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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Imported

B&H # CA702004LEF MFR # 2578A002
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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range f/4-32
  • Fluorite and UD Lens Elements
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Internal Zooming and Focusing
  • Focus Range Limiter
  • Compatible with 1.4x and 2x Extenders
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 3.9'
  • 67mm Filter Thread Diameter

Retaining the excellent performance at maximum aperture of the much larger f/2.8L but in a smaller size, the EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens from Canon is a professional zoom telephoto suitable for a broad range of applications from sports to portraiture. It is fully compatible with the Extender EF 1.4x II and 2x II teleconverters (requires f/8 AF sensitivity with EF 2x II).

Like every autofocus Canon "L" lens, the EF 70-200mm f/4LUSM delivers optical performance equal to similar fixed focal length lenses, with silent, high-speed ultrasonic (USM) focusing and full-time manual focus override capacity. A focus range limiting option also enables faster autofocus rates. 

Distortions and aberrations are remarkably small for a lens of such capability. This lens combines 1 artificial fluorite element with 2 UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) elements to help achieve images free of secondary spectrum aberrations, which are often the bane of consumer-grade telephoto zooms. It is light enough to not need a tripod collar (86% lighter than the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L), but for handling purposes there is an optional tripod collar.

The minimum focusing distance is 3.9' (1.2m) throughout its entire range of focal lengths, and it accepts 67mm screw-in filters.

Note! This lens does not have seals for water and dust resistance.

An autofocus telephoto zoom lens for both film and digital cameras with constant f/4 maximum aperture performance.
An ultrasonic autofocus motor provides fast, silent autofocus action.
Full-time manual focus override enables precise manual focus at all times, even in AF mode.
Two focus distance ranges enable you to adjust the autofocus to fit your needs and shorten AF speeds. The ranges are 3.9' to infinity for closer subjects and 9.8' to infinity.
Internal zooming and focusing means that the lens' front element does not rotate.
Uses 1 fluorite and 2 UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) elements to help control secondary spectrum aberrations
Uses 67mm filters and an optional tripod collar (A-IIW) is compatible as are the 1.4x II and 2.0x II extenders.
Performance
Focal Length 70 - 200mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 112 - 320 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 34° - 12°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.9' (1 m)
Magnification 0.21x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 16/13
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Optional Removable - rotating
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.0 x 6.8" (7.62 x 17.27 cm)
Weight 1.55 lb (705 g)

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CanonEF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 768 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (617)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (140)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (698)
  • Strong construction (510)
  • Durable (439)
  • Consistent output (438)
  • Lightweight (418)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (130)
  • Heavy (83)
  • Slow focus (18)
  • Blurry focus (9)
  • No IS (5)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (445)
  • Landscape/scenery (303)
  • Wildlife photos (287)
  • Weddings (191)
  • General purpose (132)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (235), Semi-pro photographer (150), Enthusiast (109), Pro photographer (67), Semi-professional (64)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (359), Yes (28)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Lens for The Price - Is not Fast

This is an excellent lens for the price. Be aware that the lack of image stabilization and the maximum aperture of f/4.0 makes it only ideal for very well lit places where capturing...Read complete review

This is an excellent lens for the price. Be aware that the lack of image stabilization and the maximum aperture of f/4.0 makes it only ideal for very well lit places where capturing action is not required.

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4.0

Great for the price

By GC

from Sacramento CA

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Lens Creep

Best Uses

    Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

    I use this on the 5Dmk3 as well as the RED Epic. Works great for a lightweight workhorse lens. Breathes pretty significantly. Somewhat slow autofocus, but not terrible. Pay the money if you want something faster (focus or fStop).

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    5.0

    Incredible Performer

    By nicksmithart

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

      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.

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      5.0

      Excellent Lens

      By rteller

      from Scottsbluff, NE

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

        This lens is very sharp. I use it mostly for landscape photography and it is just what I wanted. I do not need IS because it is on a tripod most of the time. I also us it for close up work with a 25mm extension tube and I am very happy with the results. It is just a great lens.

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        5.0

        I love it!

        By Riza

        from Idaho

        Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

        Very light as what I expected. Very sharp and gives me beautiful images!

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By Gregory

        from New Jersey

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

          - At the first - wildlife photos.- Lightweight and fast- There are no complaints for the construction and operation of the lens

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          5.0

          Fantastic Lens

          By NGHSMedia

          from Georgia

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraiture
            • Sports/Action
            • Video

            Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

            I've had this lens for a little over a week now and have used it in the studio for portraits, at corporate events to capture personal interactions from a distance, and even outside for some architectural shots. All images are tack sharp with beautiful color. Great lens!Main planned use for this lens is as for video with my Canon 5DMkII.

