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Canon - EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens - White-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 33 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great. But...

    Posted
    Blackkro

    So I have tried a fair variety 70-200 lenses so far, such as the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 VC DI USD, Canon 70-200 f4 USM, Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM. Now I tried this one and so far image quality is great, razor sharp images, very quick auto focus(unless your indoors, in the dark), light weight, feels very nice in the hands and very smooth zoom ring. The bokeh is pretty decent too, doesn't melt the backround too much, but its still pretty good. All of it seems very much worth the price, but the only thing that makes me give it a 4 out of 5, is the IS motor noise, very annoying...It grinds a lot and its pretty loud, you also have to turn off the IS to get rid of the noise. On that note, this lens is not ideal for video if your using on camera microphones, it should be ok if your using something wireless near your subject.You would think this could be an easy fix for canon, but despite that the lens is good overall, did some test shots indoors with some cheap lighting equipment on my cat, turned out really good. Bottom line, if you can ignore the noise and are not doing a whole lot of photography that requires a lot less noise(like a quiet wedding reception in a church), then this is a good lens. For me though, I'll dish out the extra hundreds of dollars for the Canon F2.8, despite the weight, or the Tamron version.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super Sharp Zoom that won't break your back

    Posted
    TomH
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    I've owned the Canon 70-200 4.0 IS since Christmas 2019. The lens is really super sharp at all focal lengths and not really heavy. The 2.8 version is 1 f stop faster but it is heavy to me and in my view, a 1 f stop advantage is not worth doubling the weight of a vacation lens. It likely is for a wedding/pro photographer but with modern full frame cameras with fast sensors I believe a one f stop advantage, while valuable, is less critical to many hobbyists. This is a superb lens with superb sharpness to the edge and excellent contrast. As other reviewers have noted the lens stabilization does generate noise which can be picked up with in camera mics during video. If you buy a small stereo clip mic and attach to your shirt, you will eliminate the problem. Another alternative is to buy the new version of this lens, V2, which costs about $200 more. I understand that the material difference of the new model is the quieter IS.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Lens

    Posted
    TJSPhotos
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    The canon 70-200F4L IS lens is one of the best lenses canon makes. It is very sharp-from corner to corner, it is very fast and quiet focusing, the focusing is internal so the barrel does not extend out OR rotate when zooming, which makes life easier when using filters. It is weather sealed (non-IS versions are not) so if you are shooting lightning, or storm chasing tornados, you don't have to worry about it getting wet. The image stabilization is fantastic, I previously owned the non-IS version and upgraded to this one and I could not be happier. You get 3-4 f-stops lower than you would otherwise get, which means you can handhold in low light. I hardly use my tripod anymore. This lens is ideal for just about anything, from portraits, to sports, to weddings, to zoo wildlife, to photojournalism. I highly recommend this lens. It is a bit pricey but it is worth it. I have cheap lenses too and you do get what you pay for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly versatile & sharp lens

    Posted
    Drew4MD

    I adore this lens. I use it all the time and find it to be one of my most sharp and versatile lenses. I looked at both the f4 and f2.8 IS variants of this L lens and decided on the f4 because of weight and cost. With today's quality DSLRs, I found pushing the ISO a bit more than covered me for my needs, and the reduced weight made me very happy. The build quality is excellent and I expect to own this lens fora very long time. The shots are sharp, exhibit excellent color and contrast, and autofocus is fast and precise. The only knock I had, and can't really call it a knock, is that the IS is audible. More so than my other Canon Ls anyway, but not enough for me to not recommend this lens to anyone looking for a fantastic lens that will make them happy with every shot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens

    Posted
    Maliwhite10
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    This lens deserves the 5 star rating the reviews give it. I loved it the minute I took it out of the box. It is only off my camera when I am using my 24-105mm. It is lightweight, compact, well made and well worth the money. I have a 1.4x teleconverter on order and can't wait to try the two of them together. Depending on your needs but if you can only have one L type lens this is one I would take some time in looking at and consider. I do not think you will be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Lots of pluses but poor image quality in my copy

    Posted
    Llenslover
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    I kept hearing great things about the 70x200 L lens. I bought this one for around $1100. What I learned later is I bought the 4.0 version, not the 2.8 version that goes for about $2300. The later one is the one with excellent the raving reviews. I have two Canon L lens that give me good image quality when used correctly. I got this new third lens and used it for over two weeks in all kinds of conditions and settings. The image quality was terrible, worse than my inexpensive 18x135 kit lens, which I refuse to use due to image quality. Apparently I got a poor copy with focusing issues. This happens with lenses, even L lenses, from time to time. Best Buy was gracious about refunding my money and I will buy a different L lens.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Holy S*** !!!!!

