Canon RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM Review

February 22, 2021 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

Sharpness at 70mm

Our sharpness tests are carried out by photographing a real-world subject rather than a test chart. The Canon RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM was attached to a Canon EOS R6 camera, which in turn was mounted on a sturdy tripod. Self-timer mode was activated to steady the camera completely. Any slight tonal changes you may see across the crops are a result of slight changes in natural light during the shooting session.

The full frame

The full frame at 70mm

At both the centre and the edges of the image, sharpness is excellent even at the maximum aperture of f/4. It maintains that level of sharpness until f/16, where it remains excellent but is ever-so-slightly softer due to diffraction. It gets softer again at f/22, with the worse results seen at f/32.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/4 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/5.6 f5.6.jpg f5.6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/22 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/32 f16.jpg f16.jpg