Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Last updated (20 April’12):
- Review by SLRLensreview

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM is a telephoto lens. The lens features 200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8. The lens construction has 9 elements in 7 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 12 degrees. Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM, Closest focusing distance at 1.5m/4.9feet and has a filter size of 72mm. The Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens weighs 27 Ounces and it measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 5 inches long.

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Reviews

SLRLensreview reviews the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM performed quite well in general field tests. Image quality held up nicely throughout the aperture range with no visual degradation around borders whatsoever. AF was quite fast and accurate. As is the case with most Canon lenses, EF 200mm produced color palette that was somewhat on the warmer side.”
rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“The EF 200mm f/2.8 L USM II is a very good to excellent lens in all optical and mechanical aspects. As to be expected the performance decreases when combining the lens with a Canon EF 1.4x II converters but generally the results remain very good here.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“Performance with the 1.4x attached is very good. Sharpness in full frame corners suffers somewhat, barrel distortion is added and CA is noticeably increased. Wide open results with the 2x in place are soft – Stopping down to f/8 restores good sharpness. CA is increased and contrast is reduced. “
Rating: ★★★★★

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User Opinions

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM User Reviews

Excellent for what it is, but look elsewhere for versatility | Rating: ★★★★★
“Unlike consumer zooms, it also takes well to a 1.4X teleconverter, giving the equivalent of 280mm at f/4. The USM autofocus system is quick, silent, and sure in almost any lighting, and because it’s essentially a longer version of Canon’s legendary 135/2, this 200/2.8 is plenty sharp all the way from f/2.8…” – by David Indech

Awesome lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“its an awesome lens.. f/2.8 DOES make a difference in depth of field and shutter speed .. so comparing this one with the 70-200 f/2.8 its almost half the price and weight and just as fast and sharp if not sharper (it is) .. the fact that it is small and black makes it perfect for travel..” – by Rami Halim

Sharp, sharp, sharp….a wonderful lens at a great price | Rating: ★★★★★
“Photos taken with this lens are extremely sharp, with colors rich and deep; it takes the 1.4x teleconverter well, adding range. The lens takes sharpening extremely well. I find it easy to handhold, and rarely use my tripod… The price is outstanding for such high quality;this amazing lens is a genuine bargain in today’s camera world. “ – by M. ANNE

Top of the line!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a 5 star lens. If you want a lens much smaller that the 70-200 2.8L and 70-200 F4L but want the quality the 200 F2.8L is the way to go. I purchased the 70-200 F4 and found it just a little to big. The 200 2.8 is perfect. I have also gotten excellent bokeh with this lens. “ – by M. Kelliher

The perfect lens to start you with L Primes | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is tack sharp, has very true, very vibrant color and high contrast. In all these areas, it is probably just shy of the 135mm, 85mm and 50mm lenses, but this is a discerning eye speaking, and these are subtle (although modestly notable differences). The difference between this and an ordinary Canon lens will be much greater. “ – by The Camera Eye

First impression, | Rating: ★★★★★
“this lens is tack sharp and has beautiful color and contrast. And, you feel like a secret agent running around surreptitiously shooting people and cars at 200 mm (i.e. 320 on my EOS 50D). At 1600 ISO, you can handhold indoors in minimal lighting. Very pleased with my purchase.” – by Erik Shepherd

Great telephoto, good price. | Rating: ★★★★★
“It’s an L, so there’s not a lot to say that hasn’t been said. It’s sharp, fast, and still looks great even when extended to 400mm with the EF 2x Extender. I’m very happy with this purchase. “ – by John Slaughter

Canon ef 200mm f/2.8L II | Rating: ★★★★★
“The only reason I have this lens is better picture quality than any zoom in this price range and more. Forget the entire Canon “non L” zooms. They produce muddy non vivid pictures. With the good lighting condition zooms are fine, but any $200 camera can make OK pictures in the good day. And there is something more to this L lens; I mean better consistency of sharpness and skin colors. You know those nasty reddish skin colors.” – by Y. L. Machinsky

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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM User Manual

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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Specifications

Zoom in on a favorite subject from a distance with the Canon EF 200mm telephoto lens. Offering a long focal length that lets you effectively compress the distance between the subject and camera, the lens lets you easily capture the details and feeling of a far-off scene. The lens is distinguished by two ultra-low-dispersion (UD) glass elements and a rear focusing system to correct aberrations, producing extremely sharp images. The lens also offers a natural-looking background blur and comes with a dedicated, detachable hood. The lens carries a one-year warranty.


* Focal length: 200mm
* Maximum aperture: f/2.8
* Lens construction: 9 elements in 7 groups
* Diagonal angle of view: 12 degrees
* Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
* Closest focusing distance: 4.9 feet
* Filter size: 72mm
* Dimensions: 3.3 inches in diameter, 5.4 inches long
* Weight: 1.7 pounds

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