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Canon EOS EF 80-200mm f2.8 L Lens
Old 09-12-2005, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so what about this lens? anyone use it with a digital? or am i, in my ignorance, missing something obviously wrong with this older lens?
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Re: Canon EOS EF 80-200mm f2.8 L Lens
Old 09-12-2005, 08:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't know if you'll find this useful or not, but here's a link to a comparison:

http://www.photo.net/equipment/canon/70-200

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Only if you're on an extremely tight budget should you consider the ancient Canon EOS 80-200/2.8L lens. This lens does not allow for full-time manual focusing. Also, the old lens design is incompatible with teleconverters.

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Re: Canon EOS EF 80-200mm f2.8 L Lens
Old 09-13-2005, 12:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Probably the best zoom lens Canon ever made. Slightly sharper wide open than the 70-200 series. Here in germany sold in good condition around 600€ so eqv. to the 70-200 4L.
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Re: Canon EOS EF 80-200mm f2.8 L Lens
Old 09-13-2005, 12:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Its still a great lens. I don't use one now, but instead use the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 which rates equal to the current Canon 70-200 F2.8 L in most reviews. The reviews I've seen of the older 80-200 Canon compare it very favorably to the current Canon 70-200.



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Re: Canon EOS EF 80-200mm f2.8 L Lens
Old 09-13-2005, 01:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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There you go..

That is a very decent lens selection if you can find one that is still working well..

I sold mine after I had some problems with the thing had zooming issues.. The zooming colar was rough, and worse in the cold weather,...which wouldn't be an issue to you guys in sunny CA.. but for me, it was,...and what really sucked, is that the repair shop wouldn't be able to service it, and Canon NJ said they don't service the lens because they no longer had parts for what it needed.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

I ended up selling it for next to nothing, and bought the 70-20mm f2.8 L that I use today,...and I learned that (@ f2.8) the 70-200mm is better in the long end range than the 80-200L was.. well, I noticed that the 80-200L was better in the short range than the 70-200L was.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] After 135mm, the 80-200L gets soft.. Hence the reason why I bought the 135mm f2.0 & 200mm f1.8 at the time.. If I needed sharpness...(and speed) I had it..

However,..I have heard good things about the 200mm f2.8 MkII lens...I've never owned it, or used it but isn't a real bank breaker either..

Oh,.... another thing,... the 80-200L isn't compatable with the Canon telephoto extenders, because the rear element is flush with the lens barrell..so you have to resort to off brand teleconverters like Kenko, or Tamron, to rack that thing out........as with any off brand item,....you get what you pay for..

P.S., ask SStory how much he enjoyes his Sigma 70-200mm f2.8.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] (if you were considering that as an alternative)

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