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

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Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 70 - 300 mm
Maximum aperture f/4 - 5.6
Angle of view 34.3 - 8.2 o
Closest focusing distance 1.5 m
Maximum magnification 3.85
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type USM
Lens Construction 15 elements / 10 groups
Filter diameter 58 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 142.8 x 76.5 mm
Weight 630 g
Additional information Marketed October 2005
Average rating (11 owners reviews)
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3.94 Average
Owners reviews (11)
  1. Row
    Row 25 October 2016, 14:43
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    IP 165.225.x.x
    Owner since: 8 years
    Price: 540€
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: - Noisy USM - construction a little bit "light" for a Canon - To weak to be used at 300F5.6, better choice to crop at 200F5.6 if necessary. - Optional sunshield

    Pros: - Stabilization efficient (far better than on the 100-400L) - Excellent sharpness between 70 - 135mm - Very Good Sharpness from 135 - 200mm At 300mm: very sharpness obtained at 300F9mm after AF microadjustements (-5 for me).

    Summary: Good overhall quality and a good alternative to 70-200F4L with it's larger range and a very efficient stabilization.

  2. db73961
    db73961 13 December 2013, 03:49
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    IP 50.92.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 500
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not the best in corner sharpness. A bit noisy,

    Pros: Sharpness is good overall IS work well, about 3 f-stop (speed) small and cheaper filter Light weight for range

    Summary: Very good value compare to Canon L-lens. Weight half as much as L-lens

  3. FOM
    FOM 1 May 2013, 03:53
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    IP 146.251.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 1905 sr.
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Plastics, light construction 200-300 = soft results until f9, need either good light or sharp photos on the PC later.

    Pros: unexpected quality for this price. From 70 to 200 : excellent results it's really a hidden L light weight Not too big, easy to handle and to store in your backpack Image stabilisation efficient

    Summary: Very good lens for mountainering and hiking, maybe the best choice in this range. I consider this lens as a 70/200 F4L with a "+" from 200 to 300mm.

  4. jl
    jl 15 October 2012, 21:59
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    IP 41.124.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: ZAR5000
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Rotating front element Noisy IS Poor contrast in bright light Soft at 300 Expensive hood bit wobbly when extended

    Pros: image sharpness very good at less than full zoom zero CA

    Summary: My copy had to go back to canon as was very fuzzy at 300. came back bit better, not great though.don't like all the noises. wont be keeping it much longer

  5. michel
    michel 7 March 2011, 00:21
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    IP 82.249.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Plastics, light construction 200-300 = soft results until f9, need either good light or sharp photos on the PC later.

    Pros: unexpected quality for this price. From 70 to 200 : excellent results it's really a hidden L light weight Not too big, easy to handle and to store in your backpack Image stabilisation efficient

    Summary: Very good lens for mountainering and hiking, maybe the best choice in this range. I consider this lens as a 70/200 F4L with a "+" from 200 to 300mm.

  6. Prometheus
    Prometheus 17 December 2010, 15:50
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    IP 84.159.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 365€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: - no ring USM, AF-ring turns during focussing, front element as well - AF not really fast, ring USM better - IQ degrades significant at the longest focal length - it seems like there is an issue with production stability, pick a good one if possible

    Pros: - nearly flawless between 70 and 200mm, when a good one has been selected - very effective IS - regarding IQ it ist very, very close to L grade (@70-200mm) - great value for the money when bought used

    Summary: A really good choice as allround telelens, great value! The only way to get much better is 70-200 L, with IS much more expensive. Good deal when used & selected. Mine will be replaced only by the 70-200 f4 L IS.

  7. KBills
    KBills 29 November 2010, 09:05
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    IP 204.191.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 365$
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: No full time manual focus is kind of a downside since the micro USM hunts alot. Images get quite soft at 300mm.

    Pros: Killer IS which is so important at long focal lengths. Quite sharp from the 70-200mm range. Very smooth zoom ring. Not too heavy. Doesn't have a cheap plastic feel to it. Solid metal mount.

    Summary: A very good lens. I paid 365$ for it used but I don't think it's worth more than 500$ brand new. Good telephoto lens for any camera and I would recommend it.

  8. DaveinWilton
    DaveinWilton 27 June 2010, 18:19
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    IP 162.135.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: 550.00
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Without lens hood like all Canons less than "L"

    Pros: Price to Value ratio high

    Summary: A fine lens in the mid-range category. Will need a bit more post processing work than the 70-200mm Ls or the 100-400mm L, tends to be a bit more "muddied". My copy sharp out to nearly the full 300mm. Very pleased with this purchase.

  9. Nikonicus
    Nikonicus 13 June 2010, 23:17
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    IP 80.4.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Its large and does not come with a lens shade. After market shades are available inexpensively (eBay) as the Canon brand is unreasonably priced and smells like a rip-off.

    Pros: I find my sample to be sharp all the way to 300mm. IS is exceptionally good and keeps image sharp throughout the range. Build quality is very good, Ultrasonic focus is excellent. I cannot imagine why anyone would pay double for the DO version of this focal length.

    Summary: Perfect lens to cover the medium to long range if you own a 1:6 DSLR.

  10. Nikonicus
    Nikonicus 31 May 2010, 13:55
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    IP 80.4.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: $454
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: It is large and extends quite far. No lens hood provided and the Canon brand is over-priced.

    Pros: Sharp throughout the range, even at 300mm. Well built for the money paid. Very good IS and a huge leap from trying to get sharp pictures with a hand-held 70-300mm range zoom. Fast focus and quiet operation.

    Summary: Great value for money and capable of producing excellent resultst all round.

  11. martin
    martin 27 May 2010, 08:16
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    IP 83.82.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 450
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: rotating front element

    Pros: good image quality, full frame lens. Image stabilizer works really good.

    Summary: value for money

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