Light and Versatile: A Review of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

The 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is the workhorse of choice for a wide variety of photographers, but given its size and cost, creatives who do not need the f/2.8 aperture may opt for the lighter and cheaper f/4 version. If such a lens sounds right for your work, check out this great review of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM.

Coming to you from Christopher Frost Photography, this great video review takes a look at the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM lens. 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses are typically fantastic tools, but they also normally cost somewhere between $2,000 and $3,000 and are quite bulky and heavy. Canon's 70-200mm f/4L costs anywhere between $599 and $1,299 (depending on whether you get the IS version or not) and is also much lighter and smaller, making it a great alternative for any photographer who does not need the extra light-gathering abilities or narrow depth of field provided by the f/2.8 version (landscape photographers, for example). In addition, you also get excellent image stabilization capabilities that offer up to five stops of compensation along with excellent weather-sealing and quick and quiet autofocus. Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts. 

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David Love's picture

My fav lens is the 2.8 for portraits. People are nervous enough without me right in their face and from a distance I can shoot full body to head shot without moving. People can get self conscious when you say you are taking a close up so this is a great way to have the option without announcing it. I got the 2.8 but could've gone with f4 since I'm in a studio shooting f8 mostly.

Mike Dixon's picture

I had the 70-200 f/4 L for quite a while. I sold it when I got the 100-400. It's probably the best bang-for-the-buck for Canon when it comes to lenses.

Kanchan Saha's picture

No doubt 70-200 is the best lens but it’s expensive for beginner like me. I use 70-300 it’s cheaper and works for my necessities

Nada Ivanova's picture

so far , tmy best lense for portrait is my 70/200 2.8 .. its the mk1 , but my fav choise for portrait