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Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM

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Review Date: Dec 9, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness/Color. Background Blur. AF Speed. Handling (Heavy but compact)
Cons:
Price/Weight

I recently rented one of these for a shoot. I was shooting a youth Ice Hockey tournament. This was the first time I had used this lens and was amazed at the results. I teamed this with my 135 2L and didn't use another lens all weekend. Having a 1.4x would have helped when the players were in the far corners (I shoot from the penalty box or bench) but between the blue lines, 200 mm teamed with my 10D was perfect. I was shooting at 1/500 at f2 indoors. Using the tripod mount as a grip, handling the lens became second nature after about 10 frames. I got some of the best photos I have ever done in 4 years of shooting hockey. I have used my 80-200 2.8L and a 300 2.8L in the past. I found the image quality of the 200 amazing. I had often wondered how it would look wide open, and now I know it is fantastic. Now I need to find a decent one and buy it. It will replace my 80-200 as my work horse. I also used it to shoot some of mine and my friends horses and the shallow DoF really make the images POP off the film. Why did Canon stop making this beauty??????