Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM lens

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Mike Kohary, Apr 8, 2004.

  1. Mike Kohary

    Mike Kohary Guest

    I'm very, very close to buying this lens, and just need that little extra
    nudge. ;) At only around $550, it seems like a total bargain (and half the
    price it used to be), and the "L" line of glass from Canon is supposed to be
    their top of the line. Does anyone have any comments, rumors, pointers to
    reviews, etc on this particular lens?

    This would be my first lens purchase. I only have the lens that came with
    the Digital Rebel in the kit. My understanding is that an "L" lens will
    spoil me with the clarity of the image - true? Also, what will this lens -
    at that focal length and aperture - be good for, and more importantly, what
    will it *not* be good for? My main interest in purchasing a 200mm lens is,
    of course, for close-ups of objects much farther away than my kit lens can
    reach - boats on the water, sports players on a field, birds, airplanes,
    etc. Am I right to think that this lens can get me about 4 times closer
    than the 55mm lens I have now? Would this lens be any good for portraits or
    macro photography?

    Thanks in advance for any comments or advice. My budget is somewhat
    limited, and this deal seems too good to pass up, but I don't want it if it
    will leave me wanting.

    Mike Kohary, Apr 8, 2004
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    nettle Guest

    Take a look at the forums on Go to the Canon lens forum
    and do a search for the 70-200 f4. A lot of comments and opinions on
    this lens, and sample shots. This lens is considered by most to be a
    great lens at a bargain price. A good intro to the "L" lenses.
    Generally, yes. :) Beware, I've heard that "L" glass is addictive.
    Buy once, and soon you must have more!
    Good for portraits at the 70-100 end. Not so good for macros, as it
    doesn't have a close enough minimum focus distance. Perhaps if you
    add an extension tube.
    If your budget is really tight, you may want to consider the Sigma
    70-300 APO Macro, for under $200. If you take mostly outdoors shots in
    good light, and don't mind stopping down to f8 (don't need the low
    light capabilities or the shallow depth of field of an L lens) then it
    may work well for you. The macro is in the 200-300mm range I believe,
    and I've seen some pretty decent shots with this lens. Again, check
    out dpreview and do a search.
    nettle, Apr 8, 2004
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  3. Mike Kohary

    Mike Kohary Guest

    Yeah, I've read that and basically everything else on the web that I can
    find on this lens. The praise heaped on it is nearly unanimous, and the
    sample shots are awe-inspiringly gorgeous. I can't imagine I'd use my kit
    lens again except for when I need the wide angle. Like I said, I'm very
    very close (i.e. I've 99% decided), and just want that extra nudge.
    I know! :) This would be it for a while, though, as it's all my budget
    will allow for the time being. The only reason I'm considering it at all is
    because the price is shockingly low for the "L" series. By all rights this
    should be twice the price.
    Thanks. I've read this is an excellent lens for portraits, outdoor daylight
    sports and some wildlife (if you're not a mile away). Good for birds you
    can get reasonably close to; not so much for shooting the next 300 feet up a
    tree. That's all good - my main use is portrait and modeling, outdoor
    scenics and relatively close-up sports (softball, bikes and motor sports,
    swimming, skateboarding).
    Thanks, I'll check that out also. However, I do prize shallow depth of
    field, and while the budget is limited I do have the money for the L lens in
    question. Just this once, anyway. ;) Thanks for your comments, and if I
    pick this lens up and take some nice shots, I'll post back here with

    Mike Kohary, Apr 8, 2004
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    nettle Guest

    nudge, nudge. Come on, ya know you want it. ;)
    Ha! Yeah, that's what they all say. Just this one won't hurt. *I*
    It sounds like this is a good lens for you.
    *IF* you take some nice shots? I'm sure you'll have some real beauties
    to show us in a few weeks. :)
    nettle, Apr 8, 2004
  5. Mike Kohary

    Mike Kohary Guest

    I'm ordering it this morning. :) B&H has it for $579 with a $30 rebate
    and includes the lens hood and soft carrying bag (as far as I can tell,
    those items aren't part of the package normally). Any which way, seems a
    great deal.

    Mike Kohary, Apr 9, 2004
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    Bob Guest

    Its as good as the 70-200 f/2.8L at the available apertures. If you
    don't need the f/2.8 you should enjoy this lens.

    Bob, Apr 13, 2004
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