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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Camera Lens - 2578A002

Abt Model: 2578A002 | UPC Code: 082966214202
$709.00  
70-200mm 1:4.0 Focal Length And Maximum Aperture/ 16 Elements In 13 Groups Lens Construction/ 34 - 12 Degrees Diagonal Angle Of View/ Inner Focusing System With USM Focus Adjustment/ 1.2m/3.9 Ft. Closest Focusing Distance/ Rotating Zoom System/ 67mm Filter Size/ White Finish
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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Camera Lens, Model 2578A002

High-performance, L-series telephoto zoom lens combining light weight and compactness with an f/4 maximum aperture. Inner focusing and the ring USM enable quick and quiet autofocusing. Also, a circular polarizing filter can be attached and used without difficulty because the front lens element does not rotate during focusing. The tripod collar (sold separately) is the same one used with the EF 300mm f/4L USM.

Specifications:

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 70-200mm 1:4.0
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 13 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 34° - 12°
  • Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 1.2m / 3.9 ft.
  • Zoom System: Rotating Type
  • Filter Size: 67mm

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1 lbs 9 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
 
5.0

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Super-sharp images (58)
  • Superior build quality (56)
  • Fast auto-focus (54)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Light weight (4)

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      5.0

      Sharpest Lens I've ever owned

      By Billyboy66

      from Concord, CA

      Pros

      • Fast auto-focus
      • Superior build quality
      • Super-sharp images

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          Several months ago, I took two bags of lenses that I have, including several "L" lenses, and I ran them through my own tests to see which was the sharpest and second sharpest, etc. This was after a friend of mine, who does professional photo work, had a picture of herself taken with this lens and it was so sharp, it was almost too sharp. By far, this lens came out the winner! I now have a new respect for this lens. The only problem is that I wish I had more uses for it then I do. It's kind of an odd "mm" in that I find it too high to use for portraits and landscapes, except for close-ups of things far away, and when I shot the moon a few weeks ago, it came in a big blurred, whereas my really cheap 500mm mirror lens did okay. But when I've used it for shooting portraits of people, though they are further away, making it more difficult, the pictures are absolutely amazing! Likewise, I shot a mountain in a meadow a few weeks ago and that was amazing as well. I haven't found the exact best use of this lens yet, but if you're considering buying this lens, it takes by far the sharpest and most amazing color photos of any other Canon lens I've come across as of yet.

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          5.0

          Perfect Balance

          By airborne

          from Germany

          Pros

          • Fast auto-focus
          • Great Value
          • Lightweight
          • Superior build quality
          • Super-sharp images

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

            I purchased this lens for my 700D after reading multiple reviews and researching various lenses. This is my first L lens and I am very pleased with the pictures and the way the lens handles. For me, it is the perfect balance of quality (great glass and solid build), practicality (lightweight and ergonomic), and cost (especially with a rebate). I primarily shoot outdoor sports/action and have also taken some great indoor action pictures--yes, handheld without IS. I recommended this lens to a friend who ended-up purchasing the IS version (also a great lens) and has been very satisfied.

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            5.0

            Simply superior!

            By Lola94925

            from SF Bay Area

            Pros

            • Fast auto-focus
            • Superior build quality
            • Super-sharp images

            Cons

            • none!

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

              Others have probably summed this lens up pretty well, but I LOVE THIS LENS! I have been using Canon SLR's since the late 1970's and have always been a big fan. I made the switch to digital in 2011 and have the 7D and 5D Mark 3. Both are super cameras and each lens I have is like having two when you consider the 1.6 crop factor of the 7D. I also have and love the 1.4x extender. On the 7D you now have a 480mm equivalent! Great for sports! I was strictly a prime lens guy for most all the years I have been shooting. I loved my Canon 200mm f2.8 lens! With this lens, I am now a huge zoom fan. This lens is just a super compact size and very light weight. Personally, I would choose it over the 2.8 model unless I really needed the speed or really shallow DOF. It is tack sharp and super easy to use. I love how the lens does not extend when you zoom. Always the same size and about half the weight and price of the 2.8 model. Aside from the excellent quality, what I like most is the size and weight. I can get this and my 24-70 f4 easily into a small bag and this is my go to run and gun package. I have several primes, but find myself not using them at all with these two excellent lenses. Buy one! You will love it!

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              5.0

              Made the right choice!

              By Edward

              from Los Angeles

              Pros

              • Superior build quality
              • Super-sharp images

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                Debated long and hard on this vs the 2.8 non-IS since they are very close in price. I opted for the f4 because I didn't want to lug around a monopod and the f4 is proven sharper. The 4 extra stops of shutter speed is real and more than makes up for the slower glass. Hands down winner!

