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Known at the time of its launch (1989) as the 'Magic Drainpipe', the lens was of very good optical quality, one of the last longer lenses not to get the white body treatment. AF is quite noisy. Many were used by sports photographers, so have not had a tough life. Check any on offer well, since most spare parts are no longer available.

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Lens specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 80-200mm 1:2.8
Lens Construction 16 elements in 13 groups
Minimum Aperture 32
Closest Focusing Distance 1.8m
Maximum Magnification x 0.13
Filter Size 72mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 84 x 185.7mm, 1,330g

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Canon EF 80-200mm lens
Type 2.8L 4.5–5.6 4.5–5.6 USM 4.5–5.6 II
Key features
Image stabilizer No
Environmental Sealing No
USM No Yes No
L-series Yes No
Diffractive Optics No
Technical data
Maximum aperture (Min F Stop) /2.8 /4.5–5.6
Minimum aperture (Max F Stop) /32 /29 /22–27 /22
Filter diameter 72 mm 52 mm
Diagonal viewing angle 30°–12°
Physical data
Weight 1,330 g 275 g 260 g 250 g
Max. Diameter x Length 84 mm x 185.7 mm 71.2mm x 77.8 mm 69 x 78.5mm
Groups/elements 13/16 7/10
# of diaphragm blades 8 5
Closest focusing distance 1.8 m 1.5 m
Retail information
Release date September 1989 November 1990 June 1992 March 1995

EF80-200mm f/2.8L reviews and articles

  • Canon UK / US Information Page
  • Amazon
  • Northlight Images
  • Canon CPN article
  • Fred Miranda
  • Lens Tip
  • Digital Picture
  • PhotoZone
  • SLR Gear
  • Lens Review
  • ePhotozine
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Sample images

None available.

Product launch

No information available on the 1989 launch of this lens.

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