07:22 PM
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p.1 #19 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


jcolwell wrote:
Troll! Unless you can show me, that is.

P.S. How does the Nikon 85/1.2 do?


Perhaps not a troll, could be just a Nikon forumographer.



Sep 30, 2012 at 08:11 PM
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p.1 #20 · A rare 200 f/1.8 find (Not available any longer)


If it weren't for the difficulty in finding replacement parts I would have considered the 200 f/1.8 a long time ago, so IMO this lens is way overpriced at $3.8k due to the serviceability issues.


Sep 30, 2012 at 08:56 PM
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