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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS Image Samples

 

 

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Canon 70-200mm f/4.0L IS lens

 

Canon 70-200mm f/4.0L IS lens

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

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

Scruffy, handsome cat - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/800
Focal length: 155mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Phattalung, Thailand
File Size: 161 KB
Dolphin lagoon, Sentosa, Singapore - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/500
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Sentosa, Singapore
File Size: 198 KB
Loy Gratong Festival, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 173mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: Canon 550EX
Extender: No
Location: Songkhla, Thailand
File Size: 95 KB
Loy Gratong Festival, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: Canon 550EX
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 110 KB
Kao Seng Muslim fishing village, Songkhla, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/60
Focal length: 144mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Songkhla, Thailand
File Size: 111 KB
Watching the dolphins, Sentosa, Singapore - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/125
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Sentosa, Singapore
File Size: 112 KB
Young girl, Phuket, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/60
Focal length: 121mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Phuket, Thailand
File Size: 124 KB
Paying respects to Buddha, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/15
Focal length: 70mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 126 KB
Shoebill at Jurong bird park, Singapore - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 280mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: Canon 1.4x II
Location: Jurong, Singapore
File Size: 167 KB
Lanna Cummins, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/125
Focal length: 93mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: Canon 550EX
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 175 KB
The Singapore Flyer by moonlight, Singapore - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/15
Focal length: 280mm
EC +/-: -1.33
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: Canon 1.4x II
Location: Esplanade, Singapore
File Size: 88 KB
Unidentified bug, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: F22
Shutter speed: 1/100
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: Onboard
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 123 KB
Bull fighting in southern Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 176mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: Canon 1.4x II
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 220 KB
Watching the bulls, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/400
Focal length: 215mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: Onboard
Extender: Canon 1.4x II
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 204 KB
Bull running - Thai style, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/400
Focal length: 98mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: Canon 1.4x II
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 151 KB
Winner's decorations, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 10D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/160
Focal length: 185mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: Canon 1.4x II
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 140 KB
Alms bowls, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/250
Focal length: 97mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 107 KB
Alms bowls, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter speed: 1/160
Focal length: 165mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 94 KB
Purple swamphen, Thale Noi, Phattalung, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/500
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Thale Noi, Thailand
File Size: 215 KB
Little cormorant, Thale Noi, Phattalung, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/640
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Thale Noi, Thailand
File Size: 96.2 KB
Forlorn faces, Thale Noi, Phattalung, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/800
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Thale Noi, Thailand
File Size: 183 KB
Heron and water buffalo, Thale Noi, Phattalung, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/1000
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Thale Noi, Thailand
File Size: 247 KB
Black-winged stilt, Thale Noi, Phattalung, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/500
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Thale Noi, Thailand
File Size: 192 KB
Chinese Pond Heron, Thale Noi, Phattalung, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/800
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Thale Noi, Thailand
File Size: 195 KB
Monk with a camera, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/100
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 152 KB
Monk with sunglasses, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/100
Focal length: 200mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 150 KB
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Lens Impressions

I used a Canon FD 70-210 f/4.0 lens between 1982 and 2003 with my A1 and T90 bodies. It was a lens I was very fond of and with which I took many good photos. After I made the move to digital in 2004, I was keen to invest in the EF version of this lens so bought the non-IS f/4.0 version (an IS version being unavailable at the time).

I was pleased with my purchase but the third EF lens I bought - a 300mm f/4.0L IS - made me realise just what an amazing feature Image Stabilisation is. The 1.6x crop factor, although very welcome for telephoto, made hand-holding the non-IS lens even more difficult.

When the IS version of the EF 70-200mm f/4.0Llens was announced I upgraded almost immediately. Apart from the obvious advantage of IS, it is a far better lens than the non-IS version. I can only imagine this is because of newer lens coatings, etc.

It focuses particularly well on the 10D and produces the best images of any lens I have ever owned. For its size and weight, it is truly remarkable.

The f/2.8L version is undoubtedly a fine lens with superb optics (the Mark II version is even better) but for me it is just too big, bulky and heavy. When I carry my 300mm lens around all day, weighing 1190g, I invariably come home with backache and the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS - at 1470g - is even heavier. It's a beast of a lens, especially up against the f/4.0L IS which, at 760g, feels as light as a feather in comparison.

After using Image Stabilisation, it is very difficult to go back to lenses that don't have the feature. Pressing the shutter button half-way has the same effect as a giant pair of hands coming out of nowhere to help steady the lens.

The latest generation of IS is claimed to give a four-stop advantage and this is quite believable. Although not the best photos I have taken, some of the photos above were taken hand-held at 1/15s and they are quite useable without any real visible camera shake. The IS mechanism in this lens is significantly better than that used in the 300mm f/4.0L IS.

The lens works particularly well with the Canon EF 1.4x II extender showing little, if any, degradation in image quality. Focusing is also very good with the extender - even with a 10D - whereas I haven't found this to be the case with the 300mm f/4.0L IS.

The maximum reach with the extender is 280mm, therefore close to 300mm but with a very useful zoom range that extends from 98mm. At the bullfighting event shown in the photos above, the EF 300mm f/4.0L IS was too long for many shots but the EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS plus 1.4x extender proved to be very versatile.

The image quality of the EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS used with the EF 1.4x II extender was better than the EF 300mm f/4.0L IS prime without the extender and the focusing was much better resulting in a lot more keepers. It is no longer the case that prime lenses give better image quality than zooms.

This particular zoom lens will leave most prime lenses dead in the water in terms of image quality and the focusing is spot on almost every time. After acquiring this lens I grew so dissatisfied with my EF 300mm f/4.0L that I sold it and bought the EF 400mm f/5.6L.

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With the Canon EF 1.4x II extender

For more image samples of this lens when used with the 1.4 extender, see: Canon EF 1.4x II Extender/Teleconverter

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Post-Processing

Images were shot in 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: 26.8 oz; 760 g
Filter Diameter: 67mm
Closest Focusing Distance: 3.9ft; 1.2m
Minimum Aperture: f/32
Serial Number: 201788
Lens Code: UU1000
Date Manufactured: October 2006
Date Purchased: December 2006
Supplier: Cathay Photo, Singapore
Price: 1,863.75 Singapore dollars
Lens Hood: ET-74 (included)
Soft Case: LP1224 (included)

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