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

(based on 221 reviews)

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    (85)

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    (15)

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    (8)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (119)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (116)
  • Lightweight (98)
  • Durable (80)
  • Consistent output (66)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (31)
  • Heavy (27)
  • Slow focus (19)
  • Blurry focus (12)
  • Heavy / bulky (5)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (89)
  • Wildlife photos (85)
  • Landscape/scenery (81)
  • Travel (29)
  • Weddings (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (53), Casual photographer (41), Semi-pro photographer (29), Enthusiast (26), Semi-professional (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (111), Yes (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent for a beginner

See the photo I attached for a zoom comparison with the 18-55mm.

I've had this lens for about 2 years and I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love how...Read complete review

See the photo I attached for a zoom comparison with the 18-55mm.

I've had this lens for about 2 years and I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love how affordable it is and it is relatively lightweight considering it's size. However, there are a few issues that have really stood out to me.

First, there is no stabilizer. For handheld shots at anything over 135mm you really need your shutter speed over 1/500. It also has quite bad chromatic aberration. (look it up if you don't know what this is) Even shooting at F/8, this lens has pretty severe color fringing at anything over 150mm or so. Luckily it is almost nonexistent at 75mm. Lastly, the lens extends during zooming. This lens goes from 5.5 inches to over 8 inches when zoomed in to 300mm. It may not sound like a lot, but it feels really bulky and hard to hold steady when zoomed in.

Do not be discouraged though! This is definitely a worthwhile investment. I'm still using it on my Rebel T1i and 7D two years later and you can really get some incredible shots with it. You do need to learn to work within it's limits though. It gives you insane zoom in a very affordable lens that is a ton of fun to shoot with.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good lens but...

This is a great lens for those starting out and needing a long range zoom. It is great for birding, etc as long as it is a sunny day. Overcast days will cause...Read complete review

This is a great lens for those starting out and needing a long range zoom. It is great for birding, etc as long as it is a sunny day. Overcast days will cause a challenge since the max aperture at 300mm is F6.3. You will probably need a Tri or Mono pod most of the time using this lens.If you can afford it get the IS version.

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4.0

Great for Basic outdoor shooting

By Morgan

from Moses Lake, WA

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography
    • Portraits
    • Traveling

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

    I use this to photograph outdoor sports in bright light, and for outdoor weddings and events. It allows me to get close to my subject but still catch them acting naturally, because the camera isn't in their face. Its great!

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    • No

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    4.0

    I do have a slight beef with this lens

    By Yuri

    from Lithia, FL

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Weight

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Landscape Photography
    • Traveling

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

    Autofocus stops working in digital zoom. Grrr. I would highly advise to use manual zoom with the video setting. It seems to me that you get a better distance footage that way. For anything within regular optical zoom... autofocus does the job.

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    5.0

    Nice Lens for

    By drummingbunny

    from New Orleans, LA

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      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I love taking pictures and would like to take it further however,I am unable to afford much in terms of lenses... This lens has been a great investment in having more opportunities with my camera to take good photos and I instantly saw the difference in the quality of lens. I recommend this lens highly if you are in the same boat as I am and would like to step up from the lens that came with my T3.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          Great zoom

          By galocasta

          from Perú

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

          This lense is great for photojournalism and wild life photography. His zoom reach up to 300 mmm and that sabes you forma los of trouble when you see a great photo, but you are too far to reach it.

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          5.0

          Great service!

          By stay at home mom Steph

          from Aniwa WI

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

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

            Received this product in 3 days. We buy most of our camera supplies from B&H. This lens is great for zooming in for great closeups when far away.

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            • Yes

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            3.0

            Very nice zoom lens

            By SSK

            from Shakopee, MN

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Focus
            • Good range
            • Silent

            Cons

            • No image stabilization
            • Poor Low Light Results

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

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

            Swapped the 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens with this USM lens. Silent and good range.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Relieves me of using bait for birds!

