In this review, we will be comparing Canon 200mm f2L IS USM and Canon 200mm f2.8L II USM, two Telephoto Prime lenses by Canon. Both cameras have the same focal range of 200mm but different max apertures: Canon 200mm f2L IS USM has a max aperture of F2.0 while the Canon 200mm f2.8L II USM has a max aperture of F2.8.
We will start with briefly looking and the main specs of these two lenses and in the section, we will start analyzing in more detail and list the pros and cons of each lenses.
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Canon 200mm f2L IS USM is the longer of the two lenses at 208mm. The Canon 200mm f2.8L II USM with a length of 136mm is 72mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Canon 200mm f2L IS USM also has a larger diameter of 128mm compared to Canon 200mm f2.8L II USM's 83mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Canon 200mm f2.8L II USM weighs 765g, 229% (1755g) lighter than the Canon 200mm f2L IS USM's weight of 2520g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the 'Telephoto Prime Lenses in Canon EF Mount for size comparison purposes.
Telephoto Prime Lenses in Canon EF Mount for Size Comparison
Both Canon 200mm f2L IS USM and Canon 200mm f2.8L II USM has the same Canon EF lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Canon EF lenses are Canon 1D X III, Canon 6D MII and Canon 5D MIV.