Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens with Case & Hood - USA

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This Canon 70-200mm F/4L Bundle comes with $50.90 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 67mm, and a Adorama Cleaning Kit and Shipping is free! . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey. Test 1

High-performance, L-series telephoto zoom lens combining light weight and compactness with an f/4 maximum aperture. Inner focusing and the ring USM enable quick and quiet autofocusing. Also, a circular polarizing filter can be attached and used without difficulty because the front lens element does not rotate during focusing. The tripod collar (sold separately) is the same one used with the EF 300mm f/4L USM.

The Canon 70-200mm F/4L is commonly used for Art, Documentary, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports, Sports/action, Travel, Upgrade, Video, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 70-200mm F/4L is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual user, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 70-200mm F/4L is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 70-200mm F/4L: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Easy to clean, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Lightweight, Light weight, Nice bokeh, Quiet, Rugged, Sharp, Simple controls, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Strong construction (127),Fast / accurate auto-focus (108),Lightweight (77),Durable (67),Consistent output (64),Rugged (58),Super-sharp images (58),Superior build quality (56),Easily interchangeable (54),Fast auto-focus (54),Clear glass (40),Nice bokeh (35) Easily mounted (34),Simple controls (32),Quiet (10),Easy to clean (9),Sharp (8),Light weight (6),Price (6),Constant aperture (4),Good price / value (4) View All
Cons:
Poor in low light (14),Heavy (12),Tripod collar extra (4),Not IS (3),Slow focus (3)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (69),Travel (49),Landscape/scenery (47),Wildlife photos (34),Fun (28),Photojournalism (28),Weddings (26),General purpose (24),Portraits (21),Wildlife (21),Art (16),Documentary (14) Sports (9),Low light (8),Landscape photography (7),Night photography (6),Professional work (6),Macro photography (6),Video (6),Upgrade (5),Kids (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (51),Photo enthusiast (45),Semi-pro photographer (14),Professional (12),Pro photographer (11),Semi-professional (9),Casual user (7),Student (4)

Canon 70-200mm F/4L Specifications

Construction
13 groups /16 elements
Angle of view
34° - 12°
F stop range
4-32
Closest Focusing Distance
1.2m / 3.9 ft.
Maximum Magnification
1:4.8
Filter Size
67mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
6.8" x 3.0" / 172 x 76mm
Weight
25 oz. / 705g

Canon 70-200mm F/4L Reviews

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4.8

(based on 243 reviews)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Glad I made the choice

I decided on this lens after much testing of lenses at my local camera store. I decided on this one, rather than the IS version to keep the cost down. I knew going in that a tripod or monopod would be necessary if shutter speeds were going to be slow. I didn't anticipate that being a problem for me given the type of pictures I intended to take with this lens, but I was just blown away by the quality of the results. The first place I used it was at the National Zoo in DC - WOW, that's all I ca...

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I decided on this lens after much testing of lenses at my local camera store. I decided on this one, rather than the IS version to keep the cost down. I knew going in that a tripod or monopod would be necessary if shutter speeds were going to be slow. I didn't anticipate that being a problem for me given the type of pictures I intended to take with this lens, but I was just blown away by the quality of the results. The first place I used it was at the National Zoo in DC - WOW, that's all I can say. Then I used it to shoot a nephew's Little League game. Shooting wide open (f/4) at 200mm enabled me to isolate the players against a softened, fuzzy background and everyone went bonkers over the shots. Needless to say I am very, very pleased.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

What they don't tell you

The Canon 70-200mm f4L is a little over rated. Advertisers do what they are paid to do and give this lens high praise. What they don't tell you is the quality produces no more quality then other manufacturers of equal value. It has magnification wiggle at the high end that is only manageable once tripod mounted. My experience thus far has proven that f4 is not really fast enough for pre and post sunlight photos. Its focal lengths are really not enough for wildlife in there natural setting, bu...

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The Canon 70-200mm f4L is a little over rated. Advertisers do what they are paid to do and give this lens high praise. What they don't tell you is the quality produces no more quality then other manufacturers of equal value. It has magnification wiggle at the high end that is only manageable once tripod mounted. My experience thus far has proven that f4 is not really fast enough for pre and post sunlight photos. Its focal lengths are really not enough for wildlife in there natural setting, but OK for zoos and wildlife parks where animals are enclosed. Landscape have a tendency to be exaggerated at the low end. It is a bit unstable and out of balance. Something I could live with if it gave superior results to other products. This lens is not legally allowed into NFL football games based on its length which is a great disappointment. while the 70- 300mm is allowable. The case that is made to look like you get something free is only good for dust protection. You will need to go and buy a more durable case. I would recommend this lens to a friend, but only after we had a heart to heart understanding that the money he or she is about to spend may not be suitably spent for the expectation they are expecting. I would go on a photo shoot with them and allow them to try it out themselves. They may which to save and spend considerably more for the faster speed and stabilization feature.

