Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

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The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is a lightweight, compact L Series telephoto zoom lens with Image Stabilizer. The optical Image Stabilization in the new EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens provides up to an incredible four stops of shake correction-a first for Canon IS lenses. The use of fluorite UD lens elements provides excellent optical performance in terms of resolution and contrast. These features, together with its water-and dust-proof construction, provide both the performance and portability to meet user demands.
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Compatible Camera Mount Canon EOS SLR Cameras
Max Focal Length 200 mm
Lens Type Telephoto Zoom
Max Aperture f/ 4 (Wide)
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Best Telephoto Zoom Lens
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Apr 21, 2009

Bestcovery experts have rated the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras as a best pick for the Best Telephoto Zoom Lens. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 4, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 19 expert reviews for Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM and the average expert rating is 73 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
3 Star Review  productwiki.com - May 5, 2011

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens is a solid build but light in weight (705 grams) “L” Lens, as compare to Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L Lens, and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens.Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens combines professional design with optical quality. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens has 8-blade aperture , which opens at constant f/4 at all focal length ranges, which assists in better color with better foreground/background blurr. This lens is narrow enough to be compatible with smaller lens size and weight, but wide enough to create some background diffusion in this focal length range, and does not require bright light for handling. However, this is a low light lens, which means one needs a flash while shooting indoors after the sunset. Canon’s Ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) technology enables this lens the capability of fast focusing, in a ... PROS: (1) includes lens hood - improves image contrast, protects from flare, adds some protection (2) now includes image stabilization for up to 4 stops of improvement - especially important for a slower F/4 lens (3) excellent full frame sharpness starting from 135mm, even wide open (4) excellent control over CA, Coma and geometric distortion (5) USM - quiet, fast and accurate autofocus ... CONS: (1) image stabilization is noisy (2) double the price of the previous 70-200 F/4 L lens (3) sharpness lacking at the short end of the zoom range (4) slow maximum aperture - poorer when shooting in low light, trying to isolate a subject with DOF

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Pros and Cons of Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
5 Star Review  intellireview.com - Aug 3, 2011

PROS:Image stabilizer, Quiet auto-focus mechanism. CONS:Large dimensions. REVIEW:Designed for the Canon EOS line of SLR cameras, the EF 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom lens incorporates a four-stop image stabilizer with two distinct modes that allow for crisp, perfect freeze-frames while holding the camera steady or even taking a picture while panning horizontally. Focusing with the lens can either be manual or auto, with the latter being enhanced with the ring-type ultra-sonic motor (USM) that

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Super sharp
4 Star Review   By Jon on Adorama - Aug 13, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I always check out a new lens to see if it needs any in-camera micro adjustment to the autofocus. I compared it to my 24-105 which has always been very sharp. The 70-200 is even sharper, so I'm quite happy. The only negative is that the IS motor is louder than my 24-105 and I wouldn't have expected that.

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Worth the money
4 Star Review   By Jen on Adorama - Jun 26, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is a great all around lens. I can photograph kids and families outside with no problem. Definitely worth the money and a great addition to my equipment list.

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A great lens.
5 Star Review   By Jim on Adorama - May 28, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I am very satisfied with this purchase. This lens seems to be much sharper than my 24-105 and nails focus. The IS is somewhat noisy but not that big of a deal to me. The size is good but being white it is definitely not discreet. I used it indoors at my n

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fast delivery
5 Star Review   By Boguslaw on Adorama - May 22, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

perfect for my needs

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A good buy
4 Star Review   By Rocks on Adorama - May 20, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Love using this for wildlife photography

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Great buy. Cheapest at Adorama.
5 Star Review   By ska on Adorama - Apr 30, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

photograph birds. excellent clarity. No soft focus issues at 200mm or even 400mm (with teleconverter). compared it with the sigma HSM 70-200 F2.8 lens that i have used for over 10 years and find this lens to be a lot better in every respect. cons:Auto foc

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I would highly recommend this lens.
5 Star Review   By Tomrock on Adorama - Apr 23, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

The image stabilization is a little noisey, other than that it is a great lens and whole lighter than f/2.8 and almost as sharp!

