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Canon EF 70-210 mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 70-210 mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 70 - 210 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5 - 4.5
Angle of view 34.3 - 11.8 o
Closest focusing distance 1.2 m
Maximum magnification 1:5,88
Minimum aperture 29
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type AF USM
Lens Construction 14 elements / 10 groups
Filter diameter 58 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 73 x 121.5 mm
Weight 550 g
Additional information Marketed June 1990
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3.80 Average
Owners reviews (5)
  1. badshark
    badshark 6 December 2022, 02:14
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    IP 72.234.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 70
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: To nit-pick: zoom creep, no IS.

    Pros: Sharp, blazing fast ring USM, good contrast and color, solid build for the class, value

    Summary: After returning to Canon FF, I needed an affordable long-lens. I remembered having one of these a while ago and how good it was, especially at its price. I had picked up a 70-300 DO also (which I had always wanted to try) and was very disapointed....So I got the 70-210....Again, so pleased with this lens-this time Im keeping it. IT\'s sharper, more contrast-y, and delivers better color than the DO. Focuses just as fast too....lose a little reach, but I\'ll get a bigger lens soon.... I really don\'t understand why it does not get more attention...a real hidden gem.

  2. Benji
    Benji 6 September 2019, 14:09
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    IP 192.54.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 100
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Plastic construction, zooming creep. Poor wide open. Too more vignetting on full frame befor f/5.6

    Pros: Lightweight. Fast AF & silent ! Very Good at F/5.6 with low CA for this age. Very good bokeh for a zoom, maybe thanks special blades shape down to f/6.3

    Summary: Very good cheap alternative for 5D /6D

  3. Matipon Singnam TH
    Matipon Singnam TH 27 October 2017, 07:12
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    IP 223.24.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 70$
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Lens creep, plasticky feel, and a bit of corner softness wide open at 135mm+. vignetting on full frame on the long end is pretty bad.

    Pros: An extremely good lens for the price. I bought this lens almost new, in a box from Japan as I had sold my EOS 600. This lens\'s USM is super quiet, and is slightly faster than my 70-200 f/4L IS II, and absolutely tears my 70-200 2.8 apart. It is quite sharp, almost comparable to the L when stopped down to 5.6 at 70mm, and the same at f/8. Contrast is good, but incomparable to better glass. vignetting on my 5dsR is quite noticeable, but I like it. On my 7dII, it disappears. It\'s light, and more importantly, not blinding white like the L.

    Summary: It\'s an absolutely amazing lens for it\'s price, if you can stand the lens creep, plasticky feel, and a bit of corner softness wide open at 135mm+ of this ancient gem. You can expect very nice ring USM autofocus (WITH FULL TIME MANUAL!!!) and sharpness wide open from 70-135mm, but stop it down to f/5.6-8 if you want almost L-grade sharpness. Overall, it\'s a light and affordable lens for a budding telephoto photographer, who doesn\'t need IS. If you can get it for less than 100$, then it\'s a steal. This lens is staying on my 550d.

  4. Joey-Meowy
    Joey-Meowy 8 April 2013, 19:04
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    IP 149.154.x.x
    Owner since:
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Just average optically

    Pros: USM Focusing.

    Summary: This replaced and updated the older 70-210/4. Much nicer to use but the optics were mostly identical.

  5. Pete73
    Pete73 19 August 2010, 10:48
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    IP 85.146.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price: $250
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Perhaps due to its age, barrel creep is huge. When the camera is pointed downwards it extends to its full length. Apart from that the chromatic aberration, which was barely noticeable in the 35mm film days, is such that even in Lightroom 3 I can not always complete remove it. Definitely worse than my Sigma 2.8 18-50mm.

    Pros: Affordable, lightweight, reliable focusing, min. aperture 4.5 , all black and larger than modern day counterparts (does not look too amateurish). Does not look old at all even after 15 years.

    Summary: Enjoyed this lens a lot in the film days but the past couple of years it has become clear that I need a replacement, such as the EF 70-200 f2.8 or f4.

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