200mm f/2.8L - How useful is it?

Started May 15, 2006 | Discussions thread
Justme
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Re: 200mm f/2.8L - How useful is it?
In reply to bullet1, May 17, 2006

bullet1 wrote:

The Canon 200 f/2.8L seems to be a real bargain and a forgotten L
prime. The 135 f/2L seems to get far more attention. I searched
here and PBase and did not find many entries regarding 200mm f/2.8
(I did find some excellent images of 200 f/2.8 by Caveman Lee).

More people own one of 70-200 zooms, myself included.

I have the 70-200L f4.

I use my
70-200 IS a lot but it is heavy to carry around.

One reason why I keep putting off buying this lens and a major reason why I chose the 200 2.8L. I see the usefulness of the 70-200 2.8L IS but that weight would have me leaving it at home and taking the 200 2.8L instead.

I am thinking
about getting it for traveling and daytime outdoor use to
complement my 70-200 IS. Is the 200 f/2.8 will be totally
redundant to the 70-200 IS other than its weight?

Weight and size are the main reasons for grabbing the prime over the zoom for some shoots. The 200 2.8L works well with a TC 1.4x (well, so does the zoom). It works well with the TC 2x as well.

Image taken with 30D and 200 2.8L (used Canon II TC 1.4x).
http://www.pbase.com/golfpic/image/59905503

What do you use your 200mm for, portraits, sports, travel or macro?

Birds is main use. But I like this lens for catching action shots including flight of birds. Like using it for low-light shots too. Have used it for macro with Kenko tubes.

Image taken with 300D and 200 2.8L and a few Kenko tubes. (Excuse the creative addition).
http://www.pbase.com/golfpic/image/60309936

Please share your 200 f/2.8L pictures and usages.

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I know you mean well but please do not embed my images into the forum. Thanks for respecting that.
http://www.pbase.com/golfpic/northern_gannet_and_right_whale
http://www.pbase.com/golfpic/puffins

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