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Canon 2297B002 EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
     

    Canon 2297B002 EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens

    Manufacturer: Canon U.S.A., Inc.

    Item #: CAN-EF200LISUSM   •   MFG #: 2297B002

     

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    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.

     
    • Features

      • Ring-USM and new AF algorithms result in fast and quiet AF
      • Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer w/4-stops of correction
      • Fluorite and UD lens elements for excellent chromatic aberration correction
      • Circular aperture produces beautiful images
       
    • Specifications

      • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 200mm f/2
      • Lens Construction 17 elements in 12 groups
      • Diagonal Angle of View 12 Degrees (on full-frame sensor camera)
      • Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system with USM, AF with manual focus option
      • Closest Focusing Distance 6.2 ft. / 1.9m
      • Filter Size 52mm (Drop-in Gelatin Filter Holder)
       
     

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    CANON U.S.A., INC.Canon 2297B002 EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
     
    5.0

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast auto-focus (7)
    • Superior build quality (7)
    • Super-sharp images (7)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    No Best Uses

    Reviewed by 9 customers

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Addictive Sharpness

    By jaiprophoto

    from Simsbury, CT, United States

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2297B002 EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

    I've used this lens to shoot ice hockey at all levels including prep, college, USA Hockey, OHL, and NHL for many years. Despite its weight, the results are simply addicting.

    Prior to purchasing this bad boy, I was shooting hockey with the 70-200mm f2.8 and thought I was getting good results. Boy, was I in for a surprise! After renting the 200mm f2.0, I was immediately stunned to see just how sharp and bright my images could be. Problem was that I (and my customers, editors, etc.) became addicted to this sharpness and eventually compelled me to buy it.

    Now, along with my 1DX, I've shot this lens from hundreds of penalty boxes and stadium perches and, if I'm limited for space (so I cannot bring my 300mm f2.8 II), from concourse level with a 1.4X extender. I highly recommend this lens and cannot imagine shooting hockey without it.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Extraordinary!

    By Lurcus

    from New York, NY

    Pros

    • Bokeh
    • Color rendition
    • Fast auto-focus
    • sharpness wide open
    • Superior build quality
    • Super-sharp images

    Cons

    • bulky
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

      Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2297B002 EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

      One of the greatest lens I've ever used. I had the f/1,8 FD version, which was already stunning, but this new model is even better, especially wide open. And the stabilizer is a great addition. To improve this lens, I can only think about a shorter minimum focusing distance. Other than that, this lens is just perfect from every point of view, regardless of the diaphragm, the lighting or the distance of focus. Bokeh is very beautiful.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      this lens makes me look brilliant

      By JohnT

      from Houston, TX

      Pros

      • aluminum lens hood - protects accidental bumps
      • hard storage case

      Cons

      • does not work in small rooms (~2 m min distance)
      • heavy when using for extended periods or walking

      Best Uses

        Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2297B002 EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

        Used this lens over the past 4 months and it never ceases to amaze me. Whether I am shooting a low-light dance/music recital or a portrait of a newborn & mother, this lens beautifully portrays the intimacy of the moment I am trying to capture. Simply, this lens makes me look brilliant (which I am not).

        (27 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        worth the $ and the weight

        By f6

        from USA

        Pros

        • b o k e h ...
        • Fast auto-focus
        • Low Light Conditions
        • Superior build quality
        • Super-sharp images
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • heavy but for good reason

        Best Uses

          Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2297B002 EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

          I thought long and hard before purchasing this lens over one year ago. Two things were worrying me...the weight and the cost. I need not have worried. There is no doubt that this lens will become the one to go to when the very best in quality is the goal. There is a reason it is heavy....it has a lot of superb, the best Canon can make, glass. An f/2 allows almost twice the amount of light an f/2.8 allows and this makes for a super fast lens that can be used in low light situations without a second thought. While the lens is heavy, I have used it with great success, hand held, in air shows where people using 400 and 500mm lenses were using tripods and missing all the shots because there is no tripod or monopod that can be as free as a hand held. It has IS and that makes it so much more hand holdable even if the light is only mediocre, since it is such a superfast lens. Furthermore, with a lens as fast as this, action photography is a joy. Portraits? that is the strength of this lens. The dreamy background blur of the lens will spoil you and makes for extraordinary portrait shots. I have the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II as well and between these two lenses I am in lens heaven. The Canon 1 or 5DM2 are perfect for these lenses. If you are on the fense for the f/2...go for it...you only live once and those photo ops don't come but once in a lifetime.

