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Compact, manoeuvrable and lightweight, the Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L IS USM lens features 4-stop image stabilisation and delivers the very finest in L-series lens optics for stand out optical performance and operability. The Canon lens offers inner focusing and ring USM which produces quick and quiet autofocusing. A circular polarising filter can be attached and used easily, as the front lens element does not rotate during focusing. A tripod collar is available separately, and is the same as that used with the EF 300mm f/4L USM. More
The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM features the world's first 4-stop Image Stabilizer (IS). Ideal for handheld work, the exceptionally accurate and sensitive IS negates the need for a tripod in many conditions. Shutter speeds up to 4 stops slower than would be otherwise possible (e.g. 1/15 sec instead of 1/200) can be used with no perceptible increase in image blur. For stabilised panning, IS Mode 2 corrects only for unwanted vertical shake.
The lens embodies Canon’s highest standards of L-series optics, build quality, reliability and operability. Crisp, high contrast image quality is assured right across the frame and throughout the entire zoom range. A reliable partner in tough conditions, the metal and polycarbonate construction features special environmental seals to prevent the ingress of dust and moisture.
With a length of just 172mm and weighing only 760g, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is ideal for assignments where there is a need to travel light without compromising performance, operability or image quality.
With no change in aperture over the full focal length range, photographers can set exposure at the widest aperture and zoom through to 200mm without slowing shutter speed. Lens length remains constant during zooming and focusing.
Fluorite and UD lens elements
The lens incorporates a single Fluorite and two UD (ultra-low dispersion glass) lens elements to suppress secondary chromatic aberrations. The result is crisp, high contrast, undistorted images throughout the entire zoom range, without colour fringing at subject outlines.
A Ring-type USM (Ultrasonic motor) delivers responsive, high-speed, silent auto focus. Holding torque is excellent, stopping the focus lens group with precision and without overshoot. Full time manual focus override is available without switching out of AF. Minimum focus distance is 1.2m throughout the zoom range.
Super Spectra coatings
Optimised Super Spectra coatings and lens element shaping suppress flare and ghosting. Coatings also help achieve true colour balance and increase contrast.
Pleasing background blur
The Electro Magnetic Diaphragm (EMD) features an almost perfectly circular aperture to create an even and attractive blur from out-of-focus backgrounds.
A cylindrical bayonet hood and soft case are included.
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Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L IS USM Lens:
Extremely sharp lens with exceptional photo detail and good background blur. The only downside is that in low light the autofocus can take is little longer. However with the F2.8 being approx £1,000.00 more expensive then overall this lens is very good value for money.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Handy Piece of Kit
from East Anglia
I needed a portable shortish telephoto zoom for flexibility on a nature photography trip. Needed to keep the camera bag weight down and handhold when shooting. This is a good compromise with decent sharpness and autofocus.
Great Lens for Extroverts
I have just upgraded to a full frame camera , (Canon 5D MK 111) and wanted a general purpose, reasonably priced lens that wasn't too heavy to wear around my neck. This is a great lens which focuses quickly and produces some very sharp pictures. I love it. Obviously it wouldn't be a good choice for street photography as it does draw some attention at times particularly from other photographers. You will definitely get noticed, so if you are a shy photographer this may not be the lens for you but if you want sharp pictures and L series quality for a reasonable price then go for it, you won't be disappointed.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By Hot Shoe
This is the sharpest lens I own - it's sharper than my two primes. It's not too heavy, it autofocuses instantly and the IS is as good as it gets. As I now have a full-frame camera the 200mm reach of this lens does not amount to much in telephoto terms but, unexpectedly, I find this is now my most used lens for general photography, walkabout, portraiture etc. I'm not sure that I'm too keen on the white finish - I'd probably prefer black - but we'll have to let that one pass. The build quality of this lens is second-to-none - this is a quality piece of kit.
Lightweight - but sharp
I really wanted the f2.8 version of this lens but when I tried it found it just too heavy to use. I am really pleased with this lens as a replacement - it is very sharp, easy to carry and as long as f4 is sufficient its brilliant. Better than I had imagined.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I purchased this from Wex and it was delivered well protected the following day as promised. I use this lens on my Canon 450D whilst I await the spec/price release of the 70D or 7D Mk2 rumoured to be later this year. First impressions are that it's an amazing lens, has fast accurate focus, great colours and is incredibly sharp! The image stabilization did have a noticable whirring noise when in use to begin with but this seems to have faded alot following a small bit of use. I was happy to sacrifice the 1 stop improvement F2.8 for the 4 stop IS of the F4. Time will tell if I'll need that extra stop over bumping up the ISO a click.Hand held this lens really delivers tack sharp photos and a lovely bokeh and that's on my 450D in my novice hands! The only downside is the lack of a tripod ring but fortunately so far I havent needed thanks to the excellent IS.
from Tyne and Wear
Excellent all round lens
Light and very responsive.
from Spalding UK
About Me Semi-Professional
Used for Bird/Wildlife shots in Middle distance. Very light weight so good when on the move for long periods.Focus is super fast and tracks very well on the 6D.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
I finally took the plunge
from Mid Wales
I am a Canon fan and in the main always use their excelent equipment. But when it comes to lenses I have found that some of the after market devices take some beating at their offered price.After a serious attack of blood rushing to my head I decided to buy the 70 x 200mm L series F4 IS USM lens. I did not need the extra stop for dim lighting so no need to buy the F2.8 version.I have not had it long but I can overwhelmingly confirm that it is worth every penny that it cost me. The speed and accuracy of the Auto focus has to be seen to be believed. This coupled to the remarkably quick Image Stabilisation makes it a dream come true to work with. One thing that does not over bother me is noise in use but if this is a concern you simply cannot hear it in operation.I have used it for action (sports) work. wild life and scenic views and it is outstanding in all areas.The proffesional reviewers, in the main, rate this lens above the F2.8 version providing you don't need the extra stop. All I know for sure is that it costs considerably less and does the job I want to perfection.
Great results in all kinds of lighting...
Included Accessories: Lens hood and case
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