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

4.91 star rating
                      4.91 / 5 (138 Reviews)
MSRP : $599.00
Focal Length : 70mm - 200mm | Focus : Autofocus  

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length70mm - 200mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/4
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWith Macro Lens
    Macro Magnificationx 4
    MountCanon EF
    Closest Focusing Distance46.8 in
    Picture Angle12 - 34 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size67 mm
    Groups / Elements16 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diameter3 in
    Length6.8 in
    Weight25 oz
    Product ID20723707

Product Description

The EF 70-200mm f4L USM lens is a compact, lightweight, high-performance L-series telephoto zoom. It offers a similar optical performance to the EF 70-200mm f2.8L USM, but at a lower cost, making the lens suitable for both professional and enthusiast photographers.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BirdmanF4L a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2010

Strengths:    The common strengths on the 70-200F4L are:
- Picture quality stays sharp all the way up to -200mm
- Zoom barrel doesn't extend (comfortable)
- USM, very fast focusing

Weaknesses:    The common weaknesses on the 70-200F4L are:
- No Image Stabalization
- Heavy

Bottom Line:   
The Canon 70-200F4L is the cheapest "L" series lens in the market. It has a very good range and extremely good image quality.
Canon has released 4 different 70-200 lenses (from cheapest to most expensive order);
70-200F4L USM
70-200F4L IS USM
70-200F2.8 USM
70-200F2.8 IS USM
For sports the best choice is the F2.8 IS, of course money is a big issue for a lot of photographers so we buy the cheaper F4L. Even if the Aperture isn't F2.8 the lens is still mighty fantastic! This lens will offer really great results! It doesn't always matter if you have "IS" because a true photographer who knows what he does is able to get amazing pictures even if he doesn't have this. A fantastic thing about the "L" series lenses are that they all come with a lens hood and a bag which saves you from spending over 100$. Compared to the 70-300 IS this lens is a better choice. The reasons are simple, the 70-200F4L is sharp until 200mm, it comes with a lens hood and bag, you can add teleconvertors and it has a metal focus ring. The 70-300 IS might have a extra 100mm but it is soft after -200mm, it doesn't have a metal focus ring and it doesn't come with a hood or bag.
This is a very cheap well built high quality lens that suits any photographer well. I suggest buying this against the 70-300 IS because of the reasons above. You can find a used one for around 500$CAD which is a suitable price for such a stunning lens! Good luck and I hope my review helped!

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Kijiji.ca

Similar Products Used:   Canon 70-200F4L IS
Canon 70-300 IS

Type of photography:   Sports

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by moeran1944 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2010

Strengths:    The build quality is great - it has physical balance and super smooth zoom and focus rings. Even the lens hood is beautifully made with a good confident fit. Weather resistant and all-metal casings.

The optics are superb. No other word for it. Looking through the viewfinder you can immediately see why it costs that much more. And when you see the shots on your computer screen, you then know that it's money well spent.

The sharpness is breathtaking, and there is no sign of edge fall-off, softness or CA at all. If you're in any doubt about buying - buy it!

Used with Canon EOS 1Ds.

Weaknesses:    I wish they'd provide a front UV filter. Not putting a filter on before delivery is like the old days when you had to buy a plug to go on your new kettle.

Bottom Line:   
After having put up with ordinary cheap lenses which did a job (but not quite good enough) I decided to buy into the much-lauded L series. It's probably the best lens I've ever used. It's quality leaves anything else I've used way behind.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $445.00

Purchased At:   simplyelectronics.ne

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Anthony Reiss a Professional

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2009

Strengths:    Well sealed and ruggedly designed. Lightest of all white lenses. Full metal jacket, not black plastic.

Weaknesses:    Longer lenght than usuall in this class due to internal zooming.

Bottom Line:   
I own several prime and zoom lenses but this white lens is always on the camera. It covers a whole lot in 70 to 200mm if using a full frame DSLR. The whole lens is sealed and the zoom is internal, therefore the zooming doesnt "breath" and suck in dust unlike the extending zoom proboscis of cheap lenses. One of the more rugged lenses of the Canon white lens range,

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $860.00

Purchased At:   Sydney Australia

Similar Products Used:   Canon primes and zooms

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by freeranger777 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2008

Strengths:    Clarity, colour rendering, AF speed and size.

Weaknesses:    No tripod coller (I got a low price copy from ebay).

Bottom Line:   
Out of all the lenses I own this lens is by far the best. I own a Canon 17-40 F4L and a Canon 300 F4L IS which cost an arm and a leg, but niether compare to the 70-200 F4L for sharpness and colour. Like others have said I am constantly amazed at the pictures I get with this lense. If you need a lense in this focal range then I recommend this one.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $274.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Canon EF 17-40 F4L USM
Canon EF 300mm F4L IS
Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II
Canon EOS 40D

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary Lee a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2008

Strengths:    Sharp, light, reasonabl priced

Weaknesses:    No tripod collar included.

Bottom Line:   
THIS IS A GREAT LENS! I have owned a number of zoom lens over the years, but none of them have been sharper or have had better color than this lens. I have used it with film and digital cameras and have been very happy with it. All that I can add to what has already been said about this great lens is: BUY IT! One more thing, B&H is the greatest, I have lost count of how many times I have ordered from them, and have always been happy that I did!

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   Canon 17-40L -Canon 70-210- Canon 18-55 -Sigma 28-135- Sigma 50-500HSM

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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