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            4.0

            Amazing Image Quality. Low Light okay

            By Matt Byck

            from Keaau, HI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

            This lens is amazing especially considering it is the cheapest L-Series ever made. If you have a little more money to spend i would invest in the IS version of this lens. If you don't, however, this is quite possibly the greatest 70-200 f/4 available. Low light performance on this lens is not exceptional unless you have a tripod. Also the auto-focus, while lightning quick in daylight, is hard to use in low contrast settings such as indoors, if you have anything less than a 9 point AF system on your body. Only reason it isnt 5 stars is because of the lack of IS compared to its slightly more expensive predecessor the 70-200mm f/4 IS

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            5.0

            Macro and Portraits

            By SeanGorman

            from Chicagoland

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

              Didn't have the money for the f2.8 but I'm pretty sure that I don't need that level yet. This is excellent glass with a fast USM. Totally fine for the at home amateur and semi-pro photog

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              4.0

              Great Pictures on my first day out

              By Stevie Wonderful

              from New York, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

              I purchased this lens for the quality I expected from an L series lens and was not disappointed in my initial day of shooting. While my preference is landscape photography and I usually require a wider lens when I do shoot, I was not able to get the wide shots that I wanted until I changed to my ef24-105 L4, I was still impressed with the shots I was able to get of the foliage in Central Park in the fall. The pictures were crisp and sharp, and for this shooting, I was not upset that I had no IS as the daylight allowed for no problems hand holding. The weight, on my 5D Mark II was a bit heavy, but I knew that from the start. I was very impressed with my prints. As I sam under the weather and it is very cold out for the last several days/weeks, I have not had the opportunity to shoot more.

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              5.0

              Superb.

              By Eleazer

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

                In order to get sharp images, you should use shutter speeds of no less than 1/200. It's lightest of the Canon L 70-200mm lens. Not very useful in lowlight situations. I am only judging based on the Canon 7D. You will get better results with this lens using a Full Frame 6D, 5D iii, 1D.

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                5.0

                Great Buy. Great Lens.

                By james

                from jacksonville, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

                I've been looking for a new lens to take shots at sporting events. Even though the lens has no IS, it is quick to focus and easy to use. The photos are crisp and clear. Great lens!

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                5.0

                Great lens for the price

                By Jessphotog

                from Tawas, MI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

                  This lens is great for the price! I have only have the opportunity to use it a few times for outdoor portraits. I really don't have anything negative to say about it.

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                  4.0

                  love this lens

                  By M.

                  from Florida

                  Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

                  I love this lens I received it a couple weeks ago and I am in love! Beautiful quality and sharp. Perfect for my needs!

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                  5.0

                  Good lens

                  By Backpacker

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

                  I'm into backpacking photography and this lens allows me to carry only two lenses.

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                  5.0

                  L for luxury

                  By DylanL

                  from Netherlands

                  Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

                  I am using a DSLR camera for 10 years now. Although I've always been very dedicated in my hobby, for some reason I always felt like an amateur. My photos were just missing something - they lacked that tacky sharpness that is typical for professional photos. But then, I got my hand on this lens. It's the first L lens I've owned and I took it for an afternoon and shot photos of my son, running through the shore on the beach. First thing I noticed was how easy it was to handle. Lightweight, superfast focus and very light due to the constant f4. Very helpful for fast shutter times! Then I got home to see the pictures and my jaw dropped. The sharpness of these pictures was STUNNING. Never before have my pictures looked so good. The contrast is perfect and then that bokeh - it is stunning. Needless to say I am very happy with this lens and I don't want anything else from now on but L lenses. I've also managed to make great moon pictures with this lens - something where my old lenses failed. Btw I am using it on a crop camera which gives me an awesome 320mm zoom.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome lens

                  By Acbproductions

                  from Grand Blanc

                  Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

                  Great lens for the price!!

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                  4.0

                  Big performance, Small package

                  By BCPix

                  from Daytna Beach, FL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

                    After years and years of shooting with the Canon 70-200 f2.8, I recently purchased the f4 model and have been thouroughly impressed. Much, much smaller and lighter, super image quality. Great lens when f2.8 is not an absolute necessity, which is less and les often as high ISO quality in newer camera continues to improve. I love the samller size and manageabilty of this lens along with it's great performace. A few other plusses- focuses closer than the f2.8 model, takes smaller (less expensive filters, and price is about half the f2.8 price.

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                    4.0

                    One of the best deals in quality lenses

                    By MrB

                    from Central, Id

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

                      Really happy with it. Use the lens recreationally, mostly to take kids sports shots at a high shutter speed, the non-IS isn't really an issue.

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                      5.0

                      Clear and fast

                      By Rudy

                      from NYC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

                        Very fast lens and quiet, Amazing sharpness and color.

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                        4.0

                        Good but the newer model is great

                        By FFX

                        from NJ

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens:

                              This is a good lens but with out IS it is difficult to take great pictures for a non-professional photographer. The newer model is great.

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