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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
List Price: $970.00

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Product Description

This high performance L-series telephoto zoom lens ensures excellent image quality for every photographic situation and milieu. Filter Diameter - 67mm Lens Construction - 16 elements in 13 groups Minimum Aperture - f/32 Focus Drive - Ultrasonic 76mm x 172mm 705g

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
  • 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

Customer Reviews:

  • Great lens to have
    I haven't used it for alot of just shooting around, but I have got some awesome images of the full moon - It is heavy, but great glass!...more info
  • My best lense, in reasonable prise real 5 stars performance
    I am suprised it is still not big or heavy for quality it represents
    definitely 5 stars ...more info
  • A bargain for L serious glass, without bargain-like compromises.
    I purchased this lens for use with my Canon 20D. I really wanted a telephoto lens for shooting the autocross races, but I am crazy about quality. I knew that I had always wanted to shoot with L-series glass before, and I had held a few L-series lenses, but I wasn't sure just how great of a category this lens was. I figured the price was reflecting something I should worry about, but reviews stated otherwise so I made the purchase. All I can say is I was SO WRONG for doubting this lens! The first day I took the lens out to play with it (mostly pointless shots of nothing to test out the 200mm range on a x1.6 crop body,) I saw a Red 1960s Ford Thunderbird across a parking lot.This was the perfect opportunity to get closer with the range of the lens. I would not have had time to walk up to the car with my usual favorite lens, the Canon EF 50 1:1.8 as the car was driving away, so I held the lens up to my eye, framed the shot and focused (very quickly to my surprise, as I was not used to USM focusing, it's VERY quick, sharp, and accurate) then snapped off the shot. That shot can be viewed at the link below:

    This shot came OUT OF CAMERA with NO editing other than RAW processing, and a black border. I have never seen such beautiful color saturation, contrast, and sharpness from any of my lenses. The Fluorite and ultra low dispersion elements in the L-series lenses really make the images "pop" in a way that can only be compared first hand. Trust me though, you'll notice when you pick up this lens if it's your first L.

    I HIGHLY recommend this lens to anyone with the budget for it. Image quality is amazing, and the build quality matches.

    Front lens element does not move or rotate when focusing or zooming. The focus and zoom rings are well dampened. The lens is not weather sealed. The lens is compatible with both the Canon x1.4 and x2 extenders but it will only auto focus with the x1.4 on all of the non 1-series Canon bodies. The lens ships with a lens hood (ET-74) and a soft lens pouch. The filter size is 62mm and the lens does not come packaged with a tripod ring, although one can be purchased. [Canon A-II(W)]. The lens is also par-focal meaning that one can zoom in, focus, then zoom out without having to refocus. USM ring-type focusing means full time manual is supported....more info
  • Incredible performance
    This lens provides incredible sharpness, clarity, and awesome bokeh throughout its range. Great when used outdoors!...more info
  • So far, so good...
    I'm a beginner "photographer", if you can even call me that. :-) I am still figuring out all the right settings for different situations. I purchased this lens to shoot at my kids' sporting events. A lot came out okay, but I think it had more to do with operator error than the lens. As a matter of fact, any shot that didn't come out, I'd attribute to operator error.

    A solid lens, and I look forward to learning about it as time permits....more info
  • Best lens for the price
    This a great lens that is sharp and fast. The quality is far better than the other non "L" lenses. Can't get an "L" for much less....more info
  • Absolutely best telephoto Lens for the price
    The Canon 70-200mm /F4 lens is probably the finest zoom lens money can buy, yet it has a bargain price (relatively speaking). Sharpness, contrast, speed of focus, low chromatic aberration, superb mechanical construction and light weight (compared to the F/2.8 versions) make it a superb choice for a must have Canon lens for serious photographers. I along with others, find this to be nearly as good as many prime lenses (fixed focal length or non-zoom) which is pretty amazing. It works great with APS-C sensor cameras (such as Rebels, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D etc.) as well as full frame Canons (5D, 5D Mark II, etc). Sample to sample quality also appears to be very, very good -so you are less likely to get a lemon than with some other models.

    As some other people have pointed out with sensors smaller than "full 35mm" you have a crop factor. With an APS-C sensor crop factor of x1.6, you are not bringing the "subject" closer -there is no magnification (such as in 10x binocular), you are simply framing the "subject" tighter because the image is cropped. The image circle made by the lens is too large for the smaller sensors and edges fall outside the sensor area, whereas with a full frame 35mm sensor it does not.

    An excellent place to look at lens reviews written by more experienced photographers is fredmiranda dot com. The average rating for this lens on that forum is extremely high.

    If you can afford it, the IS (optically stabilized) version of this lens has some advantages, but it comes at a considerably higher price.

    In summary, having used this lens (for fashion and portrait work)-as well as many other lenses, with 4 different Canon cameras, I recommend it wholeheartedly.
    ...more info
  • quality lens for a low price...
    This and the 17-40 f/4 L USM lens is probably the two lowest cost L lens in the Canon lineup. The 70-200 set of lens are probably the most popular due to the great versatility offered by the available focal range. I use this lens for candid wedding, birthday and other social gatherings. The constant aperture is also a nice feature to have. The zoom & focus rings are surprisingly smooth especially considering the length and size of the lens. The rings operate just as smooth, if not smoother than my 24-105 f/4 IS USM lens.

