I picked up the Canon EF 200mm f2.8 L USM prime lens this morning at George's camera store and put it to work. I wanted something that is extraordinary longer than my 35mm and 85mm/1.4 primes. This feels just like the Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens I have in my kit. It's just as fast, accurate and sharp when you nail the focus. I've a feeling I'm going to get the teleconverters because even at 200mm it feels a tad short.
The Canon 300mm f2.8 is some $6000 - a tad beyond what I want to spend right now for telephoto range, so the 200mm will suffice. I've been watching the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 Sport too, but the weight and monstrous size finally put me off. I have a small frame and limited strength to keep up with hand-holding something this big so I'm content with the Canon's prime pipe for now.
This is my first 'red ring' glass from Canon. The 'L' designation just means luxury (expensive). It's meant to be the top-of-the-line glass. The camera store sold it to me at A$805. It was display stock so it didn't come with a lens case so they shaved 10% off the original price. There were scuffles on the lens hood and some exterior wear to the grip. As long as the optics are good I don't mind.
I'm disappointed with the protection filters they sold me. A$90 for low quality Hoya filters that could have been bought online for $67. Not impressed at all. I took them off after the salesperson screwed them on. Rubbish filters dont cut it when I've just spent $800 on superior glass. The laws of optics state that anything you put in front of the lens 'as designed' immediately degrades the quality of the the image. So I'll only use the filter when crap is flying at the glass (like sea spray, dust or rain). The lens hood should be sufficient protection for majority of near misses and bumps.
The International Fleet Review was underway, hosted by the Royal Australian Navy, so what better day than to test a telephoto prime lens in the field?
The Canon Prime Pipe, and crappy filter
Testing the 200mm f2.8 L at Darling Harbour
1/250s f2.8 ISO 250
1/1250s f2.8 ISO 250
HMAS stands for 'Her Majesty's Australian Ship'. These sailors are from HMAS Tarakan of the Royal Australian Navy. 1/640s f2.8 ISO 50
1/800s f2.8 ISO 50
1/1600s f2.8 ISO 50
Barrangaroo to The Rocks
Finally some frigates! These two war ships were docked near the new casino construction site on Barrangaroo. 1/640s f7.1 ISO 125
There are some strange public art works along the walk to Circular Quay. 1/500s f5.6 ISO 200
1/1250s f5.6 ISO 200
1/1600s f5.6 ISO 200
Royal Australian Airforce fixed wing F/A-18 Hornet flypast the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Those jet engines are incredibly loud at low altitude. It's the loudest thing i've ever heard! Quite spectacular just how fast they can go. The 200mm is too short for this kind of photography. It's a speck on a 20 megapixel image. 1/4000s f2.8 ISO 200
At The Rocks with an old police station archway. 1/500s f4 ISO 200