This year for shooting Red Bull’s Ride+Style I was going through what lensrentals.com had to offer in the way of telephotos, and as I was eyeing up a 300mm I noticed a 200mm f/2. An f/stop like that at that focal length sounded enticing, and I didn’t think the course would be that long that I had to have the extra 100mm of a super telephoto, so I pulled the trigger on it and rented it for a week.
I was expecting it to handle like an 85mm f/1.4 except for telephoto, and sure enough it was just that. Often times I found myself wanting to go full throttle all the way to f/2, and paid for it with alot of shots where a person’s face might be in focus, but the front tire of their bike would be soft.
All in all it was a fun lens to mess around with, and allowed me to get a unique aesthetic to the event, something that is always important when one out of three people there has a camera in their hands. I couldn’t see myself ever buying one because of the price they go for, but it’s nice being able to rent these crazy expensive pieces of glass every now and then to see what they’re all about.