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Canon EF 70-200mm F/4.0 L IS USM Lens

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EF 70-200mm F/4.0 L IS USM
  • L-type telephoto zoom lens with image stabiliser
  • Four UD lenses provide compensation for chromatic aberration
  • Highly dust and moisture resistant
  • Inner focusing design plus ring USM for silent
  • High-speed AF

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Style Name: EF 70-200mm F/4.0 L IS USM
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm ; 703 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 1258B005AA
  • ASIN: B000I2J2SG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 29 Mar 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

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Retaining the excellent performance at maximum aperture of the much larger f/2.8L IS but in a smaller and more travel-friendly size, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens is a professional zoom telephoto suitable for a broad range of applications from sports to portraiture. It is fully compatible with the Extender EF 1.4x II and 2x II teleconverters (requires f/8 AF sensitivity with EF 2x II), and its built-in image stabilizer allows the equivalent hand-holding ability of a shutter speed 4 steps faster-making this a great lens for capturing still subjects with a telephoto perspective in very low light. The stabilizer can be activated to only correct shake in the vertical axis for panning action when desired as well.
Like every autofocus Canon "L" lens, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM delivers optical performance equal to similar fixed focal length lenses, with silent, high-speed focusing and full-time manual focus override capacity. Distortions and aberrations are remarkably small for a lens of such capability. This lens combines 1 artificial fluorite element with 2 UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) elements to help achieve images free of secondary spectrum aberrations, which are often the bane of consumer-grade telephoto zooms. Its aperture diaphragm is circular, to help create very natural out-of-focus background highlights.
This 70-200mm lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3.9' (1.18m) throughout its entire range of focal lengths, and it accepts 67mm screw-in filters.

Box Contains

  • Canon EF 70-200mm F/4.0 L IS USM Lens
  • E-67U 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • ET-74 Lens Hood
  • LP1224 Lens Case
  • 1-Year Warranty

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.8 out of 5 stars

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    20 of 20 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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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ian Harvey on 13 May 2011
    Style Name: EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM
    I've had one of these for just over a year, using it with an EOS 40D (1.6x crop factor). It's big, expensive, and comes with a legendary reputation. Is it really that good? Um, yes, actually...

    1. The bokeh is a thing of wonder: background blur is a gorgeous velvety soup of loveliness, and brings a smile to my face every time.
    2. Sharpness and contrast are first-rate, and I'm struck by the colour reproduction: it's vivid in a natural (rather than a 'crank up the saturation in Photoshop') way.
    3. AF is spectacularly fast and accurate.
    4. It's incredibly well-built, feels bulletproof and is very satisfying to own.

    So, it's perfect in every way? Actually there are some negatives to consider:
    1. On a crop-sensor camera it's a pretty long lens; basically you'll always get close-ups with it, and any complete photo kit will need to include something wider.
    2. It is undeniably big. I wouldn't say it's impractical to hand hold or unbearably heavy, but it's not something you'll pack for a holiday unless you're pretty sure you'll be using it.
    3. It's conspicuous, and quite an intimidating thing to point at a shy subject.
    4. It's minimum focus distance is 1.5m, so it doesn't work too well in confined spaces.

    So, I've no regrets about choosing this lens, but I'd recommend it as one part of a photographic toolkit, and not the last thing you'll ever need to buy.
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    222 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Duraison Praveen on 3 Sep 2011
    Style Name: EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM
    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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    71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Stroud on 17 Feb 2007
    Style Name: EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM
    As a photographer who swears by prime lenses, I've never really adopted zooms as part of my essential kit. This lens, however, has changed my mind. It's very fast, autofuses superbly and produces the most uniform bokeh (back- foreground blur) I have seen in my work. I have the stunning 85mm 1.4, and the 70-200 competes - in terms of bokeh - with this.

    Lens weight never worries me - being a youngish, fit male - but be aware that this lens is large (because it's well made) and unless you're very strong, you wont be hand-holding this for long stretches of time. When this lens is mated with my 1DS, with flash attached, it's impractical over long periods of time (like weddings) without monopod support.

    But in terms of what you get for that extra weight: it's a stunning piece of glass and the results speak for themselves: superb contrast and colour; pin sharp, even wide open; silent, rugged and above all, it replaces several lenses in one go. I use this for portraits, landscapes and all manner of people related photography.

    This competes with my 85mm in terms of usage times.

    If you're unsure about whether you should buy this - don't be. From the minute you review your first series of images you'll love it.
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