another sleeper lens
I bought this one pretty recently but I have to say it's gotten a lot of use.
I'm not a big fan of zooms, but I have a few. I was looking at the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II. Very pricey, and it would probably spend most of its time at 200mm. So for 1/3 of the price I get this 200mm f.2.8L II. I think it's actually sharper, and I don't miss the IS much because honestly below 1/200 of a second your subject motion comes into play. Also this lens is quite sharp wide open.
It's heavy-ish but certanly not in its focal length range and certainly lighter than the 70-200s are.
If you don't mind changing lenses to get the job done, get this lens. Between this and the 135 f/2L I find the short telephoto range is covered.
September 24, 2013
I was carrying a 70-200, but realised I was permanently jammed out at 200 for wildlife/sports, and the results were not quite what I had hoped for. I tried this because it is 2.8L, compatible with the extenders, nice price, and I was betting on gaining prime sharpness over my zoom. It delivers, and it keeps surprising me. It's lightweight. It's black, so it doesn't scream for attention. I don't use the tripod mount often but I was a little annoyed that it wasn't included, had to pick one up separately.
February 24, 2013
This is an excellent prime lens that has great bokeh. A great addition to Amy photographers bag. It is super sharp with a fast auto focus. It can be used hand held but best used when mounted to a tripod or monopod. Great in low light.
January 2, 2013
Great Light Wieght Long Lens
Excelent low light Lens that I have used with Photo Passes at concerts with my Canon XSi at the time in 2008, but since have used it occasionally with my 1Ds Mark lll and produced sharp images with low light in Landscape. Just the lens to have for the longer range shots but not as big as my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS which is excelent but to big of range for the occasion, where the 200mm f/2.8L ll is the perfect long lens with the same quality.
July 8, 2011