Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS Lens

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L Lens

Sample Images

A selection of photos taken with my Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L non-IS lens in Thailand and Singapore.

I sold this lens and replaced it with the IS version.

Clicking on the thumbnail images will open a larger image in a pop-up window.

Beach cleaners, Phuket, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/250
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Phuket, Thailand
File Size: 135 KB
Various styles of boat, Phuket, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/13.0
Shutter speed: 1/250
Focal length: 113mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Phuket, Thailand
File Size: 133 KB
Chinatown, Singapore - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/320
Focal length: 109mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Singapore
File Size: 271 KB
Blue Note Jazz, Singapore - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/25
Focal length: 122mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: Tripod
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Singapore
File Size: 148 KB
Muslim fishing boats, Songkhla, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 800
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter speed: 1/250
Focal length: 70mm
EC +/-: -0.66
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Songkhla, Thailand
File Size: 191 KB
Tiger love, Songkhla, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 87mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Songkhla, Thailand
File Size: 182 KB
Here kitty kitty, Songkhla, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter speed: 1/400
Focal length: 75mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Songkhla, Thailand
File Size: 223 KB
Waiting for the train, Bangkok, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter speed: 1/250
Focal length: 159mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
File Size: 242 KB
Family portrait, Bangkok, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 70mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
File Size: 203 KB
Jetski, Patong beach, Phuket, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/500
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: -0.5
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Phuket, Thailand
File Size: 168 KB
Swimming tiger, Songkhla, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/500
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: -0.33
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Songkhla, Thailand
File Size: 190 KB
Singapore river cruise - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/180
Focal length: 126mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Singapore
File Size: 199 KB
Cassowary, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.7
Shutter speed: 1/90
Focal length: 87mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 188 KB
Mon boy, Sangkhlaburi, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/90
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Sangkhlaburi, Thailand
File Size: 124 KB
Chiang Rai rice fields and mountains
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User Impressions

I bought a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens with my first digital SLR as a general walkaround lens but I had always used manual focus telephoto zooms with my film SLRs so was desperate for an EF equivalent.

My FD 70-210mm f/4 had served me very well for many, many years so this lens, the EF equivalent, was an obvious choice. It's a fantastic lens. It's small, light, and the image quality is incredible. It's one of the cheapest 'L' lenses available and, as such, it is something of a bargain.

I sold it. The only reason for this was that my next purchase was the EF 300mm f/4L IS and I got bitten by the Image Stabilisation bug. When Canon announced an IS version of the EF 70-200mm f/4L I couldn't resist.

I really didn't want to sell the EF 70-200mm f/4L non-IS because it was such a good lens, but after having bought the IS version there was no reason to own both.

On my film camera 70-210mm was 70-210mm. However, with a 1.6x crop body dSLR the EF 70-200mm gets a free teleconverter effect. All of a sudden I found myself trying to hand hold a 320mm lens and the lens shake was quite noticeable.

By the time of the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS announcement, Canon had improved the Image Stabilisation significantly over my 300mm f/4L IS and for me there was no choice.

The only negative thing I can say about the non-IS version is that it doesn't have IS but that is rather obvious. It's still available new and there are lots of good used ones on the market. It's an absolute bargain and regardless of your camera body, this lens will give great results.

The lack of IS means you will need to use a bit more care when shooting in low light but high ISO performance keeps improving, as does noise filtering software.

Of the lenses I have included here, this one probably gets the most interest. It's quite a lot cheaper than the IS version and I think people want to know whether it is worth paying the extra for the IS.

This is a personal choice. My view is that IS is essential, and that the latest version of IS is really worth having. Some people don't share that view.

IS allows you to hand-hold at lower shutter speeds but those lower shutter speeds won't freeze fast moving action. Some people would prefer an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L non-IS to the 70-200mm f/4L IS.

It depends on your personal preferences and the type of subjects you will be shooting. I prefer having an option that I can turn off if I want, rather than having a lens without the option.

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Post-Processing

I owned this lens when I was mostly shooting JPG images. Some original images were shot in the RAW format and converted with Adobe Camera Raw. Noise was reduced using Imagenomic Noiseware Professional. Small amounts of image enhancement were applied using Adobe Photoshop CS2 (curves, levels, saturation) before sharpening using the Smart Sharpen filter (Amount: 30% - 120%, Radius: 0.2px - 0.3px, Remove: Lens Blur).

The large JPG images that open if you click on a thumbnail were saved with a 'High' quality setting of '8' on a scale of 0-12.

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Lens Details

Weight: 22 oz; 705 g
Filter Diameter: 67mm
Closest Focusing Distance: 3.9ft; 1.2m
Minimum Aperture: f/32
Supplier: Cathay Photo, Singapore
Price: Can't remember
Lens Hood: ET-74 (included)
Soft Case: LP1224 (included)

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