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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM 35mm Zoom

4.8/5 (5 Reviews)


  • MPN1258B002
    Product ID36577811
    Release DateNovember, 2006
    Weight26.8 oz
    Length6.8 in
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance47.28 in
    Diameter3 in
    Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Attachment / Filter Size67 mm
    Focus TypeAutofocus • Manual Focus
    Min Aperturef/32
    Picture Angle34 degrees
    Focal Length70mm - 200mm
    Groups / Elements20 Elements in 15 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades8 Blades
    Lens Max Aperturef/4
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountCanon EF
    Image StabilizationWith Image Stabilization

Product Description

The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is a lightweight, compact L Series telephoto zoom lens with Image Stabilizer. The optical Image Stabilization in the new EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens provides up to an incredible four stops of shake correction-a first for Canon IS lenses. The use of fluorite UD lens elements provides excellent optical performance in terms of resolution and contrast. These features, together with its water-and dust-proof construction, provide both the performance and portability to meet user demands.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bitflogger a Expert

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2013

Strengths:    Amazing image quality and image stabilization.

Weaknesses:    No weaknesses. Nicking it on price would not be fair because the big white Canon lenses are top tier and it seems like they spare nothing to make them.

Bottom Line:   
I believe I got mine in 2006 or 2007 and it has never disappointed. The f4 works for most outdoor use and it is a lens you can carry easily compared to the 2.8 with foot.

The amazing quality really showed when I used it with my now retired film body, but also shows when my 17-85 is at telephoto and this as at its widest.

I started taking photos as a kid, and worked for as a darkroom tech and photographer when I was a student decades ago which make this lens seem like cheating.

This fits in a category I call "shut up and buy it". You could add that it is reason alone to go with Canon's system.

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Purchased At:   The Camera Company i

Similar Products Used:   I've had Canon and 3rd party 70ish to 300ish zooms since the mid-1970s and none compare.

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave Perkes a Professional

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2012

Strengths:    Excellent image quality .

Lightweight

Image Stabilization effective


Weaknesses:    Bokeh not as pronounced as F2.8

No tripod mount


Bottom Line:   
I made a comparison between this and the 70-200 F2.8 non IS, as they were around the same price. I was expecting the heavyweight F2.8 to be better; but if anything, the F4 was sharper and the IS a real bonus.

Lightweight and highly portable; its a great travel lens.

Bokeh is good for an F4

Image quality is superb wide open and gives good results with a 1.4 x extender.

Given the price of this lens; having to pay extra for the tripod mount is a big black mark for Canon.

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Price Paid:    $1150.00

Purchased At:   Siem Reap Thmei, Sie

Similar Products Used:   Nikon 70-200 F2,8 VR1

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by LeoJan a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2009

Strengths:    Light and small 70-200 with an incredible good IS. Great quality and extraordinary results. Canon is the best at telezooms! Very versatile in comparison with primes. Balances nice on my 5D, much better then the F2.8 IS wich need an EOS1 or maybe an batterygrip.

Weaknesses:    IS makes some noise, does not sound very nice. Bokeh not so beautiful as some primes. I rather have a black lens, white attracts attention.

Bottom Line:   
5 years ago I bought the EF 70-200 F2.8 IS and sold my 70-200 mm F4.0. Not really for the F2.8 but for the IS. The 70-200 F4.0 was and is a great lens, but I missed the IS. You have to work with monopod. The F2.8 IS is also an great lens but heavy, big. It is not the lens you will like to put in your bag if you are not absolute sure you will need it. I thought about getting a secondhand F4.0 for sunny daytrips. Then I saw an f4.0 IS version, with BW uv filter for 700 euro. Quite a bargain, like new. What a small light lens! Made some great pictures with it.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   secondhand

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PentiumIV a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2007

Strengths:    This is probably one of the best lenses Canon ever made. I've bought it by trading in a cheap Canon EF 75-300 USM. I enjoy using this lens every minute. It dot a whole lot of strong points:

- Excellent build quality: fully metal construction, dust sealed.

- Very fast AF (uses ring USM motor, of course:-)) Previous lens that I had (EF 75-300) had a very slow AF. Also non-rotating front element (haven't used polarizer with it yet, though....) This lens can be definitely used to shoot action.

- Outstanding stabilizer. It was possible to shoot this lens with exposures 1/20- 1/30 sec at the focal lenght of 200 mm.

- Quite compact size and light weight. This lens is just slightly larger than EF75-300 but is a whole different league!

- Excellent optical quality.

I was even able to shoot some pictures of football with this lens! On 1.6 crop DSLR this beauty becomes 116-320mm equivalent focal length- very useful, indeed for DSLR!

Highly recommended as an all-around travel telephoto zoom. Very enjoyable lens for handheld shooting in available light.


Weaknesses:    Pricey, but worth it. Focal length too short to shoot football(European, aka soccer, of course :-)))

Bottom Line:   
Outstaning product- lightweight, excellent image quality, great IS.
Very tough

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   www.camerashop.co.il

Similar Products Used:   Canon EF 75-300 USM (non-IS)

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by canunk1 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2007

Strengths:    Light weight, very sharp, IS, lightning fast USM focusing, excellent colour and contrast

Weaknesses:    Price - but worth it.
f/4 verses f/2.8 - but much lighter.


Bottom Line:   
Upgraded from the non IS version, which was also spectacular, the IS makes a world of difference. I can now shoot 1/20 sec. @ 200mm and get sharp results. Overall sharpness is as good if not better and flare and CA are better controlled.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $1050.00

Purchased At:   Aden Camera

Similar Products Used:   EF 24-105mm f/4 L USM

Type of photography:   Outdoor



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