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Absolutely in love with this lens.
5 Star Review   By Seeing Digitally on Adorama - Apr 23, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

What I love about this lens: * Solid construction. * Optical image stabilization and weather sealing * Lightweight * wonderful bokeh. What I didn't like: * Canon should include the tripod mount with the lens. Other lens manufacturers include them (like Si

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Polo comes to life !!!!!
5 Star Review   By bwitt photography on Adorama - Apr 4, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Used this lens to photograph polo matches. Great for outdoor sports. quick focus, great borkeh, wonderfull color, 4 stop IS freezes action hand holding at high shutter speeds. Sold 70-200 f4 none IS bought this and couldn'd be happier.

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Great bang for the buck
5 Star Review   By AL on Adorama - Mar 26, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Light weight L with IS, this is great for my outdoor shots. I can carry it all day. Fast focus, sharp...

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The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is a lightweight, compact L Series telephoto zoom lens with Image Stabilizer. The optical Image Stabilization in the new EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens provides up to an incredible four stops of shake correction-a first for Canon IS lenses. The use of fluorite UD lens elements provides excellent optical performance in terms of resolution and contrast. These features, together with its water-and dust-proof construction, provide both the performance and portability to meet user demands.
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Compatible Camera Mount Canon EOS SLR Cameras
Max Focal Length 200 mm
Lens Type Telephoto Zoom
Max Aperture f/ 4 (Wide)
Summary
Product Title Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
Manufacturer Canon
Lowest Price $1,015.00 from Abe's of Maine
Power Score 4.4 | 148 Reviews
Optics
Image Stabilization: Optical
Min Focus Distance: 47.28"
Min Focal Length: 70 mm
Filter Size Supported: 67 mm
Other Features
Included Components: Case, Lens Hood
Physical Specifications
Diameter: 3 in
Dimensions: 6.80" Length x 3" Diameter
Length: 6.8 in
Weight: 1.67 lbs
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Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited Warranty
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Additional Specifications
Maximum Aperture: 4 1/f
Product Line: EF
Angle of View: 34 to 12 degrees
Min Aperture Value: F/32
Max Aperture at Min Focal Length: F/4
Brand Name: Canon
Lens Construction: 20 Elements in 15 Groups
Digital Format: No
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Expert Reviews
Best Telephoto Zoom Lens
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Apr 21, 2009

Bestcovery experts have rated the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras as a best pick for the Best Telephoto Zoom Lens. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 4, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 19 expert reviews for Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM and the average expert rating is 73 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
3 Star Review  productwiki.com - May 5, 2011

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens is a solid build but light in weight (705 grams) “L” Lens, as compare to Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L Lens, and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens.Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens combines professional design with optical quality. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens has 8-blade aperture , which opens at constant f/4 at all focal length ranges, which assists in better color with better foreground/background blurr. This lens is narrow enough to be compatible with smaller lens size and weight, but wide enough to create some background diffusion in this focal length range, and does not require bright light for handling. However, this is a low light lens, which means one needs a flash while shooting indoors after the sunset. Canon’s Ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) technology enables this lens the capability of fast focusing, in a ... PROS: (1) includes lens hood - improves image contrast, protects from flare, adds some protection (2) now includes image stabilization for up to 4 stops of improvement - especially important for a slower F/4 lens (3) excellent full frame sharpness starting from 135mm, even wide open (4) excellent control over CA, Coma and geometric distortion (5) USM - quiet, fast and accurate autofocus ... CONS: (1) image stabilization is noisy (2) double the price of the previous 70-200 F/4 L lens (3) sharpness lacking at the short end of the zoom range (4) slow maximum aperture - poorer when shooting in low light, trying to isolate a subject with DOF

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Pros and Cons of Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
5 Star Review  intellireview.com - Aug 3, 2011

PROS:Image stabilizer, Quiet auto-focus mechanism. CONS:Large dimensions. REVIEW:Designed for the Canon EOS line of SLR cameras, the EF 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom lens incorporates a four-stop image stabilizer with two distinct modes that allow for crisp, perfect freeze-frames while holding the camera steady or even taking a picture while panning horizontally. Focusing with the lens can either be manual or auto, with the latter being enhanced with the ring-type ultra-sonic motor (USM) that

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User Reviews
Super sharp
4 Star Review   By Jon on Adorama - Aug 13, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I always check out a new lens to see if it needs any in-camera micro adjustment to the autofocus. I compared it to my 24-105 which has always been very sharp. The 70-200 is even sharper, so I'm quite happy. The only negative is that the IS motor is louder than my 24-105 and I wouldn't have expected that.

