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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 710 €;
239 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 August 31, 2020

Pros: Weight, colors, sharpness, availability and cost of the used

Cons: Not tropicalized, unsteadyed, lack of tripod bracket, it's not a 2.8, but given the price you can't expect more than it already does

Opinion: This lens is a godsend for all those on a tight budget but still want to have a very good performance product, even more than 20 years after its release. Nowadays (2020) it is used in excellent condition between 400 and 300 euros, and as far as I'm concerned it was money well spent on a fixed focal camera. For that figure you can not expect to have stabilization, tropicalization and fixed f/2.8, would be given away. The optical and construction quality is from the L Canon series, I used it especially on SonyA7RII to make landscaping and gave me incredible landscape details, sharp and with really vivid colors. If I were to sell it it would only be to take something tropicalized or f/2.8, but I repeat, for 400 euros this lens turns out to be a viable alternative to the super expensive sony native canvas zooms. In short, for a hobbyist or a person on a budget, this lens is truly a godsend. If money is not a problem or you need something better performing for professional reasons then look for the other, optical technology has made great strides in the last 20 years. Score: 9

sent on June 16, 2020

Pros: Colors, weight, sharpness already at F4, blurred, fluidity of the dials, speed and silence of the focus, value for money, L series.

Cons: No one who does not know at the time of purchase. And especially none in relation to the price at which it is located (paid 300 euros used...).

Opinion: I took this lens a while ago in search of a "cheap" but quality zoom to pair with my M50 and I'm more than satisfied, I would say I'm excited about it. Being the M50 an aps-c the focals clearly stretch becoming type 116-320 so what you lose on the short side is regained abundantly on the long side. The M50 is a very small machine, it does not have in the least the grip of a reflex, but nevertheless this 70-200, being very light and relatively small in size, pairs perfectly with the machine body not at all unbalanced (considering also the extra cm of the adapter). The 24-105 L that I have, in comparison, is a very uncomfortable boulder, not to mention the quality yield not even remotely comparable. As for the tripod ring, having the hook on the adapter and being the lens very light (in relation to the focal), you do not feel the need at all, the weight does not pull forward and remains perfectly balanced. On image quality, sharpness, blurred, precision, speed etc everything has already been said, FANTASTIC. One of those rare cases where yield far exceeds spending. Strange.

sent on May 11, 2020

Pros: Excellent yield to all the focal points already from f4

Cons: It has its limits but no really important cons. The tripod collar is not provided.

Opinion: Purchased as a cheap telezoom for a Sony A7RII, it proved to be a solid performer despite the age of the project. It has excellent sharpness even with interfragm all open and to virtually all the focal points, from the center up to 2/3 of the full frame field. The edges are a soft at 70mm, for landscapes close at f11. Already 80mm up the edges become consistent without needing to diaphan. Classic 70mm barrel distortion and 200mm cushion, not much and regular, it corrects itself smoothly. Vignette perfectly under control. Chromatic aberrations also these almost absent, a bit at the edges at 70mm on 42 Mpx. It has focus shifts at the lowest focal points, if you focus in the manual at full opening you have to take this into account. I didn't see field warp. Certainly a fixed 200mm f2.8 is a bit superior in all aspects: deadlift, bokeh, sharpness throughout the field, distortion, but if you want the convenience of the variable focal, in acceptable size and weight, this zoom is still a valid alternative to this day. Commonplace wants the IS MKI version to be optically better, but this is disproved by both the official MTF of Canon and Lensrental (Mr. Cicala) who claim a slight supremacy of the smooth on stabilized especially at 70mm. The MKII, on the other hand, is superior. The AF on Sony with MC-11 is generally good, even in AFC, it becomes problematic in low light and/or 200mm by selecting AF spots at the edges. An indoor or evening event requires a native attack. Sony's IBIS allows you to use this freehand zoom with relatively low times, stabilizes the viewfinder and disadvens soft images for micro-movement. Perfect. Last thing to report, this 2019 (new buy) is calibrated very well, no tilts and decentralities noticeable.

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