    Posted
    fisherguy
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    My first L lens. It is an Indulgence. Thank you wife. It is so good, one can get spoiled. One can see why a pro would need tools like this. They need fast, sharp and dependable equipment - that's what this offers. Does an amateur need this - I'll let you decide. I am not a pro and have no intention of becoming one. This is an indulgence but it makes taking pictures even more of a pleasure. Three letters can be used to describe this lens -- W.O.W. !!!! hope this is helpful

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great out the gate!

    Posted
    DadioP
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    With very little experience with shooting photos, I didn’t know what to expect with this zoom lens. It is definitely a lot of money to spend blindly. I have no history to allow a comparison with other lenses but, I will say I was pleased with the results of my 1st experience using this Cannon Telephoto Zoom Lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of Canon sharpest lens

    Posted
    Al888

    The Canon EF70-200mm f4L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens is a great and versatile lens for landscape and wildlife photography. It is very very sharp with dynamic color. It is not too heavy and is very portable. The focus is just excellent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must-have lens

    Posted
    ComputerGeek10101010101
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    Great lens. Takes sharp crisp images. Silent and very fast AF. But if you take lots of indoor shots or where light is limited and a flash is not an option, then I recommend the f2.8 version.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic medium telephoto for all Canon bodies

    Posted
    Loveitorleaveit
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    This is a far easier to use lens than my Canon f/4.0-5.6 IS 100mm-400mm zoom, which I sold a long time ago. Very light weight, easy to carry and Canon L lens quality. With new Type III 1.4X tele converter, can still autofocus at 300 mm. Tripod mount lens collar still available.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for casual user for sports

    Posted
    CannonUser123
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    First L lens and picture quality is good. However, for the price I was expecting better, so consider it to be too pricey considering what it costs. The lens seems to be built well and comes with a case. I like the ability to adjust the stabilization mode.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must-have lens

    Posted
    PhotographerGamer
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    I use this lens with my 5dmark3 and Rebel T6S. It produces really crisp sharp images on both cameras. I use it mainly for photographing outdoor portraits and wildlife. It is a lot lighter than the f2.8 IS version and also hundreds cheaper.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best lense I have

    Posted
    Birdman
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    No color fringing, on distortion. It even autofocuses with my 2x teleconverter. Clear, sharp images. The f4 L is great for most things making it unnecessary to pay the extra money for the f2.8. Just crank up the iso.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Lens in the 70-200 Range

    Posted
    Comotion
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    I bought this lens after having the 70 to 200 2.8, sold that and picked up this one which has proven to be just as sharp or sharper wide open. The IS works great allows you to hand hold low shutter speeds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this lens

    Posted
    jdea
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    I bought this lens because I wanted a quality lens other than the kit lenses. This was definitely worth the money. Provides excellent pictures and isn't crazy heavy/large like the 2.8.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Zoooom!

    Posted
    walkman75
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    Canon - EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens is a great lens for taking great sports photos. My application is taking sports photos - soccer games.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sharp lens

    Posted
    lcozmo714
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    I love this lens, and have used to to take photos of my son and his teammates during daytime baseball games, the photos come out perfect! Would highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must Have for you camera bag

    Posted
    ratfarker
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    Simply put, I love this lens. I think everyone should have one of these in their bag. It is my every day carry lens, its so versatile!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    very nice zoom lens

    Posted
    Agnesmom56
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    I really like the lens on new 6D. It is easy to use. Getting greats shots of my agility dogs at practice. Taking some cute photos of them at home too.

    I would recommend this to a friend