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

(based on 785 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (98)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (761)
  • Strong construction (546)
  • Consistent output (474)
  • Lightweight (470)
  • Durable (445)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (434)
  • Landscape/scenery (330)
  • Wildlife photos (321)
  • General purpose (180)
  • Weddings (177)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (267), Enthusiast (152), Semi-pro photographer (118), Pro photographer (51), Semi-professional (50)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (364), 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

Excellent piece of glass

By Piotr

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I'm using this with Sony A7ii (with Fotodiox Pro EF-NEX Auto adapter).
I love this lens, lightweight and sharp.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As good as advertised

By DSW

from Colorado

Verified Buyer

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

The optics are great, but the IS may be even better. Together they make an amazing product. I think it was well worth the money for the IS.

 
5.0

This is the greatest lens I have ever purchased. Luv it!

By Robin

from Newport News, VA

Verified Buyer

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

My second L lens and I am so happy with the 70-200. Takes great photos and I would advise anyone who wants a great lens to purchase it. Great carry lens.

 
5.0

Great all around lens

By Themixguy

from San Marcos, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Great for catching action or head shots, this lens can adapt to many purposes. The f4 aperture is consistent throughout the zoom range and allows for some nice shallow depth of field shooting. Image stabilization really helps but I opt to put it on a monopod for extended period of time.

 
5.0

As expected

By Carl from Philly

from Philadelphia, PA

Verified Buyer

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

I bought the lens to be lighter and tripod free and support my proven needs set by my old 2.8 non image stabilization version. I got what I expected with no loss in image quality that I can detect. Subjectively, some images seem marginally sharper and with more contrast.

Peeve - Whatever happened to the factory sealed box?

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

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

By Mare

from Foster City, CA

Verified Buyer

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

First, I'd like to thank B&H Photo for another flawless transaction.

They ship fast, package well, and great customer service.

This lens, although not the 2.8ii, is still very sharp. It's not too heavy, and feels good in you hands.

I haven't used it a whole lot since I purchased it a couple of weeks ago, but so far I'm impressed with the image quality and build quality of this lens.

Even though the aperture is only goes to f/4, it still creates very nice boken and crispy focused objects.

I shoot on a Canon 6D full frame and it produces amazing images.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The OIS is crucial

By Pizza Commander

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

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

I'm using this to shoot video, and with a lens this long the optical image stabilization is crucial to keep my shots from being too shaky.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I am so happy to own this lens, now!

By Jan

from Wellford, SC

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I did not have the money for the f/2.8, so I chose this f/4. I am thrilled because it is so lightweight in comparison. I have handheld and taken some excellent shots of flying ducks, birds, and other moving animals. I am pleased with the sharpness. I only wish I had bought it sooner.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great lens

    By Scot

    from Kaneohe, HI

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • 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 IS USM Lens:

      I have been taking dog agility photos for several years with the 55-250mm can lens that came with my T2i. I finally decided to upgrade and what a difference. The photos from this lens is sharper and looks more detailed than my old lens. Very happy!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Pro Quality At It's Finest

      By Cline's Mind

      from Richfield Springs, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Studio

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

        This lens is the sharpest lens I've ever used. It's perfect for using in my studio where bokeh isn't an important factor. This is my top choice for in studio work. Love this lens!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        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!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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,

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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). :-)

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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