Latest or all posts or last 15, 30, 90 or 180 days.
Upgrade the memory of your 2018 Mac mini up to 64GB
Today’s Deal Zone Items... Handpicked deals...
$1000 $550
SAVE $450

$3498 $2998
SAVE $500

$4499 $2999
SAVE $1500

$2198 $1748
SAVE $450

$898 $698
SAVE $200

$2999 $1699
SAVE $1300

$799 $529
SAVE $270

$2397 $2197
SAVE $200

$130 $100
SAVE $30

$2397 $2197
SAVE $200

$1697 $1597
SAVE $100

$2998 $2798
SAVE $200

$2198 $1748
SAVE $450

$1799 $1599
SAVE $200

$2198 $1898
SAVE $300

Canon EF 200m f/2L IS

I’m working on a review of the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS for DAP, with the 200/2L IS on loan courtesy of our trusted vendor B&H Photo in New York. Give B&H a try, they carry just about everything for photo, video, computers and more.

Initial results look very impressive in terms of sharpness, flare control, bokeh, etc. The original 200mm f/1.8L had a great reputation, but this new 200/2L looks to be outstanding as well, and perhaps even better. Although Canon offers an aging 200mm f/2.8L II design, the 200/2L IS is easily superior.

At 6.1 pounds = 2773g with hood and rear lens cap, it’s no lightweight, but that’s actually relatively light for a 200mm f/2. Add 269g for the E-145B lens cap. Those are “as weighed” weights on a gram-accurate balance. The main downside other than weight and bulk is that it’s impossible to shoot without attracting attention. Men and women seem equally attracted, possibly for different reasons, as I observed this evening while shooting it.

As usual, never allow such a lens to hang off your camera’s lens mount unsupported— support the lens at all times or risk a warped lens mount. The lens is a large lever arm, and no lens mount can support that kind of weight unscathed for long. Always tripod mount it using the lens foot, for which you’ll need a lens plate for your tripod head. Handholding just means supporting the lens with one hand, no problem.

Tonight I shot a series comparing it using the EF 1.4X Extender II to the 300m f/2.8L IS, so I’ll be looking to answer the question of weather the 200/2L IS + 1.4X teleconverter is a versatile substitute for the 300/2.8L IS. I personally find a 200/2 more useful than a 300/2.8, so it’s a question I want answered for my own purposes, but I suspect that anyone considering such lenses will also find that quite interesting.

Get the Canon 200mm f/2L IS at our trusted vendor B&H Photo, about $5300 . The EF 1.4X extender II at about $309 is a no-brainer if you’re getting the 200/2L, since it’s less than 6% of the cost of the lens itself. Adding it to the 200/2L IS yields a 280mm f/2.8 (nominal).

Canon 5D Mark II + Canon 200m f/2L IS @ f/2
Canon 5D Mark II + Canon 200m f/2L IS @ f/8

Save the tax, we pay you back, instantly!
View all handpicked deals...

Sony a7R IVA Mirrorless Camera
$3498 $2998
SAVE $500

diglloyd Inc. | FTC Disclosure | PRIVACY POLICY | Trademarks | Terms of Use
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2021 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.