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Worth the money
4 Star Review   By Jen on Adorama - Jun 26, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is a great all around lens. I can photograph kids and families outside with no problem. Definitely worth the money and a great addition to my equipment list.

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A great lens.
5 Star Review   By Jim on Adorama - May 28, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I am very satisfied with this purchase. This lens seems to be much sharper than my 24-105 and nails focus. The IS is somewhat noisy but not that big of a deal to me. The size is good but being white it is definitely not discreet. I used it indoors at my n

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fast delivery
5 Star Review   By Boguslaw on Adorama - May 22, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

perfect for my needs

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A good buy
4 Star Review   By Rocks on Adorama - May 20, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Love using this for wildlife photography

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Great buy. Cheapest at Adorama.
5 Star Review   By ska on Adorama - Apr 30, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

photograph birds. excellent clarity. No soft focus issues at 200mm or even 400mm (with teleconverter). compared it with the sigma HSM 70-200 F2.8 lens that i have used for over 10 years and find this lens to be a lot better in every respect. cons:Auto foc

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I would highly recommend this lens.
5 Star Review   By Tomrock on Adorama - Apr 23, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

The image stabilization is a little noisey, other than that it is a great lens and whole lighter than f/2.8 and almost as sharp!

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Absolutely in love with this lens.
5 Star Review   By Seeing Digitally on Adorama - Apr 23, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

What I love about this lens: * Solid construction. * Optical image stabilization and weather sealing * Lightweight * wonderful bokeh. What I didn't like: * Canon should include the tripod mount with the lens. Other lens manufacturers include them (like Si

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Polo comes to life !!!!!
5 Star Review   By bwitt photography on Adorama - Apr 4, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Used this lens to photograph polo matches. Great for outdoor sports. quick focus, great borkeh, wonderfull color, 4 stop IS freezes action hand holding at high shutter speeds. Sold 70-200 f4 none IS bought this and couldn'd be happier.

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Great bang for the buck
5 Star Review   By AL on Adorama - Mar 26, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Light weight L with IS, this is great for my outdoor shots. I can carry it all day. Fast focus, sharp...

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Excellent image quality, portable
5 Star Review   By DCM1024 on Adorama - Mar 26, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I have just had this lens a short time but am very pleased thus far. Spent months debating whether to get this or the EF 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II. We tried out the bigger lens twice and it just seemed too big and heavy for me to carry all day, even though I h

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Great lens, not great focus
4 Star Review   By Lu on Adorama - Mar 20, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I really like the lens and its built, I'm just not 100% happy with some of its areas of focus. At some of it corners it just won't focus well.

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Just A Phenomenal Lens
5 Star Review   By justmaybe on Adorama - Mar 19, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I couldn't believe it when I opened the box. Great packaging and a really great experience holding it for the first time and attaching it to my 7D. I was going to get the 5D but decided to put the money into lens. I certainly wasn't disappointed with this

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Even Used, its a superb zoom
5 Star Review   By Daniel M. on Adorama - Mar 19, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

On a 1.6x crop CCD, this lens may feel clausterphobic at times and is almost useless for portrait or indoor; for outdoor and wildlife, its exceptional. This lens brought me closer to some extraordinary wildlife and has helped produce some of my finest sho

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Buy it from ADORAMA
5 Star Review   By Aziz on Adorama - Mar 7, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Save you're time and buy it , I read a lot of reviews about it every where , such a superb lens i can tell you as a user it wont let you down unless you can afford more for 2.8 version ... Why ADORAMA !! I bought 1 which later i discover it was a defectiv

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Best Image Quality from the 70-200 line
5 Star Review   By Johany on Adorama - Feb 5, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

There are lenses and there are great lenses. This is one from the latter category. Amazing picture quality, great color reproduction, very sharp and beautiful bokeh. Advantages: * Legendary L-series quality. * Carries the most advanced IS drive to date fr

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nice lens
4 Star Review   By butch on Adorama - Jan 22, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

The auto focus is very quick. the stabilizer works but not as good as i had hoped. i do not believe i am getting 4 stops out of it. that is just my opinion. it works well but 200 is not quite enough to shoot wildlife in alot of cases.