            By Jeannie

            from Jersey City, NJ

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

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

            I use this product for my nature shots. Prior to buying this lens, I would use my 30-75mm lens. However, I couldn't see very far with it. Therefore, I would try to get closer to the animal (be it a bird, deer, etc.) and scare it away. After buying this lens, I never have to worry about that again. It has great zoom and stabilization so none of the images come out blurry. It can be pretty heaby to carry around but he quality of the images and the zoom it offers are unbeatable, especially for the price. I'm a Canon girl. Anyone else who is pro-Canon, this lens is a must have, especially for beginners.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Lens for the Price

            By Scott the Sports Enthusiast

            from Des Moines, Iowa

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Slightly Heavy

            Best Uses

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

              Needed a good zoom lens for photographing my kids sporting events. So far this lens fits the bill. Have only used it at volleyball games so far but the photos have turned out great. Can't wait to use it outdoors at softball, football and track events.

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              • No

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              5.0

              GREATLENS THAT PRODUCES FANTASTIC PHOTOS

              By Jess

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Traveling

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

                I take photos for the fun of it as a hobby and enjoy taking my camera everywhere I go to take photos. It kind of gives you a different perspective on things when you can look back at your photos and I mean really look at them.

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                • Yes

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                4.0

                EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Lens by Cano

                By emob

                from Boston

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Traveling

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

                I use this with my older eos rebel xti. It works well as a zoom lens, for wildlife or other subjects that are far away. I don;t use it everyday per say but it is nice for experimentation and exploring distant subjects.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Super

                By Jean

                from France

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

                Amazing

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                4.0

                Great Telephoto Lens, Wish it was light

                By Casual Photographer

                from San Jose, CA

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Traveling

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

                Used it on a recent trip and was able to capture pictures of my kids swim with dolphins from a distance, as the organizers would not allow me to go closer to take pictures. Was able to recover 50% of the cost of the lens as the professional photo graphers were charging around $ for picture packages.The Lens makes the camera heavy and I wish it would be a little lighter to carry. Worth every penny!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Very happy with this lens for the price

                By Darren

                from Oxnard, CA

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Auto-focus Is Very Fast
                • Easy To Use
                • Very fast focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use

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

                  I have been very happy with this purchase. It is easy to swap this lens on my Canon camera and the auto-focus is almost instantaneous.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Canon lens

                  By Jwboren8

                  from Az

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

                  Bought for my wife for Christmas. She has a couple close up lenses. I don't know much about cameras but she loves shooting out doors with it. Very fast shipping. Very happy.

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                  4.0

                  Good bang for the buck

                  By Karen

                  from Ballston Spa, NY

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

                  I am pleased with both the price and the photo wuality from this lens. I am an amatuer photographer, so it's important that what I buy is easy to use. As a side mote: I love B&H Photo Video -- website is easy to use and purchases come safely and on time!

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                  5.0

                  Photo lense

                  By Eric

                  from Bedford, VA

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Traveling

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

                    Great for shooting pics of deer and turkeys on our campground.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Not the best, definitely not the worst

                    By Dan the man

                    from North Carolina

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • No image stabilization

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

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

                    So far since purchasing this lens I have used it for portraits and nature shots, for which I was pleasantly surprised. It held up and took crisp photos, and even not so bad ones when I was riding in the car going 60 mph. Also not too much CA when mounted on my 6D, and during the day on the longer end, I was still able to increase my shutter speed without too much loss of light. I was not expecting an L lens, and therefore I was able to work happily with it. If you are a professional or amateur, you should have this lens at least as a back up. Just wish it had IS.

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                    5.0

                    Good for the price and use

                    By Super Teacher

                    from Livingston, TX

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Sports
                      • Traveling

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

                      I teach photography and these lenses are great for student use and a tight budget.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent choice

                      By Mac in Maine

                      from Owls Head, ME

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Portraits

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

                        This lens is a wonderful choice for capturing up-close sports action as well as for hunting wildlife, whether it is in the woods or your backyard. I've had excellent results in the quality of close-ups taken on the water and in social settings. This is a great investment.

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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III USM Autofocus

                        By The RodFather

                        from Jersey Shore, NJ

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

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

                          This is not the IS or Image Stabilized lens. Auto focus works great. USM motor is quick and quiet. Better "F" stop enables you shoot in lower light conditions.

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                          • Yes

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