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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens Test Photos - Fully Automatic

Everyone needs a telephoto lens for their digital SLR camera, right? I felt like I needed one to compliment the standard lens that shipped with my camera, the Canon EOS Rebel XTi 400D. So, a couple of weeks ago I picked up a "new" telephoto lens for my digital camera, the Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens.

More on the deal I got on the lens and some other details in an upcoming post reviewing the lens. This post will be a little different -- as it will just cover some of the first photos I took with the lens on the fully automatic mode at the preset metering of 55mm, 70mm, 100mm, 135mm, and 200mm.

Here are some additional details from the shoot:

  • Location: Santa Monica Mountains, near Dos Vientos Ranch
  • Equipment: Canon EOS Rebel XTi 400D with the EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens, UV filter, no lens hood.
  • Focal Length: 55mm, 70mm, 100mm, 135mm, 200mm
  • Setup: Handheld
  • Shots: Full Automatic, all photos use automatic focus.
  • Quality: L (10.1 Megapixels / 3.8MB) - not RAW
  • Processing / Touch-up: None. Only internal Rebel XTi JPG processing.

The house that was picked at random, mainly because of some defining elements around the roof and windows that help with clarity. Full images are included below of the 55mm and the 200mm photos for comparison, reduced to 1600x1067 by Picasa. The rest of the pictures are cropped to 800x600 so you can see the detail of the pictures at 100%. To view the full images, click on the photo and it will open for you in a new window.

1. Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 55mm focal length / 55mm / 3888 x 2592 / 5.88 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/11 / Exposure time 1/400 second
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 55mm focal length / 55mm / 3888 x 2592 / 5.88 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/11 / Exposure time 1/400 second

2. Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 200mm focal length / 200mm / 3888 x 2592 / 3.95 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/8 / Exposure time 1/400 second
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 200mm focal length / 200mm / 3888 x 2592 / 3.95 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/8 / Exposure time 1/400 second

3. Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 55mm focal length cropped to 800x600 / 55mm / 3888 x 2592 / 5.88 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/11 / Exposure time 1/400 second
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 55mm focal length cropped to 800x600 / 55mm / 3888 x 2592 / 5.88 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/11 / Exposure time 1/400 second

4. Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 70mm focal length cropped to 800x600 / 70mm / 3888 x 2592 / 5.93 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/11 / Exposure time 1/400 second
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 70mm focal length cropped to 800x600 / 70mm / 3888 x 2592 / 5.93 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/11 / Exposure time 1/400 second

5. Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 100mm focal length cropped to 800x600 / 100mm / 3888 x 2592 / 5.38 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/10 / Exposure time 1/400 second
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 100mm focal length cropped to 800x600 / 100mm / 3888 x 2592 / 5.38 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/10 / Exposure time 1/400 second

6. Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 135mm focal length cropped to 800x600 / 135mm / 3888 x 2592 / 5.24 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/9 / Exposure time 1/400 second
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 135mm focal length cropped to 800x600 / 135mm / 3888 x 2592 / 5.24 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/9 / Exposure time 1/400 second

7. Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 200mm focal length cropped to 800x600 / 200mm / 3888 x 2592 / 3.95 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/8 / Exposure time 1/400 second
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens @ Full Automatic 200mm focal length cropped to 800x600 / 200mm / 3888 x 2592 / 3.95 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/8 / Exposure time 1/400 second

What are you thoughts on the photos? The lens, under the sunny conditions performed well. In fact, better than I had anticipated based on some of the reviews of the lens. A good first test of the EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM Telephoto Lens on my Canon EOS Rebel XTi 400D.

1 comments:

Chris said...

I have been looking for how well a 200mm zoom is on these cameras. Thank you so much for the pictures, really helped make up my mind that 200mm is plenty of zoom! THANKS! Great pics and detail!