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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; 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|
|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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|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||50 millimeters||200 millimeters|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||67 millimeters||49 millimeters||77 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
Top Customer Reviews
I am not a professional photographer; however I consider myself experienced amateur.
I have been into photography since film, starting with 35 mm mirrorless cameras, then moving onto SLR and then, when first digital cameras showed up, I bought my first, under 1MP point and shoot.
Currently I own Canon 20D, 40D, 70D and 5DMkII. I also had a brief encounter with Nikon SLR as well as own several point and shoot digital cameras, including underwater and 3D.
I also print quite a few of enlargements at home using Canon large format printers (13x19).
My photography subjects include landscapes, cityscapes (both daytime and nighttime), nature, air shows, people, macro, astrophotography and various others.
I do not shoot weddings and usually do not do typical portraits and my animal photography experience is somewhat limited.
I am not a pixel peeper. I do not tend to overanalyze photos and do not usually do extensive technical tests. For me it is mostly about look and feel and the perception rather than technical data.
Now, to the actual review.
I have owned this lens since 2009 so I have had some time with this and took a lot of photos with since.
Initially I used it with 40D and then mostly with 5DMkII and 70D.
I own also EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and these are the ones I will be making most of my comparisons to.
This was my second long zoom lens purchase and third L lens I purchased after 24-70 f/2.8L and EF 17-40mm f/4L.
My initial impressions were outstanding. It felt very solid yet lightweight, the focus felt very fast, being my second IS lens, I was very happy with it being quite quiet and really doing the job well.
The quality of pictures I was getting was just outstanding. It is not just the sharpness but the colors and overall feel of the photos is just something you really need to see for yourself to appreciate.
All of this of course applies to outdoor shots. Indoor shots are little bit more tricky, especially, if you want to shoot indoor sports like basketball. This is challenging even with full frame 5DMkII and higher ISO.
Lucky for me I do not do as much of this type of photography and I learned how to adapt and anticipate to get good shots even in those conditions.
Recently, I got into shooting air shows and I can tell you that a combo of full frame and this lens is pretty awesome combination. I know it lacks some reach but with the quality of pictures I can get from this in the outdoor environment and full frame sensor I can do 100% crops and they look and print incredible. When shooting moving planes I only use IS setting 1 despite Canon recommendation that this mode is mostly for still subjects and I get great results when I follow the planes moving horizontally. Since planes do not always move in this manner I figured setting 1 should work and it does.
Amazingly, last show I went to, I shot close to 1,000 photos, most of planes moving pretty fast and I got 99% keep rate with most of them tack sharp images after 100% crop. Just amazing what a combo of this lens and 5dMkII is capable of.
I am talking about photos where the plane takes sometimes less than 10% of the area and when cropped you can see the pilot in the cockpit. Amazing!!! Only if this lens extended to 300mm, with the same built and quality.
The only out of focus photos I got at this show were the ones made with 70D and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, which I used mostly for filming but took few shots as well.
I also shoot nature and sometimes my family close ups and I can tell that this would be also an awesome portrait lens. Considering that in portrait environment you can control subject and lighting, f/4 would be more than enough. From the pictures I took I can tell you that BOKEH is great and this is a zoom lens to boot. I have a different opinion on portraits and do not necessarily buy into the concept that you need low f for isolation. That is unless you want nose in focus and everything else slightly out of focus ;-). With f/4 if you move a bit more away from the subject you will get person isolated and beautiful BOKEH.
Quality of pictures!!!
Sharp, beautiful, in focus, what can I say. 70mm is noticeably sharper than my 24-70L f/2.8 mm at the same focal length. No loss of sharpness at the long end. Also sharp almost edge to edge.
Significantly sharper in comparable focal lengths than EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. More sharp in the center than EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS and much more sharp away from the center.
Losing some visible sharpness difference as compared to EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS on 70D but this I think is expected due to the nature of less light entering the sensor.
Autofocus works great with my 5dMkII in both single shot center point and servo (air shows).
IS does the job well and does not drain 5dMkII battery that much. It was quite a different story with 40D but I had spares and now I do not use 40D anymore so not a problem for me. Newer batteries handle IS pretty well.
Size and weight.
As far as I am concerned this lens has no cons for what I use it for.
Some may consider it too slow for indoor sports or outdoor night sports but you get what you pay for.
I am not so concerned with vignetting which is not so big here but is shows in air shows more when the background is only the blue sky. However, newer cameras can correct for this pretty well or you can do it in DPP if preferred. It has minimal and gets corrected very well and if you shoot crop sensor or crop full frame photos it should not be an issue.
I am on the fence on this one. I generally do not care and actually when I go to air shows and it is sunny and gets pretty warm it keeps the lens cooler to touch, so that's a plus.
However, when I travel it gets attention, which I usually do not mind but when travelling to countries with some more than average petty crime, it makes me think twice and look around and watch my bag much more.
I will never, ever sell this lens, unless I have no money to feed my family.
It shines on full frame but it is also very good on crop sensor.
I cannot recommend this lens highly enough.
Not sure if I got lucky and I got outstanding copy of this lens, learned how to use it properly or just it is on average this good.
