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

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Filter thread 67 mm
Weight 1.55 lb (705 g)
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.0 x 6.8" (7.62 x 17.27 cm)


Angle of view 34° - 12°
Focal length 70 - 200 mm
Magnification 0.21x
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:4.76
Minimum focus distance 3.9' (1 m)
Diaphragm blades 8
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Camera mount type Canon EF
Groups/elements 13/16
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/32


Image stabilization No
Tripod collar Yes
Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
Slr lens and camera reviews.33034498
28 February 2010

First released in mid 1999, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM has immediately become a choice for many prosumers and professionals alike. This lens replaced Canon's ancient EF 100-300mm f/5.6L, which was also very liked in the photo community.

6 November 2007

At almost a third of the price of the big brother lens, comparisons are a little unfair. This smaller, lighter, slower version is a very nice lens for the money and produces excellent results.

  • +

    Great build quality, Good and consistent performance for price, Silent and quick autofocus

  • -

    Chromatic aberration on the borderline, Tripod mount not included in the price

Bob atkins.32834441
23 July 2008

The EF70-200/4L (IS) USM are among Canon's best lenses. If you need a lens that covers this range and can live without an f2.8 aperture, the f4 versions are the ones to get. [Return to Top of Page] Custom Search

The digital picture.34755376
22 February 2004

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens is arguably Canon's best value "L" Lens , combining professional grade build and optical qualities . Though solidly built , the 70-200 f/4L is relatively light (25 oz / 705g).

Practical photography.34754171
28 February 2015

This review was first published in the February 2015 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here .

Lenstip com.34355424
22 September 2007

All of you, who counted on a completely objective opinion and those in love with L-grade lenses, please stop reading this summary now. The author of this test would like to share his own completely subjective opinions, which may not be liked by all the readers.

  • +

    very high picture quality in the center of the frame and good at the edges of the frame, well controlled chromatic aberration, almost absent coma and astigmatism, small vignetting, fast, quiet and very efficient autofocus,, very sturdy build, perfect quality of build, one of the few affordable...

  • -

    weak performance in bright light

22 October 2005

Another member of Canon's f4 zoom lens suite, the EF 70-200mm f/4L USM combines a relatively compact size with light weight when you consider the amount if glass it contains. Consisting of 16 elements in 13 groups, this lens has two ultra-low-dispersion (UD) elements plus a low-dispersion fluorite...

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
8 August 2016

I am using this lens with my Canon 60D to shoot headshot and landscape scenery. It is sharp and the lack of IS is not an issue. The shots uploaded were all done handheld. I Highly recommend this lens! It delivers sharp images. It is a well made lens.

3 weeks ago

I purchased this lens second hand and must say its perfect! The majority of my shots have been sports shots. And i can't get over how clear and vivid the pics are. I am still learning to use in low light but during a game in the sun this lens is fantastic!!!

26 June 2017

I have numerous lenses but this is my new go to lens for shooting outdoor youth sports. The autofocus is quick, the glass is sharp and the photos are awesome!!

Imaging resource.34355410
29 May 2014

In action (sports) photography, AF seems a bit slow, sometimes out of focus when shooting in burst modus (Canon 7D)

  • +

    sharp, build quality

  • -

    slow AF

1 August 2013

This is an awesome lens. I bought it to photograph sports and I've found myself using it as a carry lens. The 'L' rated lens has a much more defined contrast and much better image sharpness than my kit lens.

  • +

    Image qualityBuildNo external moving parts

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18 March 2013

I bought this lens to replace an older version of the same lens and it is much sharper than the older one. I use this to photograph moving subjects and a fast running son on the track. I have had no issues with it so far.

  • +

    Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction

1 January 2012

This is my first L, but I got chance to try with other L lenses including 100-400. But so far this is one of the sharper L lenses. Comparing it with Canon 50 f/1.4, Rokinon 85 f/1.4(boken king), Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro(non-IS) and others for sharpness on 40D, nothing can beat my 50mm f/1.4.

  • +

    My first L lens and is sharp. I had it exchanged once and the second is really good. Focal length is right for walk around to parks and play grounds in sunlight. I already knew its slower aperture and lack of IS and no complains on that. Good bokeh on longer side.

  • -

    My first copy was not good at f/4, but 1-stopped down, its is razor sharp but I returned for an exchange and got a fantastic(may be it is how it is) lens. No cons for me so far.

Shopping com.33655990
6 October 2012

Clean mean images with this superbly built lens.

  • +

    Great ergonomics, top IS.

  • -

    f4 might be a tad slower to someone used to f2.8

Photography review.34752477
10 November 2010

Introduction: The Canon 70-200F4L is the cheapest "L" series lens in the market. It has a very good range and extremely good image quality. Summary: Canon has released 4 different 70-200 lenses (from cheapest to most expensive order); 70-200F4L USM 70-200F4L IS USM 70-200F2.8 USM 70-200F2.8 IS USM...

  • +

    The common strengths on the 70-200F4L are:, - Picture quality stays sharp all the way up to -200mm, - Zoom barrel doesn't extend (comfortable), - USM, very fast focusing

  • -

    The common weaknesses on the 70-200F4L are:, - No Image Stabalization, - Heavy

29 January 2009

This is by far my favorite lens in my arsenal. I'm normally a macro fanatic, so up until using the Canon 70-200L my macro lens was my favorite. The 70-200L is an amazing performer in terms of image quality and focusing speed and accuracy.

  • +

    Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction, Durable

  • -

    Poor in Low Light

Product Highlights
  • Professional Quality Zoom Telephoto
  • For Film or Digital SLR Cameras
  • Fast Ring-Type USM Autofocus
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Internal Zooming and Focusing
  • 1 Fluorite Lens Element
  • 2 UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) Elements
  • Accepts 67mm Filters
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In The Box
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L 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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