EF 200 2.8L USM
Wee L Telephoto
The EF 200 2.8 L is one of my all time favorite lenses. I love the perspective, speed, sharpness and feel of this lens. I use it around Honolulu, shooting candids, portraits and landscapes. The longer reach allows me to isolate subjects from the urban clutter. The large aperture helps keep my images sharp and imparts a beautiful background blur. This is the longest lens I can hand hold with consistent results, at least without IS.
4th of July 2009 | Canon EOS 50D, EF 200 2.8L USM,
This handsome black lens is
small and light for a fast telephoto, especially
when compared to the EF 70-200 2.8L IS USM.
Although not a macro lens, it focuses close
enough for head shots (1.5m). Because it
employs rear element focus, the front element
does not rotate nor does the lens change in
length. The 72mm filter size makes filters
expensive, but at least I can share filters with
my EF-S 15-85 3.5-5.6 IS USM.
USM focuses extremely fast. Like all ring-type
USM lenses, it has FTM and a distance window.
Plus, the manual focusing ring is wide and turns
almost as smooth and precise as a manual lens.
Build quality is solid but sports more plastics
than larger L telephotos (barrel is mostly plastic). The black finish
is more stealthy than the attention
grabbing white of larger L series telephotos.
Finally, the slide out hood is handy but
small. However, it's always there so it gets
used. The updated EF 200 2.8 L USM II has the same
optical design and exterior appearance, but has
a larger detachable hood. And while a larger detachable hood provides better shading, many of mine are MIA because, well, they're detachable.
EF 200 2.8L
USM on EOS 3 | EOS 10D & EF 50 2.5 Compact Macro
This lens is extremely sharp, contrasty, distortion free and flare resistant. I mainly use it wide open at F 2.8 and it is pin sharp but improves slightly stopped down. The bokeh is smooth and pleasantly rendered, making a pleasing background for portraits.
I often use this lens with the Extender EF 1.4x, resulting in a sharp, close focusing and compact 280 mm F4 lens. With this extender, it's smaller and nearly as good optically as the EF 300 4 L USM, except for a little flare under extreme conditions such as Hawaiian sunsets (it still has less flare than most zooms). You may add an optional tripod ring but it is only necessary if you use both an extender and extension ring. However, a tripod ring is more convenient to rotate from horizontal to vertical framing than adjusting a tripod head. Tripod Mount Ring A (black) is the original recommended mount, but the white version and updated Tripod Mount Ring A II work as well. If you own the EF 70-200 4L USM, EF 70-200 4L IS USM, EF 300 4 L USM or EF 80-200 2.8L (several other models as well), you already have a ring that fits.
Lotus at Ala
Moana | Canon EOS A2, EF 200 2.8L USM,
The EF 200 2.8L
USM is small, light, tough, discreet, fast and
delivers optical quality in spades. For
discriminating hikers, travelers and amateurs
this lens deliverers quality without breaking
their shoulder (and bank) and can take the
knocks they dish out. Plus, it works
well with both film and digital bodies.
If you find yourself mainly using the long end of a 70-200 telezoom, the EF 200 2.8L USM may be ideal for you.
Construction: 9 elements in 7 groups with 2 UD
Distance: 1.5 m/4.9 ft
Filter Size: 72
Length: 83 x 136 mm
Accessories: Hard Case
Accessories: Tripod Ring A (black)
EF 200 2.8L USM Images (click to