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Canon 70-200milimet f/4 L IS

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Canon EF 70-200milimet f/4L IS (covers all formats, 67milimet filters, 26.7 oz./756 g, 4"/1.2m cđại bại focus, about $1,100). enlarge. I got mine from Adorama; I"d also get it at Amazon, at B&H or at Crutchfield. Adorama pays top dollar for your used gear, especially the non-IS 70-200milimet f/4. Using these link to get yours is what helps me keep adding to lớn this site. Thanks! Ken.

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See also:

Canon 70-200 Comparison Table.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II (2010-)

Canon 70-200milimet f/2.8L IS (2001-2010)

Canon 70-200milimet f/2.8L (1995-)

Canon 80-200milimet f/2.8L (1989-1995)

Canon 70-200milimet f/4L (1999-)

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The Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS is just about the sharpest zoom I"ve sầu ever used, exceeded only slightly by the 70-200/2.8 L IS II. Not only that, but the ergonomics and operation are flawless, so flawless that I can shoot & zoom with only one hand.

Of all the Canon Teles, as of June năm trước, this is one I own và use the most.

Feel không tính tiền to lớn read this huge review, but if you"d rather be out shooting and have about a grvà to spover on a lens, just go get one of these for yourself. If you"d rather spover less, I cover that at recommendations.

Canon currently makes four excellent 70-200mm lenses, not including older models. They make them in f/2.8 or f/4, and with or without Image Stabilization (IS).

I"m addicted to IS because IS lets me leave sầu my tripod at trang chính. Even in broad daylight, IS is required to let me make consistently sharp images at ISO 100 hand-held at longer focal lengths. I wouldn"t buy any new telephoto zoom without IS or Nikon"s VR, so that narrows us down lớn the two IS versions, f/4 or f/2.8.

f/2.8 70-200milimet lenses are beasts weighing three pounds each. The f/4 versions are only half that. I don"t know about you, but I"d rather remove sầu an extra pound and a half from around my neông xã and keep an extra $700 in my pocket. Of course all four of the current Canon 70-200milimet lenses are excellent if you prefer them.

I used to lớn haul my Nikon 80-200milimet f/2.8 AF-S everywhere to lớn shoot ISO 50 Fuji Velvia, but now with IS & digital cameras I"d rather have an f/4 lens in exchange for a fraction of the weight. Go lift any f/2.8 telephoto zoom & you"ll see what I mean.

You may follow these liên kết lớn my reviews of the Canon 70-200mm f/4 non-IS & the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS. I haven"t reviewed the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 non-IS version, but you can read about and price it here.

Good News:

1.) Excellent optics; the sharpest zoom I"ve sầu ever used.

2.) Excellent Image Stabilization.

3.) Excellent one-finger zooming.

4.) Light weight.

Bad News:

1.) It sounds like there is a motor running or something boiling inside when the stabilizer runs. It clicks when it turns off or on.

2.) Other than that, this is a perfect lens. Pay your $1,050 và be happy.

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Canon calls this the Canon Zoom Lens EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM.

EF: Electronic Focus. All modern Canon lenses focus with a motor in the lens.

L: Expensive as L. more at Canon L Series Lenses.

IS: Image Stabilization, which means no tripod needed except at night. See Why IS Matters.

USM: Ultra-Sonic Motor: The focus motor operates silently.

Focal Length


Used on a 1.3x camera it gives angles of view similar to lớn what a 88-251milimet lens would give on a 35mm film camera.

On a 1.6x camera it gives angles of view similar khổng lồ what a 114-324milimet lens would give on a 35mm film camera. See also Crop Factor.


trăng tròn elements, 15 groups, including a UD glass element và a fluorite element. These special materials help reduce color fringing.

Internal focus và internal zoom; nothing moves externally.


8 blade rounded. It"s circular through f/8 and octagonal from f/16 up.

Stops down to lớn f/32.

Filter Size


Cthảm bại Focus

4" or 1.2m from the image plane (the back of the camera), marked.

Maximum Reproduction Ratio


Infrared Focus Index?

YES, for 100milimet and 70mm


Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS focus window


2.990" diameter x 6.77" extension from flange (75.96 x 172.0mm), measured.


26.668 oz. (756.05 g), measured, naked.

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ET-74, included. (same hood as non-IS 70-200milimet f/4 L)


LP1224, included. (same case as non-IS 70-200milimet f/4 L)


24 August 2006.

Available since

November 2006.

Price, USA

$1,100, March 2017 ~ August 2018.

$1,200 after rebate, July 2014.

$1,149 after rebate, May 2014.

$999 after rebate, Christmas 2013.


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AutofocusBokehColormàu sắc FringesConstruction Distortion

ErgonomicsEyeblowFalloff Film FiltersFlare Macro

Serial Number & Date CodeSharpness SunstarsIS Zooming


The Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS is one of those lenses that just works and delivers great images without getting in your way.


Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS side view on a Rebel XTi

The Canon 70-200milimet f/4 L IS has a lot of slide switches. They are recessed and unlikely to lớn get knocked, although pros often jam in toothpicks và tape them over khổng lồ be sure.

Personally I could vày without the focus range limiter in order lớn have fewer switches from which to lớn select when operating them by feel. I also wish that Canon provided autofocus lock pushbuttons as my Nikon 80-200milimet AF-S và the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR have.


Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS switches

Stabilizer mode 1 is normal. Mode 2 is only for moving objects, especially women enjoying the good life in a Mercedes SL500, as shown in the illustration in the instruction book. More at the Image Stabilization section.

Focusingbaông xã to Performance or back lớn Introduction.

The auto & manual focusing is excellent. It"s fast, easy, accurate & never gets between you và a great phokhổng lồ.

What Moves

NOTHING. All the focusing happens inside the Canon 70-200milimet f/4 L IS, so nothing moves or extends externally.

Focus Distance Scale


Depth of Field Scale


AF Speed

AF speed is the usual Canon hallmark of nearly instantaneous focus. It"s as fast as my own eyes.

Ease of Manual Focusing

Perfect; just grab the ring at any time.

There"s no need to move an AF/MF switch unless you want to lớn stay in manual focus.

When you vì grab the ring during AF, focus stays where you mix it until you lift off & re-tap the shutter button khổng lồ restart autofocus.

Autofocus Accuracy

AF accuracy and consistency is excellent on my 5D và very good on my Rebel XTi.

I get perfect focus at f/4 at all focal lengths and distances on my Canon 5D, except at 200mm at f/4 at the closest focus distance where it sometimes will focus a half inch (1cm) behind the intended subject. I"d never see this except that I was deliberately testing this, & it"s perfect at f/5.6.

Autofocus is less consistent on my Rebel XTi, which as I"ve seen from previous lens tests is about par for the course with my XTi.

Focus Breathing

Breathing is a motion picture term which refers to lớn what happens as you pull (change) focus from near lớn far. I list this for people putting these lenses on their Canon XL-1s for shooting đoạn phim.

The Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS increases magnification as the focus is pulled closer.

Bokeh baông xã to lớn Performance or back lớn Introduction.

Bokeh is very neutral, with soft edges lớn the blur circles. No surprises here.

Lateral Màu sắc Fringes back lớn Performance or baông chồng to Introduction.

The Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS is approved by the PPLFPA, Professional Patio & Lawn Furniture Photographers" Association, with a grade of "A." Go ahead and knoông chồng yourself out, there is no significant color fringing.

Just to lớn make this as tough as possible on this excellent lens, these shots are all wide open at f/4 in the corner of my full-frame 5D. It will be even better, if you could imagine that, stopped down or on a smaller format camera. (see Crop Factor.)