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Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4L IS II USM

6 November 2019
Maciej Lata≥≥o

11. Summary


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Pros:

  • solid and sealed barrel,
  • excellent image quality in frame centre,
  • very good image quality on the edge of APS-C sensor,
  • good image quality on the edge of full frame,
  • very good control of longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • low lateral chromatic aberration,
  • slight distortion on APS-C detector,
  • lack of coma-related problems,
  • practically zero astigmatism,
  • negligible vignetting on APS-C sensor,
  • nice out-of-focus areas,
  • silent and accurate autofocus,
  • efficient optical stabilization,
  • very good cooperation with the TC 1.4x III teleconverter.

Cons:

  • slight spherical aberration,
  • performance against bright light could have been a bit better,
  • higher vignetting than that of direct rivals.

The Canon EF†70–200†mm f/4L IS†II†USM is undoubtedly an excellent lens. The list of its good points is impressive and the number of flaws- low. What's more, the cons list includes rather small slip-ups than serious disadvantages. Still the rivals aren't idle and, for instance, the †Tamron 70–210†mm f/4 Di†VC†USD, tested by us last year, can compete with the Canon on equal terms and it remains noticeably cheaper. Currently you have to pay about $1200 for the Canon, twice more than for the Tamron. On the other hand the older version of the stabilized Canon 70-200 mm f/4L costs $300 less than the new instrument so, in fact, it's really worth considering to buy the newer lens.

If you don't like compromises and you are a fan of brand-name lenses the Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4L IS II USM might be a good choice; I don't doubt you'll enjoy using it.