Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
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Product Description

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens offers the highest possible optical quality with no change in aperture over the full focal range of the lens. This allows photographers to set exposure at the widest aperture and zoom all the way through to 200mm without having to decrease shutter speed. Developed for use with a Canon SLR camera, this autofocus telephoto zoom lens offers optimized use with the Canon EOS series digital cameras. Of particular note, Canon has introduced an image stabilizer (IS) that adjusts to meet the demands of professional photography. IS reduces dramatically the image blur caused by camera shake. Gyro sensors detect unwanted vibrations, triggering the corresponding movement of a correcting lens group perpendicular to the optical axis. This alters the light path, returning the image to its correct position on the sensor or film plane. For shooting immobile subjects, Mode 1 corrects for movement in the image along both the horizontal and vertical axes. For shooting while panning horizontally to follow a moving subject, Mode 2 turns off vertical correction and prevents the effect of dragging the subject back through the frame. The lens' Ring-type USM employs ultra-sonic frequency vibrations to drive auto focus with unrivalled speed and near-silent operation. A powerful CPU and improved AF algorithm contribute to speed performance. The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM includes distance metering information, providing compatibility with the E-TTL II flash system of late model cameras such as the EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS 5D and EOS 400D. When used in conjunction with Canon's range of EX Speedlite flash units, the lens passes distance information to the flash algorithm for markedly improved flash exposure metering. Includes Lens hood and soft pouch

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. The L-series lens offers an Image Stabilizer that provides up to four stops of shake correction--a first for Canon IS lenses. The use of fluorite UD lens elements, meanwhile, produces an excellent optical performance in terms of resolution and contrast. Add in a sturdy housing with water- and dust-proof construction and you have a lens that's both portable and high performing. Other details include an f/4 maximum aperture, a ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) that enables quick and quiet autofocusing, compatibility with circular polarizing filters, and a lightweight body. The lens carries a one-year warranty.

  • Focal length: 70-200mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/4
  • Lens construction: 20 elements in 15 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 34 to 12 degrees (with full-frame cameras)
  • Focus adjustment: AF with full-time manual focus
  • Closest focusing distance: 3.94 feet
  • Zoom system: 7-group helical zoom (72-degree rotational angle)
  • Filter size: 67mm
  • Dimensions: 3 inches in diameter, 6.8 inches long
  • Weight: 26.8 ounces
Canon EF 70-200mm f4L USM lens
  • 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon digital SLR cameras
  • Fluorite UD lens elements produce excellent optical performance in resolution and contrast
  • Ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) for quick and quiet autofocusing; lightweight construction
  • Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 stops of shake correction; water- and dust-proof construction
  • Measures 3 inches in diameter and 6.8 inches long; weighs 26.8 ounces; 1-year warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • Outstanding.
    It's really that simple.

    I've framed a 20x30 enlargement from my 8 MP XT that was handheld and very, very sharp. The image stablization alone is state of the art.

    And, the glass seems to be sharp at just about every range.

    If you're thinking about buying this lens, do it. It's impressive....more info
  • totally awesome.
    I love everything about this lens. Image quality is top shelf. IS is super rad. Zoom and focus action are perfect. It even looks cool. If you don't need 2.8, nothing can touch this lens. Most people feel this lens is slightly sharper than the 2.8 version. I can't say. I have never used the 2.8 and probably never will because I simply have no need to go to 2.8 with a 70-200 zoom. Its nice and light (comparatively) so its great for handheld use. Build quality is second to none. Worth every penny....more info
  • So very sharp
    I have been an avid photographer (landscape and wildlife) since I purchased a Canon G3 in 2003. I loved that camera and its fast lens but when I retired I decided to upgrade. I played the waiting game and purchased Canon's 40d with the 28-135 lens. Good lens, and sometimes captured very nice shots. I purchased the the 70-200 f4 IS with the rebate and I have found that I want to leave it on all the time even though it is too long for some applications. Sometimes I'll import to PS Elements and think, what am I here for. Colors, contrast and sharpness are on a scale I haven't seen before except for my 50 1.4 prime but with more versatility. ...more info
  • If the lens specifications are appropriate for you, DON'T THINK TWICE
    I'm a semi-professional photographer, mostly dealing with landscape and portrait photography. After using this lens, my first thought was the truthfulness of reviews, made by the trusted sites such as dpreview. I've used many brands such as sigma, tamron as well as various canon lenses. This is the best one I've ever used in many ways.

