200mm f2.8L II

Telephoto lens boasting high image quality and carrying ease. With two UD-glass elements and rear focusing to correct aberrations, image delineation is extremely sharp. Background blur is also natural-looking, as was simulated by Canon. The lens comes with a dedicated, detachable hood.

Image quality from the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens is excellent. Wide open (f/2.8) sharpness is excellent from corner to corner and only slight improvement can be seen through f/5.6. Contrast and colors are excellent. Very minor barrel distortion will be noticeable on very few shots. Some light fall off can be seen in full frame corners at f/2.8, but stopping down quickly eliminates this. Flare is very well controlled.

Bokeh (foreground/background blur quality) is nice – An 8-blade aperture contributes to this result. The 200mm focal length combined with an f/2.8 aperture helps create a diffuse background blur when the subject is relatively close.

The Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens focuses very quickly, quietly and accurately using Ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor). Like the 135 f/2 L, the 200 f/2.8 L uses a rear-focusing design that is completely internal – the lens does not extend. FTM (Full Time Manual) focusing is enabled. A focus limiting switch enables close distance focusing to be limited to 3.5m for improved performance. Fast-action sports are not be a problem subject for this 200. In fact, sports photography is one of the best uses for this lens. Although an f/2.8 aperture can be marginal indoors, this lens sees a decent amount of use at indoor sporting events.

If you need only the 200mm focal length, don’t need IS or weather sealing and can’t afford or don’t want the 200 f/2 L IS, your decision is easy. Buy the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens. It is an excellent value.

Specifications Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
Focal Length Range 200mm
APS-C Sensor DSLRs Only? N
Lenses / Groups 9/7
Angle of View: Diagonal 12°
Angle of View: Horizontal 10°
Angle of View: Vertical
Aperture Range – Wide / Long f/2.8-32
Number of Aperture Blades 8
Rounded Aperture?
Manufacturer Specification Weight 27 oz
Actual Weight 26.7 oz
Lens Hood Weight 1.9 oz
In-Use Weight 28.6 oz
Manufacturer Spec Size (DxL) 3.27 x 5.35”
Measured Size (DxL) 3.28 x 5.69”
Max Length at Full Extension 5.69”
Internal Zoom? / Extends with Zoom?
Internal Focusing? / Extends with Focusing? Y / N
Lens Hood Size (DxL) 4.19 x 2.71”
Lens Length with Hood (Min / Max) 8.14 / 8.14”
Size of Rings – Zoom / Focus / 1.72”
Filter Size 72mm
Front Element (Filter Mount) Rotates N
AF Motor Type Ring USM
Full Time Manual Focus Y
Focus Ring Rotation 120°
Focus Limiter? / Focus Limiter Ranges
Distance Info Provided to Camera? Y
Distance Scale? / Type Y / Window
Close Focus
Specified Min Focus Distance 59.1”
Tested Min Focus Distance (Wide / Long) 57.09”
Maximum Magnification (MM) 0.16x
MM with 12mm Extension Tube 0.23-0.06x
MM with 25mm Extension Tube 0.32-0.14x
MM with 250D Closeup Lens
MM with 500D Closeup Lens
Tripod Ring Included? / Removable? O /
Zoom Ring Lock Switch? N
Lens Hood Model / Included? ET-83BII / Y
Weather Sealed? / Filter Required? N
Image Stabilization? / Stops? / Tripod Sensing? N
Metal Mount? Y
Extender Compatible? Y
Case Included? / Type? Y / LP1222
47.25″ x 31.5″ Subject Framing Distance 280mm = 30.33′ (w/ 1.4x)
400mm = 44.06′ (w/ 2.0x)On APS-C Body:
200mm = 35.41′
Year Introduced 1991

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