Just got my new Canon EF 200mm F/2.8L II USM.

Canon EF 200mm F/2.8L II USM on a Canon EOS 40d, mounted on a Vanguard SBH-300 ballhead

Just got my new Canon EF 200mm F/2.8L II USM Prime lens from Amazon, just in time for my second football match tomorrow, I'm excited to try it out to see how it compares to my Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM in low light. I decided to try the EF 200mm F/2.8L because the F/4L is just isn’t enough in really dark situations. One of the problem I had during the last game I shot was the un-even stadium lighting and for the most part only a small portion of the field is well lit. This 200mm 2.8 prime is like the cheapest quality L lens in this focal range, images are sharp and with a fast f/2.8 aperture I can use faster shutter speed compare to my F/4L, but I have to deal with the fact that it's not versatile as my 70-200mm F/4L.

My plan is to use the 70-200mm F/4 during the first half of the game and switch to the 200mm Prime on the second half when it gets dark, I will just have to pick my shots carefully and together with my Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 on my second body, I think I can get some good shots.

First Impression:

The Canon EF 200mm F/2.8L II USM feels good on both my Canon bodies, (40D & 60D), it's lighter compare to the 70-200mm F/4L IS USM and small, with it's size, it's just so comfortable to take with you everytime. The best part is it takes great pictures, you get sharp pictures wide open and on all apertures. I have not shot a lot with it, we'll see tomorrow night, how it does in low light action sports.

Sample pics:

Sample pic F/5.6, 1/320, iso 3200

Sample pic F/2.8, 1/320, iso 800

 

Where to buy:

Amazon | Adorama | BH Photo Video

 

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