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Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM

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Review Date: Jan 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpest, fastest lensI have. For my son's hockey, I can't imagine using anything else. iso 800, ss 500, ai focus, and voila, shots never thought was possible.
Cons:
Discontinued. You will get attention. You will get recruited to be the team photographer. You will get asked by some parents to take pictures of thier kid. You will have to lie to your wife on how much you paid for this.

I just do not see a better option. Take this 200 1.8 and add a 1.4 converter, you get a 280 only losing 1 stop with no noticeable image quality loss. With today's huge megapixels, I do not miss the zoom at all. Frame your shots nicely and crop what you don't need. For indoor sports like hockey and gymnastics, I'm all smiles. Some of my sharpest portrait pictures come from this lens. The bokehs are out of this world. I do own an 85 1.2L and the 135 2.0L so my standards for judging good image is up there. If I could, I would take this lens everywhere, but the size of it with the hood limits your use of this to special events where you intend to do some serious photography. This lens = press pass. No one questions why I'm inside the tennis courts. They just assume I'm with the press. I got my first 200 1.8 from Ebay with the seller "chamcamera" of S. Korea. He has sold a ton of these and has a good reputation. I've recommended him for 2 of my friends who have also bought from him. I'm lucky enough to get a 2nd one at a good price from someone who decided to switch to Nikon. I say "yeah, Nikon is great, now gimme that canon lens you don't need!"