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                5.0

                Amazing lens

                By PhotoDoc

                from Cincinnati, OH

                Pros

                • Fast auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • price
                • Superior build quality
                • Super-sharp images

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                  I bought this lens last year and WOW. I chose the f/4 IS over the other versions of the 70-200 by Canon for several reasons. The first being the weight compared to the f/2.8 is roughly half of the IS II version (1.68lbs vs 3.29lbs). The second reason being the image quality. After reading around and looking at tests the f/4 IS version is the second in sharpness only to the flagship 2.8 IS II version in the Canon lineup. It does very well wide open at f/4. The image quality as well as the Image stabilization are well worth the difference from the non-IS f/4 and f2.8. The IS is fantastic and keeps images sharp. It doesn't come with a tripod collar but it isn't needed because it is so light. I use it all the time on my tripod with no problems just using the camera mount. Color rendition is wonderful as well. Certainly a giant step above the 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS I replaced. If you are an outdoor photographer and need a telephoto zoom this is your lens. I have used it for some outdoor portrait work as well and the bokeh was fantastic. Just a great lens.

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                  5.0

                  Great Lens!

                  By Dajoker

                  from Boston NY

                  Pros

                  • Fast auto-focus
                  • Superior build quality
                  • Super-sharp images

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      Excellent lens I have had this for about 8 months sharp pictures even captures birds in flight! Very light for the zoom range, well thought out lens. Easy to focus or adjust the zoom while framing a moving subject. I use it with a 1.4xII and its still tack sharp even on off hand shots.

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                      5.0

                      Worth all the lofty praise?

                      By Flying Scotsman

                      from Lake Norman, NC

                      Pros

                      • everything to do with the image.

                      Cons

                      • Price

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                        Worth all of the lofty praise? ABSOLUTELY! This truly is photography's Platinum Standard - whether using digital or that old-fashioned stuff, film. I reserve the description "perfect" for almost everything; this lens is a rare exception. No questions whatsoever, absolutely tip-top marks for astonishing clarity, sharpness, colour & contrast; lightning-fast USM auto-focus. On an APS-C (1.6X) sensor body, this shoots like a 112-320mm f/4 lens. It is - basically - a "do it all" telephoto zoom. Considered the f/2.8 version but the added price for the one extra stop just wasn't worth it - to me. The added size & weight was also a factor.

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                        5.0

                        7D

                        By Taz

                        from Norfolk, VA

                        Pros

                        • Best price
                        • better built
                        • Easy to handle
                        • Sharp image
                        • suitable weight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                            It's my First Lens for 7D and I am happy with its super sharp colors and best results. portraits and other shots I have taken so far are remarkable. Happy to have it, an looking forward to play more out of it. Price, built quality and weight is ideal. Highly recommended.

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                            5.0

                            Almost Unbelievable.

                            By JAdams

                            from Chicago, IL

                            Pros

                            • Superior build quality
                            • Super-sharp images

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                This lens is so good it is almost unbelievable. The color this lens captures is beautiful and is very impressive. The lens zooms in and out with ease and focusing is precise and easy to work in manual setting. The only issue I have had with it is when using it with a t5i during a sports game the autofocusing is slow, but upon asking other owner's of this lens with different cameras, they as well as I believe this is due to the fast pace of the switching focuses that comes with sports and the t5i only having 9 AF points, rather than a 1D-X's 60-something. Because of this when I am doing video or am in a close up shot I use manual focus, which is not a bad second option, this lens makes it very easy.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Can be a great lens

                                By Quiettsolopursuit

                                from Grand Rapids, MI

                                Pros

                                • Superior build quality
                                • Super-sharp images

                                Cons

                                • auto-focus not always accurate
                                • Slow Auto-Focus

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                  This is the second 70-200 mm lenses for me, I returned the first after a couple of weeks because I could not get a sharp image from it. The replacement lens was much better, but I at the time, I still rated it as the least sharp of the three lenses I own. I couldn't see what all the hype over L series lenses was all about. A funny thing happened though, the more I have used this lens, the sharper it has gotten. The auto-focus has sped up, and become quieter as well. Now, I rate this as the sharpest of the three lenses, although the auto-focus is still slower and louder than the other two lenses. Why that is, I don't know, but this lens has gone from producing OK photos, to some mind blowingly sharp photos at times. I have found that when using this lens near the limits of its close focusing capabilities, I have to switch to live view and focus manually to get the awesome sharpness this lens is capable of. I can use the servo mode of auto-focus to come close to that, one shot auto-focus produces variable results, usually not good. At more typical working distances, this lens is blowing me away with the sharpness, color, contrast, and color saturation, but it was if it had to be broken in to get to this point. It's now producing photos so good that I can't imagine how the photos could be any better, and that's saying a lot. The photos are so sharp that you can "see" the texture of a bird's feathers, or the scales of a butterfly's wings. There's a lot to love about this lens, like the fact that it doesn't change length when you zoom it, it stays set at whatever focal length you set for when using it near vertical, it's fairly light for it's focal length, and most of all, the photos that it can produce. I use this lens on a 60D body, and apparently, there are differences in the way that lenses and bodies perform together. I purchased a second 60D body two weeks ago, and used this lens on the second body for a week, and the difference in the accuracy of the auto-focus is very noticeable, much better with body number two than the first. One more thing, I purchased the non IS version, it works fine for me, but I would recommend the IS version, even though it is more expensive. I wished that I had done so. My other two lenses have it, and you don't know how much you will like something until you try it. So, overall, this lens has a lot going for it, I have learned how to get some incredibly sharp images from it, I love it. But, I think that Canon should do a better job of making all their lenses work 100% with all their bodies, 100% of the time.

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