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

You Pay: $649.00
Product Highlights
  • EF Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/4-45
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Mode Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Circular Aperture Diaphragm
  • Zoom Ring Lock Lever
  • Super Spectra Lens Coating
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 4.9'
  • 58mm Filter Thread Diameter

The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens from Canon is a relatively light telephoto zoom lens offering a broad range of focal lengths from a single optic, with good optical quality and excellent autofocus performance from its ultrasonic (USM) motor. It has a circular aperture diaphragm to help create natural out-of-focus highlights, and its built-in image stabilizer allows you to handhold the lens at shutter speeds 3 steps slower than would otherwise be possible. This enables sharp imaging when shooting at telephoto lengths and even when shooting in low light. The two-mode stabilizer can be activated to only correct shake in the vertical axis for panning action when desired as well.

The lens' USM AF is very quick, smooth and silent, and it features a zoom lock button that keeps the lens safe and secure when not in use or when being used at the shortest 70mm focal length setting. The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 has Canon's "Super Spectra" lens coatings for ideal flare-resistance, and is ideal for travel, sports, and general photographic applications.

A versatile telephoto zoom lens for both film and digital cameras, it provides a wide focal range that can encompass portraiture and of course magnify distant subjects. When used on an APS-C format camera, its equivalent focal length range is 112-480mm.
Two-mode optical image stabilization compensates for camera shake and enables shutter speeds 3-steps slower than would otherwise be possible without incurring image blur. Mode 2 is best used when tracking a moving subject.
An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides fast and silent AF action.
UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens element reduces secondary spectrum aberration.
Circular aperture diaphragm for natural-looking out of focus highlights
Canon Super Spectra lens coatings to suppress flare and ghosting
Zoom ring lock keeps zoom at 70mm and prevents lens 'creeping' during movement or even while shooting.
Performance
Focal Length 70 - 300mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 112 - 480 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/32 - 45
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 34° - 8° 15'
Tilt/Shift None
Minimum Focus Distance 4.92' (1.5 m)
Magnification 0.26x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 15/10
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.0 x 5.6" (7.62 x 14.22 cm)
Weight 1.39 lb (630 g)
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
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  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
     
    4.5

    (based on 837 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (500)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (302)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (651)
    • Easily interchangeable (535)
    • Consistent output (453)
    • Strong construction (364)
    • Durable (325)

    Cons

    • Heavy (161)
    • Poor in low light (92)
    • Slow focus (76)
    • Lens creep (30)
    • Weak casing (22)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (466)
    • Wildlife photos (386)
    • Landscape/scenery (301)
    • Wildlife (160)
    • General purpose (143)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (289), Enthusiast (147), Casual photographer (137), Semi-pro photographer (86), Semi-professional (32)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (387), Yes (36)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great lense, Great price!

    I purchased this lens along with my Canon 6D + 24-105 kit. I've posted a review of that as well. It had an instant rebate making it a real great deal. I...Read complete review

    I purchased this lens along with my Canon 6D + 24-105 kit. I've posted a review of that as well. It had an instant rebate making it a real great deal. I use this lens with no filter but bought a lens hood for protection. I shoot a lot of my kids indoor sports and this lens is amazing. To me it feels sturdy and has no lens creep. I rarely if ever get out of focus pics. I've compared my pics with ones taken with the EF 70-200 2.8 at the same indoor sporting events. While the bokeh of the 2.8 is superior, overall picture quality of my pics are better due to high ISO capability of my 6D over the other guy's 7D. Plus I like to have a little crowd reation in my shots. The image stabalization is pretty good but I always use a monopod unless in dayligt. This is my go to lens. This lens also has the reach I need. With a full frame camera 300mm is a must for sports. I would have to get the Sigma 120-300 2.8 at 10x what I paid for this one to achieve better results, "2.8", without having to crop. But then again, I use this lens a lot between 70mm and 120mm plus that Sigma is a monster that would be a pain to lug around all day. So for now f4/5.6 is just fine with the 6D. This lens may have some flaws in technical tests but in the real world it's pictures look fantastic.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Got What I Paid For

    I have some very nice Canon lenses. This is not my favorite and it is rarely used.

    While most of my Canon lenses are sharp at the end of their min/max...Read complete review

    I have some very nice Canon lenses. This is not my favorite and it is rarely used.

    While most of my Canon lenses are sharp at the end of their min/max capabilities, this one is SOFT when fully extended to get that 300mm. The loss of sharpness is very visible to me and has frustrated me often. I get better 300m clarity on my teens point and shoot.

    To be fair, it is a really decent lens in the mid ranges if you don't have already have one. That is why I wish I could give it a 3.5 rating. I have learned to zoom all the way out then pull back on important shots. If it is something I am sharing ONLY on line (Wunderground, Flickr etc) and print quality is not that important, I will go the full 300mm, reduce and sharpen it in PS.

    I would recommend it to: someone who can't afford L Series; someone who doesn't need the full 275-300mm for large quality prints; and to someone who needs it for sports snap shots.

    I would not recommend it to: someone who is seeking to look up the nostrils of wildlife from afar; or someone who will be making 11x14 of said wildlife zoomed shots for entry in professional class competitions. Save up and get the L series instead.

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    5.0

    Excellent Canon Lens

    By Trilobite

    from Danvers, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Great zoom lens producing incredible results.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent lens for the price

      By MAS

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I purchased this to use with my EOS 5D for primarily landscapes. Pictures have come out crisp and clear. Focus is fast. May not be a L series lens, but it is not nearly a "L" price. Nice quality and a good value.

