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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Jan 11, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $625.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Size Speed Color Weight Image Quality
Cons:
Lacks IS

I purchased this lens as a faster alternative to the 100-300 Canon 4.5/5.6 I was using. It was my first L glass. I've now been using this lens regularly for about 1 year.

The focus speed, image sharpness and overall performance exceeded all expectations.

2 Surprise benefits:
1. I discovered I didn't miss the zoom. I have mostly used the lens for shooting motorsport and air shows. Everyone else shows up with a zoom. Most of the time you shoot far at these events. This non-zoom lens is much faster and lighter than it's zoom equivelents.

2. There are lots of show-offs at events like this sporting their bulky 70-200 2.8 white lenses. I had the same reach and same performance without having the "Hey, come steal my lens" advertisment.

After my first event I bought the Canon 1.4x extender. Although I lost a stop - the lens continues to excel!