Canon 70-200 F4 L + Sony A7II REVIEW

This allmost legendary Canon lens was first introduced in 1999, so its already  17 years old and Canon users know and love its L quality.

Now you could ask why the hell not the Sony Fe 70-200 F4?

The answer can be found in this Review where  i´m testing the Canon 70-200 F4 L tele zoom lens on the Sony a7II.



UPDATE 17.04.2016:

Here is a Video which i shot with the Canon 70-200 F4L on the Sony A7II handheld, you can see how good the 5 Axis Inbody Stabilisation is working. Actually i was surprised how good this lens works for video on the Sony A7II. The stabilisation system of the A7II  just works perfect and it never stops while you  are shooting. If you are a serious video shooter you should definitely try out the Sony A7sII though, the stabilisation on the A7sII is even better.

The autofocus for video was completely unuseable but the IBIS really worked excellent even at 200mm, so i shot this video all manual. When you are shooting video you do want to use manual focus anyway to have full control and manual focusing with this lens works great. The A7II again showed noticeble moire in video especially when used at 70mm, but thats not the Canon lens fault. I really whish that the A7II could do 4k with a super 35mm crop mode, that would solve the moire issue on the A7II. Really liked the result though on 200mm which was surprisingly nice shot with SLOG 2, allthough the crispness of 4k Video i get with this Canon lens on my Samsung NX500 is a lot better, the NX500 on the other hand unfortunately does not have any stabilisation built in the body. I upscaled this to 4k so you can enjoy it also in fullscreen on a 4k monitor, have a look! You don´t have all axis  working with adapted lenses like the Canon but see the result:


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Lets look at the details of this lens:

  • L-series optics
  • Light weight
  • Constant f/4 maximum aperture
  • Fluorite and UD lens elements
  • Autofocus
  • Super Spectra coatings
  • Circular aperture for pleasing background blur
Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 29° – 10°, 19°30′ – 7°, 34° – 12°
Lens construction (elements/groups) 16/13
No. of diaphragm blades 8
Minimum aperture 32
Closest focusing distance (m) 1.2
Maximum magnification (x) 0.21 (at 200mm)
AF actuator USM¹
Filter diameter (mm) 67
Max. diameter x length (mm) 76 x 172
Weight (g) 705
Magnification – Extension Tube EF12 II 0.29 – 0.06
Magnification – Extension Tube EF25 II 0.39 – 0.13
Lens Cap E-67U / E-67II
Lens hood ET-74
Hard case
Soft case LZ1224
Extenders EF1.4x II and EF2x II Compatible

What do you get?

This Canon lens comes with a lens hood and a bag, but unfortunately  without the tripod mount ring, so you have to buy this extra, the original canon tripod mount ring is very expensive, but the good news is that there are cheap and good alternatives which you can get for about 17 € only (see links below this review)


It´s quite long with the lens hood on it has 24cm, saying that, the weight is actually lighter than the Sony  FE 70-200 f4, it has only 705 gramms which is really great.

The front element has a filtersize of 67mm where you can screw filters on, the front does no rotate, so no problem with filters.

The Lens construction is a metal barell coverd with high quality plastics and the lens has 2 switches on the side for AF and the focus distance setting.

The minimum focus distance can be set from 1.2 – 3 meters

The focal and focus rings are very smooth to turn and the complete construction of this lens is just rock solid.

To be able to use this canon on the sony a7ii you need an adapter, I have tested 3 affordable autofocus adapters with this lens, the viltrox the fotga and the commlite

In terms of autofocus speed the viltrox is probably a bit faster than the other 2 adapters, but unfortunately   you can get white light leaks from time to time in the corners of your picture starting from F4. My guess is that these light leaks come from the shiny parts in the adapter which are not rippled. The other 2 adapters don’t show these light leaks.

This can probably be fixed easy with some rippled tape but i´m using the Fotga with the Canon lens, the materials used in the fotga adapter are not as solid as on the other 2 adapters but it works great with the 70-200 and it holds the lens save. The commlite works also good with this canon, but the performance was not as good and reliable as with the fotga adapter.


The result is not superquick but I think its totally useable for an adapted lens, also in dimm light (see my youtube video above) and it works very good outside in bright light on the Sony A7II, where you will use this lens 99% of the time anyway.


Now lets see how good is the image quality of this lens on the Sony A7II:

Sharpness and detail are very good already at f4 and up to f8 it gets even better.

This canon is not a fast 2.8 lens, but as you can see on my image samples with f4 even on a cloudy winter day you get excellent image quality and beautiful rendering

Chromatic aberations are very very small to none and can be easy fixed in lightroom. On my first shots I didn´t notice any bad vingnetting or distortion. The Bokeh this telezoom lens produces is just beautiful although its only f4.

Using a filter like a polerizer with this lens works also great, i did not notice any difference in autofocus speed.

These image samples are all shot handheld, which is absolutely no problem on the sony a7II. This canon lens has no stabilization inside, but thanks to the great 5 axis in body stabilization of the Sony A7II the lens gets full stabilization. The adapter translates the stabilization from the sony automaticly, but I found out that when you set the focal length in the Sony A7II for stabilization manual it works more effective.

Although the a7II with an adapted lens is not a sports camera, you can use it for moving objects. This bird was shot with a shutterspeed of 1000 of a second using the continues autofocus of the a7II. As you can see the focus was perfect on that shot and the detail and sharpness is just great.

Portrait Shot with an Aurora Firefly Softbox + Yongnuo 560 III
200mm | ISO 200 | F4.5 | 1/160 sec.

Make shure to watch this Video in which i´m showing you how Face Detect AF is working with the Canon 70-200:

Sony Face Detect AF with affordable Adapters



This canon lens has amazing value for money, you can get this 70-200 lens for only about 500 € or less used. The lens works great on the Sony A7II with an autofocus adapter and it gets a stabilized Canon L lens which makes it even more valuable.

The image quality, sharpness and bokeh is excellent and the build quality could not be better. Compared to the Sony Fe 70-200 F4 the sony is smaller but heavier than the canon, because it has stabilization inside the lens and the sony will cost you a lot more, 1.200€

Since Sony wants to go all the way Premium with their new lenses  and prices for FE mount like the new Sony 24-70mm 2.8 GM, 85 mm 1.4 GM and 70-200 2.8 GM, which are all crazy expensive, Canon and other adapted lenses on Sony Bodys look even more attractive meanwhile Tamron and Sigma don´t produce FE lenses.

So if you have a stabilized camera like the Sony A7II, A7sII I can really recommend this Canon lens for Stills and 4k Video. If you want to save some money and enjoy a Canon L series quality 70-200 lens with a good F4 speed this is an excellent choice!

Make shure to read my test in a zoo with the canon with lots more pictures:

In the Zoo with the Canon 70-200 F4 L + Sony A7II

This lens works great with the Sigma MC11 Adapter, see my real world test in a zoo here:

In the Zoo with Sony + Canon + MC11 Adapter

Also make shure to read this Review where i´m testing the Canon 70-200 F4 L with AF-C on some sport photography

Sony A7II Fimware Update 3.10 REVIEW


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