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Canon 70-200mm f4 L USM £459.98 @ Camera World

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This is widely recognised as one of Canon's best value L lenses. Currently this price is the best it's been for almost 2 years. (it is in fact £1 cheaper from Devon Camera - but I cannot post that d… Read More
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6y, 9m agoFound 6 years, 9 months ago
This is widely recognised as one of Canon's best value L lenses. Currently this price is the best it's been for almost 2 years. (it is in fact £1 cheaper from Devon Camera - but I cannot post that deal here as Hotukdeals do not recognise this shop!)

The lens itself is light (relatively speaking), well built and has a super image quality that is probably second to none at this price.

Canon users who know their stuff will already know this and will only struggle to choose between this, the IS version at £799 (Warehouse Express) and the very expensive and heavy f2.8.

The images are simply sublime from this lens. If you need to get into L lenses this the way to go!
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#1
Good price for a L lens. :)
#2
the tamron and sigma f2.8's are available for just above £600 if somebody wants a faster lens
#3
I've owned this lens or about three years now, lovely piece of kit but if you want sports shots save up for the IS version. I now have the 2.8 IS version and that is QUICK
#4
Excellent price for a EXCELLENT lens.
#5
I've had this Lens for many years - it is, without doubt, one of the best Lenses you can buy - simply stunning!

Buy one - you will never, ever, regret it!
#6
mudds
I've owned this lens or about three years now, lovely piece of kit but if you want sports shots save up for the IS version. I now have the 2.8 IS version and that is QUICK

I always wanted the 2.8 IS but never had the cash!! In the end I bought the 135 L as it was cheaper, just need to get a 1.4x to give me a bit more reach now.
#7
garibaldi
mudds
I've owned this lens or about three years now, lovely piece of kit but if you want sports shots save up for the IS version. I now have the 2.8 IS version and that is QUICK


I always wanted the 2.8 IS but never had the cash!! In the end I bought the 135 L as it was cheaper, just need to get a 1.4x to give me a bit more reach now.


I bought the 1.4x when I bought the F4 70-200 fantastic bit of kit. You could consider a nice 2.8 sigma for the extra reach (it would only cost about 100 quid more than buying the x1.4 second hand) and would allow you to keep your nice 135L
#8
Will I need to be standing mile away from subject if I want to use this lens on my 450d cropped sensor?

I'd like to take portrait shots with this. Anybody recommed doing that ? Thanks in advance.
#9
why did someone mark this as spam yesterday?
#10
fullmoon
Will I need to be standing mile away from subject if I want to use this lens on my 450d cropped sensor?

I'd like to take portrait shots with this. Anybody recommed doing that ? Thanks in advance.


I have this lens and it fantastic. Excellent value for money. Closest focusing distance is 1.2 meters. Excellent for potraits at the 70 - 100mm range
#11
If it's portraits you're after, then why not get something like the excellent 100mm f2.8 from Canon - might not be L glass, but the images are pretty damned fantastic nonetheless :) Much less unweildy if you're wanting to hand hold.

Under £400 new, or better still pick up a secondhand copy. http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=47

BTW there is a much more expensive IS version out now as well.....
#12
Faythur
If it's portraits you're after, then why not get something like the excellent 100mm f2.8 from Canon - might not be L glass, but the images are pretty damned fantastic nonetheless :) Much less unweildy if you're wanting to hand hold.

Under £400 new, or better still pick up a secondhand copy. http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=47

BTW there is a much more expensive IS version out now as well.....


I agree this is a really nice lens and probably a little better length for a cropped body for portraits than my 135L.
#13
fullmoon
Will I need to be standing mile away from subject if I want to use this lens on my 450d cropped sensor?

I'd like to take portrait shots with this. Anybody recommed doing that ? Thanks in advance.


