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CanonEF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 775 reviews)

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    (674)

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    (96)

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    (3)

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    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (759)
  • Strong construction (543)
  • Consistent output (473)
  • Lightweight (467)
  • Durable (443)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (52)
  • Heavy (49)
  • Slow focus (8)
  • Noisy IS (7)
  • Pricey / poor value (7)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (433)
  • Landscape/scenery (330)
  • Wildlife photos (319)
  • General purpose (180)
  • Weddings (177)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (266), Enthusiast (152), Semi-pro photographer (118), Pro photographer (50), Semi-professional (50)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (361), Yes (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You won't be disappointed!

If you are looking at this lens you are looking at the perfect alternative to the 70-200mm 2.8 for half the price. Note: if you shoot or plan to shoot a lot and...Read complete review

If you are looking at this lens you are looking at the perfect alternative to the 70-200mm 2.8 for half the price. Note: if you shoot or plan to shoot a lot and I mean a lot of low light work then stop here and go buy the 2.8 version. Marking this lens down and comparing it to that lens is insane; buy that lens and mark it down. Two different products!
For those of you not making 2.8 money and shoot a wider range of light, not a whole lot of low light work, or you own a flash and know how to control it, you will be very happy with this lens. Believe me when I say I wanted the 2.8 version however; like most semi-pro photographers money is limited and I wanted to eat and have a roof over my head for the next few months while getting the shots I need.
I needed the reach and performance of that 2.8 without the price and this lens is it. This lens is smaller and lighter than the 2.8 which makes it nice to carry around all day especially if you are a location type photographer. It fits in my sling bag mounted to the camera (barely) keeping my load light. The lens performs excellent on my 40D and yes the IS does talk to you however; you begin to use the sound when focusing on the fly. Image quality is amazing, it made me wish I had purchased this lens sooner and I have no regrets not buying the 2.8 version. The colors come out amazing and the CA coating reduces noise seen from cropped sensor cameras . Sports Photographers will not be disappointed, I was able to shoot paraglider's from a cliff the other day and the color and sharpness at 200mm F/4 w/o a UV filter or tripod is amazing. Post processing was minimal in Lr and the prints were ready in no time. In addition, I have used this lens indoors with one 430EXII flash mounted on an umbrella combined with natural light and the shots came out just as good as being outside.
The lens comes with a hood, lens bag/pouch ( I don't like it) and no tripod ring. At first, I thought I needed that ring however; I would say it depends on what you are shooting and the size of your camera. I have the 40D with the battery pack bottom and the camera feels well balanced when this lens is mounted. I imagine if you did not have the battery pack it would feel a bit more front heavy but still manageable. If you own a smaller camera or will be shooting a lot in one day then consider the tripod ring. I was able to mount my camera using the stock camera mount with lens looking straight down and the tripod did not flip over so, I still do not need the ring. This lens is compatible with the Canon EF Extenders 2x and 4x along with the EF25II and EF12II Extension tubes. I have used it with the EF25II Extension tube and the zoom capability and image quality for macro work is amazing. You can shoot bugs at a nice distance without disturbing them and still get that close up detail. The lens comes with a manual explaining the F-stop loss using the Extenders 2x and 4x. Overall, the F-Stop loss is too great for me when starting at F/4 however; that depends on what you are shooting and the availability of light.
I did not buy this lens at B&H, I was able to buy it in new condition from another photographer who barely used it in her work flow and put it in a closet for 8-9 months. That is why I suggest taking a serious assessment of your current work flow before buying any lens. It is a lot of money to just put in a closet for 8-9months. I use this lens constantly know that I have it and I only take it off for wide angle shots. I hope this helps, I wanted to keep it short yet provide you with information that would help you make the best choice when buying this lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

inherent focusing issue !!!

There is a major manufacturing defect with this lense
You can not focus this lens manually if you point it up at more than 45 degrees.
I've tried several of these lenses...Read complete review

There is a major manufacturing defect with this lense
You can not focus this lens manually if you point it up at more than 45 degrees.
I've tried several of these lenses and have had the same bad results.
Canon WILL NOT take responsibility for it if you don't notice it within your warranty period.
Double check you lense for this issue and return it!!!
Canon does not consider it a manufacturing flaw , even though it obviosly is.

