Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

Last updated (28 July’10):
– Review by SLRGear

The Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM features 200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2. The lens construction has 17 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 12 degrees. Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM, AF with manual focus option, Closest focusing distance at 6.2 ft./1.9m and has a filter size of 52mm. The Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM lens weighs 5.6 lbs./2,520g and it measures 5.0 inches in diameter and 8.2 inches long.

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Reviews

SLRGear reviews the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and writes;
“Tack-sharp, with no visible chromatic aberration or distortion, the only issue (if it is indeed an issue) would be some corner shading when shot wide-open on a full-frame body.”
Rating: ★★★★★ reviews the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and writes;
“Vignetting was only just visible in test shots of blue sky with the 5D body at apertures larger than f/4. It was barely noticeable in test shots with the 400D body at f/2. No rectilinear distortion was found in any test shots. Bokeh was consistently attractive, particularly at f/2.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Digitalcamerareview reviews the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and writes;
“Distortion is appropriately well-managed, with no visible bowing of straight lines in either direction. Likewise, as best I could tell in the limited range of shooting situations my time with the lens presented, color reproduction is well within the expectations of neutrality demanded for top pro-grade optics.”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and writes;
“Color and contrast are very nice. Thanks in part to an 8-blade circular aperture, bokeh (foreground and background blur quality) rates very highly. Flare is well controlled. CA (Chromatic Aberration) and distortion are basically absent.”
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User Opinions

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM User Reviews

Amazing lens from Canon | Rating: ★★★★★
“The IS on this lens is superb, better than any other IS I have experienced from Canon. It has been mentioned that Canon has different grades of IS, based on the price of the lens.” – by funbear

Otherworldly, insane, impossible, rare, perfect, out of sight, crazy!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The manual focus ring is perfectly placed and perfectly dampened and you will never need it. Auto focus on this lens is blazing fast the fastest I have ever experienced.. You can get crazy and get all the way down to 1/15s and still get sharp shots although for consistency I found 1/30 second to be more like the actual limit. “ – by Grant Brummett

Wonderful | Rating: ★★★★★
“this lens is probably the most useful. It’s smaller than the 300mm f/2.8L.. But the extra speed is great for night games or indoor sports. And you can use an extender and get roughly the equivalent of the 300mm f/2.8.” – by Randym

Nice lens but rent before you buy | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Along with the f/2.0 200mm and f/2.8 300mm lens, I also own the 70-200mm canon f/2.8 zoom lens. I capture both night and day sports shots. I use the 300mm and 70-200mm over 95% of the time, as the flexibility and quality of the 70-200mm zoom lens with the spectacular shots obtained from the 300mm just can’t be beat. Don’t get me wrong, the 200mm is really nice as well..” – by Thomas C. Cayton

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Features & Specifications

This ultra-fast telephoto, a new member of Canon legendary L-series lenses, has totally new optics to provide better image quality. It uses fluorite and UD lens elements for excellent chromatic aberration correction and consists of 17 elements in 12 groups. The built-in Optical Image Stabilizer gives it up to 4 stops of stabilization correction. The inner USM and optimized AF algorithms result in fast and quiet autofocusing, and the circular aperture can even produce beautiful out-of-focus images. This ultra-high-performance lens also improves its durability – better dust- and water-proofing. The EF 200mm f/2L IS USM is outstanding for many available-light applications, including indoor sports, theater work, fashion, and candids at events.


Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 200mm 1:2.8
Lens Construction: 9 elements in 7 groups
Diagonal Angle of View: 12°
Focus Adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
Closest Focusing Distance: 1.5m / 4.9ft.
Filter Size: 72mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.3″ x 5.4″, 1.7 lbs. / 83.2 x 136.2mm, 765g

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