Is the 200mm f/2 the Ultimate Portrait Lens?

The 200mm f/2 lens is normally thought of for things like sports photography, but it has found a second home in the hands of portrait photographers. Are the magical images it creates worth the price? Check out this great comparison video to find out. 

Coming to you from Manny Ortiz, this great video compares portraits shot on a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens to those taken with a 200mm f/2. The 200mm f/2 lens has traditionally been intended as a tool for photojournalists and sports photographers, but it has found popularity as an extreme portrait lens, where its combination of sharpness, telephoto compression, and super-narrow depth of field make for instantly unique renderings, which is why I named it the piece of gear I will never sell. The downside of the 200mm f/2 is that it is an extremely expensive lens, typically selling for about two to three times the price of a 70-200mm f/2.8, which is usually already a fantastic lens. Still, it offers the absolute best performance and superlative images, which is why some portrait photographers swear by it. Check out the video above to see a comparison between the two lenses and a lot of great example images. 


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