Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 USM L IS (full format) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (Full Format)

Sample Images

The following images have been taken with the EOS 5D II and they were RAW-converted using CaptureOne.

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 111.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 111.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 116.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 93.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 89.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 135.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 93.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/1250s

Verdict

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 USM L IS is an amazing lens. It is truly outstanding when used on APS-C DSLRs and it suffers only from a minor quality deteriorations on full format DSLRs. The resolution figures are easily on prime levels throughout the whole range and even at max. aperture. Unlike most other full format lenses it manages to keep the vignetting on a moderate level. Lateral CAs and distortions are usually also nothing to worry about. The quality of the bokeh may not be as good as the very best fix-focal lenses but it's very good for a zoom lens. The build quality is excellent with the new sealing as a another highlight. On top of that the lens now features a image stabilizer with an efficiency equivalent to 4 f-stops (at cost of shutter speed if exploited to the max). The only drawback is the very high price tag although price/performance-wise this is still a very sound offer. Highly recommended!

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