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Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM

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Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 70 - 300 mm
Maximum aperture f/4 - 5.6
Angle of view 34 - 8.25 o
Closest focusing distance 1.5 m
Maximum magnification 1:4.8
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type USM
Lens Construction 19 elements / 14 groups
Filter diameter 67 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 89 x 143 mm
Weight 1050 g
Additional information Released: 26.08.2010
2 UD lenses
Average rating (12 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (12)
  1. JaglanBeta
    JaglanBeta 15 January 2014, 19:57
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    IP 95.148.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: £1080
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None, well, maybe price. The relatively slow aperture and extension on zooming are not cons, in lens terms they are necessary design compromises to make it the size, weight and focal length range it is.

    Pros: Sharp throughout zoom range at f5.6, colour and contrast fantastic. Auto focus is amazingly fast, IS is superb. Very compact, not overly heavy. Metal filter threads. Zoom lock means hood can be stored in reverse orientation and still removed without zooming the lens out.

    Summary: It's just a joy to use, and very sharp. It's also a significant step up from the Tamron 70-300 VC, you'll have no worries shooting wide open at 300mm with this one! Perfect on APS-C. Also, do not underestimate how important portability is, it's very compact at 70mm. As a result it goes everywhere with me cos it fits so easily in my bag. Therefore it's always available, whereas a 70-200IS wouldn't have been. Yes, it's expensive, but I'm really glad I bought it and wouldn't swap it.

  2. Leo
    Leo 12 November 2013, 15:57
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    IP 77.248.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 850 euro
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Somewhat slow, but that is the concept of the lens.

    Pros: Very nice size, superb build quality, good IS. IQ good.

    Summary: Very versatile telezoom, if you want to travel, take a 24-105L F4.0 and this lens. Maybe with a small fast prime. I bought this lens secondhand, new the price is a little steep.

  3. DigiDinu
    DigiDinu 24 March 2013, 09:51
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    IP 62.203.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 1100 ̈́
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Strong vignetting on full frame, sometimes slow auto focus, really heavy weight, bad corners at 70mm on full frame

    Pros: great build quality, Image quality at 300mm is very good, best IS I ever found in a lens!

    Summary: Great option for a APS-C camera. On full frame not so good.

  4. Mark
    Mark 3 February 2013, 08:30
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    IP 58.8.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Vignetting

    Pros: Good Quality, reach, focus, IS and ideal for FF camera outdoor sports

    Summary: I use this lens for outdoor football shots on a FF camera and it is ideal for that. The vignetting is a slight problem but Lightroom takes care of that well enough!

  5. Savi
    Savi 12 May 2012, 22:38
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    IP 2.230.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 1300€
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: f/4-5.6 means it is NOT for indoor use. However, in emergency I have taken pro-level basketball pictures, very sharp!

    Pros: Small and short enough to enter in any size bag! So this lens is always with me. Great IS an fast AF. Built like a tank!

    Summary: Great lens if you value size and appreciate the 300 range....

  6. Ed
    Ed 1 May 2012, 21:36
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    IP 46.205.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 2300 SFR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: no

    Pros: quality, compact, speed & IS

    Summary: Bougth for my Africa trip.

  7. Ed
    Ed 1 May 2012, 21:35
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    IP 46.205.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 2300 SFR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: no

    Pros: quality, compact, speed & IS

    Summary: Bougth for my Africa trip.

  8. Darek
    Darek 1 May 2012, 18:52
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    IP 37.30.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 1100 Pound
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: no tripod mount

    Pros: 1st class IS and optic

    Summary: Top for photograpy and movie

  9. Mark
    Mark 27 March 2012, 08:26
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    IP 31.19.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: White (I don't like it). No extender compatibility.

    Pros: Outstanding build quality, precisely, high speed AF. Best IS I'd ever seen. Noiseless. Optical performance better than with my 70-200L 2.8. Compact and not too heavy. Superb bokeh.

    Summary: Nothing for fast interior shots, but hopefully you know it before purchase (f4/5.6) My very best buy for outdoor and travel.

  10. stb
    stb 25 March 2012, 15:58
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    IP 91.58.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 1200 Euro
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: non IF

    Pros: Quality, AF speed, great IS

    Summary: After 70-300 IS USM and Tamron VC - another level. First class optic and mechanic

  11. Todzilla
    Todzilla 7 February 2012, 01:00
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    IP 24.1.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: none

    Pros: very sharp,excellent color and contrast! light and compact,easy to carry all day! love the 70-300 range! much better then any other 70-300 on the market! f/5.6 doesnt bother me cuz i always shoot f/5.6-f/8 anyway for max sharpness.excellent for close up shots as well as long distance!

    Summary: if you want a killer all around lens this is it!

  12. zhjiln
    zhjiln 6 December 2010, 02:49
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    IP 71.195.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: $1400
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: -f4-5.6 ?? why canon ? -anything other than bright sunlight, you have to use iso 1600 and above. -looks really awkward when fully extended. -overpriced for what it offers, and better deals on similar canon lenses

    Pros: -good image quality at all focal lengths. -sharp wide open (sweet spot f6.3) -no vignetting -minimal to no color fringing -good against bright light and no flaring -corner to corner performance is good. -light and small ( per se)

    Summary: only buy this lens if portability is important to you. It is the smallest and lightest in canons 70-200/300mm L telephoto lens. If you dont mind the length, just buy the 70-200mm F4 L or an older 70-200mm F2.8 L for a bit less.

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