Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

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Weight 1.72 lb (780 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.15 x 6.93" (80 x 176 mm)
Filter Thread Front: 72 mm


Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 34° - 12°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.28' (1 m)
Magnification 0.27x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.7
Focal Length 70 - 200mm
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Optical Design 20 Elements in 15 Groups
Aperture Maximum: f/4Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF


Tripod Collar Optional Removable - rotating
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
The digital picture.34755376
12 June 2018

Need a light, compact, high-quality telephoto zoom lens? Most kits do and telephoto zoom lenses do not get much better than this one. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is one that everyone can find uses for, none will tire of holding, a significant percentage of photographers can afford and...

Pc magazine.34972991
15 July 2013

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens captures impressively sharp images and is optically stabilized. It's a good option for shooters who can't afford an f/2.8 zoom.

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    Optical stabilization system. Fixed aperture through zoom range. Relatively light. Sharp images.

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    Edges soft when zoomed. Adding a tripod collar is expensive.

2 weeks ago

Specification 70-200mm lenses are one of the most sought-after choices in any range of lenses, but full frame f/2.8 models do have the drawback of being big and heavy, as well as expensive.

Camera labs.32824899
14 May 2013

Canon's EF 70-200mm f4.0L IS USM really delivers the goods on both cropped and full-frame bodies. The range may not extend as far as 70-300mm models, but the optical quality is superb and as an 'L' lens, the build quality is also excellent.

Roberts camera.34955828
22 May 2018

The optical Image Stabilization in the new EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens provides up to an incredible four stops of shake correction-a first for Canon IS lenses. The use of fluorite UD lens elements provides excellent optical performance in terms of resolution and contrast.

Slr lens and camera reviews.33034498
6 June 2009

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is clearly one of the best EF mount telephoto zoom lenses available on the market. The lens shows outstanding image quality with particular strength in the 70-135mm range.

Bob atkins.32834441
23 July 2008

The EF50/1.2L is a totally new optical design (there was an old FD 50/1.2L) and uses a molded aspheric rear element (the 50/1.0L used two very expensive ground and polished aspherics). It has a true ring type USM motor and a high speed CPU for fast focus.

Pop photo.32824722
16 December 2008

Hands on

Practical photography.34754171
28 February 2015

With built-in image stabilisation and strong image quality, but the widest aperture of f/4 isn’t the best on the market.

Techradar uk.32817471
20 December 2014

The Canon telephoto delivers fabulous image quality through its zoom range, along with the some of the best lab scores for sharpness for a lens of this type.

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    Sharpness across the zoom range, weather sealing, autofocus speed

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    Good but not great for chromatic aberration

User Reviews
Imaging resource.34355410
9 March 2017

Awesome lens, like to work with it! The image quality is very good. This lens really doesn't have any cons! You can find examples at: Hochzeitsfotografie Frankfurt .

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    Sharp, Light, Awesome image quality

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3 weeks ago

Focus accuracy and performance with this lens is FAST and ACCURATE. I use this in low-light events regularly, and it blows me away how much quicker it locks on than all of my other F2.8 lenses. This lens line is a sportster's dream (F2.8 obviously is better though.

30 December 2015

I have been the 70-200/4 L IS since it was introduced in 2007 and this is my second one after the previous one was given to a relative as a Christmas gift. The pictures from both units are consistently sharp indoors or outside and the constant f/4 aperture makes it easy to satisfy clients and family...

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction

Shopping com.33655990
6 August 2013

I bought this lens rather than the f2.8 version because of it's size and weight. If compared to the f2.8 version, this lens is approximately half the weight, and noticably smaller. This lens is a joy to hold and use because it's really light, and yet it produces outstanding pictures.

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    Very lightweight, built like a tank. Zoom ring and the focus ring are all smooth.

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    Sound of the motor is audible.

29 August 2017

Not great pictures with evening or poor light conditions.

7 February 2017

Great price and awesome service. This lens is worth the money.

Photography review.34752477
24 November 2013

I believe I got mine in 2006 or 2007 and it has never disappointed. The f4 works for most outdoor use and it is a lens you can carry easily compared to the 2.8 with foot. The amazing quality really showed when I used it with my now retired film body, but also shows when my 17-85 is at telephoto and...

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    Amazing image quality and image stabilization.

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    No weaknesses. Nicking it on price would not be fair because the big white Canon lenses are top tier and it seems like they spare nothing to make them.

Wolfcamera com.34753814
2 January 2008

The lens focuses very fast with almost no noise. The IS function is a nice touch, but I am not sure how practical it really is. Having upgraded from an entry level lens, this lens is much heavier. Images are sharp with great color.

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    Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction

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    Slightly Heavy

30 August 2011

use this lens for outdoor pic works well for me

Product Highlights
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • One Fluorite Element and Two UD Elements
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Internal Focus, Focus Range Limiter
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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In The Box
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
  • E-72 II 72mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • ET-78B Lens Hood
  • LP1224 Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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