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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
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- 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon digital SLR cameras
- Fluorite UD lens elements produce excellent optical performance in resolution and contrast
- Ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) for quick and quiet autofocusing; lightweight construction
- Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 stops of shake correction; water- and dust-proof construction
- Measures 3 inches in diameter and 6.8 inches long; weighs 26.8 ounces; 1-year warranty
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ET-74|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops claimed|
|Included Components||67mm Front Lens Cap, Rear Lens Cap, ET-74 Lens|
|Item Dimensions||2.99 x 2.99 x 6.77 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.7 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.7 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.20 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Material Type||metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||20|
|Number of Groups||15|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.55 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
|Zoom Type||7-group helical zoom|
From the Manufacturer
- Focal length: 70-200mm
- Maximum aperture: f/4
- Lens construction: 20 elements in 15 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 34 to 12 degrees (with full-frame cameras)
- Focus adjustment: AF with full-time manual focus
- Closest focusing distance: 3.94 feet
- Zoom system: 7-group helical zoom (72-degree rotational angle)
- Filter size: 67mm
- Dimensions: 3 inches in diameter, 6.8 inches long
- Weight: 26.8 ounces
Style: Lens Only
Top Customer Reviews
First up, let's talk about the obvious good. This lens carries with it the most advanced IS drive to date, yielding an incredible 4-stops of stabilization. In real life, it is infact four full stops of stabilization. No kidding. For non-moving subjects, this lens becomes an effective 70-200mm f/1.4 as far as handholdability is concerned. When there is subject movement, however, realize that f/4 is still your true aperture and motion blur will be inherent.
As for the not-so-obvious good, this 70-200mm version has the highest image quality out of any of the other 70-200mm's. CA, vignetting, and sharpness is the best with this lens. Lens weight and balance is also the best in comparison to what it offers: it's only slightly heavier than the f/4 with all that IS goodness and not even close to as heavy as the f/2.8 IS with it's one-stop advantage.
The Bad. I always try to find something I dislike with each lens. For some L lenses, it gets tough and I have to get picky, such as with the 135mm f/2L or the 180mm F/3.5L. This lens sits in that catagory. I would have to say I dislike the non-petal shaped lens hood. Yep. That's about it. Wish I could say more here. For the price, this really is a superior buy.Read more ›
At first, finding a telephoto lens seemed almost as easy as portrait lens. Professional reviewers alike hail EF 70-200mm f/4L USM for top-notch build quality and superb optical performance at a reasonable price. (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM are too heavy, large, and expensive for my needs.) 70-200mm focal range is just about ideal for me, which becomes 112-320mm in 35mm print format. I took many fantastic pictures with it, but quickly found a problem. Without a tripod, telephoto isn't easy to shoot. With 17-40mm lens, I can take well-focused images shot after shot. Even under challenging light, I can hit fairly high percentage of photos without flash. At 200mm, situations get considerably trickier. Under very good lighting, I can take one great looking photo after another. Under somewhat limited light, however, I found myself with rather high percentage of out-of-focus photos. Increasing the ISO speed helped a good deal, but even that has a limit. Eventually, I found myself depending on the tripod for reliable results.
Then I saw EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM. At nearly twice the price tag, I was very reluctant at first.Read more ›
I traded in my Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens for this new lens. The colour of this lens is a slightly darker off-white (almost gray-white) than the non-IS version. So, if you have an older Canon Tripod Mount Ring A (W), you may see a slight colour mismatch. Personally, not a big deal by any means. The instruction manual illustrates and refers to their new Canon Ring-Type Tripod Mounting Socket A II (W) which I have not seen in colour to see if it is an exact colour match for this lens.
Mated to my tripod mounted Canon Digital Rebel XT set at ISO 100, the lens appeared sharper than the non IS version from f/4 through to f/18 for the majority of it's focal length. For this particular lens, optimum images were obtained at f/7.1 at 70mm and f/9 at the other focal lengths.
Flare is better controlled than the non IS version.
Bokeh has improved with the new round eight aperture leaves.
Colour and contrast have dramatically improved with the new UD glass.
With the Image Stabilization (IS) activated on Mode 1, there were more useable images taken at 4 stops below the usual minimum recommended settings at all focal lengths.
According to Canon Canada, the IS DOES NOT automatically shut off like Canon's EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM, Super Telephoto and Diffractive Optic lenses. But, the battery will continue to drain while the IS is on as per the instruction manual.
Because I could not find any third party substitutes, I recommend purchasing their expensive Canon tripod collars in either white or black. It optimally structurally stabilizes the lens/camera assembly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was thinking of getting the 2.8 II but went with this. I used it first time today in an indoor event and I was thoroughly impressed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Edmund Leung
Best lens for youth sports: soccer, football, baseball, basketball, track... Worth the investment. Would spend more on the lens than the camera body.Published 1 month ago by M. Nixon
For a detailed review of the specifications and performance of this lens, please see the reviews by Bryan Carnathan at... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ctsurv553
Great lens, perfect for me. Does well with sports. Does well in brighter indoor settings with higher ISO settings. Just get it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
So far so good---the reviews are accurate: From what I can tell this lens is clearer than my 24-105mmL--which I love to use. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph Mainhall
From f4 to f2.8 is a big difference both in price and flexibility. Think about your needs before choosing. You may save a grand on the 4L as opposed to the 2. Read morePublished 3 months ago by felipeg
While the bigger more expensive 2.8 is good for studio and weddings and such. this little guy is prefect for traveling. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Malinda Rathnayake