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One of the BEST..!
5 Star Review   By Silver Wolf on Adorama - Jan 17, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Best Q zoom lens I know of, considering ease of use. My 2nd in 5 years. New one sharper than first, got lucky. Bokeh could be somewhat better, but it's not f/2.8... Light weight outweighs the small draw back. Works well even with the EF 1.4x III. Can be u

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Simply the best lens and must have.
5 Star Review   By Baha007 on Adorama - Jan 2, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Use this lens for shooting both indoor and outdoor portrait, landscape and sports. I've been able to achieve outstanding results! Beautiful action shots in low light.

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Great lens for the weight
5 Star Review   By Austin on Adorama - Dec 13, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This lens is a great addition to my kit. The f4 lower limit makes it harder to use indoors with available light however I use it primarily outdoors. The lens is great on my 7d. I currently have the 17-55mm EF-S lens on most of the time but for extra reach

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Excellent Product!
5 Star Review   By Jack the Frips on Adorama - Oct 12, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Before buying the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L, I also considered the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L but finally decided for the f/4 for the following reasons: [a] The f/4 is quite close to the f/2.8 in terms of Image quality [b] it has the same high built quality of Canon

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Excellent!
5 Star Review   By The Lister on Adorama - Sep 29, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

L-Series Canon - What more could I say?

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Unbelievable quality!
5 Star Review   By Eduardo Nakamura on Adorama - Aug 23, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I just could not believe how good is the image quality with this lens. Amazing! Very sharp images so full of information/details. Build quality is suberb. Very solid and reliable. I just wish they could focus closer to the subject, but I know this type of

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Great images-but let's you down suddenly
3 Star Review   By Jan on Adorama - Aug 9, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

The lens is photographically great however the built quality / inner design is likely weak and seems to have flaws. I have purchased this lens 4 years ago from Adorama as downgrade for my f/2.8 IS mark one lens as it's way more portable and I don't shoot

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I'm very suprise and satisfy
5 Star Review   By Ledup on Adorama - Aug 6, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I was hesitate beetween the 70 200 mm L4 IS and the 70 200 mm L2.8 and I'm very happy with tis lens

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Great Pictures in a Lightweight Lens
5 Star Review   By Joe's Photos on Adorama - Aug 2, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

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Wow- phenomenal
5 Star Review   By Syncopate on Adorama - Jul 10, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I have gone through a progression of lenses starting with the Tamron 70-300, the Canon 70-300 IS USM & now this one, & each has been better but the contrast, sharpness & bokeh of this L lens is outstanding. Since I usualy shoot at the races ( horse ) the

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Am inpressed with this lens.
5 Star Review   By Maggie on Adorama - Jul 2, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I use this lens for landscape/wildlife photography and for candids. It is great in low light and I am still exploring with it.

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Excellent product.
4 Star Review   By Avant Garde Photography on Adorama - Jun 4, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

The Canon f2.8 is better for low light and indoor sports but for almost twice the cost. This is a good lense for the cost knowing its limitations is key to good photos. I also use the Canon 1.4 and 2x extenders. I like the 1.4 since auto focus will still

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Simply amazing ...
5 Star Review   By waterfixer on Adorama - May 26, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is my first Canon "L" lens, but it definitely won't be my last. Performance is simply amazing. The AF is super quick and quiet and the IS function makes hand-held captures with this lens a breeze.I recently took some closeup floral shots and the resu

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Poor Sharpness and Focus Failures
2 Star Review   By Dis Appointed on Adorama - May 23, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Maybe I should not have ordered the "refurbished by Canon" unit from Adorama, but I was convinced by other reviewers that this would be a great travel and landscape lens. I could not have been more wrong! On my 5DII I have never seen anything close to the

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Great lens for Sports.
5 Star Review   By Ahvaio on Adorama - May 11, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Don't waste your money on the F2.8 IS. This lens is sharper and lighter did I mention its 1/2 the price. I have owned the f2.8 IS and its also great but way too heavy and not as sharp. A must have for any Canon pro.

