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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras
- Inner focusing system and ring-type ultra-sonic monitor for quick and quiet autofocusing
- Compatible with same tripod collar (sold separately) as EF 300mm f/4L USM lens
- 3.9-foot close-focusing distance; supports use of circular polarizing filter
- Measures 3 inches in diameter and 6.8 inches long; weighs 25 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|
|Included Components||case & hood|
|Item Dimensions||2.99 x 2.99 x 6.77 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.7 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||0.88 pounds|
|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|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||16|
|Number of Groups||13|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||34 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||2.25 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF-S|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Micromotor||Stepper motor||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor|
|Item Dimensions||2.99 x 6.77 x 2.99 in||2.99 x 6.77 x 2.99 in||2.76 x 4.25 x 2.76 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||3.35 x 7.64 x 3.35 in||2.76 x 4.37 x 2.76 in|
|Item Weight||0.88 lb||1.7 lbs||0.86 lb||5.61 ounces||2.9 lbs||0.83 lb|
|Lens Type||telephoto||Zoom lens||medium-telephoto||Prime lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||250 millimeters||50 millimeters||200 millimeters||250 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70||70 millimeters||55 millimeters||50 millimeters||70 millimeters||55 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||67 millimeters||58 millimeters||49 millimeters||77 millimeters||58 millimeters|
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras. What's in the box: E-67U 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap Lens Dust Cap E (Rear), ET-74 Lens Hood, LP1224 Lens Case, 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. This high-performance, L-series telephoto zoom lens is distinguished by such features as an f/4 maximum aperture, an inner focusing system, and a ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM). The last two features combine to deliver quick and quiet autofocusing--a priority for many amateur and professional photographers. In addition, photographers can attach and use a circular polarizing filter without difficulty because the front lens element does not rotate during focusing. Compatible with the same tripod collar (sold separately) used with the EF 300mm f/4L USM lens, the lens carries a one-year warranty.
- Focal length: 70-200mm
- Maximum aperture: 1:4.0
- Lens construction: 16 elements in 13 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 34 to 12 degrees
- Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
- Closest focusing distance: 3.9 feet
- Zoom system: Rotating type
- Filter size: 67mm
- Dimensions: 3.0 inches in diameter, 6.8 inches long
- Weight: 25 ounces
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There will be a higher learning curve than with more experienced photographers who have a solid grasp on shutter speed working in conjunction with focal length because there is no image stabilization (IS) on this lens. For videographers, a tripod or monopod is pretty much a must-have when shooting in lower light (even in the shade) that is not bright sunlight. There are ways to compensate for no IS with the most common being increasing the ISO. However, unless you have one of the more modern cameras like a Canon 70D or Canon 6D which produce much lower noise (distortion) at higher ISO's, you will more than likely need to make sure you have a flash to compensate for no IS.
Build quality is solid; no plastic parts here. However, even with it being an L series lens, this does NOT have weather sealing. If you are a nature/outdoor photographer shooting in wet and dusty climates a lot, this is something to consider. For me, it is negligible. Image quality is excellent; what I expect from an L series lens. The other nice thing about this lens is that the aperture remains the same throughout the focal length as opposed to the cheaper lenses that have a "variable" aperture which means the aperture will change automatically as you zoom in. The weight of this lens is significantly less than the much pricier 70-200mm f/2.8 version which I have shot with numerous times. A lot of lenses produce soft images when shooting at its maximum aperture (or wide open). However, this lens produces sharp images at f/4.
I shoot with both a Canon 7D and Canon 5D body. The 5D is a full frame camera body where the *viewable* focal length is 70-200mm. The Canon 7D is a crop-sensor body (as well as the Canon 10-70D and Rebel bodies) where the *viewable* focal length is 112-320mm. I already own a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and a Canon 50mm 5/1.8 lens to help cover any low light shots. I also have a Canon 10/22 f/3.5-4.5 lens to cover wide angle shots. So, the 70-200mm f/4 compliments what I already have.
In conclusion, and in my humble opinion, there is no lens that comes close in image quality at this price range; this is the most affordable of the Canon "L" series lineup. However, for beginners, expect a little more of a learning curve in using this lens properly and knowing when to use it. If IS is a must-have for you and you don't mind paying a little more, then get the f/4 IS version which is right at about $1000. But if you want the L series image quality at an affordable price, this is it!
Results from the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens will make you smile when reviewing at 100% on a monitor. This lens is very sharp wide open and improves only slightly when stopped down - and primarily in the corners at the wide end of the focal length range. Very slight barrel distortion is noticeable at 70mm on a Full Frame body. Distortion disappears by around 100mm and is insignificant on a 1.3x or 1.6x FOVCF body. Vignetting is very well controlled - full frame users might notice slight vignetting in the corners at f/4. CA is very well controlled.
Images from the 70-200 f/4L have great color and bokeh (foreground/background blur quality). The 8-blade aperture opens to a constant f/4 at all focal length ranges. This is a very nice feature as exposure settings do not require a change as the lens is zoomed through the focal lengths. F/4 is not fast and is not slow. F/4 is narrow enough to allow the smaller lens size and weight. F/4 is wide enough to create some background diffusion in this focal length range. F/4 is wide enough to not require bright light for handholding. However, I do not consider this a low light lens. You will likely need a flash when shooting indoors after the sun sets.
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens focuses very fast, very quietly and very accurately thanks to Canon's excellent Ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor). FTM (Full Time Manual) focusing is enabled. The focus and zoom rings are very nicely sized and turn very smoothly. The 70-200 f/4 does not extend with zooming or focusing - and the front element does not rotate.
Pros: Light. Sturdy, durable build. Fast, silent focus. Incredible results. Crystal clear and sharp every time. Price is good considering what other L series can cost. It looks amazing on the camera. The lens hood is high quality.
Cons: Doesn't include a tripod collar (which are surprisingly, skirting ridiculously, expensive for what they are). To be fair, the lens is not really that large nor heavy so a collar may not be completely necessary. This particular model only opens to a f4 aperture, but again consider the price, and f2.8 models are available. I do find myself wanting just a bit more zoom range. Granted 70-200 is nice, but I keep finding a need for +- that range. I have been shopping additional L series lenses to resolve this issue. (specifically the 24-70 F2.8).
The lack of IS has not been an issue for me at all.
Ultimately: The pictures I take with this lens come out amazing. I have developed a real respect for Canon's L series quality. Its just a great lens. Good job Canon!
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