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CanonEF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens
 
4.4

(based on 520 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (259)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (205)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (349)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (278)
  • Lightweight (241)
  • Consistent output (208)
  • Durable (205)

Cons

  • Slow focus (81)
  • Poor in low light (77)
  • Heavy (71)
  • Blurry focus (26)
  • Weak casing (16)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (247)
  • Wildlife photos (229)
  • Sports/action (216)
  • Weddings (76)
  • Macro photography (57)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (144), Photo enthusiast (130), Semi-pro photographer (69), Enthusiast (39), Photography student (20)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (251), Yes (51)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A very nice inexpensive zoom

I have a Canon EF 70-200 mm F2.8 lens that I have used for shooting ballet and similar performances (without flash, of course). But that lens is pretty heavy, which is...Read complete review

I have a Canon EF 70-200 mm F2.8 lens that I have used for shooting ballet and similar performances (without flash, of course). But that lens is pretty heavy, which is a disadvantage for travel, and it won't fit into my Clik "fanny pack." Most of my focus now is landscapes. But Ion my travels recently encountered one of those opportunities where a zoom would have been very useful. The 75-300 mm lens is light enough for travel, and my initial shots of birds hanging out at our feeders have been quite impressive (with a Canon 6D). Obviously, it won't replace the 70-200 mm given its specs, but it is a useful backup lens in the field,and you can't beat the price. And it fits in Clik bag with the other two lenses (Canon 16-35 mm and Tamron 24-70 mm).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Soft, soft, soft

I got this lens for Christmas to mount to my T2i. This is my first telephoto lens. While it isn't bad for a start, once you get over the "WOW" of...Read complete review

I got this lens for Christmas to mount to my T2i. This is my first telephoto lens. While it isn't bad for a start, once you get over the "WOW" of being able to zoom in on your subject this lens leaves a lot to be desired.

The main issue is it is SOFT, especially at 300mm. Compare this to a 50mm F1.8 stopped down to 2.5 or so and you'll see what I mean. A GOOD telephoto should be nearly as sharp. This lens doesn't even come close.

Combine this with the strong chromic aberration (purple hazing) with sharp highlights. While you can correct for some of it, don't expect to get great shots with strong direct lighting and/or highly reflective subjects.

All that being said you CAN get good shots out of this lens under the right conditions. With flat lighting the CA fails to rear it's ugly head, and with close subjects at 300mm, the bokeh quality is good. However, if the conditions aren't perfect you will end up with soft, purple-tinted photos.

For those with a less decerning eye this lens will do a decent job. But, if you are a bit picky with your photos, even if you're an amateur (like me) you'll probably want to pass on this one.

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4.0

nice lens no stabelization need tripod

By rick the hunter

from Fremont Ne.

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

nice length a have not used it much yet to really check picture quality

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Amazing lens

By Javi

from Santa barbara

Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

Takes greats pictures, looks very durable. Would definitely recommend this lens for someone trying to take shots at a distance.

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5.0

Great lens!

By Laurie in Texas

from Snyder, TX

Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

It's great to have a lens that gives me more control than the built in zoom of a digital camera.

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5.0

Great Kit Lens

By Sir William

from Birmingham, Al

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

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

Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

I use this lens for portrait photos and a ton of nature shots. It is an amazing price for this good of a lens.

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  • No

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5.0

Great Lens

By Rebecca Bailey

from Washington

Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

Great lens easy to use.

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4.0

Great lense

By Spiro

from NY

Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

Just purchased this canon lense the price was reasonable for the purchase. Well made lense with a fantastic zoom!!!

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5.0

Great affordable lens

By rojo18

from Massachusetts

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

    We purchased six of these for our school's program. We are delighted with the clarity and ease of interchange with our existing lenses. It is lightweight and although we haven't tried the auto focus, it does seem to have that feature as well. Recently used this lens to shoot student music performance and was amazed at the clarity from such a far range, especially in a low light setting.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Good clear pictures nice zoom

    By catfish

    from Bumpass Va

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

      Very good for nature pictures

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great Inexpensive Zoom!

      By veegish

      from Spanish Fork, UT

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

      This was bundles with my Canon SL1. It's a great inexpensive zoom, and gives me some reach when I need it. For the price, you can't really find anything like it.

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      • No

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      3.0

      Slow lens

      By Irishdude

      from Ohio

      Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

      Kit lens. Performs as expected.

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      5.0

      75-300mm Canon Lens Review

      By Frank The Uncanny

      from Wilmington, DE

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

        I use it for mostly sports photography but I also use it nature or standard photography with a Canon 50D SLR camera. It has a great zoom and great instant auto focus. I don't have any complaints. Hopefully I won't have to complain about it :)

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good Lens

        By Jason

        from Illinois

        Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

        Well made, quite simple. No IS or other features.

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        5.0

        Love my Bird Watching Lens

        By Rhonda

        from West Chester, Ohio

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

          I bought this lens to get close ups of an Eagle that hangs out a a lake I boat at....It is fabulous! I have got several great shots of the Eagle along with many other wild life shots.

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          4.0

          Excelente approach

          By Rony Lopes

          from Florida

          Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

          However makes the machine a little heavy, which has just left arm tired over time.

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          5.0

          Good budget telephoto lens

          By Lhsmultimedia

          from Ohio

          Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

          Good budget lens for a beginning photographer.

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          5.0

          Go the Distance

          By Photographer Wannabe

          from Batesville, AR

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

            Good lens for action without getting on the sidelines. Very affordable.

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            • No

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            4.0

            great economy lens

            By hoverwi

            from milwaukee, wi

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

              Perfect lens for someone who doesn't want/need to spend big bucks on a professional lens.

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              • No

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              5.0

              love it

              By Russ

              from Canton Sd

              Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

              The lens and hood are great they are in awsome condition and I get fantastic pictures of the football team love it

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              4.0

              So Far So Good

              By DJH

              from Maine

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • B-roll
                • Interviews
                • Video

                Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

                Haven't had this long but it adds flexibility to our T3i arsenal. Primary use is for video - interviews and B-roll.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Exceptional

                By Don in Boone

                from Boone, NC

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Detail From Distance
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens:

                I do a lot of shooting while hiking and this lens helps capture small details I would not be able to photograph otherwise

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                • No

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