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

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Weight 1.67 lb (760 g)
Filter thread 67 mm
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.0 x 6.8" (7.62 x 17.27 cm)


Focal length 70 - 200 mm
Groups/elements 15/20
Minimum focus distance 3.94' (1.2 m)
Diaphragm blades 8
Camera mount type Canon EF
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Magnification 0.21x
Angle of view 34° - 12°
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:4.76
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/32


Autofocus Yes
Tripod collar Optional
Image stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
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.

What digital camera.32818507
20 February 2013

We take a closer look at the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM and see if it can compete with its f/2.8 sibling

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.

13 December 2008

Gary Wolstenholme takes a look at how this compact telephoto zoom lens performs. Canon's EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM costs around £800 and has an Image Stabiliser, silent Ultrasonic focusing with full time manual override and is sealed against dust and moisture.

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    Excellent optical quality, Superb build quality, Very effective image stabilisation, Fast to focus, Sealed against weather and dust, Light weight

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    Sometime miss-focuses near minimum focus distance

The digital picture.34755376
14 December 2006

Take one of Canon's most popular lenses, the Canon 70-200mm f/4 L , add an up-to-4-stop Image Stabilizer and you get the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens. If you don't need the subject-action-stopping and background-blurring capabilities of the faster Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS Lens , this lens...

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.

Photozone de.34752480
28 November 2010

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 USM L IS is an amazing lens. It is truly outstanding when used on APS-C DSLRs and it suffers only from a minor quality deteriorations on full format DSLRs. The resolution figures are easily on prime levels throughout the whole range and even at max. aperture.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
19 January 2017

I have only had this for only two weeks, but it has exceeded my expectations after doing a lot of research. It serves dual purpose on both my Canon 7D (original) crop sensor and the 5D Mark IV full frame sensor. Sharpness is unbelievable, as well as fast, quiet, and repeatable right-on auto focus.

Imaging resource.34355410
9 March 2017

We use our copy of "Little White" to augment a 135L when a bit more reach is needed. It never disappoints, and with the AF on the 5D4 you can use it indoors after the sun goes down. The images are lovely, the AF snappy, and the IS effective. Probably the best performance vs.

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    Wonderful lightweight and versatile professional image tool. Shoot it wide open all day. Sharp images full of life on both full frame and APS-C.

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    No tripod ring included.

2 August 2017

The canon L series lens are some of the most sought after lens in the world of photography. This lens is super sharp from corner to corner. Once you have a lens of this quality you will see the difference when you compare your photo shots with other lens that you may own.

4 weeks ago

Using this lens for the last 4 years. Very happy with every aspect. My alternative would have been f2.8. As I use it more during travel than in the studio, "Less weight" won. I don't regret my decision. Of all my lenses, this is the most amount of Lens for the least amount of money.

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

16 October 2016

Outstanding performance in well-lit situations. However not good for taking photos of the moon, sunsets with bright clouds, or night shots with bright lights. In these cases it produces a very obvious ghost image for each light source.

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.

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.

6 September 2011

Only Cons about this lens is F4. but people who doesn't need F2.8, this is best lens. much lighter than 2.8 lenses. and sharper and contrast is stronger. and IS works great.

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

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    Poor in Low Light

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

Product Highlights
  • Professional Quality Zoom Telephoto
  • Built-In Image Stabilizer
  • For Digital or Film SLR Cameras
  • Fast Ring-Type USM Autofocus
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Water and Dust Resistant
  • Internal Zooming and Focusing
  • 1 Fluorite Element
  • Circular Aperture Diaphragm
  • Accepts 67mm Filters
Average Expert Score
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens
  • E-67 II 67mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • ET-74 Lens Hood
  • LP1224 Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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