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Fantastic lens!
5 Star Review   By stevecam1 on Adorama - Apr 23, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I couldn't be happier with this lens. I use it to shoot weddings on a regular basis and I am never disappointed. It is fast and the image quality is outstanding. I know it is the F4 model but that doesn't really matter. It is lighter and smaller than the

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Great piece of glass
5 Star Review   By DrZ on Adorama - Apr 2, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I have been playing with this lens for some weeks now and the strongest part are the exceptional image stabilizer, and its ability to take super sharp pictures at all focal lengths, even wide open at 4. I got best results doing outdoor and sports photogr

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Favorite Lens
5 Star Review   By Virginia on Adorama - Mar 12, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This lens stays on my camera most of the time, usually with the Canon 1.4 teleconverter. I take photos of birds and other wildlife as well as macro shots of flowers and butterflies, etc. I am very pleased with the sharpness and Bokeh this lens produces. W

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WONDERFUL EF 70-200MM IS USM
5 Star Review   By BJ on Adorama - Mar 10, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

THIS LENS IS AS TACK SHARP AS MY CANON 15-85MM EF-S. THE BOKEH IS EXCEPTIONAL. WHEN YOU WANT TO CLOSE DOWN IT'S FRONT TO BACK SHARP TOTALLY.

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SHARP zoom at a great price
5 Star Review   By DR of VT on Adorama - Mar 5, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is one of the sharpest zooms I have ever used. I know several photographers who use this lens and swear by it, but an article by the outstanding outdoor/wildlife photographer, Art Wolfe, swayed me to buy it. In his article, Art states that this is on

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Better than I expected
5 Star Review   By Dave on Adorama - Mar 5, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I just got this product about a week ago and have not had the chance to get outside and really put it to use. I have used it primarily just experimenting indoors under low light hand held, on a monopod and tripod. I have also used it to photograph my 4 ye

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So Far so good.
5 Star Review   By Randy on Adorama - Feb 27, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Works fine so far with minimal use.

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A great lens
5 Star Review   By aglaaluk on Adorama - Feb 20, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I got this lens about 2 weeks ago and couldn't be happier. First off, I ordered a used lens with a D grade. The lens was in such great shape I honestly thought they sent me a brand new one by mistake. Upon its first use I noticed a large improvement in my

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Excellent lens at a great price
5 Star Review   By magic marker on Adorama - Feb 13, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I do a lot of nature and wildlife photography and this lens is fast to focus and sharp as a tack. Didn't want to spend the money for the more expensive f2.8 as I rarely need the extra 2 stops for my work. Love it!

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Two for Two were Defective
1 Star Review   By lang on Adorama - Feb 13, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I received first lens and it had an extremely noisy Image Stabilizer. The lens was replaced with a second lens with the same problem. I spoke to Canon Tech Service and let them listen to the noise. They agreed that it was not right and suggested a possibl

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Great lens for the price
5 Star Review   By magic marker on Adorama - Feb 9, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I didn't want to spend the extra cash for the 2.8 lens... the f4.0 works just fine! Super sharp. You can't go wrong.

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I love this lens
5 Star Review   By Hclarkx on Adorama - Jan 23, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I love this lens. I often hike with this being the only lens I take along. With a full frame body, I rarely need wider than 70mm and when I do, I take two or three 70mm shots (portrait) and stitch them together later. I do sometimes wish I had the brighte

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Good L lens for that extra reach.
5 Star Review   By klikk1 on Adorama - Jan 23, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I use this primarily as a telephoto lens. This lens has a fluorite element that makes really sharp pictures especially if you use a full frame camera. Produces nice bokeh for your portraits. One of Canon's best lenses.

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Love this lens
5 Star Review   By grdpapa on Adorama - Jan 16, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This lens was everything I hoped it to be. I knew I wasn't purchasing a 2.8 fast lens and this is definitely the next best thing.

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The most used lense in my photography.
5 Star Review   By PJ on Adorama - Jan 10, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I spend a lot of my time in the marshes and wetlands of South Louisiana documenting the BP oil spill and photographing the effects of the oil on the environment. This is probably one of the most used lenses when I'm shooting the marsh and wildlife affecte

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Great lens
5 Star Review   By Dan on Adorama - Dec 19, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Focuses fast and accurate. IS is great. pricy, but worth it.

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Great lens for sports
4 Star Review   By BlackDog Photography on Adorama - Dec 5, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I use it for college baseball day games with the 2X doubler, and for wildlife, birds, and big game. While it is heavy, the tripod mount balances well with my Canon 5D Mk II for a killer combo! I do not use it as often as I would like, but I will not part

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Reason to stay in Canon, if you need one
5 Star Review   By C. on Adorama - Nov 21, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I can hardly find a real "con" out of this lens. Maybe the price tag. But until now, this lens is unique, reliable, lightweight and producing fantastic images. I have to buy a lens mug to accompany it with me even when I'm not using it.

