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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Apr 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $525.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Outstanding IQ, light weight, fast AF, inconspicuous
Cons:
... not a f/1.8?

I've owned this lens for roughly 2 months and I thoroughly enjoy it. I bought it here for $525 and don't regret a cent. I put my 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS up for sale several heartbeats after first holding this beautiful lens.

The lens is light and short enough that shooting without a tripod is perfectly easy, and it doesn't feel ungainly on a crop body (like my XTi). The hood adds significant length and draws more stares, but nothing like the 70-200mm zooms.

Autofocus is fast and image quality is outstanding. The lens is surprisingly sharp corner to corner and I experience no CA with my copy. Sharpening is unnecessary most of the time, and thoroughly useless if you mount the lens on a tripod. No tripod ring is included, but I find that a Manfrotto 488RC2 head can easily handle the load when gripping the camera body.

$525 goes down very easily for quality like this. Highly recommended.