The Canon 70-200mm f/4L USM telephoto zoom lens is one of Canon’s most popular lenses and the most popular telephoto lens of the “L series.” The optical quality of “L series” lenses help make them the gold standard of professional image contrast, sharpness and color quality. Images from the 70-200mmL lens are of professional quality.
Canon also put a great deal of work into the build quality of the 70-200mmL lens, creating a product that stands up the worst of field abuses and has the ability to produce high quality images for many years. One feature that the 70-200mmL lens lacks is image stabilization. As a result, it is near impossible to produce shake-free images with the lens in low light conditions. For some this may be a disadvantage. Others see the lack of image stabilization as an opportunity to experience the quality of “L series” optics at a lower price point than other telephoto lenses in the “L series.”
Additionally, the lack of image stabilization reduces the amount of glass needed to produce the lens and therefore reduces lens weight. As a result, the 70-200mm f/4L lens is a very affordable, versatile and attractive package for the cost conscious professional or advanced amateur photographer. As an additional note, the 70-200mm f/4L lens is not an ideal choice for those who use full frame digital SLR cameras, as the image produced by the lens will not cover the entire image sensor contained in these cameras.
Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM Features
- Telephoto Zoom Lens
- Focal length: 70-200mm
- Maximum aperture: f/4
- Filter Size: 67mm
- Optics: 16 Elements in 13 Groups
- Canon Micro UltraSonic Motor (USM) provides fast and accurate focusing
- Weight: 705g
- Canon EF Mount
What Users Like About This Lens
The Canon 70-200mm f/4L USM telephoto zoom lens is often one of the first lenses photographers buy in the canon “L series.” Users of the lens are almost never disappointed at the image quality of “L series” optics. The 70-200mm f/4L produces high contrast, sharp and color saturated images.
Despite the lack of image stabilization, photographers have noted that the lens can still be an excellent performer in low light conditions when ISO settings are increased to match light loss. Light weight also makes the lens an attractive and versatile option for any application that requires long periods of hand holding time or travel. Overall, photographers recommend this lens to those who seek value.
What Users Don’t Like About This Lens
The auto focus system of the 70-200mm f/4L lacks the speed found in many newer Canon telephoto models. Photographers have discovered that when the aperture is wide open the auto focus spends an unacceptable amount of time searching for focus. Additionally, the 70-200mm f/4L is not well suited for use with full-frame digital SLRs, as the larger image sensor in these cameras tends to produce an image that vignettes around the edges when used with the lens.