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5.0

I Love this lens!!! So worth the $

By demidawg

from Texas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I have used this lens for wildlife shots so far and it is working very well. Much better focus than my previous lens and not too heavy. I haven't needed a tripod at all. Wonderful optics. Focusing makes some noise, but not bad. I use this with my Canon 7D. Can't wait to do some portraits with it!

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    2.0

    Disappointing

    By SB

    from Washington

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

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

    Too slow, too noisy,

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    5.0

    Amazing, simply amazing.

    By LPY

    from Columbus, Ohio

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      This is simply the sharpest piece of glass in my bag.

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      • No

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      5.0

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

      By Brad H.

      from Shrewsbury, MA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        For those of us who do not need the Canon 70-200 F/2.8L IS USM lens, this lens is a 'no-brainer'. It performs 95% as well as it's F/2.8 brother, but is also 1/2 of the weight and almost 1/2 of the price of the F/2.8.

        The only downside is that Canon sort of gouges you for the optional tripod collar, but of course, you can by the Vello one, which is nearly identical for less than 1/2 of the price.

        This is a very sharp, well-performing lens.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Canon 70 D

        By Blaze

        from Durham

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

        This lens like take on wildlife and natural good for me

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        5.0

        EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS

        By rsmcguire

        from Rochester Hills, MI

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I use this lens mostly for moon, wildlife, birds, deer and such, some landscape. It is good for portraits if outdoors. It has a fast focus. I have had this lens for only 6 months or so and I am still happy with it. I hope to upgrade to a 300mm L IS soon.

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          5.0

          super sharp lens!!

          By alkicam

          from isreal

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

          ts amaizing lens.
          The sharpness,the color and the contras is absolotaly amaizing.
          Like all the ohter L lenses its amaizing and super sharp it as sharp as the 70-200mm f2.8 is ii cheaper and the weight is low yes the bokeh isnt as blur as the 2.8 ii but its blur believe to me.
          This lens very useful for: portraits,Photojournalism and even landscape (to make small area in the landscape looks big)
          Its amaizing lens,super sharp high contras and very good color.
          The lens is low weight and the build quality of this lens is beautiful.
          The price of this lens isnt high but doesnt low its equal.
          I love this lens and i highly recomend it for everyone who want high qualty in lower plice comperd the the 2.8 ii lens.

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          5.0

          Love this lens

          By SemiBoneless Ham

          from Naples, Fl

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

          Really went back and forth between this lens and its big brother, the f2.8. This lens is significantly lighter, and I mainly use it to shoot wildlife--mainly birds-- so the setting I most often use is f4 or higher anyway. Therefore, this was my choice, and I'm very pleased. The Sharp and fast focus is wonderful. The lens produces great bokeh and compressed images. I love it! It is on my 7dmk2 almost all the time.

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          5.0

          New Landscape Lens

          By Gary

          from Willamette Valley, Oregon

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I just purchased this lens to add to my landscape photography equipment. This lens is very impressive in its build qaulity, very sharp focus, and lightweight (vs its f/2.8 bigger brother). :-)

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          4.0

          A Great Deal!

          By The Big O

          from Detroit Michigan

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            This is one of those great lenses not too many people talk about. I primarily use it for video, but I am using it more and more to shoot stills. The lens is light, about half the weight of its 2.8 counterpart. But as far as sharpness and quality its wonderful! And at $ to $ dollars less I consider it a great deal. It has become my go to lens for shooting interviews. Whatever you may have heard about this lens unless it good, its a lie. If you want a more expensive lens, by all means go ahead and buy one. But this lens does the job nicely, and at a very decient price.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            OMG!

            By Jay

            from The Villages, Florida

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

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

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

            Received yesterday. Tried it immediately. Super fast focusing! Crystal clear! Far lighter in weight than I thought it would be. Much easier to handle too.
            Worth every penny! Can't wait to buy my next L lens. B&H gave excellent guidance to help me select this lens. I will certainly use them again.
            Can't wait to take this on our European vacation next week. I bought an extra case that has good padding and a shoulder strap so I don't have to carry a large camera bag. That too came from B&H.
            Save your money and buy this lens. You'll have no regrets and excellent photos.

