Canon EF 200mm lens

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The EF 200mm USM lens is an L-series prime telephoto lens made by Canon Inc. for the EOS line of cameras. Four 200mm primes were made: f/1.8, two f/2.8, and the most recent f/2.0.

The 200 mm f/1.8 USM lens, introduced in November 1988, is the fastest 200mm ever produced.[1] It is a large off-white lens with rear drop-in filter tray. Production was discontinued in 2004. Its total production run was 8,000 with serial numbers from 11,000 to 17,999 inclusive. (Math or data error). It featured an unusual "focus by wire" system where the focus ring drove the motor when focusing in manual mode. This functionality was shared with only one other lens, the 1200 mm f/5.6 USM lens from Canon. The lens was used in the SuperWASP extrasolar planet search.[2]

The 200 mm f/2.0, introduced in April 2008, comes as a successor for the above discontinued 200 mm f/1.8. It is a large off-white lens with a rear drop-in filter tray and Image Stabilization.

The 200 mm f/2.8 lens is an inexpensive long prime. The first model, introduced in December 1991, had a built-in hood. It was discontinued in March 1996. It was superseded by the 'mark II', which is similar to first model but with standard bayonet hood, and is still in production. These lenses are Canon's second least expensive L-series lens behind the Canon EF 70-200mm lens f/4.0 zoom L-series lens. It exceeds the Canon EF 70-200mm lens f/2.8 I in optical quality by a slight margin, but has since been overtaken by the Canon EF 70-200mm lens f/2.8 II. In comparison, it is significantly cheaper, lighter, and less conspicuous, but at the expense of the ability to zoom. There is no Image stabilizer.[3] It sports a ring USM allowing full-time manual focusing. The minimum focus distance is 1.5 meters. It is Canon's longest L-Series lens that is painted black.

All the aforementioned lenses are compatible with the Canon Extender EF teleconverters.

Crop factor[edit]

When used with a Canon APS-C (1.6x crop) DSLR camera or APS-H (1.3x crop), the field of view of this lens is similar to a 320mm or 260mm on full frame camera.

Specifications of the EF 200mm lenses[edit]

Attribute f/1.8L USM f/2L IS USM f/2.8L USM f/2.8L II USM
Image Canon EF 200mm f1.8 L USM.jpg Canon EF 200mm f2 L IS USM.jpg Canon-200mm MG 1077.JPG Canon-200mm-2.8-L.jpg
Key features
Full-frame compatible Yes Yes
Image stabilizer No No Yes Yes No No
Ultrasonic Motor Yes Yes
L-series Yes Yes
Diffractive Optics No No
Macro No No
Technical data
Aperture (max-min) f/1.8-f/22 f/2.0-f/22 f/2.8-f/22
Construction 10 groups / 12 elements 12 groups / 17 elements 7 groups / 9 elements
# of diaphragm blades 8
Closest focusing distance 2.5 Meters 1.9 Meters 1.5 Meters
Max. magnification 0.09 0.12 0.16 0.16
Horizontal viewing angle 10°
Diagonal viewing angle 12°
Vertical viewing angle
Physical data
Weight 6.61 lb / 3000g 5.55 lb / 2520g 1.74 lb / 790g 1.68 lb / 765g
Maximum diameter 5.11" / 130mm 5.03" / 128mm 3.26" / 83mm 3.27" / 83.2mm
Length 8.18" / 208mm 5.36" / 136.2mm
Filter diameter 48mm (drop-in) 52mm (drop-in) 72mm
Lens hood ET-123 ET-120B ET-86 ET-83BII
Case LENS CASE 200 LP1222
Tripod Ring Integrated Integrated Tripod Ring A (B) Tripod Ring A (B)
Retail information
Release date November 1988 April 2008 December 1991 March 1996
Currently in production? No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
MSRP $ 456,000 yen $5,699.00 99,800 yen $749.99

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2015-01-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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External links[edit]

Canon Camera Museum: