"Canon 70 - 200 f4L IS lens - Check out below for the pros and cons of this lens"
When I first started out in photography I used to read loads of photography magazines, and I can remembering reading an article on “must have lenses” and a 70 – 200 zoom lens was one of them. At the time the longest lens I had was 100mm, and after a trip to the zoo (and struggling with the 100mm lens) I decided I simply had to have a 70 – 200 zoom lens. After a lot of research I decided the best option for me was the Canon 70 – 200 f4L IS lens, and having owned and used this lens for several years now I thought I would share what I consider to be the pros and cons of this lens.
Pros of the Canon 70 – 200 f4L IS lens
1) It is an L series lens. Being an L series lens means that this lens is made from the best quality materials and made using superior optics. The Canon 70 – 200 f4L IS is tough, durable, weather sealed and well made. This lens is bullet proof and will withstand anything you, or Mother Nature wants to throw at it. The image quality of this lens is awesome, and the sharpness is so good you need to watch your fingers when you use it.
2) It has image stabilisation. The image stabilisation technology means you can use slower shutter speeds and still capture tack sharp photos. You’ll never appreciate just how good image stabilisation is until you’ve used it, and it becomes more and more useful as the lenses focal length increases.
3) It is small and light. Compared to Canon’s other 70 – 200 lenses, i.e. the 70 – 200 f2.8L and the 70 – 200 f2.8L IS, the f4L IS is smaller and lighter, which makes it more discreet and a lot more manageable.
4) It is the best value for money. Out of all the Canon 70 – 200 lenses, i.e. the f4L, f2.8L and f2.8L IS, the 70 – 200 f4L IS is the best value for money. It is better than both the f4L and the f2.8L because it has image stabilization. Whilst it may not open up to f2.8 it is often necessary to stop down the f2.8L to f4 (and sometimes narrower) to get the shutter speed fast enough to get a sharp hand held shot, which negates the extra stop. The other thing to note is the f2.8L is bigger and heavier so camera shake may be even more of an issue.
Cons of the Canon 70 – 200 f4L IS lens
1) It’s not that fast. With an f4 maximum aperture the Canon f4L IS lens is not particularly fast. I have never had too many problems shooting outside in reasonable (or good) light but once the light tarts to fade or I want to shoot indoors, things do get a bit more problematic.
2) It’s a “look at me lens” The Canon f4L IS lens is, like all of Canon’s L series lenses, white which makes it stand out lie a sore thumb. This lens is not discreet at all and it does attract attention, most of which is unwanted. It is not a lens I like to use in areas where thieving scum like to mug tourists for their photography equipment (yes – this does actually happen)
Overall the Canon 70 – 200 f4L IS lens is an awesome lens and one I would definitely recommend. Whilst the anon 70 – 200 f2.8L IS (which I also own) may be the flag ship 70 – 200 if I had to own just one I can honestly say (hand on heart) it would be the f4L IS lens. Okay, this lens doesn’t have the 2.8 maximum aperture, but it is smaller, lighter and more manageable. The image quality is superb, and the image stabilization works exceptionally well. I mainly shoot outdoors and f2.8 is too wide most of the time when I am using the 70 – 200 lens.
Uses of the Canon 70 – 200 f4L IS lens
The Canon 70 – 200 f4L IS lens is a versatile lens you can use for a lot of subjects, and I typically use mine for:-
The above is what I use my Canon 70 – 200 f4L IS for, and there are loads of other uses besides. The point I am trying to get across is that it is a versatile lens and it definitely is a “must have” lens, just like the magazine said it was.
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If you found the above useful/informative below are some other posts detailing the pros and cons (from my personal experience) of other Canon lenses that may be of interest to you. Please do feel free to take a look.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 8 – 15 FISHEYE LENS” Since this lens can capture diagonal fisheye photos and full circular fisheye photos it is effectively two fish eye lenses in one, and without a doubt the best fisheye lens on the market for Canon cameras.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 16 – 35 F4L IS LENS” This lens is, without a doubt, the best wide angle lens for Canon cameras. It is cheaper than the f2.8 version, it is smaller than the f2.8L version and the image quality is better than the f2.8L version. If you want a wide angle lens for you Canon camera look no further than this.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 100 – 400L IS LENS” This is an affordable and versatile super zoom lens, and if you want a long reach this lens is right up your street. You may have to spend a few pounds to get one of these but is the best value for money super zoom lens around. Get one of these and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 100 F2.8L IS MACRO LENS” This is Canon’s flagship macro lens and when you see it, feel it and use it you will soon see why. If macro and close up are your thing you need this lens. If products and still life subjects are your thing this is your lens. This is the sharpest lens I own and when I use it I have to watch my fingers.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 28 – 300L IS F3.5 – 5.6 LENS” Many photographers give this lens a hard time and I struggle to see why. Okay, it is expensive but you get an L series lens that is bullet proof, has image stabilization, has excellent build quality and has the ability to capture a huge range of different shots. This is the perfect walkabout and travel lens, and one I carry around on my 6d all the time.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 35MM F2 IS LENS” If you want an affordable 35mm prime lens that is as good as a Canon L series lens (but doesn’t carry the red ring) this is the lens for you. The image quality is great, the build quality is good and the image stabilization technology is superb. All in all this is a cracking lens and one every photographer should have in their collection.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 24 – 70 F2.8L LENS” This is, without a doubt, one of the best portrait lenses of all time. This lens has been my workhorse for many years now and I wouldn’t be without it. I love this lens, and I am sure you would too.
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