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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

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The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM telephoto zoom lens has been developed to meet the high-performance standards that today's photographers demand. Improved Image Stabilizer Technology provides up to three stops of "shake" correction, and the "Mode 2" option stabilizes images while panning with a moving subject. Compared to the original Canon EF 75-300mm IS zoom lens, this telephoto lens has faster auto focus, and overall the lens is lighter and has a smaller diameter than the original. The zoom ring can be locked at the 70mm position, making this powerful lens easy to transport, too.

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220077

48E922A7

013803050851

0345B002

1.4 pounds

9.0 x 5.5 x 5.4

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Average Customer Rating:

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Canon 1010390 1010390Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
 
4.5

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

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    (15)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Super-sharp images (29)
  • Superior build quality (25)
  • Fast auto-focus (22)

Cons

  • Slow auto-focus (11)
  • Semi-sharp images (9)

Best Uses

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Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Excellent Semi-Pro Lens

I am a professional photographer and bought this lens as a carry-around (since it is lighter and smaller than the "L"s) for taking shots of family and friends for non-commercial...Read complete review

I am a professional photographer and bought this lens as a carry-around (since it is lighter and smaller than the "L"s) for taking shots of family and friends for non-commercial use. I have since found that this lens is comparable to the "L" lenses in many ways, and has become a major part of my commercial work as well. The images produced are sharp and clear, AF is quick and the weight is perfect for normal use. The image stabilizer works wonderfully! This lens works equally well in both bright and dim light, image quality at max focal reduces a bit but is still highly acceptable. For the price, this lens is in my opinion, an EXCELLENT choice.

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Most Helpful Critical Review

 

Ok

This lens was my first zoom telephoto purchase. Initially, I loved it. It has a fantastic auto-focus, the zoom range is great for wildlife, and it has a durable body. I have...Read complete review

This lens was my first zoom telephoto purchase. Initially, I loved it. It has a fantastic auto-focus, the zoom range is great for wildlife, and it has a durable body. I have taken many excellent daylight photos with it, and although it gets more difficult at sunset, it can be done. The most striking problem with this lens and the reason I would not recommend it to anyone is the lack of sharpness at full zoom. It is so bad I don't take photo's at full zoom, I bring it down to 250mm to get a better quality image. The lack of sharpness is not initially noticeable, until you zoom into the image later. If you aren't planning on cropping, go for it, just don't make your image bigger than the standard 8x10, or you'll have problems. Happy Hunting

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5.0

nice zoom nd macro

By asel

from Sri Lanka

Comments about Canon 1010390 1010390 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

i m really happy with this since i bought it it really works well

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4.0

Good for the price

By RMurray

from Undisclosed

Comments about Canon 1010390 1010390 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

For the price, this lens is good. Has decent focus and a decent speed. For the price, the only thing I wish was available was that I could an extender with it. However, that is only available for the L lenses.

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5.0

Good for Sports

By Roger

from illinois

Comments about Canon 1010390 1010390 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

My sports lens I'll try to get one of the white ones.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Addition To My Camera Bag

By Mojaveflyer

from Denver, CO

Comments about Canon 1010390 1010390 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

I have been using a Canon 100 - 400mm "L" lens for several years and love it. The biggest issue I had with the 100 - 400mm lens was it's size and weight. A friend bought a 70 - 300mm lens and after looking at it I think it would fill a gap I had not being able to carry a long lens in my smaller camera bag. I'm pleased with the results of shooting with this lens as well as the ease of carrying it.

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4.0

Great lens and price

By Fotosdenada

from Undisclosed

Pros

  • Image stabilized
  • Superior build quality
  • Super-sharp images

Cons

  • Slow Auto-Focus

Best Uses

    Comments about Canon 1010390 1010390 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

    When I purchased my 7D, I also picked this lens up for some wildlife and nature photography. With the cropped sensor, 300mm is close enough for animals that don't want to eat you... I'm impressed. Images are pretty sharp and colorful. The image stabilization works well, for the most part, and focus is usually spot on. The build quality is very nice, for a non-L. It's plastic, but it's solid plastic. The zoom ring feels nice and is just the right resistance. I was worried about lens creep, but I haven't experienced any with my lens. It's not perfect, of course... The focus is a tad slow for flying birds and the manual focus ring is somewhat loose and small. Over all, though, this is a lens I would have no problem recommending to most people.

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    4.0

    Solid

    By tm3308

    from Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    • Fast auto-focus
    • Super-sharp images
    • Versatility

    Cons

    • Poor build quality
    • shifting aperture

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon 1010390 1010390 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

      I'm a photographer with a sports magazine. We cover high school sports, which means I run into a lot of less-than-ideal lighting. For state tournaments that are held in well-lit arenas, this lens performs just fine, and I've had a lot of success at outdoor events except when there is very little natural light (I shoot with a 7D). No complaints about the sharpness. I tend to get a little too much noise for my taste, but that's also a product of having a body that isn't as strong at higher ISO's as other bodies. Being on a tight budget and owning just one body, the biggest strength of this lens is its versatility. Shooting sports, I often don't have time to switch lenses, so being able to go from 300 to 70 mm on a turnover, etc., is a huge asset. I plan on getting better glass within a year (70-200), but this lens has delivered pretty solid bang for the buck. I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking to get started in sports photography.

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      5.0

      Sharp. Great outdoor sports lens!

      By emxgarcia

      from Cooper City, FL

      Pros

      • Economical
      • Fast focusing
      • Light
      • Very sharp

      Cons

      • no tripod ring space
      • prefers well lit scenes

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon 1010390 1010390 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        After initially considering 70-200 f4 non-IS, decided to give this bargain a shot. Look around and you can get this lens very very economically. This lens will perform extremely well on sunny outdoor scenes: kids playing soccer, windsurf, surf. Sharp under 210 and very sharp when stopped down to f/8 and up. You can't go wrong with this lens if shooting outdoors. This is performance-wise, along with the 50mm f1.8, the closest thing to an L lens on a budget.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I have used this lense as ...

        By Davikes

        from Westchester ny

        Comments about Canon 1010390 1010390 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        I have used this lense as the photographer for my sons football team and the results have been nothing short of stunning

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Decent upgrade from the 75-300mm

        By petechman

        from Miamisburg, OH

        Pros

        • Fast auto-focus
        • Superior build quality

        Cons

        • Semi-sharp images

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon 1010390 1010390 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          I purchased this to upgrade from the 75-300mm budget lens. I love the features with two modes of IS and the USM, it's also built very well. The IS is a bit noisy but not bad enough to bother wildlife if thats what you like to shoot. The USM is also not as quiet as other shorter lenses but this is to be expected. I do consider it an upgrade from the other zoom especially if you can find it for a good price. Chromatic abrasion is still a bit of an issue if you do a lot of cropping but it doesn't seem to be as noticeable as the other lens. Overall a very good upgrade for the IS modes if nothing else, the only other option is the 100-400 L which is a huge step up in price. Used with a T3i.

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exceptional lens

          By happy

          from Connecticut

          Pros

          • Fast auto-focus
          • Superior build quality
          • Super-sharp images

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon 1010390 1010390 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

              I'm using the Canon Rebel T4I and am loving my experience so far with this lens. I've read some negative things about this lens after I ordered it. They were saying that the picture were clear and crisp at 200mm but not at 300mm and they were also complaining that the lens is very noisy. I will say neither is the case. These must be people that don't know what they are doing. Even at 300mm I have a extremely clear and crisp pictures. I am amazed at the quality of this lens. I wish there was a way to upload my pictures to show you what the quality of this lens really is. well worth the money. Definitely buy one. you wont regret it.

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