Canon EF 70–200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens: This professional-grade telephoto zoom lens is useful for capturing a broad range of subjects, from portraits to outdoor sports. Plus, its lightweight construction makes it ideal for travel.
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Amazing Sport Lens
Posted by: RJ70 from: Pittsburgh Pa on
I originally bought this Lens for sports photography and was planning to mainly use this for Motocross and Supercross. I was a little worried about the f4, being you would have to have good lighting for the pictures to turn out right, but after I got this lens I was amazed how great the pictures came out..even in low light! As far as not having IS, you don't need it with sports and most of the photography you plan to shoot. I also took portrait photos, and they turned out amazing as well!! In other words, the Canon L series lens compared to the regular Canon lens just pops! The colors and everything look more realistic and vibrant. The body I use is a Canon t3i and this is a pefect matching lens for the zoom range 70-200. I must admit, I probably will NEVER buy another lens unless it's an L lens!
76 out of 89 found this review helpful.
All you would expect from an L
Posted by: Bart6 from: Monroe, LA on
I have only had this a lens a few weeks now, but I am just blown away by the clarity and color saturation of my photos. The build quality is very solid. Since the zoom mechanism is inside the lens, dust and moisture are less of a concern. The only gripes I have is how expensive the tripod mounting rings are and the fact that the lens does not come with one. It is a MUST-HAVE for this lens. I'm sure they exclude it just to make the price that much more attractive(and let's fact it, it is!), but COME ON, CANON!! The lens itself is truly a gem. I look forward to many years of excellent service from this lens.
19 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Great lens, Great price
Posted by: MichiganPhotographer from: St. Joseph, MI on
I've heard this lens referred to as a "chick" lens in the industry as it is substantially lighter than it's sister f/2.8 L series lens. I've not had the chance to use it in a very low light setting where the 2.8 lens or the f/4 lens with image stabilization might come in handy, but this a great lens and I've not been disappointed with it's performance so far. I'm not really sure that the IS feature is worth twice the money. And I love the fact that it's not nearly as heavy as its 2.8 sister. Would highly recommend.
23 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Posted by: from: Great Bend, Kansas on
For the price, this lens is a steal. Amazing quality throughout the 70-200mm focal length. Having F/4.0 all the way is great too.
Yes, it does not have IS. But if you can keep your shutter speed up or use a monopod/tripod it won't matter.
Just beware, you won't look at any other lenses besides L's after getting this one. (Yes, it is a L gateway drug.)
42 out of 43 found this review helpful.
Great price for "L" Glass
Posted by: Photodude4444 from: South Pasadena, CA on
I bought this primarily as a portrait lens and to upgrade from my kit lens.
This lens is amazing in sharpness, color and contrast .
After using this lens it's difficult to go back to anything less than "L" glass.
Keep in mind this lens does NOT have Image stabilization.
To avoid camera shake at long focal lengths use a shutter speed of 1/250 or higher.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Nice budget "L" lens
Posted by: jtazzb from: SouthEast USA on
This is a very nice lens if you want an entry into Canon "L" (Luxury) series. You get the great "L" glass and build for less price. This is great for long shots and it keeps it's nice clarity all through it's range. It has *outstanding* bokeh that leaves you with some beautiful shots, especially portraits and floral shots...can't say enough about the bokeh. Has a nice build quality and single barrel means the movement is inside and less places for dust to enter. Comes with the lens hood and soft case to keep it in when not mounted. The color and contrast is wonderful. The downsides that I found...the lens cap is VERY difficult, if not impossible to remove without first removing the hood. While it does come with the hood and soft case, it does not come with the tripod mounting collar which isn't very cheap when you have to buy it. It's light color stands out like a sore thumb and I would be careful if out wandering around the back allies at night to get some night shots. All in All...for the price this is a real bargain for a Canon "Luxury" lens! I love the great bokeh, just the right amount of color saturation and excellent contrast. It will be great for a lot of photography but it still won't be on my camera nearly as often as my shorter, lighter, wider "walk around" lens (Canon 28-135 IS lens).
For the price and the glass...well worth the price.
22 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Fast focus great quality
Posted by: Joshmodelskidoo from: on
Got this lens years ago paired with my old rebel. I really like it and shop for a canon L lens and see the price, this will be near the top of the list. I wanted a constant apature, fast focus, not plastic telephoto lens with with internal focus and the 70-200 is what i got. I would love to have one of the 2.8 is versions but thats like tripple the price. It is alot heavier than the plastic kit lenses but worth it. In fact I put a wide angle kit lens on and i hate it because every time i use a polorizer on it i have to always adjust it for every shot and wait for it to focus. The 70-200 is on my now 70d that i love 95% of the time.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great for walk-around and/or first L series
Posted by: djcWI from: on
If you have never owned an L series lens before, this is the one to start with. You'll be amazed at how much your photos instantly improve. Since it is much lighter than its IS version, this lens makes for a better walk-around.
I use it on a 6D so low light is no problem (learn how to set and use K value). Next to my 50mm, this is by far my favorite lens. I am too old to lug around a 3 pound lens. I have 2 and next to never use them unless I know I will be sitting or using a tripod.
This lens does not come with tripod mount ring as the IS versions do. They are optional. Due to the length of the lens, when I use a tripod, I use a ring. If you buy one, get Canon and not an off brand, $145 may sound like a lot, but they are made to last and won't accidently pop open.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
High quality, affordable L glass
Posted by: IslandDad from: on
I read a number of reviews here before deciding to purchase this lens. Everything others have said about it are true. Its construction and image quality are top notch. I like that it doesn't extend and the front element doesn't rotate. On the downside, it's also true what others said about needing A LOT of light. I took it to the beach to photograph my son SUPing and I noticed that as the sun went down, so did the quality of my pics. A final word - shooting without IS is much more difficult than I imagined. Make sure your hands are stead enough for the task and/or that you can use a tri/mono-pod in your shooting situation.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: vbctime from: Atlanta on
This lens is great , produces spot on pictures and the build quality is excellent. However, $600 - $700 for a lens that is virtually an outdoors lens is something to think about. There's significant issues with hand held photos in dim light with blurred and out of focus results. However, if this lens is something you plan on using in the previously described lighting then it is a BARGAIN.