Kickin' optic: sharp, flare resistant, fast AF & tough!
P.K. Frary "Gochugogi", Amazon
16 April 2013
Summary: The 70 to 200mm range is ideal for portraits, landscape and outdoor sports. Here's what I thought of my new EF 70-200 4L IS USM. CONSTRUCTION: The hybrid metal (barrel) and polycarbonate (trim) construction and seals on switches and mount make it tough, but reasonably light. Build quality is better than the EF 24-105 4L IS USM and similar to the EF 300 4L USM. The off-white finish is elegant and stays cool even in blazing sun.
Excerpt: I really wanted to get the 2.8 version until I realized how heavy it is, about 3.7lbs. I use this lens for nature and sports photography. This means I need to remain ready to shoot at all times. The idea of carrying around a 4lb weight was no good. Picture are amazing. I attached some below I took at a Dyamo game with my T4i.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I would give this lens a five star except that I have to reserve that for the Image Stabilized version. This lens is rated on many review sites as one of the best of the L series and it lives up to the hype. With 70 mm on the short end of the range it works well for certain landscapes and with 200 mm on the high end it works for close range wildlife especially when I combine it with my 1.4 extender.
Excerpt: This lens is superb for candid street photography. You don't intrude and have people staring at you or gesturing; you capture them as they are. The image stabilization (and the cost) is the reason I decided to go with the f/4 instead of the f/2.8. IS makes up for the extra stops the 2.8 would afford, and f/4 throughout is fine. The sharpness is likely superior to my other lenses. I say likely because I haven't shot every F-stop yet, but so far it's simply amazing.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Used this lens to photograph polo matches. Great for outdoor sports. quick focus, great borkeh, wonderfull color, 4 stop IS freezes action hand holding at high shutter speeds. Sold 70-200 f4 none IS bought this and couldn'd be happier.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged