The Canon EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens is a very small, very light and very cheap telephoto zoom lens.
There is no sticker shock when checking the price on this lens. But, as often is the case, you get what you pay for.
– Lacking USM, the 80-200 focuses relatively slowly and makes some noise doing so.
There is no FTM (Full Time Manual) focus and, in fact, there is no manual focus ring. You are expected to twist the extended portion of the Canon EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens’ barrel to manually adjust your focus distance.
With the Canon EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens, you also get very cheap build quality. Included is a plastic mount, excluded is a distance window. The zoom ring is sticky – it does turn smoothly.
A slow lens with only 5 aperture blades, the Canon EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens aperture starts at f/4.5, moves quickly to f/5.0 by 95mm and to f/5.6 around 135mm. The 80-200 gave me two aperture clicks at 100mm with f/5.6 selected in AV mode – another one of those things that make you say “Hmmmm…” The 5-bladed aperture will of course produce 5-pointed OOF (Out Of Focus) highlights.