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

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 75 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice budget "L" lens

    Posted
    jtazzb

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sport Lens

    Posted
    RJ70

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for walk-around and/or first L series

    Posted
    djcWI

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT LENSE

    Posted
    DUGGY

    This is a great lense.The Tamrons I tried did'nt even come close.The Canon 70-300 F3.5-5.6 IS USM, the Canon 100mm macro,and the Canon 28-135mm that came with my new Canon 40D, do come close, but do not have the awesome focus or clearness, as this lense,I can feel the awesome quality,and for the price it can't be beat. I find I do not absolutely need image stabilization,for with the lense I have or the others I purchased with it,I find I can turn it off and still get the same exact image,I will probably have to use a tri pod if I were in a really dark situation,but I have never encountered a situation where I need one because of blurryness do to camera shake. Thanks Best Buy for carrying such awesome Canon lenses,I now want to save money for other Canon L series lenses Best Buy offers. Thanks for the great no hassle exchange and or return policy.THE BEST!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All you would expect from an L

    Posted
    Bart6

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast focus great quality

    Posted
    Joshmodelskidoo

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    High quality, affordable L glass

    Posted
    IslandDad
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens, Great price

    Posted
    MichiganPhotographer

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    pleasantly surprised

    Posted
    averageconsumer2
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    I had purchased this lens earlier in the year for a road trip out west. To be honest, I'm usually a Nikon user but I had wanted to try a Canon and purchased the camera then this lens. The Lens is very fast in focusing and the pics are very sharp, crystal clear and the colors were simply amazing. I am very happy with this lens purchase and very happy I gave it a try. (keep in mind the pic used was reduced in size so quality may be effected, only used as example)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of Canon's best values

    Posted
    possum72
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    THIS IS A GREAT LENS! I traded the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM for this lens. This lens is a little shorter, but the image quality is so much better in most cases that you can crop the image more. The 70-200 is quieter, the barrel does not extend when you zoom, it has a uniform maximum aperture across all focal lengths, and the build quality is better. This lens also has full time manual, faster and more reliable auto-focusing, and a focusing scale and comes with a lens hood. This was my first L lens and I am very happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great price for "L" Glass

    Posted
    Photodude4444
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Value

    Posted
    Anonymous

    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.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Lens

    Posted
    vbctime
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I'm not a professional but love it

    Posted
    Soupnotzi
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    Let me start by saying I take photos mainly of my daughters dance events and got this lense to get telephoto pictures when I'm in the audience. I use it on my canon 80d along with a canon 85mm prime. The fact that this is part of canons professional series did play a role on my purchase. There was a $150 rebate directly from canon if u bought 2 canon lenses on the same receipt, making the price of this lense on par with the non L series.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens

    Posted
    lightning

    I'm very impressed with this lens, you can really tell in the quality of your pictures, its very sharp in image quality and the depth of field is beautiful. I highly recommend this lens as it is a L series and once you use this lens you wont want to use a cheaper version lens. Its also great value for money as it is an L series lens which is the canon top quality glass.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice lens for the $$$

    Posted
    HUgymnasticsdad
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    I purchased this lens for primarirly taking pictures of action sports both indoors and outdoors and have not been dissapointed. The speed of the lens is great at catching images that were always blurry before. I have only been able use it indoors so far without flash and has worked very well. I would bet that outdoors it will preform equally as well if not better

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic image quality for your buck

    Posted
    planet9industries
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    The fact that you can get L quality glass at this price makes this lens a no-brainer. Make sure you know what you'll be using it for though: at f4, this lens is not great for indoor photography. And if you're looking for a wildlife lens, you want a longer lens. But as long as you're using it within its limitations, you can't get much better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value if you don’t care about IS

    Posted
    MZappano
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    I use this lens mainly for landscapes so the IS and f2.8 aperture of the higher end models were unnecessary. The lens is tack sharp and MUCH lighter than its 2.8 IS cousin. If you’re going for low-light or handheld or portraits then you may need to go for the IS 2.8, but if those aren’t things you’re too worried about then this lens is a steal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Flat colors and slow to focus

    Posted
    ehowton
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    For "L" series glass I was expecting to be overwhelmed. I am not. The colors don't meet my expectations - even in full sunlight - and because of the flat contrast, its very slow to focus, even with the correct distance setting on the lens. Its a very expensive zoom for not impressing me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lightweight and Easy to Use

    Posted
    DJ360
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    This lens is very lightweight, and easy to carry with my camera. If you are looking for a lens to capture the moon, this is not the one, but it works very well for fast action and landscaping shots. It's a great lens for the money conscious photographer.

    I would recommend this to a friend