    I won't make detailed comparisons but FYI this lens beats my favorite "24-105 f/4 L IS" in sharpness. I made some test shots by using both lenses on a tripod, using various focal distances and aperture values. Colors, saturation and contrast levels seemed nearly indifferent to me but 70-200's sharpness was incredible. In one of the reviews it was mentioned that "70-200 acts like a prime lens in every focal distance" and that's true in my opinion.

    Many reviews effectively and truthfully acknowledged the pros of this lens. IMO the most crucial issue is deciding on the "relevance" of this lens for your needs. Here's what I think;

    1) Don't hesitate to spend extra money for the IS feature. It is a vital feature (especially for a telephoto lens) in lowlight situations. I was able to get pretty good handheld shots above 100 mm. with low shutter speeds such as 1/30.

    2) Remember that bokeh (background blur) will be a problem in some situations considering the minimum aperture value of f/4. You will not be able to abstract your subject effectively from a complicated background in some shooting situations or focal distances. Additionally, minimum aperture value renders this lens slow for action photography especially in low light situations. If you care about those, go for 70-200 f/2.8. Heavier, pricey but speedy and great bokeh even the subject is not too far from the background. While deciding I used my vote for less weight and smaller size since I have to walk a lot with 4 lenses and 2 bodies.

    3) IMO this is not a suitable lens for wildlife photography even if you use extenders. Without extenders, you have to get close to animals so that you can scare them or put yourself into danger. Considering this lens' sharpness, cropping with a minimum loss might be an option. On the other hand, if you are using extenders (especially 2x) you will concede from sharpness as well as higher shutter speeds to a significant level. 2x extender was totally a disappointment for me.

    4)This might seem unimportant to some but it is an important asset for me; this lens does not rotate or extend while focusing and zooming. I frequently use polarization filters in landscape photography, thus the filter does not rotate while focusing. Besides, I'm free to hold the lens wherever I want while shooting since it does not extend. More important, an extending lens generally means loss of light, while the light passes through the lens. Simply because the distance between the optics and sensor increase. Therefore, in many lowlight situations (if you are dealing with stable subjects) this lens will give you what you want.

    To sum up, this is the best lens I've ever had. If you think that the issues I mentioned above won't restrict your photography, then DON'T THINK TWICE.

    I also uploaded two photos, which might be helpful for you. They're my first day shots without manipulations. You can see them simply by copying the link below;

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  • What can I say?
    Everyone's comments about how wonderful this lens is are true. It's sharp, quick to focus, fairly lightweight and a joy to use....more info
  • You don't know what your missing!
    OK, I was skeptical. An L lens is not exactly easy on the pocket. I spent a lot of time thinking about what L lens to get. I looked at all the reviews online and for the money, this seemed like the sharpest lens for the money in the Canon line-up.

    Honestly, I have quite a few lenses in the consumer and high end consumer class. They all looked excellent in my mind when I put them on my XSI. My most used lenses are a 28-135mm IS, a really nice 80-200mm and a 70-300mm IS. So, given the price, I had a little trouble buying glass that was more than my camera and a good consumer grade lens. After all, I have always been happy with the picture quality.

    Man, was I wrong! This lens totally opened up my camera to new picture quality. I didn't think an XSI digital camera could take such pictures. The color reproduction between this L lens and the consumer grade lenses can't be put in the same class.

    AS for the IS, I really see no difference in the performance of the IS between the 70-200mm IS L lens and the 70-300mm IS but again, picture quality is just soooo different.

    The other thing that is really cool is no moving parts such as the autofocus and the lens does not extend when you zoom. Doesn't sound like a big deal until you use a lens that is like this. It makes a difference.

    Oh, and about the weight.... People who complain about it need to work out a little. Come on guys and gals, its not that heavy. I have used it with my 430EX II and carried it around for hours without issues.

    After using this, I want to throw out my other lenses. I just can't stomach the difference in picture quality. I am going to save the money and get a 24-70mm L or the 24-135mm L next. The hardest decision will be if I want the IS with it's f4 or the non IS with it's f2.8. Maybe Canon will come out with a 24-70mm F2.8 IS? That would be a no brainer.

    So, take advantage of the no financing Amazon has right now if you are considering this lens. You won't be sorry. It is the best photo purchase I ever made.

    Oh, and by the way, if you put a filter on it, don't throw a cheap one in front of an $1100 lens. Spring for a Hoya Pro or a B&W multi-coated.

