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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 695 €; 208 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 February 26, 2019

Pros: sharpness, internal zoom, content weight, auto focus

Cons: No stabilizer, Lens hood

Opinion: It's really amazing the performance in terms of sharpness, fast and precise autofocus. Even the low weight makes it particularly "comfortable" even in long outputs. Very versatile lens that best of itself in portraits with a nice bokeh effect, even if I happened to use it with satisfactory results in landscape photos. All in all, value for money very inviting. To be absolutely revised the lens hood: decidedly bulky and aesthetically ugly.

sent on February 06, 2019

Pros: Colors at the TOP, Lens does not escape. Certainly a true L-series.

Cons: Lack tripod ring

Opinion: Although not a professional, I used it both for Matrimionio (my son) and for portraits (excellent) and, with multiplier, for shooting avi-fauna. I must say that I was really surprised despite the many positive criticisms on the net. If you are interested in a portrait target, you have found it. Very believable blurred. I happened to use it outdoors and also took some rain without consequences. I use it with my 7d Mark II and it seems like a really good pairing. Although I didn't believe it before, in the photo gallery I think it's the best lens I have of the 4 I have (also fixed). I also tried version 2.8 not stabilized and it seems to me that it loses something in terms of sharpness.

sent on January 20, 2019

Pros: A true L-series, very good images and colors, construction, internal zoom and very good AF

Cons: Old project, not weather sealed and lack of tripod ring (remember it's a L series)

Opinion: A lens with a strong personality, usable even at full aperture as I expect from a professional lens (obvious that I talk about portraits or fauna, certainly not for landscapes). As I do not expect from a professional lens lacks the tropicalization, at least stated. The 24/105 pass it for tropicalized, but with the zoom I would be careful to sand and similar, here the zoom and the Af are internal, it will be hard to put it ko. But the fact remains that it is not tropicalized. And there is also a handy accessory for a zoom like that, the tripod mount. For the rest is a very good goal, it is reasonably priced and does its job in an egregious way despite being a slightly outdated (and perhaps forgotten?) Project of Canon Home

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