I've had this lens for quite a few years on cropped sensor and find it really good for capturing portraits of my kids. The length is fine, you may find you get the best compositions if you are say over 5m away, but that's quite an advantage because you are not in the way and they behave far more naturally and forget about you. One thing this lens has is very rapid focusing, it locks in instantly which is handy when you have a fast moving subject!
#14
Easily hand holdable - it's the smallest and lighest of the 70-200Ls.

The f4 IS (plus another ~£350) or the f2.8 version is around double at £900. And the f2.8 IS comes in at £1700. They worth it? You decide...

nb
Devon Cameras, from the list at http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod32.html have it at 449.99+p&p too
#15
Brilliant lens. I have the IS version of this, and it's the best and sharpest zoom I have used. Razor sharp even wide open, just like my 135L.
#16
LotusJas
Brilliant lens. I have the IS version of this, and it's the best and sharpest zoom I have used. Razor sharp even wide open, just like my 135L.


How good is the IS, what can you hand hold on say 200mm?

At the moment my 135L is my favourite lens, but the 70-200 f4 is a close second, if it had IS who knows?
#17
Most certainly can be handheld. This is one of my photos taken last year while on holiday in Cairns, Australia. We were in the Daintree Rainforest and i found this little critter on branch near to where i was sitting, Taken 1/80 at 6400 Iso so not tack sharp but you get the picture.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/degudodger/4031227223/in/set-72157622482379827/
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garibaldi
LotusJas
Brilliant lens. I have the IS version of this, and it's the best and sharpest zoom I have used. Razor sharp even wide open, just like my 135L.


How good is the IS, what can you hand hold on say 200mm?

At the moment my 135L is my favourite lens, but the 70-200 f4 is a close second, if it had IS who knows?


My 135L is still my favourite lens. Nothing I've used touches that lens.

The IS on the 70-200 f4 is a genuine 4 stop version. Works extremely well. Combined with the high ISO capabilities of the 5Dii, this f4 lens is extremely capable and versatile as it is perfect wide open. I used it very successfully at the dark O2 Walking With Dinosaurs show hand held, and got excellent sharp pics.

Many so called fast lenses need to be stopped down to become sharp enough, or to get sufficent DoF anyway, so the f4 is more than capable enough. If you have a couple of fast primes, you are well positioned for most shots.

I have a 35L f1.4 too amongst others.

The 5Dii is a game changer in terms of low light high ISO capability.
#20
PS. Bear in mind the non IS lens is almost as good, but not quite as sharp as the IS f4 one's optics.
#21
LotusJas
garibaldi
LotusJas
Brilliant lens. I have the IS version of this, and it's the best and sharpest zoom I have used. Razor sharp even wide open, just like my 135L.


How good is the IS, what can you hand hold on say 200mm?

At the moment my 135L is my favourite lens, but the 70-200 f4 is a close second, if it had IS who knows?


My 135L is still my favourite lens. Nothing I've used touches that lens.

The IS on the 70-200 f4 is a genuine 4 stop version. Works extremely well. Combined with the high ISO capabilities of the 5Dii, this f4 lens is extremely capable and versatile as it is perfect wide open. I used it very successfully at the dark O2 Walking With Dinosaurs show hand held, and got excellent sharp pics.

Many so called fast lenses need to be stopped down to become sharp enough, or to get sufficent DoF anyway, so the f4 is more than capable enough. If you have a couple of fast primes, you are well positioned for most shots.

I have a 35L f1.4 too amongst others.

The 5Dii is a game changer in terms of low light high ISO capability.


I have a 40D and currently saving for a 5D, it will probably take me around 18 months as I don't have much disposable income. The 5D is a lovely camera. I have heard (on the web) that the 135L becomes something else on a full frame so at the moment I will just have to dream.

Thanks for replying.

Gary
#22
Fill frame is the way to go, I had a 350d then a 40d now I have the 5dmkII and it is a different league. I have this lens and the 24-105L. Both make a great paring, I've never had a problem with the 70 - 200 none IS. I took it the the Farborough airshow and at 800 iso at 200mm the shot are nothing short of amazing.

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