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Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

Review Date: Aug 13, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Lighter than the predecessor, and better balance than the venerable 200 1.8. Relatively quick auto focus and excellent fore and background blur.
AF, with 5 series, not as quick as 2 decades older 1.8. Blur of the 2IS is excellent, however 1.8s blur is exceptional. Resolving ability, color, micro contrast, and overall IQ falls short of the 1.8.

This lens, while excellent is a bit of a disappointment. It has excellent af, both quick and accurate, yet, with the 5 series, not as quick and accurate as its older sibling. The balance and lighter weight, are huge plusses, yet the resolving ability, micro contrast and color fall short of the 1.8. The blur, while exemplary, is not of the exceptional quality of the 1.8
The IS is and excellent addition and allows handholding in the 3 to 4 stop range A welcome advantage when photographing weddings/events.
I really like this lens, with reservation, the IS is so very pragmatic, the balance allows handholding for longer periods, compared to its older sibling. What is inexcusable is the IQ; a significant step back from a 1980s design. IMHO, inexcusable.
I am keeping the lens, however, while I will be using it as a main lens in the wedding/event portion of my business, it will serve as back up, to the 1.8, in portrait sessions.