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Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

Review Date: Mar 29, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpest lens I have ever used, easy to hand hold (for a big lens), build quality, AF speed & accuracy.

I have been wanting this lens ever since it came out. I shoot mostly portrait and this looked to be a winner. I rented it and was impressed but had a hard time justifying the cost. A few weeks after that I found a good deal on a hardly used lens and went for it. I sold my wonderful 300 2.8 IS to help fund this lens.

When I first got it I was a little disappointed in the sharpness of my images. But after some testing I dialed in MA +4 on my 1Ds III and now this lens just blows me away! I have never seen anything so sharp and the ability to blur the background is just amazing. The IS is so much better than what is on the 300 2.8 IS and my 70-200 2.8 IS I.

This lens will be used extensively for Senior Portraits and individual portraits. It has exceeded my expectations in all areas. I also find this pretty easy to hand hold, but I am a big guy. My used copy came with a RRS foot and I find that the extra length of that helps me to hold the lens better.

My summay is that this lens is like my 135L on steroids. My 135 was my absolute favorite...until now. I would highly recommend this lens!