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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Aug 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $570.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Much lighter then the f2.8 IS, AF is very fast & quiet, the build feels very solid, not too big, great walk around lens, very sharp wide open
Cons:
f4 but unless you absolutely need f2.8 who cares?

I've rented few lenses including the 70-200 f2.8 L IS (nice but quite heavy) and the more I used it, the more I fell in love with it.

Until I got this lens I was using 50mm f1.8 MKII which worked far better then the 18-55mm kit lens.

The initial impression of pulling this 70-200mm f4 L lens was WOW. It feels like a solid tank but not heavy. Every part of the lens you grip feels solid although I've been babying it where I put it, how I put it & where I store it!

Since the lens uses 67mm filter, it was easy to find inexpensive UV filter (B+W $50 from B&H Photo). It's definitely a great walk around lens. On a x1.6 crop camera the zoom is very nice although you'll start to get hungry for a wider lens. Perhaps one day I'll own 16-35 L & 24-70 L to go along with this.

As far as the image goes it's sharp. The bokeh looks great, the color looks more vivid before sharpening or doing any PS. It's a night & day coming from a kit lens and will never go back.

I highly recommend this lens. Great lens for the price, can't beat the "L" quality and is far by the best lens I've owned so far. Unless you need the IS for panning and the extra light, it just makes sense to buy this f4 L version. You won't be disappointed Smile