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Canon EF 80-200mm f/2.8
L (comparisons with EF 70-210mm f4; f/3.5~4.5 USM
and other consumer class 80-200mm versions) tele-zoom lenses

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Background & version history It was generally acceptable to refer the world's first zoom lense was a German Voigtländer 36-82mm f/2.8 Zoomar lense designed by Dr. Frank G.Back where he also first pioneered the name "zoom" for this lens type. You can referred to a few URLs that I compiled as a quick reference: (1) Captain Jack's Exacta Photo page, (2): A good write-up on the background of the lense and association with Bessamatc SLR; (3) A nice view of the lense cached in Google, (4) Stephen Gandy's featured item (4): Nikon's acknowledgment.

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Canonamatic R 55-135mm f/3.5
During Canon's Canonmatic era during the '60; the Company had produced a R 55-135mm f/3.5 zoom lens; it was replicated to an FL mount later (along with two other Canon FL-Zoom of FL Zoom 100-200mm f/5.6; FL Zoom 85-300mm f/5.0); are these the first Canon zoom is not important as although photographers may see the convenience of zoom provides, but everyone was skeptical with their optical quality. It is not deniable that Nikon which had a clear dominance at the professional users market those days first experiment with a classic Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5 which first popularized the zoom range of 80-200mm and Nikkor zoom also has helped to change many people perception towards optical performance of zoom lenses for practical professional applications.

Canon FD 80-200mm f/4.0L tele-zoom
Canon's early days of the FD zoom development also had an equivalent FD 80-200mm f/4.0 S.S.C. which stepped up to a slightly brighter f/4.0 than the Nikkor. And during the FDn revision across the board after the fully automatic Canon AE-1 was introduced; a vastly improved FDn 70-210mm f4.0 with focal length extension to 210mm was introduced (although zoom range of 70-210mm was first made as a "standard" by the Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 MACRO). However, the first Canon zoom lense that appeared with a lens designation of L-series at this zoom range was a FDn 80-200mm f/4.0L - introduced quite late actually; almost at the end of the FD-mount era.

So, when the EOS system debuted in 1987 - along with some fantastic fast speed, high performance new lenses with full electronic interface, a revised EF 80-200mm f/2.8L was also being included as the original batch of EF lens group (PDF file in 2.3MB) in showcasing superiority of the EOS/EF system. With a companion EF100-300mm f/5.6L, these two EF zoom lenses were the only L-Series class of zoom offered with the original package. The f/2.8 is essential as the like of Nikon has this large aperture zoom lens introduced as early as 1978 and the 1985 autofocus killer SLR system of of Minolta Maxxum 7000 also had this option for the professional Maxxum 9000 that followed.

Canon EF 80-200mm f/2.8LTelephoto-Zoom Lens
Marketed: 1987, Discontinued: 1996

Part I:- This zoom lens is a high-performance telephoto zoom which offers a large, constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 and extremely high image quality. The EF 80-200mm f/2.8L lens is the first large-aperture telephoto zoom lens in the EF lens series. Furthermore, the f/No, of the EF 80-200mm f/2.81L does not change during zooming, providing a constant brightness on a par with single lenses. Its optical system comprises with inclusion of 3 lens elements made of UD glass to attain high image quality compensate for chromatic aberrations (secondary spectrum) which often occur with large-aperture telephoto lenses. The use of a rear focusing system helps to realize high-speed, high-precision AF control while providing a large maximum aperture. This lens actually presents images at all focal lengths of high contrast and sharpness with little color fringing. Focusing is performed by an inner focusing system which realizes fast and quiet autofocusing and allows the front of the lens to remain fixed for easy use of circular polarizing filters.

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It is a large-aperture telephoto zoom lens designed to satisfy the demanding needs of professional photographers. Heavy but balance well if you are using an EOS-1 or Canon EOS-1N (or equivalent) models with a Booster Drive E1;

