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Lensrentals.com: MTF Tests for the Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS II Lens

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Roger over at Lensrentals.com has completed some MTF testing of the new Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II. A lens Canon has said will outperform it’s predecessor in every single way. Did they succeed?

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At 70mm, it’s clear that the new EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II outperforms the previous version. As you can see from the MTF below, from the center of the frame to about 2/3 of the way out, the difference will be very noticeable.

Canon 70mm compsml - Lensrentals.com: MTF Tests for the Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS II Lens

At 135mm, the previous version was better than it was at 70mm, but the new version is still showing how much better it is.

Canon 135 compsml - Lensrentals.com: MTF Tests for the Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS II Lens

At 200mm, the focal length a lot of people buy these lenses for, the newer version shows a noticeably upgrade away from the center of the frame. At the center, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II are pretty close to one another.

Canon 200mm compsml - Lensrentals.com: MTF Tests for the Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS II Lens

The new EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II is a better lens that its predecessor at all focal length, and especially at 70mm.

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As far as copy variation, Lensrentals.com tested 10 different copies of the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II and found “oustanding” consistency copy-to-copy. This lens shows the least variance between copies for a zoom lens that Lensrentals.com has ever tested.

Lensrentals.com concludes:

It’s really, really good. It’s extremely consistent with low sample variation. Optically it’s everything I hoped for. Actual reviews are starting to trickle in, and if the IS and autofocus are as improved as the optics, this should be a home run for Canon.

You can read more about this optical review at Lensrentals.com as they also compare the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and f/4 offerings from both Nikon and Sony.