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

(based on 216 reviews)

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    (82)

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    (15)

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    (8)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (119)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (116)
  • Lightweight (97)
  • Durable (78)
  • 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)
  • Weddings (29)
  • Travel (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (53), Casual photographer (41), Semi-pro photographer (29), Enthusiast (24), Semi-professional (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (109), Yes (20)

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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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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5.0

Relieves me of using bait for birds!

By Jeannie

from Jersey City, NJ

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

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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5.0

Great Lens for the Price

By Scott the Sports Enthusiast

from Des Moines, Iowa

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

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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      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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        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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              • No

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              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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                4.0

                Very fine for everyday use

                By Camera Guy

                from Carlsbad, CA

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use

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

                  Purchased this to replace the same lens that I sold to another individual. Use it for an everyday "knock around" lens. Bright sun or lights, it is focuses quickly. I am more than pleased with it. Remember, this is NOT a $700 lens. It is excellent for what I use it for on a weekly basis. If you are a pro, may not be the best choice, but I bet for 90% of photographers it will be ideally suited.

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                  5.0

                  Wonderful Lens

                  By Aly the sports enthusiast

                  from San Francisco, Ca

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • A little heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Sporting Events
                  • Sports
                  • Traveling

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

                  I currently use the lens for sporting events and concerts. The lens zooms in great and when i crop it I can zoom in even farther. The lens is a bit heavy but you eventually get used to it. It's a great lens and I'm so glad it works the way its supposed to. I'm extremely pleased with it and the price was in my range unlike some of the local camera stores near me.

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                  4.0

                  I liked the result.

                  By AJ

                  from MI

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        One of the good one in the lower range. Result was good.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Zoom

                        By Gil

                        from Anderson, South Carolina

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio
                          • Traveling

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

                          This is a very useful lens. When I first bought this I didn't know what to expect but I received some pretty fascinating results. With the Canon Ultrasonic 75-300mm Zoom lens one can take shots at different creatures or people that one couldn't get with a regular kit lens. It also helps to have a polarizer lens filter, then one can get even more amazing shots of the sky and other things. I highly, highly recommend this lens. Highly.

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                          5.0

                          Great Product

                          By Octavio de Banfield

                          from Banfield Buenos Aires Argentina

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

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

                          I use the product in outdoors, in airports.
                          I can view excelents details for airplanes in flight.

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                          • No

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