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There is a time when the classics become vintage and some of the earliest autofocus lenses are bugging their way into the transition. Here at PhotoFair we see everything on our dealers tables from brand new state of the art to antiques and everything in the middle. But the modern era of mirrorless cameras has allowed photographers to freedom to explore the latest tech while simultaneously accessing classic and vintage gear as well. Even some genuine antiques can be mounted on modern bodies. It’s a great time to be a photographer isn’t it? ‘Couv’ Camera did this article recently on the venerable Canon EF 80-200 f/2.8 L a classic that debuted in 1989 and is slipping into the vintage zone 🙂
August 10, 2021 by rodsager
I really didn’t need this lens. Most of my tele-work on full frame is handled by my Canon EF 70-300 L IS. The 70-300 is a great compact tele with image stabilizer and modern L series glass and build quality. So why buy the Magic Drain Pipe? Well, Why not? With a name like “The Magic Drain Pipe” you just have to have it, right?
So what is this ‘Magic Drain Pipe’? Well it is the original EF 80-200/2.8 L. Back in 1989 this was one of a handful of super premium, razor sharp, and fast focusing lenses that Canon brought to market to really push the EOS line of SLRs toward the pro and serious amateur market. Why the nickname though? Apparently several pros started calling it that due to its shape, weight, and all metal construction like a “drain pipe” the “magic” was in the images 🙂