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Great buy
5 Star Review   By Paul on Adorama - Nov 16, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

A beautiful lens with fast autofocus. Great for outdoor use but not so great in low light but the image stabalizer helps if you do need to use it at a low shutterspeed, works well at 1/50th but have even got sharp images at 1/20th. The lens is a lot light

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My first Canon L-series lens is a winner
5 Star Review   By Desert Rat on Adorama - Oct 31, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I have always enjoyed shooting w/telephoto zoom lenses on Canon film slr's. I now shoot almost exclusively in digital. I particularly like the not-so-intrusive reach a telephoto zoom offers. Great for candids. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM lens is m

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Awesome lens!
5 Star Review   By Stevecam1 on Adorama - Oct 24, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

My first L series lens does not disappoint! Absolutely fantastic! Beautiful images! This is the F4 version and I haven't used the very popular F2.8 version. I would have like to have gotten that one but a bit out of my budget. This lens is not too heavy a

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
4 Star Review   By Jagmaster on Adorama - Oct 17, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I am a working pro with over 20 years experiance. For my own uses (wedding, portrait, fashion, studio,commercial) I selected this OVER the 70-200 2.8 Canon, as a sugnificant amount of my shooting is wedding coverage, and carrying that huge 2.8 zoom, for a

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Excellent Lens IS Makes a real diff.
5 Star Review   By Joker573 on Adorama - Oct 14, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I've had this lens for a short time. It really lives up to the reviews I read. For the money expended it was really worth it. Very clear pics. Can be hand held because of the IS. Like all the L series is definitely well constructed. Can't wait to use it o

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Spring for the 2.8L.....
4 Star Review   By Fuj on Adorama - Oct 10, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I bought this and quickly had buyers remorse....I should have sprung for the 2.8L. I ended up trading this in to Adorama for the 2.8L. I took a bath on the trade but needed the extra speed to photograph indoor college tennis.

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INCREDABLE!
5 Star Review   By CS3 on Adorama - Oct 3, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

WOW! That is all I can say. This lens is SO sharp it will cut paper! Beautiful Bokeh, especially at 200mm. I tested mine with the "pixel peeper" method at 3:1 zoom at every aperture. It is sharpest from f/4 to around f/11, gets soft after that, but still

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Fast AF+ Tack sharp glass = Win!
5 Star Review   By Dave on Adorama - Sep 19, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

One of the best in the Canon line-up!

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Staple Lens for any Photographer
4 Star Review   By Karmic Images on Adorama - Sep 8, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is the first lens I bought as a professional photographer, and it is still my favorite lens. The price was great at the time I purchased for the quality of the lens. I use it for portraiture, landscape, wildlife, pets, travel, & kids that are comfort

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nice
4 Star Review   By Kevin on Adorama - Sep 5, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Great quality lens. Best for wildlife photography. Gives a good range on my 50D. I do miss the extra stop now and then...low light can be a challenge handheld, even with the IS, but the price difference between this and the f2.8 is substantial.

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great item
5 Star Review   By stanislav10 on Adorama - Sep 4, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

i changed my Minolta system on Canon and bought this lens instead of my Minolta 70-210 f4 lens. the Canon lens faster and look great.

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This lens is superb but co$tly.
5 Star Review   By Patrick on Adorama - Sep 4, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Wow. After having read constant praise of this lens, I have to agree--it is sharp, beautiful bokeh, a masterpiece.But in using it my daily life, I found it a bit too heavy, I need a 300mm zoom for my zoo animals, the IS (though fabulous) depleted the batt

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I'd like to try it on 5D
5 Star Review   By Greg on Adorama - Sep 4, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Verry nice glass, you won't go wrong.

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Love this lens
5 Star Review   By BassImages on Adorama - Sep 4, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I chose this over the 2.8 version for one reason: weight. This lens is 1.2 pounds lighter, and for me that mattered a lot -- I carry it with me more than I would the 2.8. And to paraphrase the old line about cameras, what's the best lens? The one you have

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Outstanding lens, would buy again
5 Star Review   By Ike on Adorama - Sep 4, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

my 24-105 mm zoom and this are my favorite walking around lenses.

