Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS USM ‘L’ lens review with samples (full frame and APS-C)

This is a lens that is slowly becoming legendary for its sharpness – is it really all that? What does video footage look like? And is it really worth over £800 (depending on where you shop)?

Don’t confuse it with its older, non-image stabilized brother, which I reviewed a year ago:

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All samples and footage taken by me on Canon 60D and 6D cameras.

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mrcoolwebuk says:

Is the new tamron f2 70-200 not better than the canon 70-200 f4 they seem to be the same more or less on picture quality

Sam Hipps says:

On an crop sensor camera would you recommend using an 85mm 1.8 or this lens for sports photography?

Andriejus Radcenko says:

does this IS version contain the same optics as a original one? Is there any picture difference between both of them?

Elias Ali says:

hey chris I am construing this lens but I have a question does it compare to the sigma 70-200 2.8 OS or canon 70-200 2.8 L non-IS I want it for sport and portrait and might put a 1.4x teleconverter I will combine it with a 7D mark 1Eli

Hugo Korhonen says:

Can I put this to Canon EOS M5?

Hussein TV says:

can i put this on a rbel t6

Ly Minh Ba says:

hi Christ, Will it work on the canon 750D ??

Anthony Savoie says:

Is the non IS version of this lens still relevant in 2016 ? I’m selling my 18-55 IS STM ( Never really used it ) and my 55-250 IS STM ( Not really sharp at all under F8 ) in order to buy the non IS version of this , good move bad move ?

Musa Khan says:

what is the difference between 70-200mm and 75-300mm lens?? and why 70-200mm is more expensive??

Shubh Dasgupta says:

Awesome Video as usual! I am a proud subscriber Christopher. Will this work with Canon 1100D?

Sergio ReOli says:

Awesome video, thks

David Ciccoritti says:

Hi Chris. Enjoy all your videos. You have the greatest voice on Youtube. I’m looking at this lens for sports photography, namely photographing my kids baseball games. Just wondering if this would be good for video also. I’m debating whether I should get the IS and do both photography and video or get the non IS for photography and the new Canon 55-200mm STM for video. Is turning on image stabilization when mounted on a tripod ok with either lens? I’ve heard both yes and no. You’re thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks 🙂

Brian Walter says:

Chris, is it worth the extra money to get the IS version?

Gio May says:

this or tamron 70-200 2.8 vc usd??

Adam O Brien says:

re visit this in 2017?

J C Lovera says:

Geetings from colombia. Great video.
2:57 I see the rubber on our camera is peeling off, How did you fix it?.
I have a canon SL1 and it is gaving the same problem.
Can i use superglue gel to fix it?
Thanks again for the video.

Gunnar Jensen says:

Using higher ISO makes the camera more responsive in video-mode ?? Or better to use manual focus or the AF-ON button ??

Gunnar Jensen says:

I have on non-IS, wonder why it was made that way, if the quality is so good and you cannot enjoy it without IS. Have to use fast shutter speed or tripod all the time ?

Samuel Granger says:

Would you take this over a Tamron 70-200 2.8 (or the Sigma for the matter)? Both are around the same price on eBay and I’m thinking that the f/4’s L glass would be better than having the f/2.8’s extra f-stop. Thoughts, Chris?

Steven Roberts says:

Thanks for the video, I have an Canon 30D, Would I be better off upgrading my camera with an average lens or get one of these lenes? Thanks for any help.

Remus says:

When you switched to APSC there was a significant quality drop of the image. Is full frame that good. It is amazing.

Eric Elizalde says:

I see a few filmmakers who use it in fast action sports like skateboarding. I am currently deciding on whether to get the non IS for $500 or just get the IS version for $300-$400 more. Any suggestions?

Subrahmanyam Chilakamarthi says:

Did you review 70-200mm f/2.8 II IS? Can you share the link?

Alan Udale says:

OK have I got this wrong on my 7dmk2 the 55-250 should be just that as it was made for apsc so the 70-200 L should be 112-320 so why does my 70-200 not bring a subject closer than the 55-250 ?

Rajbir Rangi says:

I see how good the full frame, 6D is when taking shots as compared to apc cameras, however I intend to buy a dslr soon but I am really confused between 7dMii or 6D which are completely different but however are at same price range any suggestions please?

FILI Knives says:

My favourite lens.

Deepjyoti Das says:

just bought the 70 200 f4 L usm lens(non is) today
took few pictures but comes blurry…feeling very disappointing !
i have already the 50 mm f1.8 and 55-250 mm IS lens, i feel 55- 250 gives much better BOKEH and sharpness than the 70-200..f4 L
need few tips regarding the lens for perfect shots. PLease suggest.I am using canon 550d says:

I have the canon Rebel T6i… would you recommend this lens on that camera?

임히아 says:

Can I know that Iso you usally use? And when shoot someone move faster!

Rui Borba Baptista says:

Hi, are you aware of any Auto-focus / Focus problems with this lens? I saw some discussions about it on the web, just can’t understand if it’s random or a problem with this model. Regards and Thank you.

rialbb says:

will the non IS be slightly sharper?

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