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

(based on 511 reviews)

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    (253)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (202)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (344)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (276)
  • Lightweight (236)
  • Consistent output (207)
  • Durable (202)

Cons

  • Slow focus (80)
  • Poor in low light (74)
  • Heavy (71)
  • Blurry focus (26)
  • Weak casing (16)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (243)
  • Wildlife photos (225)
  • Sports/action (213)
  • Weddings (73)
  • Macro photography (56)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (143), Photo enthusiast (128), Semi-pro photographer (67), Enthusiast (39), Photography student (20)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (246), 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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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 :)

    • Was this a gift?:
    • 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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      • No

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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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Good close ups

            By Thomas

            from Winnipeg MB

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I like this focal length. My only peeve is that i wish it had a smaller focus length. So you get get some extreme close ups.

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              • No

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              5.0

              great price, great lense!

              By JJ

              from NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                This lense is just what I was looking for!
                The price was great and it was shipped to me within only 2 days of ordering!
                I would definitely order from B & H again!
                Great place!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By Bee

                from Hamburg,Pa

                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
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  Great lens easy to use. Works well quick focus!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Super Moon Excellent

                  By JakeSigalFoto

                  from New York City

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  This is by far one of the favorite lenses in my kit, quite versatile, had a ton fun of fun shooting the moon with it.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  I'm very happy

                  By trinca

                  from São paulo Brazil

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Clean

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  We are use in my hob, birds photograpis

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Another great product from Canon.

                  By Trilobite

                  from Danvers, MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I like this very basic and simple to use zoomlens. The quality of the images is very typical of all Canon products, excellent!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Why didn´t i have one of these before?!

                    By Vinícius

                    from Minas Gerais, Brasil

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Difficult to Clean

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography

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

                    I used to take pictures of landscapes.It´s very ease to use.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Just the Right Lens

                    By Katie

                    from Largo, FL

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      It came with my Canon camera and works perfectly. Great for landscapes!

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                      • No

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                      2.0

                      I'm not so sure

                      By J out Loud

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable

                      Cons

                      • Blurry Focus

                      Best Uses

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

                        I've only had one a half chances to play with this lens since I got it (the half being taking photos of the box and my bedroom right after I got it. I also took it out on one shoot) At first it was acting up- I couldn't get it to focus at all. Then I was able to focus it but I couldn't get a photo- it just wasn't taking. I turned off my camera and turned it back on and got it to work. Still the pictures weren't as clear and crisp as I had hoped for. The lens on the Cannon T3 was a little heavy for that particular camera too. I need to play with it a little more but I kind of like my old sony lens better.

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                        • No

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