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CanonEF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 821 reviews)

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    (665)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (145)

  • 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.

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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!

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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.

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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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5.0

Great Lens and Great Price

By Tony

from Bronx, New York

Verified Reviewer

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

I am using this lens with my Canon 60D to shoot headshot and landscape scenery. It is sharp and the lack of IS is not an issue. The shots uploaded were all done handheld. I Highly recommend this lens! It delivers sharp images. It is a well made lens. The only possible downside is that it is white and can draw some attention.

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4.0

Très satisfait de ma première utilisation

By Marc

from Polynésie française

Verified Buyer

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

Très satisfait de ma première utilisation en mode vidéo. Mise au point aisée.

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5.0

Excellent

By Mazy

from Delaware

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

Every budding/ametuar photographer should I this one in their kit

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5.0

Just get it

By Johnny

from Michigan

Verified Buyer

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

I have been in photography most of my life as a hobby i just plane enjoy it and the canon 70-200 f4 works great for me, now that i have grandkids in karate and gymnastics papa has finally made it to the big times in my photography. As with the lens on my 6D focusing is fast pics are sharp i have no problem hand holding for some hours build quality is great and its a L lens for the price how can you go wrong if your not a pro making big money this is the lens for you does a great job.

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5.0

Outstanding Quality

By Zach

from WV

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

Could not be more happier with this purchase. I take photos at dirt track racing events and have been using a kit lens on my 7D Mark II body and needed better glass badly. I purchased this lens and the quality is incredible. I recommend it greatly.

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5.0

I'm impressed...

By NeoShutterbug...

from Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

Up to now, I've been using "standard" quality lens because I couldn't justify the cost. This lens is very sharp over the complete range of zoom. For "low light", you will need to adjust ISO, but only 1 stop higher than the more expensive faster glass. Has the internal zoom and focus that makes using polarizer and neutral density filters easy. This relatively inexpensive, lightweight (about 1.5 pounds) lens has the great bokeh, lack of distortion, and lack of venetting expected of a top quality lens. This lens carries comfortably and can be hand held if you remember to keep the shutter speed fast enough. For greatest sharpness or low light, I use a tripod, so I don't miss the IS feature. My camera body is a Canon 70D which isn't weather sealed so this lens is rugged enough. Having said that its a bunch better than the standard lens I've been using. I'd highly recommend this lens a superb first pro glass. Far better than any standard lens I've used.. Now if I could just find a 24 - 70 or 24 - 105 mm lens, same quality and cost. Who knows maybe Canon will listen...

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 ?

By Big A

from Oklahoma

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

Awesome Lens

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent lens for the price

By ttmd

from Hanoi, Vietnam

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Silent Motor
  • Vivid image color

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I purchased this lens to complete my focal range. It is my first L lens, to be honest, and I know it is the cheapest in the series. But I used some L lens before, and took many advices before buying. And I don't regret a tiny bit.
    At f4.0, I don't expect this one to excel in low-light. I just want to use it for my specific purposes: portraits, people while travelling. I have to say that I'm impressed how the lens fulfills my need: lightweight enough, very fast and silent focusing not to lose any moment, deathly sharp when needed and still maintaining really vibrant colors.
    Of course the missing IS and weather seal is desirable for such a lens, but I don't think I would trade them for the extra weight and money.
    Used with care and skill, this lens can serve me for years, I believe.
    And it might be the reason why you would want to get out and take pictures of the exciting life outside.

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    • No

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    5.0

    70-200mm

    By DexBlack

    from New York, N. Y.

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

    Great lens to start my L line of lens, not heavy at all !! Great all around lens

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    4.0

    My first "L" series lens.

    By Boomer

    from Hines, IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

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

      Very affordable and I think "Best bang for the buck".

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great lens at a very good price

      By Frank C

      from Richmond, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

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

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

      I've only had this lens about 10 days, but am already very pleased with it. It offers "L" series quality at a very reasonable price. The 70-200mm focal length is quite versatile for portraits and general use. Unless you work in low light f/4 is adequate. I also like the twist zoom as opposed to the push-pull on my 100-400mm.

      I volunteer at the local animal shelter and take photos for their website and Facebook page. Below are a few examples taken with this lens. Overall I think it's a great lens and, again, quite a good value for the price.

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      • No

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      5.0

      i would buy this product again

      By carlotta

      from Greenwich CT

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I love that the lens is comfortable to hold and is not heavy like the 2.8 lens. Also a very sharp lens. at this point I have not found anything negative about this lens. I use it with the 1DX camera body

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great landscape lens

        By GStotts

        from San Diego

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None For Landscape Use

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

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

        The 70-200 F4 is a wonderful landscape lens. Much lighter than the f2.8, and much smaller. The lack of IS in the version is really not a loss if you use a tripod, and you should be. The only other feature you may miss is weather sealing. But is that worth double the price? It may be to you...but not me. Bought a rain cover for $16. This lens is Pro quality at a great price. Just buy it.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Sharp!

        By Jim

        from Chicago

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

        Super sharp and light.

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        5.0

        Beautiful product!

        By Vladimir Beynart

        from Mission Viejo

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

        Very good product, I like it very much.

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        5.0

        Whew!, I have not had one single problem I was warned about.

        By Georgie

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Handsome Piece Of Equipme
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I have used this great lens for special events and portraits so far. I love the quality of the glass and the metal construction. And the images I make with it are praised by me and my friends. No problems using it hand held without image stabilization.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Lens

          By Icky

          from Ill

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Only used it a few times, but very clear and vivid.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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