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Canon EF70-200mm F/4 L
« on: September 07, 2009, 08:55:15 PM »
This is the first L lens that I bought, back in around 2005.

I went for the f/4 version purely down to cost. I would have loved the 2.8 IS version, but at the time, I'd only got back into photography and I reallycouldn't justify the extra cost - probably a grand at the time.

Anyway, the lens.

At the time it was reported to be the sharpest of the 3 70-200 L lenses available. Now it is beaten by the f/4 IS version. Just.

It is very light, and can be used as a walk about lens all day without any problems or tiring.

It doesn't come with a tripod colar, and doesn't really need one - I actually share the one that comes with the 400mm f/5.6 - I'm pretty sure the 300mm f/4 has the same colar. The only advantage of the colar is when mounting the lens on a monopod, when it makes turning the lens from portrait to landscape very quick.

In operation, the lens focus's very quickly - not a quick as my 400mm, but quick enough for most subjects.

I use it mostly for motorsport and portraits, as its a bit short for most wildlife, though is good for captive subjects.

The colour and contrast of the lens is very pleasing - rich colours and as I've siad, very sharp.

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Re: Canon EF70-200mm F/4 L
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009, 08:28:32 PM »
Have the IS version and absolutely love it.
Small enough and light enough to use with out needing a tripod or monopod.
As said, extremely sharp IQ when needed.

Glad i opted for this model as opposed to the 2.8 IS version.

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Re: Canon EF70-200mm F/4 L
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2009, 01:43:17 AM »
Just bought myself a 70-200 F/4 from jessops. Was up at £1058, then next time I went in it was £500! After much umming and arring, I've got it, and not had chance to use it yet. Should be better than the kit 55-250mm I've been using!  :tup:


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Re: Canon EF70-200mm F/4 L
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2009, 07:40:40 PM »
should be immensely better than the kit lens. Should make you wonder whether you will ever settle for a cheaper piece of glass again!


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