Canon 70-200mm f4L USM is a lens that has a good price-performance ratio. Impressive performance, optics quality and USM drive. And all this has been on the market since 1999.

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Canon 70-200. Switches on the case

Canon 70-200. Switches on the case lens.

Canon 70-200 f / 4 L USM. General

The common predecessor of the lineup is the Canon EF 80-200 f / 2.8 L. The older model is Canon EF 70-200 f / 4 L IS USM. Everything is the same, only there is powerful stabilization.

Canon 70-200 / 4L USM:

Optical design: 16 elements in 13 groups, 2 UD element and 1 fluorite
Aperture range: f/4 - ffinal match.
Minimum Focus Distance: 120 см
Maximum magnification: 0,21h
Number of aperture blades: 8
Filter Diameter: 67 mm
Dimensions: 76 * 172mm
The weight: 705 grams

Canon 70-200. Switches on the case

Canon 70-200. Switches on the case lens and focus distance window

Canon lenses on the portal

  1. Canon 15mm f / 2.8
  2. Canon 50mm f / 1.4 USM
  3. Canon 50mm f / 1.8
  4. Canon 50mm f / 1.8 II
  5. Canon 50mm f / 1.8 STM
  6. Canon 60mm f / 2.8 macro USM
  7. Canon 85mm f / 1.8 USM
  8. Canon 1200mm f / 5.6 L USM
  9. Canon 16-35 f / 2.8 II L USM
  10. Canon 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS II
  11. Canon 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 III DC
  12. Canon 24-70 f / 2.8 L USM
  13. Canon 28-80 f / 2.8-4 L USM
  14. Canon 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS
  15. Canon 50-200mm f / 3.5-4.5 L
  16. Canon 70-200mm f / 4L USM
  17. Canon 70-200mm f / 4L IS USM
  18. Canon 70-300mm f / 4-5.6 IS USM
  19. Canon's first teleconverter EF Extender 2x

Canon 70-200 f / 4 L USM in action

Focal length

A set of popular focal lengths that cover portrait focal lengths. In addition, the lightweight telephoto lens is quite compact and doesn't take up much space in your bag.

Canon 70-200. Focus distance window
Canon 70-200. Focus distance window

Body, build quality

Chassis lens really made of plastic and painted white, which definitely draws attention to it (not only people) while working. The bayonet mount is made of metal (aluminum). The lens is made in the form of a tube on which there are two rubberized rings. Focusing is done first, the ring is part of the ship housing. The rings rotate smoothly, while changing the focal length, you can hear the movement of the lenses inside, as well as a slight knock in the extreme positions.

Canon 70-200. General side view
Canon 70-200. General side view

At the base lens there is a recess for the tripod foot. On the body, after the focusing ring, there is a window with the focusing distance and the depth of field calculation. Canon EF 70-200mm f4L USM is not waterproof and dustproof, bayonet not equipped with a rubber gasket. Behind the back piece lens the walls of the case are covered with black pile, which reduces the possibility of glare and reflections.

Canon 70-200. Rear part

All inscriptions are applied to the surface lens paint. The Canon EF 70-200mm f4L USM comes with a ET-74 plastic hood and a fabric case.


Canon EF 70-200 f / 4 L USM closest focusing distance is 1,2 meters. Focusing is silent, internal, and fast enough if there are no problems with object detection. In difficult conditions, the correct focusing can not wait, since the focuser travel is quite long. The front lens does not rotate during operation. When the camera sensor does not cope with the definition of the object, the search continues over the entire range from MDF to infinity. In order to reduce the search time, you can set the minimum focusing distance with the switch on the body lens.

Canon 70-200. Shank

The focusing range switch in autofocus mode has 2 positions:

  • 1,2 meters - infinity
  • 3 meters - infinity

In the first case, the search occurs over the entire field from MDF to infinity, in the second, the focusing time is halved. The focusing drive uses an electronically controlled USM motor. In the absence of power supply, the drive does not work. Focusing is quite accurate, for efficiency, you can use focus adjustment without switching the focusing mode to manual (the so-called full-time manual focusing)

Canon 70-200. General form
Canon 70-200. General form


Shooting with the lens is a pleasure. Minimum post-processing, picture with good color rendition, sharpness, contrast.

Canon 70-200. Sample photo. Shooting events
Canon 70-200. Sample photo. Shooting events

Even a cheap DSLR doesn't go crazy with this lens. Electronically controlled diaphragm, 8 blades. Above f / 4, hexagons may appear in the out-of-focus area.

Canon 70-200. General form
Canon 70-200. General form

Bokeh Canon EF 70-200mm f / 4 L USM

The bokeh is pretty smooth. The blur of the Canon EF 70-200 f / 4 L USM is soft, I would say even boring. The image is easier to perceive as a whole when the object is clearly separated from the background, and the background itself is turned into a mush of flowers. This can be achieved at a 200mm focal length. Such a picture is more clearly perceived as a whole.

Depth of field, sharpness

At an open aperture, the Canon EF 70-200 f / 4 L USM has enough depth of field, as well as detail. Throughout the field (on the crop), the picture quality goes without distortion.


In high contrast scenes, the Canon EF 70-200 f / 4 L USM produces pink and purple halos at the edges of the transitions, but they are corrected without problems in photo editors.


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