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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.
- 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 f/4L USM
|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||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Auto/Manual|
|Item Dimensions||6.77 x 2.99 x 2.99 in||1.54 x 2.72 x 2.72 in||2.83 x 2.95 x 2.95 in||6.77 x 2.99 x 2.99 in||7.64 x 3.35 x 3.35 in||11.3 x 5.98 x 5.8 in|
|Item Weight||0.88 lb||5.6 ounces||1.05 lbs||1.7 lbs||2.9 lbs||—|
|Lens Type||telephoto||Prime lens||medium-format||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Telephoto|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||200 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70||50 millimeters||85 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||49 millimeters||58 millimeters||67 millimeters||77 millimeters||77 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!
It took me awhile to decide between this and its IS-equipped sibling. I read and read about the two lenses and IS in general until I got a headache. Ultimately, I decided that IS did not justify the price premium. To decide between the IS and non-IS, you need to consider YOUR intended use. I am using this zoom lens outside in sunlight or shade, and it is plenty fast enough for these purposes. If you are using such a lens in less well-lit conditions such as for weddings, you might need a tripod or the IS version. I just slap this thing on my camera and head outside, no tripod needed. Keep in mind that even the IS version will not help with stopping motion -- for that you need a sufficiently fast shutter speed of about 1/250, of course depending on how fast your subject is moving.
This lens works very well. I'm very happy with my prime lenses, but I'm also happy to have this quality zoom lens. Zoom definitely comes in handy for fast little kids running around outside. My feet cannot zoom as quickly as they can run. Also, it works great for little kids sporting events. Like I said, bokeh and resulting subject isolation is great. Look to buy Canon lenses when they go on sale, which they periodically do. I used a mail-in rebate for this lens, and the rebate card was sent to me within about three weeks of mailing off the paperwork.