EF 200mm f2L IS USM
With its large f/2 aperture, the EF200mm f/2L IS USM will appeal to photographers who require a brighter lens for indoor sports and portraiture photography. Improvements over the EF200mm f/1.8L USM include a fluorite lens element for better elimination of chromatic aberrations, a circular aperture diaphragm and a significantly lighter, more compact design.
Benefiting from UD and fluorite lens elements along with a raft of new optical technologies, the lens offers professional photographers an exceptional degree of image quality – as a standalone lens and when combined with the Canon EF 1.4x extender.
- 4-stop Image Stabilizer with twp modes
- one fluorite and two UD lens elements
- ring type USM auto focus with fulltime manual override
- circular aperture diaphragm for pleasing background blur
- Supra Spectra coatings to reduce ghosting and flare
- magnesium alloy body – 2.52kg
The lens features environmental seals to protect against dust, rain and humidity.
The 4-stop Image Stabilizer (IS) significantly extends the low light performance of the lens. Photographers normally shooting handheld at 1/1000 second can switch on IS to obtain a similarly steady and blur-free result with a shutter speed of just 1/60 second. For shooting immobile subjects, Mode 1 corrects for movement in the image along both the horizontal and vertical axes. For shooting while panning horizontally to follow a moving subject, Mode 2 turns off vertical correction and prevents the effect of dragging the subject back through the frame. IS switches off automatically when the camera is mounted on a tripod, preventing feedback loops between the IS sensor and internal motor vibrations.
The lens incorporates a newly designed optical system that limits lens size while improving image clarity over the total image area. A combination of fluorite and UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion) glass elements are used to eliminate the secondary chromatic aberrations that otherwise reduce sharpness and introduce colour fringing. Canon’s patented Super Spectra lens element coatings reduce reflections off lens surfaces, ensuring undistorted images with natural colour balance and minimal ghosting or flare.
The lens employs magnesium alloy components to significantly reduce weight and size. The EF 200mm f2L IS USM has the lightest body in its class, weighing only 2.52 kg. In keeping with Canon’s Kyosei philosophy of living in harmony with the environment, the lenses feature only lead-free glass.
Several features are incorporated to assist photographers in the field. The AF stop button at the front of the lens allows photographers to temporarily turn off auto focus. The button can be configured to control AF mode, IS, and AE lock with the EOS 40D, EOS 5D, EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III. The EF200mm f/2L IS USM also features a focus preset function that electronically memorises a user-selected focus position – particularly helpful for sports or wildlife photographers.
Pricing and availability
The EF 200mm f2L IS USM will be available from April 2008 priced at £4499.99 RRP inc. VAT / €6659.99 RRP inc. VAT