Reviewed by 243 customers

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4.0

Perfect images

By

from Houston, Tx

This lens produces amazing images on my 70D, detail and clarity is just awsome. The IS still leves me wanting a better performance so as the auto focus.

 
5.0

Great lens at a great price

By

from Knoxville, TN

Absolutely love this lens. It's my first "L" lens and it works flawlessly. Image quality is superb with minimal vignetting around the edges which is easily corrected in post processing. The auto focus is fast, accurate and quiet. Even at f4 we can still get a nice blurry background but our subject is still in precise focus. It also has great contrast and clarity and the images taken with it are just spectacular!

 
5.0

Historic Telephoto Zoom Masterpiece

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from Queens, NY

The Canon 70-200mm F/4 USM is quite an amazing telephoto zoom lens. I wanted to wait a while before writing a review, but I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with this lens. Although this version is an older model with no IS, it still performs very well and I am always impressed with the quality of my photography. This was my first telephoto lens and I knew I had to own one since the day I saw it at an electronic store through the glass display window; I was in awe! One of the main purposes of the 70-200mm F/4 is for medium range photography where subjects can be shot at a distance. The minimal focal distance already starts at 70mm, so more than likely indoor or close quarter photography may not by the best environment for this lens. Obtaining a shallow depth of field at maximum aperture F/4 produces really sharp results. The Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) helps the lens' Auto Focus (AF) operate very fast and quiet simultaneously; other standard models tend to make louder AF sounds and may struggle depending on what the camera is attempting to identify as the subject. If you struggle with the AF, MF is always to secondary option to manually control your own shots. I suggest using a lens filter to protect lens glass to prevent or eliminate scratches or worse. The 1.4x and 2x tele-converters can be used with this lens, I have the 2x version already. Even at 135mm to 200mm (which I hear is really 216mm to 320mm for my Rebel T5 APS-C 1.6x crop factor sensor), any perceived distortion is not even noticeable to the naked eye. However, I will admit that once the focal length maxes out at 200mm, hand held camera shake or other instabilities can blur potentially great photos. I do understand why IS was built into the newer models. Compared to other telephoto lens, the 70-200mm is very lightweight, but still on the long side, which I don't mind. The body is very well built and has a stunning cream white, black and red ring design, which looks very attractive, even to to onlookers. I do truly love the 70-200mm F/4 lens and while most of my environments that I take photos in do not warrant its use, it feels 'new' when I do I have the opportunity to use take great shots with it. By today's standard, the 70-200mm F/4 is quite affordable as well. Truly a masterpiece and most owners will attest to its quality craftsmanship and continuous dynamic results.

 
5.0

Great portrait lens

By

from Maui, HI

We used this lens for the first time yesterday in a beach photo shoot. The images are stunning...crisp and vivid. The image stabilization works very well. We chose this over the more expensive 70-200 lenses because we shoot almost exclusively outdoors in sunlight and this lens appears to be perfect for this. The build quality is fantastic so it should provide great results for our clients for years to come!

 
5.0

It's a Great Lense at a Fair Price

By

from Burr Ridge, IL

I am very pleased with this lens. I'm not a professional, just someone who enjoys taking photos and using Photoshop Elements/Premiere to do some creative things for digital photo albums, etc. My subjects range from grandkids and professional sporting events, trips to the zoo, landscapes/macro photography, and occasional wildlife. Over the years I've purchased 3 DSLR's and have finally learned a lesson not to purchase a "bundled package", and to buy just the body. My last purchase was a bundled Cannon Rebel, T3i, that included a EFS 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens. It was ok, but I wasn't satisfied with the clarity of the photos and after reading reviews posted on Adorama's and Canon's website I elected to purchase this lens and to date I've been very pleased with the results and recognized improvement over the bundled lens. The photos appear much sharper and the colors more vibrant which means less Photoshop manipulation. I shoot in raw and jpg. Since this lens does not include stabilization I use a monopod and/or tripod, but handheld it's not that cumbersome to hold it steady. So as I said in the beginning I'm not a professional and this is not technical critique and would recommend the purchase of this lens, or if money is no object, upgrade to the next level with IS.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharpest Lens I've ever owned

