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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

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Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F4.0 F2.8 F4.0 - F5.6 F4.0 - F5.6
Min Aperture 32 32 45 45
Photo Filter Thread Size 67 millimeters 77 millimeters 58 millimeters 67 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 1.2 meters 1.2 meters 1.5 meters 1.2 meters
Item Weight 1.7 pounds 2.9 pounds 1.39 pounds 2.31 pounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 3 x 3 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000I1X3W8
  • Item model number: 1258B002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

Canon's EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is a lightweight, compact L Series telephoto zoom lens with Image Stabilizer. The optical Image Stabilization in the new EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens provides up to an incredible four stops of shake correction-a first for Canon IS lenses. The use of fluorite UD lens elements provides excellent optical performance in terms of resolution and contrast. These features, together with its water-and dust-proof construction, provide both the performance and portability to meet user demands.What’s in the box: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens, E-67U 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap, Lens Dust Cap E (Rear), ET-74 Lens Hood, LP1224 Lens Case and 1-Year Warranty.

From the Manufacturer

Capture the far-off action of fast-paced sports or zoom in for an intimate portrait with the Canon EF 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens. The L-series lens offers an Image Stabilizer that provides up to four stops of shake correction--a first for Canon IS lenses. The use of fluorite UD lens elements, meanwhile, produces an excellent optical performance in terms of resolution and contrast. Add in a sturdy housing with water- and dust-proof construction and you have a lens that's both portable and high performing. Other details include an f/4 maximum aperture, a ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) that enables quick and quiet autofocusing, compatibility with circular polarizing filters, and a lightweight body. The lens carries a one-year warranty.

  • 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
Canon EF 70-200mm f4L USM lens
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High-performance, L-series telephoto zoom lens combining light weight and compactness with an f4 maximum aperture. Inner focusing and the ring USM enable quick and quiet autofocusing. Also, a circular polarizing filter can be attached and used without difficulty because the front lens element does not rotate during focusing. The tripod collar (sold separately) is the same one used with the EF 300mm f4L USM.

Customer Reviews

This is a very good lens and the images reflect the quality.
Images from this lens are very nice - sharp and good color, good bokeh at the wider apertures so you get nice separation between subject and background.
By all means if you can afford the f/2.8 version and are strong enough to handle all the extra weight, go for that one being as how it is faster glass.
Jeffrey A. Childs

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919 of 929 people found the following review helpful By Jesse R. Hunter on November 26, 2007
I have owned at one point or another all Canon's 70-200mm's with exception of the f/2.8 non-IS, along with a decent amount of other Canon L glass. Hence this review will be from the perspective of someone who may be deciding whether or not to add this piece of glass to their matured L collection or someone who is deciding on this lens versus another 70-200mm. If you are instead someone who has already decided on this lens and is looking for one last push to click the buy button, consider this, and the 25 reviews below it, as your green light.

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.
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379 of 386 people found the following review helpful By NutMac VINE VOICE on December 8, 2006
With over 100 lenses produced for Canon EOS system, finding the right lenses can overwhelm even the experienced photographers. My search for walkaround lens took over two months of research and auditioning. After choosing Canon's EF 17-40mm f/4L USM as a walkaround lens and EF 50mm f/1.4 USM as a portrait lens, my attention shifted toward telephoto. A bit of background info. My current DSLR body is Digital Rebel XTi (EOS 400D). I plan on upgrading to full frame DSLR body next, so I only look at EF lenses (no EF-S) with solid build quality (it needs to be around to serve the next camera).

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.
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128 of 130 people found the following review helpful By PJ on November 29, 2006
Like used Honda's and Acura's, this Canon lens is destined to command a high resale dollar.

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.
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