    I must repeat, I love this lens....more info
  • I should have gotten it sooner
    Its already been said about this lens 100's of times. I got the f4 because of the lighter weight than the 2.8. I don't shoot indoor sports so I don't miss the extra stop. This lens is super quick to focus and very sharp. Love the build quality, focus and zoom rings very smooth. ...more info
  • My new favorite
    This lens has not left my camera since I received it a month ago. The sharpness and focus is fantastic. The IS is incredible - You can see the stablization working through the view finder. The bokeh at F4 when taking portraits is fantastic.

    I am very happy I finally pulled the trigger on this lens after much hesitation deciding between F2.8, F4, IS, non-IS. I decided I did not need the F2.8 since most of my shooting is outside during daylight. I really like the smaller size of the F4 vs the F2.8. My Sigma 500DG Super flash and this lens is currently attached to my 20D for excellent close up indoor portrait shots.

    My only regret is that I wish I would have bought it a year ago....more info
  • Best lens ever
    I had this lens for about a month. The image quality is just amazing. It is so sharp that I can crop almost any sizes I want and still remain good quality prints. The contrast and saturation are just perfect. I do not regret to have F4 version. It is lighter than F2.8 and $500 cheaper. F4 is just good with IS. In low light condition, I use either flash or higher ISO, making perfect pictures. Highly recommended....more info
  • great lens
    canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for canon digital slr cameras

    Great IQ on this lens...more info
  • very happy with the purchase
    as others said, this is a wonderful lense! I love it. Don't forget to get the IS version. Even though it is $465 more than the non-IS version, when you try it (turn IS on or off), you will know it is worth the money....more info
  • simply awesome!
    It is the best lens I ever had. The image stabilizer is really good and obtains a great definition. 100% recommendable for anyone. It is better to pay a little bit more by an original product....more info
  • L glass is awesome
    I bought this lens in March of this year from Amazon and took it on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera, I took about 40 shots in low light of a play on the ship using only stage light and WOW!! I can not believe the color, clarity, and sharpness of the images I took from about 25 rows away from the stage using I.S. alone without a flash or a tripod, I am truly glad I bought this lens....more info
  • Great service.
    Extremely fast shipping. Everything arrived in perfect condition. I won't hesitate to use this seller again....more info
  • Just as I hoped.....
    I had hoped I would see a difference in my images when I ascended to "L" series glass. Couple that with the Image Stabalization and I am quite happily impressed. I use an Elan II e film and an original digital Rebel. Coupled with the new Kodak film Ektar and the top of the line lens, I was blown away with the absolute clarity and blast of color produced. Digitally, I cropped in on a few of my shots to find pinpoint sharpness. I am waiting on the delivery of the new Rebel XSI to couple with this lens.....I can't wait....more info
  • This lens is worth every pennies, and will help you shoot every bears!
    There's a ton of gushing on the Amazon reviews about this lens. And why?

    Well, because it's fantastic, that's why. I recently added this to my admittedly small collection of lenses (Canon EF-S 17-55 F/2.8 and Sigma 30mm 1.4), and this 70-200 IS wonder is just astonishing. Even wide open at F/4, images are razor sharp. My EOS 40D is a 1.6x crop factor camera so the equivalent 35mm image is approximately 320mm at full zoom length for me. Even at this focal length, images are so sharp with IS enabled. I couldn't imagine this being the case without a tripod, but it's true! With IS off, images are noticeably blurrier. Don't go for the F/4 without IS!

    For those on the fence between this and the 2.8 IS lens, you really need to hold the 2.8 lens in your hands. It's double the weight, and quite unwieldy. Unless you have a particular use for the extra stop the 2.8 gives you, you're definitely better off getting the F/4 IS. Definitely one of Canon's finest lenses.

    A+...more info
  • A compromise lens that is "No Compromise"
    There are a variety of reasons to purchase this lens. If you can't afford the f2.8 IS L version, if you want a 70-200mm f4 IS L zoom that weighs a lot less than the alternatives, then this lens is for you. Frankly, I acquired it as an interim lens, while I put my older f2.8 non-IS up for sale, but the first shots proved to be so excellent under various conditions and the ease of toting it around so comfortable, that I may keep it as a travel lens.

    In general Canon lenses seem to improve with each new generation. I thought my old lens was my sharpest tele-zoom, now I think this model is best. Each photographer has to decide on the basis of trying a lens out to see if it suits.
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  • This is a wonderful lens
    It is portable enough, feels great in the hand, and produces stunningly beautiful images with my Canon Rebel XSi. Highly recommended....more info
  • Needs to be in you kit
    This is a great lens, and worth every penny. The color and sharpness is amazing, even at f4. The IS is worth the doubling of the price as when you are out at 200mm you sometimes need to cut the speed down below 1/200 and the IS saves some shots that would have blurred. I would say you could go down to the 2.8 f lens, but that one is simply too big and heavy (nearly twice the size/weight of this lens) for my taste. This lens is great, and still compact enough that you can leave it on the camera.

