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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM : Specifications and Opinions

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 1999. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 702 €;
242 users have given it an average vote of 9.6 out of 10.

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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.

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 Focal lenght   70-200 mm
 Angle of view   34.4 - 12.4°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4
 Aperture blades   8
 Lenses/Groups   16 elements in 13 groups
 Min. focus distance   1.20 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.21x

 Zoom type   Ring, interal
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   67 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   705 g
 Dimensions   76 x 172 mm
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sent on February 21, 2013

Pros: Low price, fast and precise AF, sharp, non-CA, lightweight, construction

Cons: Nothing from lens itself, but tripod ring not included.

Opinion: This was my upgrade from the 70-300mm non-L. I don't know where to start: first I noticed that the construction is excellent, it deserves the "red-L-ring". The image quality is just fantastic, it can be used even at f/4 and the image isn't so soft like other lenses. The AF is very fast and very accurate. I can't complain about it's non-IS or just f/4 aperture, for this price it's just fantastic as it is. I wish that it would come with the tripod ring included. It can be used for portraits, wildlife and events.

sent on May 19, 2012

Pros: less expensive (poor man pro tele lense); lightweight (perfect for travel); good sharpness; not-too-intimidating lens (good for candid)

Cons: slightly soft at 200mm (for the best result, take at 135mm f/4 or 200mm f/5.6); sometimes non IS affects shake-blur

Opinion: The lens is perfect for travel, & also perfect in term of price/quaility. The only thing you can't get is beautiful bokeh blur - it is not really necessary when we do landscape, reportage or even human interest portrait during travel (you could capture the environment background as a part of story, anyway). To me, combining with another lightweight 85mm f/1.8, or 135mm will be a wise choice. Just my 2 cents ;-). Www.budiharyantophoto.com

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sent on May 02, 2021

Pros: Light and compact, very sharp from f.4 (to f. 4 just a little soft at the edges). L series, price of second hand.

Cons: Don't have it in your backpack.

Opinion: Just found used at a derisory price. Tried an equestrian contest and I must say it stunned me. In addition to the big brother (70/200 f. 2.8 Mk II), I also own the 300 f. 4 and the 300 f. 2.8, (which I use alternately depending on the situation), but this despite this I decided to try this trinkelin at the competition. Well, it literally won me over. Crisp from the very beginning; excellent micro contrast and sharpness; very fast in hooking the subjects, light and compact on the 1DX mark II makes the work easy and comfortable. Found used for almost nothing, I consider it the best deal of my working life.

sent on April 03, 2021

Pros: Sharpness, Color Rendering, Bokeh, Construction, Lightness, Footprint, Cost.

Cons: No one you don't know at the time of purchase.

Opinion: The Lens! Mounted on Canon 6D never let me down. Great clarity at all openings, excellent color rendering and pleasant bokeh when used at F4. Light, robust and not bulky, fast in focus and excellent value for money. Lack of stabilizer and diaphragm not bright are not a problem for me. I use it mainly for landscapes and when the light is scarce I support the reflex on the tripod. In short, it has no cons that you do not already know at the time of purchase. Vote 10.

sent on March 08, 2021

Pros: Image quality and sharpness. Price in used.

Cons: None for the price of the used

Opinion: This is about the 80th review on the 70-200, I don't think I have much to add. I'm just saying I bought it a few months ago when I switched to FF, and the comparison with 55-250 (which remains a good lens for aps-c) is pitiless, the leap in image quality is stark. I can't give directions for those who use aps-c, but if you have a FF and you're thinking about whether it's appropriate to buy it, don't think about it and buy it. It is crisp, quite compact and has a relatively fast af.

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