My only wish would be to extend the focal range to 50-250mm with keeping everything else unchanged and this lens would almost never leave my camera.
Only one reservation would be if you shoot a lot of sports indoors or in poor lighting, then you might think of the f/2.8 version of this little miracle but I do not own it so can't comment on the quality compared to this one.
Photos attached to the review are JPG straight from camera, no adjustments other than auto vignetting correction and cropped.
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.
Let's do some comparing.
Against the 70-200mm f/4L: The 'baby' of the 70-200mm line, it's half the price. So is the IS drive worth the ~500 bucks? Well to answer that question, you must realize the limitation of f/4. F/4 usually means sharp glass that's lightweight and cheap, of good value. But it also means more than enough light for sunny days, but never enough for cloudy days, indoors, just after dusk, just before sunrise, during inclement whether, or any other time when shooting conditions are optimal for great pictures. So do you plan on using this lens without a tripod (or flash) ever during these times? If you answer yes (even if you didn't, you will), you might become frustrated with the f/4 non-IS version over time and seek to upgrade, or continuously pack a tripod for which you will also need to buy the lens tripod ring. (Do realize however, that neither the f/4 non-IS or the f/4 IS will serve you well when it comes to indoor action. For that, you'll have to move up the chain to the f/2.8.) From my personal experience, the f/4 IS also delivers an increased dynamic range near the highlights, slightly more saturation, and slightly less CA in comparison to the f/4 non-IS.
The f/2.8L non-IS: I have never owned this lens, so I can only speak by stats and offer a little limited advice. They are both nearly equal in price, so let's talk about the differences. The f/2.8 is built better (more metal and sealing) and comes with a tripod ring (plus that envious petal-shaped hood). It shares the weather sealed mount and near-equal image quality (the f/4 IS is slight sharper). And you of course gain a stop in aperture but lose IS. So which is better? Since stat-wise they are so close, I would ask what your intentions are. Are you primarily a landscape photographer or an event photographer? More pictures of your kids or more of slow-moving objects. Both lenses do low-light well, it's just that if your shots have little moving in them, you are much better off with the f/4 and to use a flash when the shots do include movement. If your shots almost always include a lot of movement, go with the f/2.8 (but you should really consider the f/2.8 IS).
The f/2.8 IS. The moving versus non-moving distinction is so important that I actually ended up owning BOTH the f/2.8 IS and the f/4 IS. Why? Because the f/2.8 IS is the strongest contender for low-light event work out of the 70-200 line, yet offers the worst in image quality. The image quality difference between the f/4 and the f/2.8 is nothing short of significant. You simply do not use the f/2.8 to generate fine art as it's image quality does not allow it (in my spoiled rotten opinion. In fact, until the f/4 IS came along, I didn't think any of the 70-200's were suitable for this task.) So I utilize the f/2.8 for event work and the f/4 for everything else I need a 70-200mm zoom for. As a side note, the f/2.8 maintains a 3 stop IS drive while the f/4 maintains a 4 stop drive. This means both lenses maintain the same effective 70-200mm f/1.4 aperture. Add all this up, and my recommendation is to go with the 70-200mm f/4 IS and save ~$550 unless you are a professional wedding, model, or event photographer, or if you consistently shoot family or moving objects in low light.
Another comparison: the 135mm f/2L. Roughly the same price, this lens maintains an ultra fast aperture with superior image quality at a loss of versatility. The 70-200mm f/4 IS behaves better with the 1.4x extender. These two lenses tie a lot when it comes to choosing a lens to pack. Basically, if I know exactly the type of shooting environment I'll be walking into (that maintains room for sneaker zooming) and recognize the need for superior bokeh, maximum image quality, or fast shutter speeds, then the 135 it is. Otherwise, I'll pack the 70-200 f/4 IS. If you are deciding between this lens and the 135 for purchase, choose the 135 if your main intention is for portraiture, still life, or low-light arena photography (football, moster trucks, tennis, etc).
The 70-200mm F/4 IS is basically your go-to lens for day hikes, airshows (with 1.4x extender, or unless you own a 300mm f/4 or better), fireworks, any landscaping in low (and therefore good) light, and anything else in which your camera will act as if it's been secured to a tripod while you take a 4-stop stabilized shot.
Due to it's heavy usage as a landscape lens, I have attached a B+W polarizer (67mm filter size) and just left it on. I advise using only the best filters for this lens, don't ruin its image quality with some el cheapo filter.
-The exterior casing from the zoom ring back to the mount is actually hard plastic. It still feels nice and reduces the weight. The rest of the lens exterior is the typical L-grade metal.
-The lens does not come with a nice case. A Lowepro 4s case is recommended.
-The IS drive is one of the quietest I've heard yet. Almost silent.
Conclusion: An absolute great value as far as L glass goes. A joy to use for photographers new to IS and an attraction for professionals dissapointed with the image quality and weight of the 70-200mm F/2.8 IS, whom may be looking to round out their event photography with landscape work. If you are completely unsure of what you might run into in the field and need the most general setup you can achieve, packing this lens with the 24-70mm or the 24-105mm is all you need.