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Sharp, but front-focuses.
4 Star Review   By HarryO on Adorama - Mar 29, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Excellent lens with smooth controls and quick focus. Ruggedly built and not too heavy. However, my copy front focuses a small amount when I get near infinity and it will need to be calibrated. I don't think this is too big of an issue because there are va

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Excellent Lens!
5 Star Review   By Steve on Adorama - Mar 6, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Paired with 7D, and recently with the EF 1.4x III. Great image quality. Bought for lower price / lighter weight. A really nice lens for carrying when hiking.

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Worth every penny!
5 Star Review   By Fuj on Adorama - Mar 6, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I used this lens paired with the new Canon 7D and was not disappointed. Excellent in low light and super fast autofocus. I'm looking forward to using this combo outdoors for shooting sports.

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Great Lens
5 Star Review   By TrumpetSprint on Adorama - Feb 25, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I chose the f/4.0 over the f/2.8 because of cost (approx half) and weight. Since I'm not as steady as I used to be and I like to take outdoor/wildlife photos the IS feature is more important than the larger aperture opening. The f/4.0 IS and F2.8 non IS a

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Excellent for L Glass
4 Star Review   By Terrylee9 on Adorama - Jan 12, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I like to use this lens for surf photography. Excellent weight with IS when you are climbing over the jetty rocks!! Consistent beautiful pictures. Tack sharp Not that fast at sunset..but than again it is not an F/2.8 and I knew that going in...

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Great Lens
4 Star Review   By Neil on Adorama - Nov 8, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I bought this lens over the 2.8, due to price and weight. I am happy with the decision to go with this one, because most of my work are during daylights, so the F4 doesn't really slow me down much. The weight itself is a big plus when lugging the camera a

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Zoom Lens Review
4 Star Review   By John the Hunter on Adorama - Aug 22, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Auto focus and Manual focus work well. I might have bought more zoom than this lens.

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Fantastic Lens
5 Star Review   By Ojisan on Adorama - Aug 9, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I use this lens as my main all-purpose lens because I enjoy taking closeups. This lens works well with my Canon T2i indoors without flash. A very versatile lens that produces great image quality. I just wish that it had wide angle capabilities. That would

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Sharp . . . and light!!!
5 Star Review   By mata_ko on Adorama - Jun 20, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This thing is sharp and FAST!!! I was looking for a walkabout lens with a little bit of stand-off and reach --- I FOUND IT!!![...]

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Excellent lens!
5 Star Review   By djj on Adorama - Jun 1, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Expensive, but worth it. Well balanced with 50D, 7D or larger camera. Sometimes it gets too much attention due to its color and size.

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Sharp, very sharp
5 Star Review   By Mr. Dominique on Adorama - May 23, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

My main interest is in equestrian (show jumping) and this is the perfect lens for that (on a 7D). Very sharp and fast focus. Light but sturdy, weather sealed. F4 is giving great background blurring and is sufficintly fast for most conditions (if you can a

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Everything I expected
5 Star Review   By Art on Adorama - Apr 11, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I purchased the lens to replace a 70-200 f 2.8 that I have been using for a number of years. The f 4 has a considerable weight advantage. It is much lighter and easier to handle. And, as the newer cameras do such a marvelous job at the higher ISOs, the o

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An absolute winner
5 Star Review   By Sedona Tracker on Adorama - Mar 22, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Currently shooting with an EOS 7D and this lens is a great match. The weight and balance when shooting without support is very good and the images are great.

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Well worth the price.
5 Star Review   By dof on Adorama - Feb 21, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I did my homework before buying this product. It has met all my expectations. Canon "L" lenses are the best in my mind. My only dislike is the cost being very high. In some cases, I think Canon should include more of the basic accessories.

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great multi purpose lens
5 Star Review   By ruffnready on Adorama - Feb 3, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Real fine lens as I expected from a Canon L series lens....this has been my workhorse for both pics of grandkids and wildlife....paired with my canon 7d, it is an unbeatable combo

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Excellent lens
5 Star Review   By lenswork on Adorama - Jan 12, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Too many compliments to list - in a nutshell, an excellent lens in all regards, with special emphasis on sharpness.

