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CanonEF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 838 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (679)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (148)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (721)
  • Strong construction (531)
  • Durable (459)
  • Consistent output (456)
  • Lightweight (436)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (133)
  • Heavy (86)
  • Slow focus (18)
  • Blurry focus (9)
  • No IS (5)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (466)
  • Landscape/scenery (323)
  • Wildlife photos (305)
  • Weddings (203)
  • General purpose (132)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (247), Semi-pro photographer (161), Enthusiast (109), Pro photographer (71), Semi-professional (64)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (389), Yes (29)

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.

Reviewed by 838 customers

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5.0

definitely buy different lens again

By Denise

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

excellent and find it cool

 
5.0

Best purchase ever!!!

By Camille

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this as a Christmas gift to myself and I LOVE it! It is a very versatile lens and it is easy to use. Another great product from Canon.

 
5.0

Great lens at a great price

By KB

from NC

Verified Buyer

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

Using this lens with a Canon C100 Mark2. Didn't need IS because it sits on a tripod all the time. The lens is quite a bit smaller and lighter than my 70-200 2.8 IS which is perfect for this application. Super sharp and you can't beat the price for an L lens. What more can I say besides it does a great job.

 
5.0

Love the lens!

By Jose

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

One of my favorites! Light, sharp and fast! Old school at a great price.

 
5.0

great tele lens

By Janelle

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Beautiful focus and images. Used on a recent trip to SE Asia and was so impressed

 
5.0

Great lens!

By Winerphotography

from Chicago

Verified Buyer

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

The quality of this lens is amazing. Even without IS it works very well.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cristal clear, the best pictures above all my previous lens,

By Edu

from Red Bank nj

Verified Buyer

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

I was in doubt about this lens ,but after couple pictures I was convinced, good quality , class L performance, you receive what you pay for it, cent by cent

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

???

By Doris

from Undisclosed

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

This lense is so crisp and clean. I was amazed just shooting around the yard what I could do! Best bang for my buck!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worth every dollar.

By Ralf

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Use this lens with my old Rebel T2i for bird watching, and any long shots. Having a fun time with this lens; not too heavy, and does better in low light than I expected. Kinda miss image stabilization (IS), but that is not worth the extra $1000!

 
5.0

It's Worthy of the L Family

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This was the 70-200 L lens I could afford, and after all is said, and done, I'm pretty happy with my purchase, and not sure IS, or a f2.8 aperture would have been worth the cost, or weight. This is a light lens, and so far the f4 hasn't limited my subject matter. At the longer lengths it's being used with a tripod, monopod, or other support. At the shorter lengths the f4 allows for shutter speeds that make up for any shake my old arms , and hands may cause. Check the customer photos for this lens, and you'll see how good it is!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

My review....

By Bill

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens very clear and fast accurate focus. If I had the cash I would have gotten the larger aperture but its good for now, want to try the extender, any feedback on that is appreciated. Thanks.

 
5.0

Great lens for the price!!

By Piotr

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens for the price!!

(0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not the same L quality as the 2.8 versions!

By LarryD

from Texas

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens thinking that it would be producing a sharper higher resolution image than my 70-300IS USM. Sadly it did not, in most cases it was near equal but not superior. Yes F4 is a plus but no stabilizer is a minus and no gain in quality left me disappointed so I returned it. Would like the 2.8 version but they are to expensive and too heavy.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfection

By Erich

from South Africa

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

Best value for money. There is a good reason why this 1999-design is a top seller. My best fotos was with this F4, non IS lens!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value

By Canon Guy

from Pittsburgh, PA

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is amazing - especially for the price. Light weight but solid feeling. Wide open, the lens is tack sharp at the point of focus and beautifully soft in the background. Focus is quick and accurate. Love it on portraits.

 
5.0

it doesn't get any better

By Don

from Undisclosed

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

I have owned this lens for many many years,and really is my go to lens for just about everything -i have a 400 prime and a 28 to 105 to cover any gaps-both were much more than this lens-but this baby never lets me down-tack sharp pics-slight aberration at full zoom at the very edges-but hardly noticeable-for an L series lens at this price you cant go wrong-a shade and good polarizer and you are set for many shooting situations-i can't say enough good about this fantastic but highly underrated lens-if you're considering it do yourself a favor and just buy it ;) HAPPY SHOOTING

 
5.0

a must have lens

By saywhat

from chile

Verified Buyer

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

for the bucks, is a very good lens! but if you can go for a f2.8 it will be perfect.

 
5.0

Great lens!

By Christopher

from Undisclosed

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

I bought this lens because of the price, and was very surprised! The focus mechanism in the lens is sharp as a tack, and the build quality is amazing. The lens is very sharp, and I am very happy with my purchase!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent landscape lens

By Gary

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I bought this three months ago and I have yet to be disappointed by it. The weight is tolerable and the clarity is exactly what you'd expect from Canon's L series.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Favorite Lens

By Kenneth

from Undisclosed

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

This is by far my favorite lens. Even without the IS system this takes incredibly sharp photos. Just a word of caution about low light. If you are not using a flash make sure to never exceed the focal length with the shutter speed other wise the photos will be blurry. For example if you cannot get to 1/200sec at 200 best to use a smaller focal length. However, this should be easily compensated with cameras that have high ISO noise reductions like the 6D, 7D and 5D. I have found no problem with that with my 6D and easily prefer this over the 24-105mm F/4 L kit lens for my portrait shots.

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