          (17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wonderful, expensive lens

          By Mike

          from New Jersey SHore

          Pros

          • Fast auto-focus
          • Superior build quality
          • Super-sharp images

          Cons

          • no front cap

          Best Uses

            Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2297B002 EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

            I own the 70-200mm MkII so buying this seemed like overkill but it is worth it if you can afford it. Fantastic images with gorgeous bokeh. Heavy but you can handhold it for quick shoots. Monopod is your best friend. Focusing is super fast. Surprisingly little 'hunting' for focus. Low light focusing good so far. I use this for nature and outdoor and indoor sports. For indoor sports or anything where you have motion and low light, this is your lens. I can dial in nice fast exposure times and even stop it down a bit to increase DOF when desired. This is what the lens was made for, and it excels here. Superb. Superlatives are overused, but for image quality and fast optics, this lens is indeed superb. The IS on this is lens is the best of all I've used, and I've owned many. It comes as close to freezing' the lens in place as one could imagine. Lend hood is a bit akward, the silver knob assembly that attaches the lens doesn't have the sturdy 'feel' as other lenses, and the knob is big enough to get you wondering that this could have been designed some other way that was without knob. A lens cap to fit over the lens hood or front element would be nice for a lens this price. The lens has to have the lend hood reversed to fit into the case, so while out of case, even with hood on, there's nothing to protect the lens. Carrying case is wonderful and sturdy, not sure how sturdy the lock is. Tripod attachment will leave some shaking their heads. Can be removed but you have to remove four allen screws. I can imagine some ending up holding the lens by the attachment. The lens can rotate within the tripod ring with 90 degree detents. Great feature for quickly switching from portrait and landscape and back. The price of the lens will be the deciding factor. You get what you pay for with this lens.

            (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Favorite Lens

            By David H

            from Los Angeles, CA

            Pros

            • Fast auto-focus
            • Superior build quality
            • Super-sharp images
            • Versitle

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2297B002 EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                I own a dozen L lenses and this one is my favorite because of its amazing versitility. I use it for portrait and nature work as well as both indoor and outdoor sports photography. Sure, it is heavier than a typical hand-held lense like the 70-200mm L IS USM, but I find that I actually use this lens for walking about anyway because of its ultra-sharpness and amazing fast speeds. I also own the 300 2.8 L, but because of the weight differential, that lens often gets left behind now that I have this one. Paired with my 1D Mark IV, this thing is ridiculous.

                (34 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                amazing lens

                By Shooting Seattle

                from Seattle

                Pros

                • Fast auto-focus
                • Great In Low Light
                • Superior build quality
                • Super-sharp images

                Cons

                • havent found any to date

                Best Uses

                  Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2297B002 EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                  Aquired this lens earlier this week WOW.! The auto focus speed is simply amazing, with both the 5D MKII and the new 7D. The optics are the best to date of anything that I've used - I believe it's better than the current Canon 300 F/2.8 and the 500 F/4. The weight isnt bad, hand-holdable for me, and the 'little white whale' works well with both the 1.4 and the 2.0 extenders. Would highly recommend this for sports, as a second lens - in addtion to carrying a 400 or a 500. I gave this a go an engagement (wedding) shoot. A little large, but for interior shots, in low light, this really worked well. It utilzes the same drop in filters as the other telephotos, and I believe it may take the place of my 300, for a number of projects. My hats off to the folks at Canon.......again!

                  (33 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  best lens owned in this range .

                  By lensman

                  from los angeles

                  Pros

                  • Fast auto-focus
                  • Superior build quality
                  • Super-sharp images
                  • well balanced with 1d

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2297B002 EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                      color , sharpness , focus speed , resolution are top class . i could not find a flaw in this lens . very hand holdable and I.S. is what makes this lens unique . i have tested shooting shooting handheld at 1/5" with good result . from portrait in ambient low light to early morning first light photography this lens has proven it's capability in delivering what i expected .

                      (79 of 81 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best Portrait Lens!

                      By dissidently

                      from Hawaii

                      Pros

                      • Fast auto-focus
                      • Superior build quality
                      • Super-sharp images

                      Cons

                      • 1.9metre minimum focus
                      • Little Heavy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2297B002 EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens:

                        maybe sports as well. Just insanely fast, brilliant bokeh and the best color imaginable. A little heavy. But I need the workout. Sharpness beyond question. This is THE lens for shooting anything moving fast or wanting to pull something off its background. Can isolate eyes! If I was going to beg for something, it would be a decrease in the minimum focus distance.

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