Strangely, unlike the early, weaker spec EF 70-210mm counter part which introduced at the same time, this high end L-zoom does incorporated with a USM configuration (Instead, AFD is used) but lens handling and operability is excellent. Next, there is a compatibility issue where made many Canon users not so happy about Canon Extenders do not work with this lens (at most, you can mount an Extension Tube in between and use then, such combination lose infinity focus but it closes up the minimum focusing distance). One way or another, tiny things like these has made some guys making a reservation remarks over the performance of the lens which is not exactly true as it was a separate issue and further, unless if neccessary, I am quite sue not many people actually uses Teleconverter onto a zoom - as other related issues such as loss of lens speed, degrade of optical quality may also occur. Whatever it is, Canon did away with all these & pioneering new zoom range of 70-200mm with their EF 70-200mm f/2.8L replacement in the ever expanding EF lens family in 1995. While not trying to tell others are stupid - but optically, a good friend did told me once that the design of the lens has a small weakness of showing a small amount of vignetting atl four edges of the frame, don't know what was the real cause; some said it was due to its smaller lens diameter. It is more apparent when you are using the lens to shoot against a clear background, like a bright sky or a white wall during mid day. Well, regardless if it was an intentional effort or true to be a truth; some who readed about the "inside info" was one of the reason many thought it is not as up to the grade of an L-designition and ended up migrating since to its successor EF 70-200mm f/2.8L later in 1895. Anyway, een if there are some truth in this, while in most situations you won't have this exhibits unless you are going to perform rare circumstances in shooting; So, don't let this affect your high spirit of being a owner of this fabulous Canon old L zoom. Because if Canon ever felt it was not appropriate to be leaving it in the EF-L class in the lens group - it could have be long gone and as opposing to some circulated negative info on this, it has still being remained in the EF lens family for a long spell of 8 years. So, I would think the upgrade was more like a lens updating rather than simply aimed secifically just to patch a flaw in the lens design.

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Technically, once you are stepping up with a tele-zoom class with a large, constant maximum aperture, inevitably, you have to settle with weight and size issue. The 16 lens elements packed zoom measures 185.7mm (7") in length and weighs 1,330g (2.9 Ibs). IF you mount a lens hood EF-83 at the front, it will extend ever longer. Canon designed a tripod collar onto it and facilitates vertical and horizontal format shooting easily. The zoom ring is broader than the manual focusing ring which is logical as it is an AF zoom; there are two focus limiter for two AF range shootings. The close focus ability is performed at its longest setting at 200mm which is good as it offers a more natural perspective than the widest focal length. Overall, the built quality is 1st class and presents a very rigid feel.

Other than these, if you still think 80-200 is your preferred choice, Canon actually offers quite a few alternatives at this zoom range at the consumer EF lens category - each with a different configurations to fit individual needs and budget. But if you wish to upgrade to an L- Series zoom but was strapped with cash, the discontinued 80-200 f/2.8L can be a very good consideration with its modest entry price which may subject to availability as it may not be too many in numbers surface in the used markets (I know this ... as I have been awaiting for an usable image from Ebay sale for the last one month but only found one unit). But if your patience pays off, you may find a good, used unit for approx. between USD300-00 to 400-00 which call for right justification- as anything above this, an used, slower lens like the EF 70-200mm f/4.0L (approx. between USD450-600 - you need a little bit of luck for this) or even third party labels such as Sigma's 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG/HSM (USD650-700-00), Tokina's ATX PRO 80-200 f/2.8 SD (USD600 B&H) or another AT-X 80-400 AF-II etc. could have been a better options.

Part II:- A brief guest review of the Canon EF 80-200mm f/2.8L AFD

"... another decade-year-old Canon zoom lens, the EF 80-200mm f/2.8
L had made a reputation for itself with the stunning image quality and reliability that also helped promote the Canon EOS System to the professionals worldwide. First, I have owned this lens. Like my Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L AFD ultrawide zoom that I used to owned those days, the EF 80-200mm f/2.8L AFD version has stood the test of the past decade, prompting professional photographers to switch over from the systems they were previously using, whether it was the older Canon manual focus or another maker's, without any regrets.

