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Experience- Review of Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM (1 Viewer)


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Hello Zoomfans:

the one or the other may have read my reviews of e.g. the Canon EF 400mm f / 4 DO IS USM or the Sigma 120-300 f 2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM. My latest lens now is the Sigma Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM. As with the articles mentioned above, this review really is a personal experience report.

As with the Canon EF 400mm f / 4 DO IS USM a diverse usability – especially when traveling – was in the foreground with the acquisition of the Canon 70-200 / 4.0 L IS USM. The lens should be lightweight. On the other hand, I work as a bird photographer who has specialized in photographing as many species of birds for scientific purposes, usually with long telephoto lenses and needed only a lens to close the gap on the lower site. There are also times when I am in the need to make shots or bird habitat or shoot images of birds, which come really close

Here is the field report http://www.bird-lens.com/2014/08/30/shooting-with-canon-ef-70-200mm-f4l-is-usm-an-experience-review/ ; (also available in German: http://www.bird-lens.com/2014/08/09/erfahrungsbericht-canon-ef-70-200mm-f4l-is-usm/ )

Have fun!





I got the chance to wring out one of these lenses recently and I was impressed. I had always read that it was good but nothing beats getting your hands on an actual example!
If I didn't already have the F2.8 version I would get one of these in a heartbeat!

Malcolm Stewart

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I started with the EF 70-200 F/4L and true to warnings on the Internet, my first copy was de-centred. The replacement copy showed similar but acceptable errors, and I was generally pleased with the results. After a few years, I exchanged it for the IS version, and that was much better with no hint of the de-centring of the non-IS version. I have 1D IV, 5D II and 7D bodies, and to cover the recent Tour of Britain Cycle race I had no hesitation in choosing the 1D IV and the 70-200 F/4L IS. (It's generally too short for birds, but I have used it successfully for some birds-in-flight shots.)

Here's a link to a full res shot of the 2014 Tour of Britain peleton at the Dolfor hill climb. (800 ISO & F/5.6)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u...on King of the Mountains climb at Dolfor .jpg

Sir Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish are close to the front.

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