Canon 200mm f2 L IS USM Test

Day 1

Canon CPS was kind enough to send me a loaner 200mm f2 L IS USM, and I just came back from using it on a shoot.  Unfortunately for my bank account, I think I’m in love.

I photograph people.  90% of my work is weddings, and the remaining 10% is wedding-related (engagement sessions and the like.)  I already own the 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM mk II.  Both are excellent lenses, but since I work primarily on primes I’m spoiled in the IQ department.  (IQ = image quality.  I heard you snerking!)  That coupled with the fact that some most churches simply have terrible lighting has always kept me curious about the 200mm f2.

It’s hard to imagine a lens that delivers better IQ than Canon’s 85mm f1.2 L mk II, but this just might be it.  Glowing skin tones, wicked sharp, and perfectly controlled CA all wide open at f2 – this lens is sexier than Marilyn Monroe on a steaming manhole cover.

Yup, it’s big.  Without hoods, the length is only slightly longer than the 70-200 f2.8, but the girth of the 200mm prime… well that’s something else entirely.  It makes the 70-200 look like a scrawny little pencil.

Photo showing size difference between the Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM mk I, 70-200 L IS USM mk II, and 200mm f2 L IS USM
Left to right: Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM mk I, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM mk II, and Canon 200mm f2 L IS USM.

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