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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, reviewed by ltd1982

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ltd1982
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Dec 30, 2014 17:33 |  #1

Of all the many (many, many) lenses that I've owned, borrowed, or rented over the years, this is probably the only one that I really regret selling. It was so incredibly sharp, focused so consistently (despite only being f4), and was such a good price even purchased new, it's difficult to believe.

Until the 70-200 f2.8 IS II came out, this was my go to telephoto zoom, being both sharper and lighter than the original f2.8 IS.

Used mainly for portraits and sports, I will probably end up buying this lens again in the near future.

Some of the shots I took with this lens can be seen here (external link).

IMAGE: https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2674/4032864595_07971c2c26_z.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/79nu​9c] (external link)174/365 (external link) by .WFJ (external link), on Flickr



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Jan 03, 2015 22:42 |  #2

If it wasn't for my 135L, the 70-200 f/4L IS would easily be the best lens that I own, and it's certainly more useful than the 135L. On a full frame body it's a great choice for taking pics of the kids at the park or playing outdoor sports. It's also pretty good for wildlife pictures on a crop body as long as you can get pretty close and your subject is fairly big. I've always thought about getting a 70-200 f/2.8 at some point, but with newer bodies allowing higher ISO to be used I wonder if a faster lens would really be necessary, and I'm sure the additional size and weight of an f/2.8 zoom would make me think twice about lugging it around.


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spooky ­ action
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Jan 08, 2015 13:33 |  #3

I love mine. I find myself using it over other lenses that would probably be more appropriate given focal length, setting and subject. THE AF is so fact and accurate. If I'm outside, unless I'm shooting a landscape, it doesn't leave my rebel. To the 135 F2, everyone says the same thing: it's their absolute favorite lens. I have to try that sometime.


Josh
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