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

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Worth it if You're Looking at Hauling Around Your Camera for Hours on End

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Main ViewWhile it's true that this zoom lens will never "grow up to be" the f/2.8 70-200, at half the weight and half the cost, it's worth it if you're looking at hauling around your camera for hours on end. Canon has created a harmony of features making it the all purpose middle of the line L lens that is almost as affordable as the 70-300 IS, yet with the weather-proofing, durable build, optical performance, and tack sharpness close to the 70-200 f/2.8.

This is a 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.

If you need a low light lens, this isn't it. If your primary objective is to take pictures in available light situations such as weddings and concerts, then get the 70-200mm IS f/2.8 or the 70-200mm f/2.8 instead.

Like all L series lenses, this one is built extremely solid. It may feel fairly large and bulky to those who haven't used L series lenses before. The extra bulk is comes from higher quality glass and the use of more durable materials (metal vs. plastic). ✓


70-200mm telephoto zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras

Inner focusing system and ring-type ultra-sonic monitor for quick and quiet autofocusing

Compatible with same tripod collar (sold separately) as EF 300mm f/4L USM lens

3.9-foot close-focusing distance; supports use of circular polarizing filter

Measures 3 inches in diameter and 6.8 inches long; weighs 25 ounces; 1-year warranty

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length70 200 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Canon EF  
Angle of view 34 - 12  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F4.0  
Smallest aperture opening F32.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 8  
Total Elements 16  
Number of Groups 13  
Minimum focus distance 1.20 m (47.24")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.21 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Ring-type ultrasonic  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight705 g (1.55 lb) 25 oz.  
Lens diameter 76 mm (2.99")  
Overall length 172 mm (6.77")  
Construction materials Metal barrel, metal mount  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (internal)  
Power zoom No  
Zoom lock switch Unknown  
Filter thread size 67 mm  
Filter annotations circular polarizing filter can be attached and used without difficulty as the front lens element does not rotate during focusing  
Lens hood code ET-74  
Tripod collar included No  
Optional accessories Soft Case LZ1224 Tripod collar



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