    The only thing that could be better than this lens are the Image Stabilization versions of the 70-200. I think the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM is next on my list of lens to buy, most likely to replace this very piece....more info
  • The tripod ring is NOT included as shown in the picture
    and worse, it costs a fortune by itself! I bought a cheap fake from eBay, no good. The thing stuck and scratched the white paint.

    Now the lens though, is phenomenal, very comparable to primes and beats my Sigma 17-70, Sigma 24-70, Canon 35-135 (current version is 28-135 IS), Tamron 18-250 by a mile. Prime is better, zoom is convenient. And this, is the best of both world! Better, it's light weight, doesn't extend during zoom, comparatively cheap (for the quality), and the hood is included (ya,you got yourself an L, like a Lexus comes with free oil change or something like that :)).

    Go for it if you like big face shot (kids are the best subject). Bird is too far, trees and mountains are too close, and F4 isn't great in low light when the subject is moving. Other than these, this lens is PERFECT!

    Now can someone please change the cover picture of this lens to have one without the tripod ring? This is very misleading....more info
  • Almost Perfect
    So I'm starting to get more serious about my photography. I went out and bought this as my entry to the "L" class of lenses. I mounted it on my 40D at home and I didn't really see what the big deal was. It wasn't until we went out for an Engagement shoot that I found the magic of this lens. The Bokeh was wonderful for my portrait shots. Absolutely wonderful. Very crisp pictures.

    Almost perfect because of the f4 - it didn't do so well in the shade. But, I can't really complain since the 2.8 is almost twice as much and the 2.8L IS which is almost unreachable for the amateur. But one day it will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine.

    I don't mind the white paint either, makes it look "professional". We were out on location and as soon as we took it out bystanders got out of the way of our shoot.

    So in summation, it's a great price to try out the "L" lenses. This and the 17-40L. But remember that it's an f4 and that it's white if that makes a big deal to you....more info
  • Even better than expected!
    WOW! This lense is amazing especially at its price.
    When I ordered this lense, I was concerned that I might need IS or the 2.8 but that hasn't been a problem at all.
    Pictures in sunlight are spectacular and very dimensional. A recent trip to San Francisco proved to be an excellent initiation for this lense as I took hundreds of photos with very few blurred or dark images.
    I'm glad I got this lense for that trip because this is much easier to carry around for hours than my canon 100-400mm L lense.
    Simply stated, this lense is built like a tank, and yet doesn't weigh you down when you want to take your camera out for the day and produce some quality photographs.
    Highly recommended!!! [...]...more info
  • Smitten! Gives Photos Something Extra ...
    This is my first "L" lens. (I'm an intermediate beginner.) Indoors at lower apertures (4.0 or 4.5) it gives some photos a soft, halo glow. Outdoors, if I set the camera to f 4.0 or 4.5 in Av mode, it forces a high enough shutter speed that I can snap away at (hand held) action shots and the subject stays in focus, but with a softened backdrop that makes it dramatic. I've seen pleasing bokeh even at f/9.0. It takes nice close-ups if you stand back a bit. The barrel length is fixed, i.e. it doesn't get any longer when you extend to 200mm, and focus is smooth and quiet. Obviously heavier than some lenses, the weight feels balanced on a Canon 40D body; I suspect it might overwhelm a Rebel XT or XTi. Bottom line: This lens can take an ordinary picture and make it extraordinary. I am totally spoiled. ...more info
  • Still going strong
    I've had this lens for almost 3 years now and it's still going strong. It continues to deliver incredible pictures....more info
  • Great Lens
    The EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens by Canon is outstanding. Because I am 83 years old I worried about hand shake, but the lens is so fast that was never a problem.

    I took photos from Coit Tower in San Francisco and the photos of Alcatraz and Treasure Island are so clear you can see details on the Islands. When enlarged the houses across the Bay in Oakland are visible.

    I am very pleased with this lens....more info
  • No regrets
    I bought this lens to fill in the gap in my focal range until I could get a better lens. It's an economical L series lens so it was easy to afford (among the pro series lenses). I was quite surprised to see the quality of the images. Truly the only difference between this and the 70-200 2.8 IS is the 2.8 aperture and the lack of IS. For the apertures that it has available it produces nice sharp images at every f stop and focal length. I've had no regrets in buying it. I will likely upgrade one day, but I'm in no hurry. It's filling the gap just fine. When combined with my 200mm 2.8L I have quite a pair. I can take whichever I like and either is smaller and lighter than the 70-200 2.8L as well as I could split the lenses between myself and a friend out on the same trip or send one in for repairs while using the other....more info
  • Thing of beauty
    For the serious amateur, this is an excellent lens to start off your collection of well-known "L" series lenses. The image qualities are stunning as long as it gets enough light. The lens is much lighter in weight compared to its other 70-200mm counterparts (f/2.8 and/or IS) and a breeze to carry around.
    If available, either rent/try out the other versions of this lens at a local rental store before you buy so you don't end up with a "shoulda/woulda" moments....more info
  • Good
    Not bad , I don't use it every day but it seems to work well ...more info