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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM SLR Telephoto lens White

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Long product name Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM SLR Telephoto lens White :
The short editorial description of Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM SLR Telephoto lens White

EF 70-200mm f 4L IS USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM SLR Telephoto lens White:
The official marketing text of Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM SLR Telephoto lens White as supplied by the manufacturer
Compact, manoeuvrable and lightweight, the world’s first 4-stop Image Stabilizer lens also features the very finest in L-series lens optics to deliver stand out optical performance and operability.

- L-series optics.
- Light and compact.
- 4-stop Image Stabilizer.
- f/4 through zoom range.
- Fluorite and UD lens elements.
- Fast auto focus.
- Environmental seals.
- Super Spectra coatings.
- Circular aperture for pleasing background blur.
- Soft case and lens hood.

The professional’s lightweight IS telephoto zoom.

4-stop IS
The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM features the world's first 4-stop Image Stabilizer (IS). Ideal for handheld work, the exceptionally accurate and sensitive IS negates the need for a tripod in many conditions. Shutter speeds up to 4 stops slower than would be otherwise possible (e.g. 1/15 sec instead of 1/200) can be used with no perceptible increase in image blur. For stabilised panning, IS Mode 2 corrects only for unwanted vertical shake.

L-series quality
The lens embodies Canon’s highest standards of L-series optics, build quality, reliability and operability. Crisp, high contrast image quality is assured right across the frame and throughout the entire zoom range. A reliable partner in tough conditions, the metal and polycarbonate construction features special environmental seals to prevent the ingress of dust and moisture.

With a length of just 172mm and weighing only 760g, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is ideal for assignments where there is a need to travel light without compromising performance, operability or image quality.

Fixed aperture
With no change in aperture over the full focal length range, photographers can set exposure at the widest aperture and zoom through to 200mm without slowing shutter speed. Lens length remains constant during zooming and focusing.

Fluorite and UD lens elements
The lens incorporates a single Fluorite and two UD (ultra-low dispersion glass) lens elements to suppress secondary chromatic aberrations. The result is crisp, high contrast, undistorted images throughout the entire zoom range, without colour fringing at subject outlines.

Auto focus
A Ring-type USM (Ultrasonic motor) delivers responsive, high-speed, silent auto focus. Holding torque is excellent, stopping the focus lens group with precision and without overshoot. Full time manual focus override is available without switching out of AF. Minimum focus distance is 1.2m throughout the zoom range.

Super Spectra coatings
Optimised Super Spectra coatings and lens element shaping suppress flare and ghosting. Coatings also help achieve true colour balance and increase contrast.

Pleasing background blur
The Electro Magnetic Diaphragm (EMD) features an almost perfectly circular aperture to create an even and attractive blur from out-of-focus backgrounds.

A cylindrical bayonet hood and soft case are included.
Short summary description Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM SLR Telephoto lens White:
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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, SLR, 20/15, Telephoto lens, 47.2" (1.2 m), Canon EF, 2.76 - 7.87" (70 - 200 mm)
Long summary description Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM SLR Telephoto lens White :

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM. Component for: SLR, Lens structure (elements/groups): 20/15, Lens type: Telephoto lens. AF actuator: Ring USM. Color of product: White. Diameter: 2.99" (7.6 cm), Filter size: 2.64" (6.7 cm), Length: 6.77" (17.2 cm). Magnification: 0.21x

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Lens system
Component for *
Lens structure (elements/groups) *
Lens type *
Telephoto lens
Closest focusing distance *
47.2" (1.2 m)
Maximum aperture number *
Image stabilizer *
Lens mount interface *
Canon EF
Focal length range (f-f)
2.76 - 7.87" (70 - 200 mm)
Number of diaphragm blades
Diagonal angle of view (min)
Lens system
Diagonal angle of view (max)
Auto focus
Manual focus
AF actuator
Ring USM
Color of product
Weight & dimensions
Diameter *
2.99" (7.6 cm)
Filter size *
2.64" (6.7 cm)
Length *
6.77" (17.2 cm)
Weight *
26.8 oz (760 g)
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Testseek has collected 15 expert reviews for Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM and the average expert rating is 85 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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It usually goes without saying that a zoom lens won't come close to matching the performance of a good prime (non-zoom) lens at any given focal length. But is that always the case? When we tested the non-IS version of this lens, we were mightily impressed...
Bottom line It isn't easy to improve on an almost flawless lens like the Canon 70-200mm f/4L, unless you add 4-stop Image Stabilization without degrading any of the optical or build qualities. This lens tests and performs as well, or better than, any lens tested rece...
Usually in life, the best you can hope for is to get what you paid for. Occasionally though, you get much more. A good case in point is the Canon 70-200mm f/4L lens. Prior to testing it, we'd been aware of this lens' good reputation: Test tech Jim actuall...
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 mois...
Good Excellent optical quality, Superb build quality, Very effective image stabilisation, Fast to focus, Sealed against weather and dust, Light weight...
Bad Sometime miss-focuses near minimum focus distance...
Bottom line There is no doubting that this is a fantastic piece of optical engineering. The build quality is excellent, it focuses quickly, the image stabiliser works well and above all it's sharp throughout the zoom range, at least in the centre.If you're not in...
Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM reviewThis lens is Canon?s ?cheaper? version of the highly rated 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM. Leaving out the Image Stabilisation and making the lens one stop slower at f/4 make the saving. Otherwise, Canon claim it has the same qu...
(From Canon lens literature) 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...
Like the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM Lens, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens Mug was introduced at a major Olympic event - the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in this case. As a member of the Canon EF 70-200mm L Lens family and as part of the new...
Canon users were always gifted with a broad range of excellent tele lenses, especially zooms. At the time the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 USM L hit the market back in 1999 it was another milestone but there was one itch left: wouldnt it be nice to have thi...
Bottom line 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 whol...
Review of the Canon EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM Lens2nd Edition Revised Review This is a sharp, compact and light weight, image-stabilized lens that packs a lot of performance into a relatively affordable package. There is a widespread view that the image st...
In a Nutshell Canon currently makes four 70-200mm lenses. Take your choice of f/4 or f/2.8 and with or without image stabilization. I also have a detailed review of the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS version. This is the least expensive: the f/4 without stabilizat...
It isnt easy to improve on an almost flawless lens like the Canon 70-200mm f/4L, unless you add 4-stop Image Stabilization without degrading any of the optical or build qualities. This lens tests and performs as well, or better than, any lens tested r...
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens is arguably Canons best value "L" Lens combining professional grade build and optical qualities. Though solidly built, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens is relatively light (25 oz / 705g). Actually it is ve...
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