Canon 200mm f2 lens
Canon 200mm f2.0 Wedding Photography lens
After 10 years of wedding photography, I am beginning to shift my wedding photography gear to all prime lenses. These lenses are non zoom and as such I am required to use my feet to zoom by walking closer or farther away. However these lenses are fantastic because of their image quality, low light capability, and a pleasing background blur.
Perhaps the best portrait lens is the Canon 200mm f2.0 lens. This lens is an L (Canon Luxury) and also has an IS (Image Stabilization). According to all of the reviews, this lens is as good as it gets. Here is an indepth review which says that the Canon 200mm f/2.0 “…is and optically, mechanically and physically awesome lens…”
Because the lens’ focal length is fixed at 200mm, I need to make sure that I am further back to capture the action. That is why I also have either a 135 mm f2.0 L or 85 f1.2 L II on me at all times so I can have a nice variety of images. The big advantage for me come from the fact that I am able to stand very far away from the action and still be able to capture the event in a photojournalistic way. This way my subjects are often not aware that I am taking pictures of them and can be “themselves” instead of posing.
I’ve used this lens last weeks on a Senior shoot, an engagement, and at a wedding and was blown away by the performance. Check out some of my other photography lenses and accessories on my Gear Page.
The 200 is a beast weighing in at a hefty 5.6 pounds and should be handled only by trained professionals. I think there is a warning like that on instruction manual.
Check out the background blur on this wedding image from Potato Hill Farm Wedding.This lens compresses the image so well that the background feels like it immediately behind the subjects.