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            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            As advertised.

            By None

            from Fairfield Cnty. CT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Screems

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            Wanted this lens for years. Didn't want to part with the money. Finally puled the trigger couple of months ago along with a B&W haze filter for it. This lens is fantastic! Very sharp all around. The IS works extremely well - within reason. As you have it zoomed all the way to 200, you push the shutter button down 1/2 way, and can see that everything "calms down" as the stabilization kicks in. It's like I have 2 new cameras now. Lens works great on my crop 7D for sports and that "extra reach" and gets buttery smooth bokeh with my 6D. With the 6D and it's fine high iso capabilities, you do not need a 2.8 unless you make your living as a pro photographer. If you buy it, you will enjoy it for many years. Then sell it or, hand it down....... .Oh and, thanks to B&H as usual for a flawless and no charge shipping experience - next day delivery so I could take to the game.

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            (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My best lens yet

            By rsmcguire

            from Rochester Hills, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              This my first "L" lens, but not my last.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Surpassed my expectations for video

              By Mike Silverman

              from Charlottesville, VA

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Great Contrast
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I've been shooting with the Canon 24-105mm f/4L for the past 1.5 years on my Canon C100. Overall it's done quite a good job and the footage has looked very nice. However, I needed a lens for wedding ceremonies with a much longer reach so I purchased the Canon 70-200mm f/4L and I've been utterly amazed at the quality of this lens. While the 24-105mm does many things very well, I noticed that when shooting at f/4, the subjects in the image did not look as crisp as my Canon 50mm f/1.4 when it's set to f/4.

              After my first shoot with the 70-200mm f/4, I found that even when shooting wide open, the subjects look as sharp and crisp as I could ask for. Also, the contrast and color rendition has a much nicer look than the 24-105 as it just looks more natural and pleasing to the eye. Both are great lenses, but I'm just blown away by how nice the image of the 70-200 is. I decided to purchase a 2nd one for my other C100 as I plan to use it for many years to come.

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              5.0

              Great all around lens

              By Ron

              from St. Paul , Minn

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action

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

                Have only had this lens 3 wks. Have used it at my granddaughters volleyball games. Very sharp PICTURES and works fine with auto focus and servo settings. No issues yet. B@H was supposed to ship next day but it took 3 days to get it ,not a big deal. Still great service. Works great with my EOS 6D.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Sports Lens

                By supergolfdude

                from Akron, Ohio

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action

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

                Not the greatest for night games in poorly-lit high school stadiums, but for daytime sports, this lens is incredibly sharp!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Bev

                from Red Bluff Ca

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

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

                  I purchased this lens to photograph my granddaughter playing softball. I have dabbled in photography most of my adult life. I have taken a few courses and this Canon DSLR is my second digital camera. I own several lenses and I was hesitant to purchase a lens that was this expensive because I am retired. All I can say is WOW. I am happy i made the purchase. My first shot was my granddaughter sliding into 3rd base. I was amazed at the clarity without a tripod. The stop action was superb. The dust cloud perfectly suspended around the base. I was ecstatic!!! The auto focus performed fast and accurately. I really don't have anything bad to say about this lens. I read other reviews before I purchased this lens and I was worried about the weight. I found out right away that it was a non-issue for me. I wisch this lens came in a hard lens case rather than a pouch.

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                  5.0

                  light weight and sharp

                  By eastside cindy

                  from seattle, WA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I've been thinking about EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM for a long time. due to the weight I finally decided to buy this one instead since I hike and travel a lot. I like the sharpness and lightweight.

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                      5.0

                      Very good lens

                      By cuong

                      from hayward, ca

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      Very good lens if you don't have the cash to buy f2.8 . It has been on my 70d since i bought it.

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very pleased

                      By Jay

                      from Mass

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

                      Used for sunset at Battery park, great pictures. Easy to use, allows me to take 1 lense maybe two for scenery shooting.

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