Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
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A Great Zoom Telephoto Lens
1 February 2011
Summary: This lens came highly recommended and for good reason: it produces sharp, saturated, images. The detail is astonishing. I also own the 50 mm f/1.8 II lens and would like to point out that comparing the sharpness of a prime lens to that of a zoom lens is like comparing apples to oranges. That said the sharpness of this lens is close to that of the 50 mm lens and sharper than my Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 USM lens which cost almost the same amount.
Summary: This lens has great image stabilization, build quality and quick auto focus. However I found the sharpness rather unimpressive from 135mm all the way up to 200mm. I did some testing using a tripod, timer and mirror lockup and was disappointed with the results. My copy did not live up to the reviews at all. In fact my plastic 50mm 1.8 was much sharper than this lens. It is possible that I got a bad copy that is not representative of the norm.
Summary: This was a lot of money for me to spend on a lens, and I almost didn't buy it. Now that I've had it for a month, I can honestly say it's worth every penny. I'm not a professional, but photography is a serious passion of mine and I have about 8 or 10 lenses that I have collected over a period of 30 years (yes I'm old). This is the best lens I've ever owned. I have a Tamron 90mm prime that I like, but this lens is sharper with better contrast... and it's a telephoto!
Summary: I can't add much in the way of accolades to what other reviewers wrote. Most folks contemplating purchasing this lens or the non-IS version want somthing better optically than the 55-250 IS or even the 70-300 IS lens currently offered. I went with the IS version of the 70-200L over the non-IS version not so much for the image stabilization (which works great) but more for the dust/weather seals of the IS version.
Conclusion: I traded a 200mm F/2.8 L lens (and a few $$ additional) for this lens. I thought the 200 F/2.8 was sharp, but this lens is even sharper and at all focal lengths. It balances well on my D-7 camera body. The IS works great. I have been able to take available light shots at 1/80 at F/4 at ISO 6400 and get exceptionally sharp images. Unless you really need the extra stop choose the 70-200 F/4 L over the 70-200 F/2.8 L and save some money and drop some weight.
Pros: exceptionally sharp, well balanced, solid feeling lens, quick focusing, wonderful color remdition
Summary: this lens will not disappoint. And for those thinking about the 70-200 F2.8, I had one and it is just too heavy to use hand held. But the70-200mm f4 IS USM is perfect to carry around or to hike with with a back pack. Good weight considering how robust its construction is and great, absolutely great, pictures.
Summary: I traded a 200mm F/2.8 L lens (and a few $$ additional) for this lens. I thought the 200 F/2.8 was sharp, but this lens is even sharper and at all focal lengths. It balances well on my D-7 camera body. The IS works great. I have been able to take available light shots at 1/80 at F/4 at ISO 6400 and get exceptionally sharp images. Unless you really need the extra stop choose the 70-200 F/4 L over the 70-200 F/2.8 L and save some money and drop some weight.
Summary: Although I haven't gotten to shoot with this lens yet, and I'm sure it is 5-star, the copy I just received from amazon has large dust particles inside the front element. I will do some shooting to decide if I will return this copy, and will update this review as well.
Summary: This was a Christmas gift with the Canon t2i!! I can't type quick enough to describe my enthusiasm, but in a nutshell...FRIGGING AWESOME!! Nice crisp pics, nice zoom, and even better with the specs of the Canon t2i, with the 200mm, I can seriously crop an excellent quality pic.