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Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 15, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Low light shooting fantastic.Best IS I've ever used.Picture sharpness best i've seen.
Cons:
Just the price as everyone else has said.

Like everyone else I've been wanting to get this lens for a long time and when I finally got it I was blown away. I have previously owned the 400 f/2.8 IS and was used to high end teles, but this is in a different league.

The sharpness of images is unparralelled across the Canon line-up (IMHO). I havent used the 300 f/2.8 IS, which i'm told is super sharp, so my assessment may not be 100% accurate....but.. My copy is noticeably sharper than my 135L and my 400 f/2.8 IS.

I showed my fiancee ( not a 'photo person') who was shocked by the sharpness and clarity of the images, so I consider that an independent point of view....and she has been subjected to my photos for years! Smile

The IS is amazing in it's own right. I am getting sharp clear images at 1/10th. HANDHELD! Is that amazing or what? It is a small lens and is best described as a nugetty 70-200.

Here is one at 1/20th...pretty much straight from camera with some minor WB adjustment.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/schoolbookdepository/3350480541/

My recommendation:If you can't aford this lens.Sell something so you can.ITS THAT GOOD!