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CanonEF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 763 reviews)

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    (613)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (139)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (696)
  • Strong construction (509)
  • Consistent output (437)
  • Durable (437)
  • Lightweight (414)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (444)
  • Landscape/scenery (301)
  • Wildlife photos (285)
  • Weddings (190)
  • General purpose (132)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (232), Semi-pro photographer (150), Enthusiast (109), Pro photographer (66), Semi-professional (64)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (355), 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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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

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      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

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        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

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                  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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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens

                      By Tug

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action

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

                        I received this lens and put it in action the next day at my sons baseball game. It has a quick focus, is light weight and gave me some great results. I would highly recommend this lens.

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                        5.0

                        New Aquisition

                        By LV Photographer

                        from Las Vegas, NV

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          Good value! It's not equipped with image stabilization, but that saved me some cash. Well made, and sharp results.

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                          4.0

                          Great lens for the cost

                          By Brendan

                          from Denver, Colorado

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Cost
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Image quality
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Budget Version
                          • No Hard Focus Stops

                          Best Uses

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

                            Having a 70-200mm lens in my toolbag was necessary, but working on a limited budget, the f/4L version of this lens serves my needs perfectly.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            First Impressions

                            By Mayday

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action

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

                            I bought this lens to take photos of my son, who is 2 and a half playing soccer. So far I am extremely happy with the quality of the glass, the reach, and the images it produces. I have heard that this lens may not be the best for low light use, but I have no experience within it in that area yet, and that was expected.

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                            4.0

                            Great Lens

                            By CWink

                            from Minneapolis, MN

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  This is a great lens! Obviously it is the lesser options of 4 canon lenses, but it is a sharp lens and great for the price!

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