EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM

Launched 7 June 2018

from the Canon press release

Canon has today announced an upgrade to two of its most loved and well-regarded L-series lenses, with the launch of the EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM and EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM. The 70-200mm lens has been instrumental for professional, semi-professional and photography enthusiasts for many years, thanks to the ability to easily change image composition by switching from standard to telephoto. This adaptability means both lenses can capture a wide range of subjects, from portraits to wildlife, reaffirming the pivotal role the 70-200mm lens plays in a photographer’s kit bag.

Commenting on the launch of the EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM and EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM, Michael Burnhill, European Product Specialist, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe, said: "Following feedback from our global photography community, we are very proud to be introducing these two lenses. We are committed to delivering the best quality and performance-driven products for today’s visual storytellers to ensure we provide unsurpassable choice for photographers looking to meet their image requirements with confidence. The EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM epitomises the very finest in L-series optical technology, whilst being compact in size, robust and lightweight, and the EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM offers unbeatable performance, versatility and durability."

Superior quality, robust and compact design – EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM

Built on the high standards of its predecessor, the EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM possesses the superior build, durability, and ergonomic design that Canon’s breadth of lenses are renowned for. Weighing just 780g, the EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM is great for those on the move. Whether shooting on a beach, or at a wedding, this lens is guaranteed to deliver stunningly crisp images in a range of environments. The Fluorine Coating reduces dirt and water drops clinging to the lens, and Super Spectra coatings eliminate ghosting and flare. The EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM’s fluorite lens elements are capable of correcting colour aberrations, guaranteeing high resolution and high contrast images. This excellent and reliable image quality is invaluable in reducing time spent on post-production.

The EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM’s f4 constant aperture provides consistent exposure in a range of varying lighting scenarios. The nine blades on the EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM 's circular aperture create a pleasing bokeh effect, blurring the background and helping to accentuate the subject. The EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM comprises a new Image Stabilizer unit, based on the design of Canon’s EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM, which delivers the equivalent effect of a shutter five-stops faster, compared to the previous lens' three-stops. This is beneficial for any shooting scenario where the camera may be jostled, such as at film premieres, or shooting wildlife on safari.

The EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM uses a combination of a Ring USM and a new third generation EF engine, which features a new high-performance control CPU and newly developed firmware, to drive greater speed and accuracy in achieving high-speed autofocus. The silent functioning autofocus can also be tweaked manually and allows a close focusing distance of 1m, compared to the 1.2m on its predecessor. These features make the EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM perfect for unobtrusive and precise shooting, characteristics required to successfully capture street photography.

Key features

A compact design that’s ideal for photography on the move

• Enjoy consistent exposures, with a constant f4 max aperture

• Stay sharp in low-light, with a 5-stop Image Stabilizer

• Sophisticated optical design delivers a superb performance

• Shoot with confidence, however tough the conditions

Lens accessories

The EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM is supplied with the ET-78B Lens Hood. An optional tripod mount ring A II (W II) is available.

The EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM is also compatible with Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x III, with AF possible with cameras that support f8 focusing.

Pricing and availability
The EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM is available from summer 2018 with an SRP of 1,299.99/€1,519.99


Focal length and maximum aperture: 70-200mm 1:4
Lens construction: 20 elements in 15 groups
Diagonal angle-of-view: 34-12
Focus adjustment: ring-type USM, full-time manual focus
Closest focusing distance: 1m, 0.27 x magnification
Filter size: 72mm
Max. diameter x length, weight: 80 x 176mm, 780g

IS will not work with the following film cameras:
EOS-1, EOS 5, EOS 100, EF-M, EOS 1000/F/n/
Fn, EOS 700, EOS 10, EOS RT, EOS 600/630, EOS 850, EOS 750, EOS 620, EOS 650


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