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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Nov 30, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Relatively light weight, sharp, very fast focus, nice bokeh, flare resistent
Hood is pretty big

Image quality and sharpness are especially nice. Any reports of softness must be due to a defective unit. Possibly a misaligned element.

Two of my sharpest lenses are the 300 f2.8 IS and the 400 f5.6 prime. The 200 f2.8 II is somewhere in between those two lenses. The 300 f2.8 is stunning, but this lens is not all that far behind. No reservations at all about using it open at f2.8. Simply outstanding for the price.

If you want 200mm at f2.8 but prefer something smaller than the f2.8 zooms, this is your lens. Easy to carry, great performer.

When you use the hood, it makes it look quite a bit bigger and adds length. Could easily be used without the hood in most circumstances. Just be aware if that's important to you.