Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4 L USM lens
The Canon EF 70-200mm f4L USM Lens is a high performance, L-series telephoto zoom lens combining light weight and compactness and an f/4 maximum aperture. The inner focusing and the ring USM provide swift and very quiet autofocusing. A circular polarizing filter can be used easily since the front lens element does not rotate during focusing.
Specification Canon EF 70-200mm f4L USM Lens
Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 70-200mm 1:4.0
Lens Construction 16 elements in 13 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 34° – 12°
Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system with USM
Closest Focusing Distance 1.2m / 3.9 ft.
Zoom System Rotating Type
Filter Size 67mm
Max. Diameter x Length & Weight 3.0″ x 6.8″, 25 oz. / 76mm x 172mm, 705g
Why Buy Canon EF 70-200 f4L USM Lens?
Reviews of Canon EF 70-200 f4L USM Lens*
Worth Every Cent I purchased this lens as a first step in upgrading all my glass to L series. It is undoubtedly amazing and now has me addicted. Is it as good in low light as the f4 IS or f2.8? No. But pair it with a body that handles high ISOs well and you’re golden. You need to think hard about the benefits of the 70-200mm counterparts and whether or not the benefits match your needs and bank account. It is UNBELIEVABLY sharp throughtout the whole f stop range and zoom range. Solid build, amazing mechanics, quick-to-focus, the list is endless. I would wholly recommend this be a part of any Canon enthusiasts line-up, beginner to professional.
A Great Lens I read most of the reviews before purchasing this lens. It is the first L series lens I have owned. When I tested it out I used the same camera with two similar focal length lenses, one being this lens, and then pulled them up in Photoshop to see the difference in depth, sharpness and clarity and just overall quality and I was able to see the difference right away which surprised me since I didn’t think the difference would be that noticeable. The fact that it is a 4.5 lens, which to me is not that “slow”, like others have said, was not an issue for me. I have rarely used 2.8 f stops on any of my lenses over the years so it is definitely one’s personal choice of what they actually use in a lens based upon what type of photography they are doing. You can get better Bokeh with a 2.8 lens but what I get with this one is still good…depends on what the distance is between your subject and the background. I can get by without the tripod collar but I will probably get one down the road just to add that extra balance of the weight on the tripod that I would get by having one. (Apr 2015)
Incredible Performer I would start by saying to ignore reviews that complain about “lack of IS”. If you absolutely need image stabilization, do not buy this lens. That being said, the image quality in good lighting conditions is superb and very good when mounted on a tripod in lower lighting conditions. The AF is silent and fast and it is a relatively lighter lens then most in its class. I have a crop-sensor Canon and was considering the Sigma 50-150mm (w/IS) but did not want such a heavy lens to lug around. I mainly use my Canon EF-S 15-85mm so I just wanted a lens that I could occasionally use if I needed that extra reach. I would say there is nothing out there in a similar zoom range that performs as well for $[$]. I am an artist, not an event or journalism photographer so I buy the best for what I can afford and this lens fits the bill. (Jan 2015)
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Sample Photographs courtesy of Canon USA