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200mm 2.8 - Am I dreaming??
Paul Barkley, Photographer
NSW | NSW | Australia | Posted: 5:35 AM on 02.21.13
->> I know it's a discontinued lens but does a 200/1.8 come up for sale every now and then?

Apart from B&H Used/Andorama/KEH are there any other places I could try looking for one?

Thanks in advance,

Paul
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Paul Barkley, Photographer
NSW | NSW | Australia | Posted: 5:40 AM on 02.21.13
->> sorry, I meant to say ƒ1.8
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David Collister, Photographer
Isle of Man | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 8:25 AM on 02.21.13
->> Not much help to you Paul but I waited YEARS for a used 1.8 to turn up.
All I can venture is it was well worth the wait, I just love it!
Sharpest lens in the bag.
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Philip Johnson, Photographer
Garland | TX | USA | Posted: 11:59 AM on 02.21.13
->> If you are comfortable dealing with an indiviual check out the buy/sell section of http://www.fredmiranda.com/ This lens does not come up often though.
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Scott Schupbach, Photographer
Fenton | MI | U.S.A. | Posted: 12:43 PM on 02.21.13
->> Why would you not just look for a used copy of the newer 200/2 IS? The 200/1.8 is not serviceable thru Canon anymore and I'm sure parts are scarce.I would think the peace of mind would be worth more then the savings on an old version.
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Gregory Greene, Photographer
Durham | NH | USA | Posted: 1:19 PM on 02.21.13
->> I agree Scott. I would not want to spend a few thousand dollars on a lens that might become a doorstop if the parts are not available to fix it.
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Bradly J. Boner, Photographer, Photo Editor
Jackson | WY | USA | Posted: 3:34 PM on 02.21.13
->> Is the one on B&H not what you're looking for?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/800905262-USE/Canon_2522A002_200mm_f_...
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Simon Wheeler, Photo Editor, Photographer
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 4:18 PM on 02.21.13
->> I had one of these fixed last year by Midstate Camera Repair, who did a great job at a great price. But they told me that they had to modify a part from another lens to make the repair and that they didn't have have any other parts to make a similar repair in the future. The lens belonged to our sister paper. As much as it is a great lens I would be scared to own one due to the possibility of having it break or wear out. We sold it to one of the staff.
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Jim Karczewski, Photographer, Assistant
Hammond | IN | USA | Posted: 4:25 PM on 02.21.13
->> You best buy 2 of them. One to use, one for parts if the one you use fails...

The 200/1.8 is one of the sharpest lenses ever made by Canon, I rented it a couple of times and just loved it. But I would invest in the 200/2 at this point due to the scarcity of parts and not knowing if it was broken that I could get it fixed or I'd have to sell it off as a parts only lens.
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Jeffrey Nycz, Photographer
Warsaw | IN | USA | Posted: 5:47 PM on 02.21.13
->> Www.keh.com
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Max Gersh, Photographer
Rockford | IL | USA | Posted: 9:37 PM on 02.21.13
->> I'd also suggest investing in the 200 f/2. We have a copy of the f/1.8 and when it's in focus, it's silly sharp. That being said, the AF isn't what I want it to be. I'm not sure if it's our copy or just the fact that it's an older lens. Either way, I'd assume the AF on the f/2 version is much better. Worth the slight light loss to me.
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Luke Trottier, Photographer
Bath | ME | US | Posted: 4:17 PM on 02.26.13
->> I have both the Canon and Nikkor 200/2's and have shot with the 200/1.8 back to back with both. The old 1.8 feels awkwardly balanced and heavier then the 200/2 IS. The AF is fast but not as fast as the 200/2 IS. Image quality is close however the 200/1.8 is prone to purple fringing, sharpness is a wash between all 3. Background separation between F1.8 and F2 was not noticeable however you do gain 1/3 stop more speed as advertised.

Bottom line, the 200/1.8 was a Ford Mustang GT the 200/2 would be a Ferrari. For those wondering the Nikkor 200/2 VR fells heavier and sluggish next to the Canon 200/2 IS as well.
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Brett Groehler, Photographer
Duluth | MN | USA | Posted: 4:45 PM on 02.26.13
->> We bought the 200 2.0 Nikkor N with VR last year. It is easily the sharpest and snappiest focusing lens I have used in 30 years of shooting Nikon. I use this lens mostly inside the suicide box for hockey and the few games of basketball. Next to my 300 2.8 which is 12 years old and still sharp the 200 2. is the Ferrari and worth the $7,500 price tag...

my .2
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Tom Dymond, Photographer, Photo Editor
London | London | UK | Posted: 2:36 PM on 02.27.13
->> http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-EF-200mm-F-1-8-L-USM-200-f1-8-1-8-Lens-with-T...
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Paul Barkley, Photographer
NSW | NSW | Australia | Posted: 5:50 PM on 02.28.13
->> Cheers, load of great info here. I'm going to go with the 200/2. Seems like it's worth the extra investment.

Have a loaner from CPS for the next couple of weeks so looking forward to trying it.

Paul
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