EF 70-200 f/4L USM with EOS 60D - any experiences?

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holzlondon New Member • Posts: 7
EF 70-200 f/4L USM with EOS 60D - any experiences?

Just bought the above lens to go with my 60D as an everyday Zoom for landscape and other uses.  I'm well aware of the fact that the lense has no image stabilisation, so I know when and where to use it.

I'm no pro, and still relatively new to the digital SLR photography, but was quite disappointed with the lacking clarity that the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM produced.

Going on holiday to Dubai in 2 days, so will try it in as many situations as I can, but I thought I would ask the community if anyone out there has any worthwhile experiences and tips.

24Peter
24Peter Veteran Member • Posts: 3,132
Re: EF 70-200 f/4L USM with EOS 60D - any experiences?

I used that lens with a 40D for a period of time. But eventually I sold it (got almost what I paid after having it for two years) and got the IS version. You've probably heard all the opinions and clearly have one of your own, but for me the IS version is so much more useful. I was limited to 1/400th or faster shutter speeds with the non-IS version (shakey hands?)

The only downside to the IS version (and I think also the non-IS version) is the MFD. I find this a real hinderance at times. I'll often use an extension tube just to get a reasonable focus distance. I believe the 2.8 IS VII is better in terms of MFD - if I could afford it, I would probably sell my F4 IS for that lens.

qianp2k Forum Pro • Posts: 10,350
Re: EF 70-200 f/4L USM with EOS 60D - any experiences?

I own 70-200L/4.0 IS l ens that is a bit sharper and has 'IS'.



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Craig76 Regular Member • Posts: 255
Re: EF 70-200 f/4L USM with EOS 60D - any experiences?

Here are a couple of my shots with that camera and lens combination. The 60D handles noise pretty well, the band shot was under extremely low light at 200mm F/4 ISO 2,500. I've included a 100% crop of it to show the sharpness and noise level also.

The 2.8 version or image stabilized versions may be better, but if your tight on cash or like a lighter lens the standard F/4 non-stabilized one works pretty nicely IMO.

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Matt Senior Member • Posts: 2,387
Have the IS but find it quiet useless

I have IS in some of my lenses but find it quiet useless since I use short shutterspeeds to freeze the subject that make IS irrelevant.

If you go to a sunny place and shoot outdoors in good light you wont need IS. It is still nice to have though.

If you shoot slow moving subjects in low light then IS a must have

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Phillip Tornero Contributing Member • Posts: 601
Re: Have the IS but find it quiet useless

I too own the 70-200 2.8 non IS as well as the f/4 non IS as well, and because of my camera shake while in use, I often find using a carbon fiber monopod is a quick solution for me.

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MAC Forum Pro • Posts: 13,578
Re: EF 70-200 f/4L USM with EOS 60D - any experiences?

holzlondon wrote:

Just bought the above lens to go with my 60D as an everyday Zoom for landscape and other uses. I'm well aware of the fact that the lense has no image stabilisation, so I know when and where to use it.

I'm no pro, and still relatively new to the digital SLR photography, but was quite disappointed with the lacking clarity that the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM produced.

Going on holiday to Dubai in 2 days, so will try it in as many situations as I can, but I thought I would ask the community if anyone out there has any worthwhile experiences and tips.

a pod helps

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Dave Throgmartin
Dave Throgmartin Contributing Member • Posts: 871
Re: EF 70-200 f/4L USM with EOS 60D - any experiences?

I've used the same combo for about a month and am thrilled with it.  The 70-200 f/4 L USM is a fantastic lens for general use telephoto although it is likely a bit long for most landscapes on a APS-C sensor unless you're talking about mountains, etc...

Dave

OP holzlondon New Member • Posts: 7
Re: EF 70-200 f/4L USM with EOS 60D - any experiences?

Thanks to all for your tips and experiences! I look forward to giving it a good trial in the next few days. Maybe I'll post some results.

Shaun Gibbs Regular Member • Posts: 391
Re: EF 70-200 f/4L USM with EOS 60D - any experiences?

I have just ordered this lens to go on my new 6D (I have a 60D also). I figured that because the 6D ISO range is so good, I probably don't really need IS that much for general daylight shooting. Will obviously test it in low light conditions too to see where the limit is.

Can't wait to get it now.

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Clay King Regular Member • Posts: 306
Re: EF 70-200 f/4L USM with EOS 60D - any experiences?

I had this combination and loved it.  However, I bought a 2.8 non-IS instead due to shooting in low light gymnasiums, and also bought a 7D for the AF system on steroids.  I sold both the 60D and the 70-200 f/4 due to lack of use after acquiring the 2.8 and 7D.

Here is an example of the 60D with 70-200 f/4L non-IS.



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SD Focused Junior Member • Posts: 33
Re: EF 70-200 f/4L USM with EOS 60D - any experiences?

I've shot that 70-200 f4 on a 20D, 40D and 5D Mark II.  It is simply a great lens for the money.  It's lightweight and sharp as a tack.  I'm not sure it's the best camera and lens combination for landscapes but you'll love it.

brightcolours Forum Pro • Posts: 14,455
Re: EF 70-200 f/4L USM with EOS 60D - any experiences?

24Peter wrote:

I used that lens with a 40D for a period of time. But eventually I sold it (got almost what I paid after having it for two years) and got the IS version. You've probably heard all the opinions and clearly have one of your own, but for me the IS version is so much more useful. I was limited to 1/400th or faster shutter speeds with the non-IS version (shakey hands?)

The only downside to the IS version (and I think also the non-IS version) is the MFD. I find this a real hinderance at times. I'll often use an extension tube just to get a reasonable focus distance. I believe the 2.8 IS VII is better in terms of MFD - if I could afford it, I would probably sell my F4 IS for that lens.

The 70-200mm f4 L IS USM has a very good/normal MFD of 1.2 meters. So do the other Canon 70-200mm lenses (like the f2.8 IS II and the non-IS f4).

Some of the f4 IS's have terrible results at MFD, though. Others seem to do fine. The non-IS f4 has fine performance at MFD too, with nicer bokeh than the IS f4.

brightcolours Forum Pro • Posts: 14,455
Very versatile lens

holzlondon wrote:

Just bought the above lens to go with my 60D as an everyday Zoom for landscape and other uses. I'm well aware of the fact that the lense has no image stabilisation, so I know when and where to use it.

I'm no pro, and still relatively new to the digital SLR photography, but was quite disappointed with the lacking clarity that the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM produced.

Going on holiday to Dubai in 2 days, so will try it in as many situations as I can, but I thought I would ask the community if anyone out there has any worthwhile experiences and tips.

It is my most used lens (and I use it on APS-C).

Landscape use:







brightcolours Forum Pro • Posts: 14,455
Re: Very versatile lens

I also like to shoot close ups with it, usually in combination with a 12mm extension tube to get a bit closer (to 1m):



And other stuff:



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