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Canon 200mm F1.8 Lens Review

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This is the Canon 200mm F1.8 lens, also known as the "Eye of Saron", reviewed by Hoosh Multimedia. At the time of writing this article (2020), the Canon 200mm F1.8 is the fastest 200mm lens ever made by any manufacturer.

Canon 200mm F1.8 history


The Canon 200mm F1.8 was manufactured from 1988 until 2004. Canon 200mm F1.8 was stopped mainly because of the lead used in the lens (hence why the lens is so heavy). Only 8000 were built, so the working copies that are in good condition are becoming harder to find.

This is another incredible lens I personally own and cherish. This review is based on my ownership of the Canon 200mm F1.8. If you have any questions not already covered by this article please let me know and I will try to answer them.

Canon 200mm F1.8 specification

Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 10°, 7°, 12°
Lens construction (elements/groups) 12/10
No. of diaphragm blades 8
Minimum aperture F22
Closest focusing distance (m) 2.5
Maximum magnification (x) 0.09
AF actuator USM
Filter diameter (mm) 48 Drop-in
Max. diameter x length (mm) 130 x 208
Weight (g) 3
Magnification - Extension Tube EF12 II 0.15 - 0.06
Magnification - Extension Tube EF25 II 0.23 - 0.14
Lens hood ET-123
Hard case Lens Trunk 200


Canon 200mm F1.8 service manual


Canon 200mm F1.8 Operation


The Canon 200mm F1.8 uses a fly-by-wire system. As with my Sigma 200-500 F2.8, the manufacturer has probably chosen a fly-by-wire system because the lens elements are so large. Despite it being a fly-by-wire system, it's a relatively fast focus system, but naturally not as fast as the modern 70-200mm. There is still a lag and therefore I am not sure I would rely on it for an erratically fast moving subject.

Please remember Canon will not provide support for any discontinued lens. The older the canon lens is, the harder it will also be to find parts for it should break down. But on a plus side, some of the parts for Canon 200mm is also used in the Canon 400mm.


The lens has a AF "limiter switch" which will help the Auto Focus speed.


Just as with Sigma 200-500mm F2.8, this lens does not have a built in image stabilization.

Also because of the weight of this lens, you will have to mount the lens on the tripod and then attach the camera to the lens.



Who is Canon 200mm F1.8 aimed at?


I personally have never been comfortable using fixed focal length lenses for sports photography as I am not always able to move back and forth with the sports I photograph, so I personally find a fixed focal length is very restrictive and not practical. Because of this reason, I personally only ever use this lens at low light events/awards ceremonies or when I need to do a headshot. It's the perfect lens for isolating a subject. You should expect stunning images with this lens.


Image Quality


The image quality of Canon 200mm F1.8 is outstanding, it not only produced stunning images and bokeh, but, being a 200mm it will produce a much more "flattering" portraits than lenses with shorter focal length. The lens is very sharp and produces little to no Chromatic aberration.


Sample photos with my Canon 200mm f1.8 at events:

Canon 200mm F1.8 photo- Michael Douglas Canon 200mm F1.8 photo- Catherine-Zeta-Jones Canon 200mm F1.8 photo- Caprice Bourett





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