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Author Topic: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L - impressions?  (Read 3961 times)

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Xalanx

« on: April 05, 2010, 13:29 »
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I will buy THIS this Wednesday. Anyone having it? Any issues?
It will be primarily used as outdoor portrait / action lens, not in studio (too long). I preffered it over 135mm for the bit of extra reach and the way it takes the 1.4x TC.


« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2010, 13:43 »
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There's 140 reports on here from users that seem to like it __ it's got a 9.8/10 rating.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=37&sort=7&cat=2&page=1

Xalanx

« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2010, 13:55 »
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yea, FM forums is one of the first places to check when buying some gear. I find funny when at "Cons" some people write <<Its not a zoom>>. I mean - no, really?! ;D

« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2010, 13:59 »
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I was satisfied with its performance and never had any issues with it. I bought it on the oft-told advice 'prime lenses are better than zooms', but ended up selling it because I wasn't using it enough to justify owning it - I often preferred to use a 70-200mm for the broader working range.
« Last Edit: April 05, 2010, 14:04 by sharply_done »

Xalanx

« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2010, 14:32 »
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I was satisfied with its performance and never had any issues with it. I bought it on the oft-told advice 'prime lenses are better than zooms', but ended up selling it because I wasn't using it enough to justify owning it - I often preferred to use a 70-200mm for the broader working range.

Thanks for input. I'm mostly into primes, the only zoom I have is the 17-40mm f/4L and that's because the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II is too expensive for me now.

« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010, 15:12 »
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It is quite an awesome lens. It is sharp wide open, even better than the 135 2.0 which I always stop down to 2.2, but the 200 I always use wide open. It is a specialty lens, because indeed it is not a zoom  :)

But it is one of my preferred lenses for outdoor portraits. I am a wedding photographer so I use it quite a bit for wedding portraits.

Xalanx

« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2010, 15:40 »
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It is quite an awesome lens. It is sharp wide open, even better than the 135 2.0 which I always stop down to 2.2, but the 200 I always use wide open.

That's how I was planning to use it too. I heard is sharp from edge to edge wide open and that's important to me.

lisafx

« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2010, 17:30 »
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I was satisfied with its performance and never had any issues with it. I bought it on the oft-told advice 'prime lenses are better than zooms', but ended up selling it because I wasn't using it enough to justify owning it - I often preferred to use a 70-200mm for the broader working range.

My story exactly too.  It had beautiful clarity, color, sharpness, etc.  Just never used it because of the fixed focal length.  I don't like to have to carry a bag full of lenses for a day of shooting, and there are very few days I would only want to shoot everything at 200mm. 

Xalanx

« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2010, 17:50 »
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Leg-zoom is more healthy, Lisa :D

lisafx

« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2010, 17:52 »
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While I am all for exercise, I would have to back into the next city, or more likely the Gulf of Mexico,  to get a wide shot with that thing ;) 

Xalanx

« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2010, 18:00 »
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Or make a pano from like... 30 shots from where you stand, if you forget to put in the bag the little 17-40 ;D

Xalanx

« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2010, 12:59 »
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I have it, just got back from the store now. Great glass, it's surely a keeper!

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