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Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM

Review Date: Apr 19, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness that blows you away. 1.8 extends your wildlife shooting time (if you can get close enough) , Earns big respect points with clients, Build quality is great,
Heavy, Very demanding Focus because of extremely tight DOF, My copy front focuses some (+10 adjustment with Mark III),

If you have the opprotunity to get this lens. DO IT.
I got this lens for an incredible deal and bought it with the intentions of putting it back up for sale.

Once I had it in my hands and saw the images this lens created though, I was hooked. I do not know if I would ever be able to let it go now. I have had a hard time using any other lens I own for the past month because nothing I have even comes close to this lens.

It is very very sharp, but in addition there is just a feel to the image this lens creates that no other lens can match, I dont know how to describe it but there is some magic going on somewhere inside this lens. Files respond very well to post processing sharpening.

The only negative aspect to this lenses image quality that I can note is my copy exhibits minor vignetting when wide open, shooting in low light low contrast situations (ie a grey sky) It is easily correctable in Post, and on some images adds to the magic but it is there. I have not noticed it at all in well lit only shows up at wide open slow shutter speeds.

This lens is heavy, you pay a lot in the price of weight to get that extra one and a third stop more than a 200 2.8, it is easily tamed with a monopod and really is not that bad to shoot hand held for short periods of time. i personally find the lens balanced enough on my Mark III.

Focusing of this lens is very demanding, I love using live veiw for portraits so I can put the bokeh and DOF exactly where I want it to be, it does an awesome job at focus tracking for sports though I like to stop it down just a bit to give a wider field of focus

I have written enough about this lens, but it lives up to the hype its an incredible piece of glass, treat it with care if you get one as there are not many out there!