Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
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Great lens, worth the premium maybe..
5 June 2009
Summary: I bought this lens as a replacement for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS because I wanted something better built that did not extend and focused faster. That was what I told myself, I really wanted to buy it because it was an L lens! It did all the things mentioned but after comparing the pictures I took side by side, I decided it was not worth the premium. It did not help that my copy had some IS issues.
Summary: I had purchased the Non IS version of this lens. But at long range especially in low light conditions I was finding it difficult to hold my hands steady. Also I realized unless it is very bright lit conditions it was difficult to get a sharp pictures without tripod. So I decided to get the IS version instead. WOW! what a change. Now I am able to take pretty sharp pictures at very low shutter speeds.
Pros: Image stabilization, Lightweight, Quick Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: This lens deserves the 5 star rating the reviews give it. I loved it the minute I took it out of the box. It is only off my camera when I am using my 24-105mm. It is lightweight, compact, well made and well worth the money. I have a 1.4x teleconverter on order and can't wait to try the two of them together. Depending on your needs but if you can only have one L type lens this is one I would take some time in looking at and consider.
Summary: My first L lens. It is an Indulgence. Thank you wife. It is so good, one can get spoiled. One can see why a pro would need tools like this. They need fast, sharp and dependable equipment - that's what this offers. Does an amateur need this - I'll let you decide. I am not a pro and have no intention of becoming one. This is an indulgence but it makes taking pictures even more of a pleasure. Three letters can be used to describe this lens -- W.O.W. !!!!
Summary: I kept hearing great things about the 70x200 L lens. I bought this one for around $1100. What I learned later is I bought the 4.0 version, not the 2.8 version that goes for about $2300. The later one is the one with excellent the raving reviews. I have two Canon L lens that give me good image quality when used correctly. I got this new third lens and used it for over two weeks in all kinds of conditions and settings.
Pros: fast focus, looks great, relatively light for a L lens
Conclusion: rarely does something live up to such a lofty reputation as this lens has among users. But at least in my case, this lens certainly does. I have had it for about a week, and put it through both lens testing and many different real world shooting situations, and this lens is just stunning in it's ability to deliver exceedingly sharp, contrasty pictures, even wide open. And if you shoot wide open, especially at the long end, you will see some excellent bokeh performance!
Pros: Super-sharp images, Superior build quality, Fast auto-focus, reasonable size and weight
Conclusion: This lens is simply amazing! It is tack sharp, not too heavy, and doesn't look out-of-place on a Rebel-sized body. The only potential downside for buyers would be the price; but it is offset by being an exceptional zoom lens that very nearly matches (and sometimes outperforms) primes and by the fact that it offers exceptional image stabilization. Canon claims up to 4 stops, but your mileage will vary somewhat (depending on how stable/shaky you hold a camera, etc.).
Pros: Super-sharp images, Fast auto-focus, you will get noticed (color/length), excellent build quality; not too heavy, excellent image stabilization, image quality on par with other canon primes
Cons: you will get noticed (color/length), a tad pricey (until you take a picture!)
Summary: rarely does something live up to such a lofty reputation as this lens has among users. But at least in my case, this lens certainly does. I have had it for about a week, and put it through both lens testing and many different real world shooting situations, and this lens is just stunning in it's ability to deliver exceedingly sharp, contrasty pictures, even wide open. And if you shoot wide open, especially at the long end, you will see some excellent bokeh performance!