There are a few lenses of their styles and capacities that are so drastic that they remain iconic even after they have been replaced by newer ones. The Canon 200mm f/1.8L is one such lens, and this excellent video review takes a look at what it’s like shooting with this amazing lens.

Coming to you from DPReview TV, the Canon 200mm f/1.8L lens is a perfect video lens. The 200mm f/1.8L is the predecessor to the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and was designed for work in sport and photojournalism, and can be used for portraits in indoor lighting conditions.

Originally, the f/1.8 version was discontinued because of the lead in the manufacturing process, and although the newer version is a little sharper and incorporates image stabilization, collectors and enthusiasts continue to search for the original version, particularly since its maximum aperture is around a third wider, making it amazing background-melting abilities. I’ve written before about how the lens I’m never going to market is the 200mm f/2L, and while I’ve never had the chance to shoot with the f/1.8, it sure looks like an absolute blast to work with. For the complete rundown on the prism, check out the video above.



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