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A stunning quality lens with miniscule depth of field at f/1.8. Likely to have had a tough life, so check carefully if buying used. Lacking the later IS of the f/2 version it's still a great performer in low light. With a minimum focus distance of 2.5m not necessarily that great for portrait work.

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Lens specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 200mm 1:1.8
Lens Construction 10 elements in 12 groups
Minimum Aperture 22
Maximum Magnification (x) 0.09
Closest Focusing Distance 2.5m
Filter Size 48mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 130 x 208mm, 3,000g

Canon EF200mm f/1.8L USM telephoto lens block diagram

Lens versions

EF 200mm lenses

Attribute f/1.8L USM f/2L IS USM f/2.8L USM f/2.8L II USM
Full-frame compatible Yes
Image stabilizer  No  Yes  No
Ultrasonic Motor  Yes
L-series  Yes
Diffractive Optics  No
Macro  No
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
Diaphragm blades 8
Closest focusing distance 2.5 Meters 1.9 Meters 1.5 Meters
Max. magnification 0.12 0.09 0.16 0.16
Horizontal viewing angle 10°
Diagonal viewing angle 12°
Vertical viewing angle
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)
Release date November 1988 April 2008 December 1991 March 1996
Current  No  Yes  No  Yes

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Sample images

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Product launch

No information available on the 1988 launch of this lens.

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