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Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

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Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
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  • 8 blades rounded diaphragm opening
  • Five-Stop Image Stabilizer
  • Super Spectra coating
  • Fluorite and UD elements
  • Ring-type ultrasonic AF motor
  • Resistant to dust and moisture
  • Metal mount

 

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

Overview

Description by Canon:

The EF 200mm f/2L IS USM is a high-performance medium telephoto lens for professional photographers. Its large f/2 aperture ensures optimum results indoors and in low-light situations

Features

  • L-series construction
  • Large f/2 aperture five-stop Image Stabilizer with tripod detection
  • Super Spectra lens coatings
  • Fluorite and UD lens elements
  • Ring USM autofocus with full-time manual focus

Large-aperture medium telephoto lens for professionals.

L-series quality
The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, representing the best in precision-designed EF optics. L-series lenses combine superior performance with superlative handling, and are resistant to dust and moisture.

Large f/2 aperture
A large maximum aperture of f/2 provides outstanding speed for shooting in low light conditions, without the need for flash. The large aperture also provides fine control over depth of field for compelling portrait photography.

Five-Stop Image Stabilizer 
Canon’s five-stop compensation Image Stabilizer technology allows the use of shutter speeds up to five times slower with no perceptible increase in image blur. Automatic panning detection automatically turns off the Image Stabilizer in either the horizontal or vertical direction when following moving subjects. Tripod detection automatically switches off IS when the camera is supported.

Super Spectra coating
Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.

Fluorite and UD elements
For optimum visual performance, the lens incorporates Fluorite and UD (ultra-low dispersion) elements to minimise chromatic aberrations. The result is crisp, high contrast and exceptional image quality throughout the frame.

Smooth background blur
A virtually circular aperture diaphragm gives out of focus regions a softer, more uniform feel. Sharp foreground objects stand out against a smooth blurred background. 

Ultrasonic focusing
A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.

Reviews

"A 2-position focus limiter switch allows the shortest focusing distance to be limited to 11.5' (3.5m) to infinity (can reduce AF lock time in certain situations). Full range focusing is of course an option - from 6.2' (1.9m) to infinity. The Canon EF 200mm f/2.0 L IS USM Lens includes a Focus Preset feature. Set the Focus Preset to a specific distance - when your shooting needs require that specific distance,

Post date: 01/04/2010 - 21:36

"The 200mm ƒ/2 is a very, very sharp lens. It almost makes more sense to discuss where it isn't tack-sharp, because it hits maximum sharpness anywhere it really matters.

Wide open at ƒ/2 on our 20D, our sample of the lens showed a trace of corner softness in the bottom-right
corner, barely hitting 2 blur units. Otherwise, image sharpness is very good, showing
Post date: 16/11/2008 - 00:00

Specifications

Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
ring-type ultrasonic motor (USM)
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
200mm
Angle of view: 
12°
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.1x
Lens construction: 
17 elements in 12 groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
8 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/2.0
Minimum Aperture: 
f/32.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
1.90m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system details: 
Up to 5-stops Image Stabilizer (IS) technology
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
128.0mm
Length: 
208.0mm
Body material: 
Metal
Weather sealing details: 
Dust and moisture resist
Filter Diameter: 
52mm Drop in
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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