By

from Concord, CA

Several months ago, I took two bags of lenses that I have, including several "L" lenses, and I ran them through my own tests to see which was the sharpest and second sharpest, etc. This was after a friend of mine, who does professional photo work, had a picture of herself taken with this lens and it was so sharp, it was almost too sharp. By far, this lens came out the winner! I now have a new respect for this lens. The only problem is that I wish I had more uses for it then I do. It's kind of an odd "mm" in that I find it too high to use for portraits and landscapes, except for close-ups of things far away, and when I shot the moon a few weeks ago, it came in a big blurred, whereas my really cheap 500mm mirror lens did okay. But when I've used it for shooting portraits of people, though they are further away, making it more difficult, the pictures are absolutely amazing! Likewise, I shot a mountain in a meadow a few weeks ago and that was amazing as well. I haven't found the exact best use of this lens yet, but if you're considering buying this lens, it takes by far the sharpest and most amazing color photos of any other Canon lens I've come across as of yet.

 
5.0

Perfect Balance

By

from Germany

I purchased this lens for my 700D after reading multiple reviews and researching various lenses. This is my first L lens and I am very pleased with the pictures and the way the lens handles. For me, it is the perfect balance of quality (great glass and solid build), practicality (lightweight and ergonomic), and cost (especially with a rebate). I primarily shoot outdoor sports/action and have also taken some great indoor action pictures--yes, handheld without IS. I recommended this lens to a friend who ended-up purchasing the IS version (also a great lens) and has been very satisfied.

 
5.0

Simply superior!

By

from SF Bay Area

Others have probably summed this lens up pretty well, but I LOVE THIS LENS! I have been using Canon SLR's since the late 1970's and have always been a big fan. I made the switch to digital in 2011 and have the 7D and 5D Mark 3. Both are super cameras and each lens I have is like having two when you consider the 1.6 crop factor of the 7D. I also have and love the 1.4x extender. On the 7D you now have a 480mm equivalent! Great for sports! I was strictly a prime lens guy for most all the years I have been shooting. I loved my Canon 200mm f2.8 lens! With this lens, I am now a huge zoom fan. This lens is just a super compact size and very light weight. Personally, I would choose it over the 2.8 model unless I really needed the speed or really shallow DOF. It is tack sharp and super easy to use. I love how the lens does not extend when you zoom. Always the same size and about half the weight and price of the 2.8 model. Aside from the excellent quality, what I like most is the size and weight. I can get this and my 24-70 f4 easily into a small bag and this is my go to run and gun package. I have several primes, but find myself not using them at all with these two excellent lenses. Buy one! You will love it!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Made the right choice!

By

from Los Angeles

Debated long and hard on this vs the 2.8 non-IS since they are very close in price. I opted for the f4 because I didn't want to lug around a monopod and the f4 is proven sharper. The 4 extra stops of shutter speed is real and more than makes up for the slower glass. Hands down winner!

 
5.0

Amazing lens

By

from Cincinnati, OH

I bought this lens last year and WOW. I chose the f/4 IS over the other versions of the 70-200 by Canon for several reasons. The first being the weight compared to the f/2.8 is roughly half of the IS II version (1.68lbs vs 3.29lbs). The second reason being the image quality. After reading around and looking at tests the f/4 IS version is the second in sharpness only to the flagship 2.8 IS II version in the Canon lineup. It does very well wide open at f/4. The image quality as well as the Image stabilization are well worth the difference from the non-IS f/4 and f2.8. The IS is fantastic and keeps images sharp. It doesn't come with a tripod collar but it isn't needed because it is so light. I use it all the time on my tripod with no problems just using the camera mount. Color rendition is wonderful as well. Certainly a giant step above the 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS I replaced. If you are an outdoor photographer and need a telephoto zoom this is your lens. I have used it for some outdoor portrait work as well and the bokeh was fantastic. Just a great lens.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
RON T  If you can't afford the extra cost of Image Stabilizer, this is a good compromise lens. However I recommend that you save up your $ for the Image Stabilizer.
Shopper  usa and grey market difference ?
ALEX W  The difference should be negligible... The only real difference is how the warranty is handled and if you send your lens to canon USA for repairs if needed (under warranty) or to another country for repairs.
Shopper  This lens will it fit my Canon EOS T31?
ALEX W  Yes, it will fit ANY EOS camera...
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