    I also have a portrait lens (f1.8 85mm) and everyday lens (f4L IS 24-105) that are great, but I still use this lens a ton. I primarily end up using when I want to get tight and not influence the scene (animals & kids) as you tend to need to invade people's space to get a tight shot with the other 2 lenses. This lens really does great with kids shots as you can stay back and still get great closeup shots. I posted a few sample pictures so you can judge for yourself.

    Of all my lenses, this one takes the most consistently impressive shots. I love my f1.8 portrait lens, but much harder to get to the "money shot" with that lens. It's hard to get a bad shot with this lens, especially outside.
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  • Best 70-200 Canon Lens
    Before purchased, I used the 70-200 2.8 IS and found it very heavy. I usually missed shots because I was not in position to take pictures. I also tried the 70-300 but found the focus too slow for sports.

    I since purchased the 70-200 4/IS and found it the best sports lens to have on my camera. This lens is light enough to shoot with one hand (with the IS on). On my 40D it reaches to 320. F4 is fast enough for outdoor use, and focus was fast and accurate.

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  • unbelievable!
    This is the second Canon L-series lens I've owned. While I wowed when I first saw the pictures taken by my 17-40 f/4, I was stunned this time when I saw the pictures taken by this 70-200 f/4 IS. The picture quality is unprecedented. The pictures are very sharp due to its optical design and IS. I'm thinking of purchasing a Canon 5D class full-frame body to go with my 17-40 f/4 and leave this 70-200 f/4 IS on my current Rebel XT all the time. I just can't think of a reason to take this lens off any more!...more info
  • Great for travel, but sharpness is overrated
    I have only owned this lens for a few days. When compared to my 70-200 2.8 IS on the same tripod shot at f/4, the image is just a tad less sharper. Everywhere I read, the reviews have been saying that this the sharpest version of all the 4 variants of the 70-200. So maybe it's just my copy.
    But overall, it is very light and compact when compared to the 2.8 IS and much more suitable for travel and landscape photography where f5.6 or higher is generally used. The new 4-stop IS technology is amazing. You can feel that it is considerably more "stable" than the 2.8 IS at 200mm focal length. Even handheld at 1/15 secs, the image quality is quite acceptable. But with the sharpness "disappointment" I rate it a 4-star....more info
  • So sharp (and relatively light in weight) that I can almost shave with it!!!
    Compared to my 4 other Canon lenses (including the great 17-55mm f/2.8 lens and the very sharp 100mm macro lens), this is quite possibly the sharpest lens that I own. I chose this lens over the bulkier f/2.8L 70-200mm lens both because it was significantly lighter for carrying around for all-day shooting sans tripod and because some photography site reviews seemed to indicate that this lens was even sharper than the f/2.8L 70-200mm lens. I generally use a telephoto lens like this for outdoor and landscape photography where I do not miss having the f/2.8. I take a lot of macro photography using my 100mm macro lens, but this 200mm length also comes in handy for macro-style photographs of waterlilies where I do not have the option to get close to the subject floating out in the pond.

    One of the best compliments to a lens' sharpness is when you load its RAW or JPG images into Photoshop or DxO Optics Pro and there really isn't anything that the post-processing software can do to improve it any further. Most of the time, I have to enlarge the post-processed image to 200% or 300% size to see any very slight before-after improvement in sharpness.
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  • Nothing to beat it, great lens
    This is a lens I was comparing my brains out with many other lenses. Do I buy the L series or the 70-300 IS. I dived into the L series IS, no complains. Went to an indoor stage performance, clicked around 300 shots, no flash, no tripod. I could not believe the images, an "L" lens is an "L" lens, combine it with an IS and it is a killer combination.

    I had to throw away only 9 pictures due to camera shake, rest of the pictures, great color, great light. All manual shots with a canon 40D.

    Worth every penny, I will not have to buy another zoom lens till I am taking pictures....more info
  • Worth every penny
    This is a fantastic lens. The pictures are razor sharp, and the smoothness of the focusing is incredible. I recently used this lens on vacation in Walt Disney World and I can say it is not something you want to use as a walk around lens, but for the animal shots at the Animal Kingdom park it was the best. If you want to get an affordable "L" series lens that produces fantastic results, this is the one....more info