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CanonEF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 783 reviews)

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    (629)

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    (143)

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    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (3)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (705)
  • Strong construction (519)
  • Durable (447)
  • Consistent output (444)
  • Lightweight (424)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (131)
  • Heavy (84)
  • Slow focus (18)
  • Blurry focus (9)
  • No IS (5)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (454)
  • Landscape/scenery (309)
  • Wildlife photos (294)
  • Weddings (196)
  • General purpose (132)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (237), Semi-pro photographer (155), Enthusiast (109), Pro photographer (70), Semi-professional (64)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (369), 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

AMAZING !

By Victoria

from Las Vegas, NV

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I use this specifically for protraiture and boy it makes my life easier ! This lens can do just about anything I want it to regardless if I am switching from still portraits to action shots of my sons football team. I am very satisfied with this lens and would reccomend it to anyone.

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    5.0

    Must have in your bag!

    By Jrayporter

    from Cushing, OK

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

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

      Great for sports and action shooting
      Very clear and quick focus

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      5.0

      Second to None

      By Ricardo Gomez Photography

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No weather sealing

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I love this lens so much. Renting the f2.8L version this last weekend made me appreciate it so much more.

      The best reason why this 15+ year-old lens is still in production is because it's an absolute amazing performer and equal value. You're lucky if you can find this lens used for much less than it's new price.

      I don't know if this lens shines better in sports or events. It's so sharp and fast for sports. It's incredibly light for carrying and holding for events. While it may not be as sharp as a prime for portraits, it's really good for all but the highest commercial standards.

      The only sibling I would consider using would be the 3x - 4x more expensive f2.8 IS II. While the siblings in-between are good, I don't think the price/performance is very worthwhile. They are just too heavy and soft focusing for me to consider.

      The only downside to this lens I can think of is the lack of weather sealing. But seriously, I know people who have had this lens for years and never thought about it. If you're a serious pro and in conditions that warrant the sealing, get the f2.8L IS II.

      One of the best lens values and one of the most cherished. Still.

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      5.0

      Best L lens for the money!

      By Canon dude

      from Morristown, TN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

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

        I've only owned this lens for a few weeks but the pictures are exceptional! This lens is the equal to my 24-105L lens in image quality and that's say alot. For the price of $ the lens is an awesome value. As far as not having IS goes I'm a nature shooter and use my photography gear on a tripod 99% of the time so there's no need for IS. Thanks CANON!

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        4.0

        Great lens

        By Tom

        from Napoleon,OH

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          This lens works great for action photos like kids sports. I haven't had a chance too use it for landscape or general shots yet but I am planning to take it on vacation this summer and use it a lot. Very sharp images but their is a little bit of weight to it but not bad.

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          5.0

          Will not regret it

          By Ed C

          from New York, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          It's sharp and lightweight. why not. just use 1/3 money get the right one. Use it for travel and wildlife.

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          5.0

          High quality lens!

          By Fox

          from Libertyville IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portrait
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            Fifteen years ago I bought my first 70-200mm f4, recently I decided to exchange for a new one. All of these fifteen years this lens gave me beautiful and beautiful pictures. No complaints...
            Don't think twice, high quality lens, buy this lens with confidence.

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            5.0

            Great Lens!!!

            By Efrain Jaime

            from PuertoRico

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

            I love it!!! For me is fast, clear!!! I used for studio and wildlife!!! I use tripod and i dont need IS!!!! For me is a 10!!!!

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            5.0

            A Great Lens

            By deeltfull

            from Montana

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I read most of the reviews before purchasing this lens. It is the first L series lens I have owned. When I tested it out I used the same camera with two similar focal length lenses, one being this lens, and then pulled them up in Photoshop to see the difference in depth, sharpness and clarity and just overall quality and I was able to see the difference right away which surprised me since I didn't think the difference would be that noticeable. The fact that it is a 4.5 lens, which to me is not that "slow", like others have said, was not an issue for me. I have rarely used 2.8 f stops on any of my lenses over the years so it is definitely one's personal choice of what they actually use in a lens based upon what type of photography they are doing. You can get better Bokeh with a 2.8 lens but what I get with this one is still good...depends on what the distance is between your subject and the background. I can get by without the tripod collar but I will probably get one down the road just to add that extra balance of the weight on the tripod that I would get by having one.

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            5.0

            Great quality

            By fsudreyer

            from Fort Lauderdale

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

            Awesome lens. Heavy. Quality feel. Awesome pictures

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By dan

            from NJ

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

            Very sharp, great alternative to the more expensive 2.8 version

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By Ricky

            from Miami, Fl

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              This lens is a must have for any photographer.... It's fast... quiet and most of all crystal clear.... and for a bargain

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              4.0

              Great lens

              By Brian

              from Sault Ste. Marie, MI

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No tripod collar included

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              I really wanted the 70-200mm f/2.8, but being a college student that was a little out of my current budget. I am really happy with the f/4 though. It is amazingly sharp and is the longest tele lens I have owned so far. I mainly do landscapes so I am usually buying wide lenses. I am very pleased with my choice and have been using the lens a lot. Now the only problem is that I want a longer tele to reach out and capture more, maybe after college.

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              5.0

              Stabilizes well with Sony a7ii

              By Eric

              from NJ

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

              Get a $ adapter and the Sony a7ii stabiblizes this baby very well for "prime" sharp images in the 70-135ish range, albeit with slower/inconsistent AF but the a7ii has great MF tools. Its a bargain for $ after rebate.

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              4.0

              Very sharp lens

              By The Feature Factory

              from Pasadena, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Breathing

              Best Uses

              • Video

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

              Video production, Blackmagic 4k camera-superb color, little distortion, little flare, so not as much need for ND filters. Autofocus actually works on the BMPC, though in practice best to use manual focus for 4k shooting.

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              4.0

              Great for the price

              By GC

              from Sacramento CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              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

                  Verified Buyer

                  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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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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