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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens

by Canon
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RRP: £719.99
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  • Macro facility lets you focus right down to 1.5m / 6ft
  • Switch between autofocus and manual operation
  • Comes with 1 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Filter Size: 67 mm

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 14.2 x 25 cm ; 1.1 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 72 Black
  • ASIN: B00005QF6T
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)


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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

  • Product Description: Canon EF telephoto zoom lens - 70 mm - 200 mm
  • Lens System: Telephoto zoom lens
  • Intended For: 35mm SLR, digital SLR
  • Mounting Type: Canon EF
  • Lens Aperture: F/4.0
  • Focal Length: 70 mm - 200 mm
  • Optical Zoom: 2.9 x
  • Min Focus Range: 1.2 m
  • Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual
  • Lens Construction: 13 group(s) / 16 element(s)
  • Special Functions: Tele, zoom
  • Filter Size: 67 mm
  • Length: 17.2 cm
  • Weight: 705 g
  • Box Contains

  • Canon EF7020040LU EF70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Zoom Lens
  • Soft Case
  • Lens Cap
  • Dust Cap
  • Lens Hood

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    221 of 226 people found the following review helpful By Duraison Praveen on 3 Sep 2011
    I have been using the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM Lens for a year now. I am so much pleased with the superior clarity and build quality it offers, that I feel I am aquainted enough to write a review about this amazing lens.

    1. Construction:
    The lens is very well constructed - faithfully stands up to what the magical letter 'L' denotes.

    a) Barrel: The lens barrel and the mount are made of metal. The barrel is painted in off-white and bears the adorable red ring at the end. The lens is sure to make heads turn but when you look at the pictures that this lens take, you would forget to notice the attention you are getting.
    b) Rings: The zoom ring feels smooth and softly damped when turning. Unlike some non-L series lens, the ring does not stutter/lock when it is turned from its initial position. There is no backlash between the rings (zoom and focus) and the lens barrel.
    c) Switches: There are 2 switches, one for selecting the focussing mode (auto/manual) and other to select the focus range (1.2m-infinity and 3m-infinity). The use of former switch is self explanatory. The latter switch is used based on the distance between the camera and the subject. This helps the lens to focus quickly depending on the situation. Please bear with me while I try to explain. If the subject is present within 3m from the camera, the first position (1.2m-infinity) is selected. In this mode, the lens starts to attain focus from minimum focus distance to the subject. Else, the other position (3m-infinity) is used. In this mode, the focus range of 1.2m to 3m is ignored and the lens starts to focus from 3m onwards thereby reducing the time required to attain focus on the subject. Many would be aware of it, however it is better to let the others know about it.
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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lifeofwylie on 7 April 2013
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    Have been looking for a long lens for some time to add to my Canon 550D. Firstly, thanks to all those who have spent time contributing reviews which helped make my mind up. Not having a huge budget, I was looking at the Canon 70-300mm f4.0/5.6 IS USM and it appeared to be the right lens for me at a price I could afford. But the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM kept nagging away in the background. Although over £100 (at the time of writing) more and not as long, I was swayed by the promise of extra quality. And while it may be a small thing, it's nice for once to get a lens hood and pouch included in the package. I added on a polarising filter and two days later it all arrived on my doorstep.

    I'm not an expert photographer but love improving and already after just two days of use, I know I made the right choice. The clarity of image quality is a step up from my other Canon lenses - a 50mm plus 10-22mm wide angle, with the supplied kit lens now left behind at home. Have just posted a couple in the "product images" display. Hard to see as the pic sizes displayed there are small but...the first was taken down on the Thames in low light just after dawn on my very first outing with this lens and the second the day after involving the moving target of an approaching steam train at Clapham Junction.

    Like many here, I simply could not justify the cost of the IS version of this lens and was concerned about image blur - my hands are steady-ish but not steady enough not to worry about and can move at the wrong moments like anyone else's. Having taken around 200 photos so far of different kinds, it's simply not a problem. Is the lens "too big" for a 550D? No.
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    178 of 185 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov 2005
    The ef 70-200/f4 is a fabulous lens. It's very sharp, has good depth of field at f4 and is a joy to use.
    The focus can be set to 3m to infinity or 1.2m to infinity. The shorter length is very good for close ups of flowers or similar. If its left on 1.2m it may hunt when trying to focus. You can also set to manual focus.
    One issue with the lens is back focus, if you are shooting at something when there is a bright, or high-contrast background, you may find the camera has focussed on the background.
    I use my 70-200 f4 on an EOS20D, I have taken thousands of shots with that combination, photogrphing; cricket, riding, birds, flowers, people, aircraft and stars. Other than the minor issue of back focus, I have had trouble free shooting. The lens is well worth getting.
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    33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Brian Levine on 14 Nov 2010
    This lens is for outdoors daylight telephoto shots requiring F4 or higher: in a low light it MUST have a tripod or you'll only get 1 in 5 shots, and forget moving subjects. If you need indoors then get a faster (and much more pricey) lens (F2.8) because your shutter speed will be so slow you'll go soft as jelly.

    Outdoors it is a dream: it really is just as good as the F2.8 or IS equivalents: superb bokeh, lovely sharpness, good colour. The AF/USM is fast and quiet.

    For the money this is as good a telephoto as you'll get: it is relatively light when compared to its faster incarnation but it is still a little heavy on a 7D with battery pack carried for a few hours. It is a long lens when you have the largish hood on, so camera bags need to be chosen accordingly.

    The Loewpro backpack/rucksack with weather-sealing is pretty good because you can carry this on the camera with the hood on and still have room for 4 primes, filters. cables, tripod ring and a netbook.

    On a 7D which is what I use it on there is no noticeable vignetting and the focal range is 112mm - 320mm which gives at its shortest fantastic portraits worthy of a good prime and at its longest is almost a paparazzo lens.

    Just remember, what you need for this to show off its potential is daylight.
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