This lens was also Canon's first telephoto-zoom, employing a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire zooming range. The use of three Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass elements gave the lens the ability to provide outstanding image quality, making this lens one of the sharpest in the Canon EF lens system those days. During the first few years of the lens' availability, professional photographers were able to shoot 90 per cent of their assignments by depending on it and two other zoom lenses, the aforementioned EF 20-35mm f/2.8L AFD and the EF 28-80mm f/2.8~f/4.0
L USM. All three share the same filter diameter of 72mm, meaning you don't have to buy three separate sizes of accessories for the trio. Like the EF 20-35mm f/2.8L AFD, the contrast of the EF 80-200mm is excellent. While this is usually true for most lenses, my ten-year-old version still has the same contrast level as the day I bought it. Details in the shadow area are well rendered without sacrificing those in the highlights. Even during a deliberate attempt of shooting against the sun at dusk. It is to prove just how good the lens is. Details are well rendered and contrast maintains high across the range. All zoom lenses, from any manufacturer, no matter how well they are made, are prone to flare when shooting against the sunlight, which is why the EF 80-200mm f/2.8L AFD zoom lens is provided with a hood as standard accessory. How about the lens' ability to render colors after ten years of rough usage? No change from the day I bought it. There are other factors affecting color balance, like the quality of the film in use or its type, and the color temperature of the time when you recorded the image. But as long as a lens is capable of producing neutral colors as they are - a white should be white, a blue should be blue, etc. - and not a having a tinge of another color cast, the balance is still there. The zoom lens also has exceptional sharpness. Whatever your subject is, rest assured that if you buy a used version or a brand new, leftover stock from an authorized Canon dealer, the lens is well worth the investment. After all, I am not disappointed by my decade-old version, why should you? Most people thought there were two reasons why Canon had replaced this older lens with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM version: 1) The older lens could not use Extender EF 1.4x or 2x. The new lens could. 2) Full-time Manual focusing was not possible. The new lens could....".

06.03.2006 -
Philip Chong -

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A zoom lens for MACRO ? Why not ? with a capability to reach magnification ratio of 1:5 (@ 200mm) the lens can deliver excellent image resolution for such usage too.

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Technical Specification for Canon EF 80-200mm f/2.8L Telephoto-Zoom: -

Type: - Autofocus tele-zoom lens type with manual focusing mechanism
Focal Length: Variable zoom range from 80mm- 200mm
Focus Adjustment:-
Autofocus; AFD; Inner and rear focus design, Dual range focusing range limiter
Manual Focusing:- possible via AF/M switch; Full time Manual focusing during autofocus
NOT possible
Zoom Adjustment:- Dual Ring control, via rotational zoom ring control
Closest Focusing Distance:- 1.8m (5.9ft)
Maximum Magnification:- Max. 0.13X at 200mm setting
Drive System:- AFD (Arc-Type Focusing Drive)

Canon EF 80-200mm f/2.8L optical constuction
Distance Scales: Provided via window on metres/feet.
Angle of View:- 25° ~10
° 17° ~7° 30°~12° (horizontal, vertical and diagonal)
Aperture range:- f/2.8 - f/32
Number of Diaphragm Blades: - 8 blades
Minimum Aperture: - f/32
Filter rotation: No
Filter Attachment Size:- 72mm front mounting
Lens construction:- 16 Elements in 13 Groups with Three UD glass elements (at 2nd, 3rd and 9th)

EF80200mmf28L_Sidebarrel.jpg Caon lens hood ET-83
Extenders: Not advisable
Others: - Extension Tube Extension Tube EF12(II): no info; Extension Tube EF25 (II) 0.14-X ~ 0.37X;
Diameter:- 185.7mm x 84mm (7-5/16" x 3-5/16");
:- 1,330g (2.9 Ibs.)
Accessories:- lens hood:- ES-79, ET- 83
^ (pls confirmed for me); Lens Cap E-72U (supplied ); lens hard case: LH-D23; 72mm close-ups Lens 500D; Lens Dust Cap E Rear Cap, Gelatin Filter Holder Adapter usage: no info.


* Update: I have the original hood and to put it in the lens you just have to push it and you hear a click. I think that with the ET-83 you have to twist it, but the lens mechanism may not be compatible - André Antunes-

Comparing the MTF graphs with the alternative EF 70-210mm f/3.5!4.5 USM lens shows the stabe peformance of EF-L zoom.

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External Link:- Canon EF 80-200mm f2.8L (linked to's Review with evaluative MTF analysis)

In many ways, many Canon new breed of uers may not even realize existence of this fine EF 80-200mm f/2.8L as when Canon introduced a worhty replacement lens as EF 70-200mm f/2.8L in 1995 where officially, Canon discontinued production of the 80/200L in 1996.

Other Canon Telephoto lens alternatives: ULTRAWIDES | WIDE TO TELE | TELEPHOTO ZOOM
Relative: - Canon FD Telephoto Lenses
FDn 80-200mm f/4.0L, FDn 70-210mm f/4.0. FDn 100-300 f/5.6 + Main Index Page on Canon FD lens Resources

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