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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, Closest focusing distance : 3.94 feet, Focal length: 70-200mm
- 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; Weight : 1.675 pounds (lens only) ; 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|
|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||2.25 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
|Zoom Type||7-group helical zoom|
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|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ring-type ultrasonic||Micromotor|
|Item Dimensions||2.99 x 6.77 x 2.99 in||2.99 x 6.77 x 2.99 in||3.35 x 7.64 x 3.35 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||3.31 x 4.21 x 3.31 in||2.83 x 3.82 x 2.83 in|
|Item Weight||1.7 lbs||0.88 lb||2.9 lbs||5.61 ounces||1.48 lbs||0.89 lb|
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|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||50 millimeters||105 millimeters||90 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 millimeters||70||70 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||90 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||67 millimeters||77 millimeters||49 millimeters||77 millimeters||55 millimeters|
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
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This lens is indeed a champ, and at around 91% 5-star rating, other people feel the same way.
So have a great day, sports fans.
For those not familiar with what f/4 or f/2.8 is, those numbers refer to the amount of light the lens lets in. There are many resources that demonstrate how the “f stop” impacts an image, but here is a very simplified explanation and I am sure some pro photographers can give more info on the matter. The higher the f number, say f/16, the more the entire photo is in focus while the lower the f number, say f/4, the more background blur you get.
To explain this I added two photos I shot with my Canon Rebel T6i using the Canon 70-200 f/4 IS USM lens, but for some reason they are horizontal instead of vertical for some strange reason but you still get the idea. Both Sample 1 and Sample 2 were shot at 111.0 mm distance with the camera set to “aperture priority”. Sample 1 is set to f/32 and you can see the entire background and the object are in focus. Sample 2 was shot at f/4 and you can see the object is in focus while the background is blurred out which makes for some nice photos especially when you do portraits. Again, there is a bit more to it but I wanted to give some background for this review. If you want more in depth info on f-stop, youtube is a great resource.
I researched both Canon and Tamron, but decided on the Canon. This does not mean that Tamron lenses are not good, reviews I have read and viewed certainly say that they are, and Tamron does have a f/2.8 version in the same price range as this f/4 version. I do know a photographer who uses Tamron lenses and his photos are excellent. The Canon, however, just seemed to fit my needs.
I've used this lens consistently (daily for 4-5 hours each day) for the past week and the picture quality is excellent. I have used this both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor during the day in both bright sunlight and very cloudy conditions, and indoor with limited lighting as well as “normal” lighting. The lens has performed quite well. My first indoor shots were a bit on the dark side. With this being an f/4 lens it does not let in as much light as the f/2.8 version, but that extra $ for the f/2.8 just didn't make sense for me. To explain a bit more, the first indoor situation I was using this lens in was a very dark auditorium (school theater) and the limited lighting was only on the stage and the lights were yellowish in color. I couldn’t use a flash, so most of my photos came out with a yellow tint or were very dark. Since I didn’t use a flash, I did not get to test how a flash might impact the images. I took some photos in a cafeteria setting with what I call normal overhead lights and found that this lens works fine indoors if you use it in a "normal" lighting situation. I have also shot on a cloudy day with absolutely no problems and with very clear photos.
I use this for taking photos of a local marching band, so the fast focus has been incredible. The band is constantly moving at very rapid speeds and this lens has no problem autofocusing very quickly. The autofocus motor seemed loud the first time I used it, but I don’t even notice it now. I would recommend turning off autofocus and using a tripod if you are shooting video so you won’t hear the autofocus motor and so you won’t have any shake.
Taking photos from the bleachers fully zoomed out has been rather clear as well with good image focus and zoom. However, I wanted to get closer photos so I added a Canon 1.4x II extender for taking photos from the bleachers and have had remarkable results. With the image stabilization, there is no shake and I haven't had to use a monopod or a tripod. With the 1.4x II extender, the auto focus works perfect and there is no lag time. The image quality is excellent as well, but adding the extender does change it to a f/5.6, but again I didn't have any issues with the quality of the photos and I got very clear photos of the band.
The Canon L series lenses are very well made, somewhat heavy, but once you have it mounted to your camera you know you have a good quality lens attached. It makes the camera feel, well, more natural to hold. I know that sounds odd, but using this lens instead of the “kit lens” makes my camera more comfortable to use. The zoom ring is very smooth as is the manual focus ring (if you decide to ever use manual mode). It has two stabilization modes and two settings for focus distance.
As for the actual color of the lens body, this really surprised me. All of the images of this lens show it to be white, but it is actually gray in color so don't be shocked when you unbox it. I opted for a tripod mount as well just in case I wanted to shoot video, but I purchased a Fotodiox Pro instead of the Canon version. The Fotodiox fits perfectly and is also very well made. The Canon version was just way out of my price range.
Overall I see a huge difference between this lens and the “kit lens”. A “kit lens” is a lens that typically comes with a camera. Just to compare the L series lens to the kit lens, the L series is full metal construction while the kit lens is plastic. The L series has more advanced optics and is also said to be weatherproof. I will say that although I have no intention to find that out, there is a seal around the base of the lens which makes it a very snug fit against the camera body. The kit lens does feel snug but just not as secure as the L series lens. When you attach the L series for the first time, you will know it is on the camera and you will not want to remove it for a lens swap. Instead you may find yourself wanting another camera body for those “other non L series lenses” just so you don’t have to remove it.
Since I use it mostly outdoors, at f/4 all my images are amazing and it's great to have the IS in case I need it specially since I use it hand held. I'm not a big fan of tripods so IS is always welcome. Indoors this lens is also very nice and I have taken some beautiful portraits. I use a Canon Mark 5D so since this baby is already amazing, put both together and they become what I call my dream team.
GOOD THINGS: The IS, the lighter weight, the amazing glass makes for tack sharp eyes and fast focus.
NOT SO GOOD: The f/4 and the noisy IS when taking video. Outdoors this lens is pretty amazing but in low light not so much.
I was a nervous wreck trying to decide... the f/4, the IS, the heavier lens, the f/2.8.... Ugh, it was a very hard choice! If I had the money I may have gone with the best of both worlds, the f/2.8 IS but I had to choose and I chose this one. For me using it mostly outdoors this lens is still my most loved lens and my photos have never looked so good. My first L lens and I know now why they are so pricey. You get what you pay for and with this lens when I see the glass-like eyes in my daughter's photos, it has become priceless to me now. I LOVE THIS LENS!
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