Canon EF 200mm f/2.0 L IS USM Lens

Product Summary

Key features:

  • 4-stop Image Stabilizer with 2 modes
  • 1 x fluorite and 2 x UD lens elements
  • Ring type USM auto focus with fulltime manual override
  • Circular aperture diaphragm for pleasing background blur
  • Supra Spectra coatings to reduce ghosting and flare
  • Magnesium alloy body – 2.52kg


This exotic L series lens has a very fast f-stop for a tele lens of such long reach. at f/2 the EF 200mm f/2.0 L IS USM is one stop faster than the slower EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM. The lens construction consists of a total of 17 elements including fluorite and UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) elements arranged in 12 groups.

The lens features Canon’s Optical Image Stabilization (IS) technology which gives it up to four stops of stabilization when it comes to shooting hand held. The lens also features USM (Ultra-Sonic Motor) which gives it very quiet focusing. This lens is ideal for the purpose of shooting nature and wildlife photography and or fast action or sports photography. with a wide f-stop of f/2 it is that much faster when it comes to low light and indoor shooting requirements. Rear focusing elements means the overall length of the lens never extends during focusing.

At $6000 the EF 200mm f/2.0 L IS USM is certainly pricier than the EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM. However this lens should appeal to professional nature and wild life photographers (and for that matter sports and even journalistic photographers) who need something that is tough, well built and able to survive the elements.

The lens has minimum focusing distance of 6.2’ (1.9 meters). The diagonal angle of view of the lens is 12°(on a full frame DSLR). The overall dimensions of the lens are 5.0” x 8.2” while weighing a hefty 2520 grams. The lens takes a gelatin filter of 52mm.

Product Images

Canon EF 200mm f/2.0 L IS Specifications

Angle of viewH:10°,V: 7°, D:12°
Construction (elements/groups)17/12
No. of diaphragm blades8
Min aperture32
Closest focusing distance (m)1.9m
Max magnification (x)0.12
Distance informationYes
Image stabilizer5-stops
AF MotorRing USM¹
Filter Size (mm)52 Drop in
Max. diameter x length (mm)128 x 208
Weight (g)2520
Magnification – Extension Tube EF12 II0.19-0.6
Magnification – Extension Tube EF25 II0.26-0.14
Lens hoodET-120B
Soft caseLens case 200
Extenders EF1.4x II and EF2x II


Press Release

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 23, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the launch of two new telephoto lenses for use with its EOS SLR cameras: the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM*/** and the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM*/**, the world’s longest focal length lens with an Optical Image Stabilizer system.*** The Company, which exhibited prototypes of the lenses during PhotoPlus Expo in New York last October, is launching them at the PMA tradeshow (booth E101) at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 31 to February 2.

“The development of these two new lenses continues to show how Canon actively responds to the imaging needs of our professional and advanced amateur customers. We are proud to provide the right equipment to help photographers capture the best and brightest images under all conditions,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

The EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and EF 200mm f/2L IS USM are professional L-Series lenses that incorporate the latest generation of Canon’s high-performance Optical Image Stabilizer system (OIS), giving them a stabilization effect equivalent to a shutter speed four settings faster. In addition, they feature optical systems utilizing fluorite and UD lens elements to provide excellent chromatic aberration correction for high-resolution, high-contrast shooting performance. Both lenses use only lead-free glass, and also incorporate lightweight yet durable magnesium alloy lens barrels with enhanced resistance to moisture and dust.

The Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM is an exceptionally sharp lens that is significantly lighter (2520g/5.5 lbs. vs. 3000g/6.6 lbs.) than its predecessor, the renowned EF 200mm f/1.8L USM lens, while adding OIS and a weather-resistant design. Ideal for all kinds of low-light photography including portraiture as well as indoor sports, the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM has a close-focus setting of 1.9 m/6.2 feet and a circular aperture system that enhances its background blur rendition at wide apertures.

The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM is not only the longest focal length lens available with OIS, it is also virtually the same physical size as the EF 600mm f/4L IS USM (461mm vs. 456mm), while weighing nearly 2 lbs. less (4500g/9.9 lbs. vs. 5360g/11.8 lbs.). These outstanding features were made possible by the use of a lightweight magnesium alloy lens barrel construction and a state-of-the-art super-telephoto optical system featuring 2 fluorite elements as well as Super UD and UD glass elements. The EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM is well-suited for a wide variety of long-range photo applications such as wildlife and nature photography as well as sports and documentary photojournalism.

The new Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM is scheduled to be available in April at an estimated retail price of $5,999.00 and the new Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM is scheduled to be available in May for an estimated retail price of $11,999.00.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2007†, with global revenues of $34.9 billion, is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.”

# # #

* This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
** A Product Report required by 21.C.F.R.§ 1002.10 has not been submitted to the United States Food and Drug Administration for this product. This product is not, and may note be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until the required report has been submitted.
*** As of January 24, 2008, based on published competitive data
Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
† IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2008

More Info

Purchase Options

Canon EF 200mm f:2.0 L IS USM Lens

EF 200mm f/2.0 L IS available at Amazon | AdoramaB&H