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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- Focal length and maximum aperture: 70-200mm 1:4.0
- Lens construction: 16 elements in 13 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 34 Degree - 12 Degree
- Inner focusing system with USM focus adjustment
- Closest focusing distance: 1.2m / 3.9 ft.
|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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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Auto/Manual||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.99 x 6.77 x 2.99 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||2.99 x 6.77 x 2.99 in||3.35 x 7.64 x 3.35 in||5.98 x 11.3 x 147.32 in||3.03 x 5.63 x 3.03 in|
|Item Weight||0.88 lb||5.6 ounces||1.7 lbs||2.9 lbs||—||1.39 lbs|
|Lens Type||telephoto||Prime lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Telephoto||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||50 millimeters||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||300 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70||50 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||49 millimeters||67 millimeters||77 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.
1) Sharpness across its focal length is superb, even when wide open.
2) Constant aperture is wonderful.
3) No external moving elements (barrel pull, rotating focus), makes filters a breeze.
4) For its build and quality, it is fairly manageable weight-wise.
5) Price. $600 makes this one of the "bargain" lenses for the L-series, along with the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras.
1) 67mm filter size is somewhat odd. Would be nice to not use step-down rings from 77mm.
2) Size. This will take up a good chunk of room in your hiking bag. (I use a Lowepro SlingShot 100 All-Weather Digital Camera Backpack (Black) from time to time, and it takes up 1/3 the space.)
3) Weight. Although it is light for L-series glass, it does come in at ~3oz heavier than the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras
4) Reach. The 200 vs 300mm difference can add up when you are looking at wildlife photography.
I would broadly recommend this to users of Canon cameras. It is a fantastic lens, with a great focal length, and many fine attributes. My recommendation begins to wane for backpackers and those who hike, as the size begins to enter the unwieldy stage. It also is too short for a pretty much anything short of large mammals if you are hoping to fill the screen. Otherwise it gains great employment for everything from portraits (doable at the f/4, even if not as ideal as a f/2.8) to landscapes.
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