Saturday, August 21, 2010

Nikkor 200mm F:1.8

While we're on lenses, Philocalist brought up this monster. It's not a long tele really, but it's exceptionally "fast", meaning large lens opening, takes in a lot of light. It's huge and it weighs three kilos!

Now if you don't feel manly swinging that thing around, I'm afraid only a Porche can help you.

Silly me, I stand corrected, this is the Canon model. They are eerily similar.
(I guess I'm so brand agnostic now I don't even differentiate between Nikon and Canon! :-)

The Nikon model, discontinued for some reason, sells on eBay for $3-4K, even in awful condition! (Glass fine, but half the paint worn off.)


Unknown said...

That's a Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

It costs $6000 and weighs about 2.5 KG and is one of the sharpest lenses made.

How you got Nikkor in the heading is a mystery.

emptyspaces said...


Mike said...

Take a close look JB, the picture there is of the older f/1.8 which was discontinued some time ago. Mind you, if you offered me either one, I would accept!

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Looks very similar though.
(I guess I'm so brand agnostic now I don't even differentiate between Nikon and Canon! :-)

Robb in Houston said...

The 'L' lenses are fantastic machines for pro photogs. The glass is the highest quality. If one looks at most of the sports and media events worldwide, and you see the signature of a white lense body, it'll be an 'L' lense.

They are used because they deliver fantastic, sometimes impossible to capture images. Expensive, yes, but fantastic technology and worth the cost in results if you're a photographer.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Though the big ones cost as much as a small car.

I have several L lenses for Canon, and yes, they are generally excellent. (Although oddly sometimes the 24-105mm doesn't seem so dang sharp at the wide end. I'm not sure if it's a focusing issue. I've not gotten around to testing it.)

Royce said...

I'd be interested in learning what a 'Porche' is in this context. In the USA, a porch is a small structure either at the back or front of a house (or both).

Unless you meant the German car named Porsche.

As far as the lens goes, it has very little to do with being manly. It's more of a high quality photographic instrument that serves a specific purpose.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Ooops, sorry for the spelling mistake. If I ever get a Porsche, I guess I'll have to learn.

The Manly thing was a joke.
(Though I could imagine it actually is a factor for some, at least subconsciously.)

Royce said...

If you ever do get a Porsche automobile, bear in mind that it'll be a 'Porsche' with the model number.

It'll never be referenced as something like iPorsche. Sorry.


Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Dang, I had just decided that I would start writing about Porsches when they come out with the iPorsche.

Robb in Houston said...

Leave Eolake alone already.
If he thinks there's an iPorsche coming into the market, then so be it. Who knows - maybe he has a spiritual connection to the people at Apple - or maybe just to Jobs and they create their products based on his (Eolake's) vision. Or maybe it's all based on lysergic acid diethlamide...

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks, Robb, it's clear you understand me!

(I was always wondering what was in these little pieces of paper I lick every morning. They do seem to make my day much more interesting.)

Anonymous said...

No doubt the idea of an iporsche gave Eolake an all-day rager.