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

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An Astonishing 4-stops of Stabilization

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Main ViewThis telephoto lens contains the most advanced IS drive so far, producing an astonishing 4-stops of stabilization. In real life, as a matter of fact, it is four full stops of stabilization. No joking. For non-moving subjects, this zoom lens becomes becomes an effective 70-200mm f/1.4 as far as handholding capability is concerned. When there is subject movement, however, understand that f/4 is still the actual aperture and motion blur will be apparent. As for the not-as-obvious, this 70-200mm version has the highest image quality out of any of the other 70-200mm's. CA, vignetting, and sharpness are unsurpassed with this lens. Lens weight and balance is also paramount in comparison to what it offers: it's only slightly heavier than the f/4 non-IS and with all the IS advantages and not even close to as heavy as the f/2.8 IS with it's one-stop lead.

The EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens delivers the legendary sharpness and clarity of the Canon 'L' series lenses in a compact and lightweight design that is easy to use for hand held photography, making it a versatile lens for any photographer

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).

Canon is the only manufacturer to provide a full range of professional zoom lenses in both the high-speed f/2.8 category as well as the compact and lightweight f/4 category. Rounding out Canon's f/4L lens lineup is the EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens.

This "L" series lens is designed for professional or advanced amateur photographers seeking maximum performance and versatility. This is a lens that can handle almost any assignment, ranging from distant subjects to the demanding requirements of up-close and personal portraits as well as nature photography.

The EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens stands up to the rigors of professional use. The lens is sealed from dust and moisture, and is equipped with the latest generation of Canon's Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, making it an optimal everyday shooter.

The image stabilization achieves three shutter speed steps of camera shake correction within 0.5 seconds after the shutter button is depressed halfway and yields correction for up to four full shutter speeds while handheld, providing a new level of performance. Users can also select two IS modes, one for stationary subjects and another for intentional panning. ✓


The EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens is the same size as the EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens that remains in the EF lens line, but the new lens adds several valuable features. In addition to enhanced weather sealing and image stabilization, the EF-70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens incorporates a circular diaphragm to create more natural looking background blur, and distance information to aid autofocusing and automatic flash exposure.

The lens also suppresses flare and ghosting with advanced coatings and optimal placement of its 20 lens elements in 15 groups. One Fluorite element and two UD (ultra low dispersion) elements thoroughly suppress chromatic aberrations for crisp photos throughout the entire focal range. v A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) provides fast and silent autofocusing, while the full-time manual focus function provides maximum control even when the lens is set for AF.

Lens Includes

Canon Lens Pouch

67mm Front Lens Cap
Rear Lens Cap
ET-74 Lens Hood
Lens Case
Canon 1 Year Warranty.

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length70 200 mm  
Stabilization type Yes (4 stops claimed)  
Camera mount Canon EF  
Angle of view 34- 12 (with full-frame cameras)  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F4.0  
Smallest aperture opening F32.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 8  
Aperture annotations circular aperture  
Total Elements 20  
Number of Groups 15  
Coatings / special elements 1 fluorite element 2 UD glass elements  
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 No  
Focus distance limiter Yes, 3m - infinity  
Physical features
Overall weight760 g (1.68 lb) 26.8 oz.  
Lens diameter 76 mm (2.99")  
Overall length 172 mm (6.77")  
Construction materials metal barrel, metal mount  
Sealing Yes  
Zooming method Rotary (internal)  
Zoom lock switch No  
Filter thread size 67 mm  
Filter annotations does not rotate on focusing  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code ET-74  
Optional accessories Soft case LP1224


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