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            5.0

            GOOD PRODUCT, ENJOYING LIFE

            By HURSHIDBEK MUMINOV

            from ANDIJON, UZBEKISTAN + SACRAMENTO, CA

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

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

            AFFORDABLE GOOD "IS" LENS
            FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS

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            5.0

            very good lens

            By ken

            from bayfield co

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

            works great. good good pictures

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            4.0

            Wonderful versatility

            By Michael

            from Glarus, Switzerland

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              I have enjoyed this 70-300 for years, and find it often on my 20D. About to upgrade to 70D, and curious to see how it will perform, also in video.

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              4.0

              Fortunate to get this lens in a kit

              By David

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                I bought a kit that included this lens with a T2i body, my first adventure in the DSLR world. It's given me a taste of what the higher-end lenses have to offer. The auto-focus is quick and definitive, image stabilization enabled me to start taking solid photos right out of the box. Mode II works well for tracking subjects against a busy background, for example a bicycle race.

                The build seems a little light in some respects but the lens functions well. I'd like to get a zoom that has a consistent aperture throughout the focal length range, but I know that's going to cost some money.

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                5.0

                Excellent lens, Excellent value

                By photo guy

                from Orlando, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I am generally conservative about lens ratings. This lens is a tremendous value and darn good QC when used properly. I bought a refurb from B&H and as usual it arrived in super condition. A couple of caveats: Don't expect this lens to excel at 300MM. It won't. I also have a 300MM f/4.0 and use them both together -- the 300 at the long end and the zoom in the middle of the range. The combination is super. My combo was about the same price as a new 100-400 and much better optics. Second caveat: this was my 2nd copy. I bought an earlier version from another supplier and returned it as being too soft. There may be a little more variability with QC with the zoom, but this copy from B&H rocks. In the low to mid 200MM range it is every bit as good as the fixed 300mm 4.0, especially when backing off the aperture to 6.3. don't expect it to behave exactly like the l lens (it is not nearly as durable), but for the price it is my favorite lens and I have 2 L class lens. Contrast and color with the 70-300 are excellent. Weight and zoom feature are so convenient. I use them both for bird photography. P.s. I also own the Tamron 70-300 IS zoom and as respectable as the Tamron is, it now sits in the closet. Color is more accurate with the Canon.

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                  5.0

                  Great telephoto lens

                  By nae nae

                  from ventura

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

                  Got this telephoto lens to capture my kids rowing events. Was extremely pleased with the results from last week's regatta!!!! Didn't even use a tripod:))

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                  5.0

                  Excelente!

                  By Sérgio Tadeu

                  from Araranguá, SC, Brasil

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    Uma excelente relação custo x benefício.

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                    5.0

                    Nice zoom

                    By Photomama21

                    from Ventura ca

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

                    This lens is built strong. Heavier then my other lens. Good quality photos.

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                    4.0

                    Pretty good when shooting in RAW

                    By Gerry

                    from Patterson, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Has IS
                    • Light For Travel
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I purchased this lens, on deal, along with a Canon 6D body. I had it once before and sold it. I got it for the IS and a little extra reach and because Ken Rockwell raves about it in his review. I have the Canon 70-200mm L f4 (without IS), which becomes a 98-280mm with the Canon tele extender and an IS of sorts with a mono-pod. Since I did not want to carry both on my frequent trips to Spain (and I can only carry one or the other for daily shoots, when I am not in a car), I have been researching for days about whether to buy the Canon 70-300mm L f4.5 - 5.6, which would get me about 20mm reach on each end, give me L glass and IS, but stick me with a heftly tab. I would sell both lenses to purchase this expensive glass. This morning I called B&H and talked to one of their people, who ran me through the options and basically advised me to stay with what I have, since he thinks highly of the Canon 70-200mm f4, tele extender combo. I still may sell this lens, but not because I am unhappy with it. I did some side by side shots this weekend with this lens and the 70-200ml and realized that you can max out the 70-300mm lens by shooting in RAW, which compares favorably with the 70-200mm shot in JPEG (Large). If you cannot afford the L version, I think you will be happy with this lens at this price if you do indeed shoot in RAW with it. It is not a full pro lense, but it doesn't carry the Pro tab either.

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                    4.0

                    Better than expected

                    By Ben

                    from Washington state

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

                    I purchased this lenses because of a canon promo on the price. Expecting to compare it to my other lense of similar size, I was shocked at the speed of focus and the clarity. We did a side by side and instantly saw the color was richer and much sharper. A good lense for the cost.

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                    5.0

                    Nice Lens

                    By Alison

                    from Tennessee

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

                    I love how far of a reach I get with this lens!

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                    5.0

                    Good Lens

                    By Nonick

                    from east coast

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Feedback Requests From Di

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    Neat Autofocus

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                    3.0

                    Nice Lens - maybe go better quality

                    By Jerry

                    from Phoenix, AZ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                    • Lens Creep
                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    Good zoom range, not the best lens I own

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Sometimes good sometimes better...

                    By Oside John

                    from San Diego

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      Is sharp most of the time but not always...
                      I don't know if I did not wait long enough for the IS to kick in but some shots are not sharp but others are, this is only at the long end.. All shots were usable.

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                      5.0

                      Super Smark

                      By Mercedesr

                      from Fort Lauderdale

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                        high efficiency

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Very good for the money.

                        By ZinnPics

                        from New York

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

                        For the money it's fantastic. Love that I can lock it at 70mm and use it for portraits.

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens For The Price

                        By RichZ

                        from Hazle Township. PA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Balances well on camera
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        This lens is light in weight and its easy to handle. I tried it out with shooting birds and its seems somewhat responsive. It's not an "L" lens so focusing is not as fast as I would expect from that type of lens but of course I'm not paying thousands of dollars for it.

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                        5.0

                        Like the lens

                        By TT

                        from NJ

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

                        Nice lens

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