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Worth the price.
5 Star Review   By Tony on Adorama - Jan 10, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This lens provides exceptional resolution throughout the range. It does make a little noise from the IS but to me it is not noisy. It lets me know that the IS is working. The auto-focus is quick. I have used a different brand for my DSLR life, but switchi

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Excellent lens for portrait & low light
5 Star Review   By deathm67 on Adorama - Jan 10, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Great lens for low light candid photographs

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sharp photos!
5 Star Review   By Jack on Adorama - Jan 10, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

My first "L" lens, I begin to get the picture. There is a parallel between quality equipment and results, stir in knowledge,money, and time.

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Good lens, best for weight
4 Star Review   By evgeshag on Adorama - Oct 20, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

if you need a good performance per weight - take this one

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W/ Performance & quality justifies price
5 Star Review   By Leo on Adorama - Sep 29, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is my first upgrade to L series and am not disappointed with the lens performance and high quality of pictures. Am glad I purchased one with IS, a great feature especially zooming to 200 mm without tripod

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Very Sharp, very light
5 Star Review   By Kase on Adorama - Sep 26, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Had f4 70-200, not impressed with sharpness. Traded for this lens, v. quick focus, ext sharp at f 5.6 and better, great light backpacking lens, usual "L" features. Great color, contrast. Cons: because of construction and color, too conspicuous for wedding

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It's an awsome lens
5 Star Review   By Speedo on Adorama - Sep 4, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I use it for landscape photos. It's autofocus is very quick and acurate. Hvae not had a chance to use for night photography yet. I's a little on the heavy side but it's worth it. It takes a litlle getting use to the focus and zoom rings. I bought to repla

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Great lens
5 Star Review   By Zephyr on Adorama - Sep 2, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Very sharp pictures with great color and range, and easy to use.

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Great Lens
5 Star Review   By fling1946 on Adorama - Aug 4, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Very Sharp lens, excellent for candid photos at weddings and doing Portraits, this lens is also great for photgraphing wildlife from a distance. The IS feature is very helpful while shooting in low light, but not night photography; because of this I somet

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Fabulous Lens!
5 Star Review   By cluckinchicken on Adorama - Jul 16, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I love the lens. My first real good excursion with it was the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and was able to take some great shots. I have not had a single complaint with it.

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Worth every penny
5 Star Review   By Kool Kat on Adorama - Jul 8, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Having two other L series lenses (17-40 and 24-105) I knew what to expect. However, I was somewhat tempted by the 70-300 DO primarily for its size, although the fact that it wasn't white was a consideration - especially for use overseas. But after many ho

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Does everything I expect it to.
5 Star Review   By Sean on Adorama - Jul 4, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I'm a photojournalist working in the field everyday for a newspaper, and I usually use my wide, but when I need the long glass, this almost always does the job. I hesitated for a long time about whether to spend the extra dough for the 2.8 IS, or just get

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Very nice lens!
5 Star Review   By Buddy on Adorama - Jun 24, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Lens is sharp and the IS works great!

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DO NOT GO PAST THIS PIECE OF GLASS!
5 Star Review   By Gary on Adorama - Jun 24, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Having stated that I thought this lens was heavy, I don't want anyone to think that this lens is 'too heavy' - it's not. I don't even use my tripod unless it's extremely dull. So hand holding is no issue. At 70mm it's takes sensational portraits and at 20

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So far so good
5 Star Review   By Gabe on Adorama - Jun 24, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I have a number of other good quality Canon lenses, but between this lense and my 24-70mm I take ninety percent of my pictures.I use the lense on my 5D Mark II and my 30D, with excellent results. A 1.4 extender works well with it.

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It´s a real L lens but lightweight!
5 Star Review   By Lulita on Adorama - Jun 13, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Is a good partner for the 24-70mm with the best relation price/weight/focus/quality

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Buy this Lens
5 Star Review   By tacman on Adorama - Jun 10, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

For years I was the White lens wanna be. I have spent 200, 300, even 400 dollars on various zoom lenses for years never laying down the extra money for the big boy lense. Oh the money I could have saved in the long run. On my 30D this lense is very manage

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Nothing beats it for the cost!
5 Star Review   By Matt the Outdoorsman on Adorama - Jun 6, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This baby rocks. Expensive, yes, but the quality is unsurpassed. I'm no pro, but this lens makes you want to be a better photographer...because frankly you really have to try hard to take a bad picture with this lens. You get the picture framed properly,

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One of my best lenses
5 Star Review   By JZ on Adorama - Jun 3, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Love it. Everything you've heard that is good about this lens is true.

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