Canon EF 70-200mm F/4 L IS USM vs Non IS EF 70-200mm F/4 L USM

So which one should you get, the IS or the Non IS version of the famous EF 70-200mm F/4L USM Lens, I myself was in this situation. And to complicate things more, there’s still the EF 70-300 F/4-5.6 IS USM which also offers great image quality coupled with more reach for a much lower price. Thank goodness the newer EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6L IS USM was not yet around during those times.


Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM Lens. ISO 500, 200mm, 1/200, F/6.3, manual exposure.

Anyway, to answer the question, which of the two 70-200mm F/4L USM lens should you pick? Is the addition of IS really justifies the high price? In my opinion, yes, the IS has more glass compare to the non IS, and because it has IS, it offers an additional four stops of shake correction. Because of this IS version is handholdable in low light just like 70-200mm F/2.8L IS. Another great feature of the IS version which is not present in the Non IS, is the weather sealing protection. Other than these mentioned features, both lenses have excellent image quality, build quality of both lenses are great, it all boils down to what you really need and to what you can afford. I went with the IS version and I’m really happy with it’s performance. Why did I choose it over the Non IS, it’s because I use it mostly handheld, and I feel that IS will really help me capture better pictures(great for coffee drinkers like me). If you will use this mostly on a tripod or a monopod I would go with the Non IS version.


I also use the Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM Lens and Canon EOS 60D for sports photography. ISO 1000, 200mm, 1/250, F/4, shutter priority.

I also got some questions why I choose the EF 70-200mm F/4L IS over the F/2.8 L IS version, the fast F/2.8 aperture is certainly nice to have, but I felt that for my needs the F/4 was enough, I also considered the price, weight and the size of the two lenses, the F/2.8 L is more expensive, bigger and heavier, I use my F/4L regularly and it’s really comfortable especially if I’m going to shoot for long periods of time. I also took into considerations the advancement in technology, newer canon camera bodies now sports a higher ISO’s that are way better compare to those camera bodies release 2 or three years ago, the F/4, combined with the 4 stop IS and high ISO, I can get the photos I needed, and for low light, I can rely on my Canon EF 85mm F/1.8, Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 and my Tamron AF 28-75mm F/2.8 SP.


Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM Lens perfect for daytime outdoor events. ISO 100, 200mm, 1/500, F/4, aperture priority.

In the event that I really need an F/2.8 on a 70-200mm range for an important work, I won’t hesitate to buy one or I can easily rent it from places like Borrowlenses.com.

Get the Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM from:

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Get the Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L USM from:

Amazon | Adorama | B & H | Rent

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