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CanonEF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens
 
4.1

(based on 70 reviews)

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    (33)

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    (22)

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    (8)

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    (5)

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    (2)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (54)
  • Easily interchangeable (29)
  • Strong construction (28)
  • Consistent output (26)
  • Lightweight (26)

Cons

  • Lens creep (12)
  • Heavy (8)
  • Poor in low light (6)
  • Blurry focus (5)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (28)
  • Sports/action (25)
  • Landscape/scenery (17)
  • General purpose (13)
  • Wildlife (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Enthusiast (12), Casual photographer (9), Pro photographer (4), Semi-professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good image quality, compact

I really like this lens. I bought a used copy of early this year, and I've enjoyed using it on my 60D. The color and resolution are very good. Granted it's not as...Read complete review

I really like this lens. I bought a used copy of early this year, and I've enjoyed using it on my 60D. The color and resolution are very good. Granted it's not as sharp as the Canon 17-55 IS f/2.8 that I bought here on B&H (that is my favorite lens - I recommend it without reservation), but it's plenty sharp. My previous telephoto was the Canon 55-250 IS that I got as part of a kit with a T1i that I bought several years ago. I tried the Canon 70-300 non-DO IS a while back, and it showed very little improvement over my 55-250 but is a much longer lens (I sent it back). I'm a pixel peeper, and I took quite a few test shots with all of them, and this 70-300 was significantly better. This lens is sharper, focuses faster, has better color and contrast, and is more compact that the regular Canon 70-300 non-DO and the 55-250 IS. In terms of weight it's the same as my Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS. The only significant negative is that unless I use the lock, it instantly extends when the camera is pointed down. Also, wide open it can produce some halation, which is most noticeable either at 1:1 or with significant cropping.I've used it for good portraits with nice bokeh, pictures of birds in flight, college basketball, school music program, and outdoor action shots. I photographed an outdoor event in the spring, and I was able to get some great shots of people because I was far enough away that I didn't change their behavior.Since it was used, I was able to buy for not a whole lot more than a new 70-300 non-DO IS. If I were buying it new, I'd compare it to the 70-300 L IS, as it's not a whole lot more and the only lens that I think would be better for the same focal length.I'm very happy with it, and I like that it is sufficiently compact that I can take it into sporting events where they measure the length of your camera + lens (the lens is slightly shorter than my Canon 17-55 IS f/2.8).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lens is just OK, buy it for its compactness

The only reason to buy this lens over Canon's other 70-300mm is its size. Keep in mind when you zoom in the thing doubles in size anyway (like a tortoise coming out of...Read complete review

The only reason to buy this lens over Canon's other 70-300mm is its size. Keep in mind when you zoom in the thing doubles in size anyway (like a tortoise coming out of its shell). Also if you point the lens to floor the lens also comes out (and doubles in size). I believe the reviewer before me, is exaggerating. I pointed the lens to the ceiling after reading his review and there isn't a problem, at all. The lens performs like a typical Canon lens. And yes, it lacks some contrast. But who, these days, prints directly without post processing? I didn't find the quality to be a problem, at all. But I haven't printed large with the lens. Really, it is a good lens if you travel, but if you don't mind the extra length, get Canon's other 70-300mm lens, it is much better and it is half the price. I like other owners of this lens wonder what to do with it.

Expertise: Professional Photographer, BFA Parsons School of Design, Photo

Problems Encountered: I have mentioned this above, and it is a big problem, especially if travelling. If whilst around your neck, the weight of the lens tilts the camera downward, the other part of the lens (which doubles its size) comes out and you have this big weight pulling on your neck. Maybe it is just my lens. But I did buy it new. And I did buy it from B&H. I also recommend buying your lenses from them.

Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Old Tokina zoom lens for Contax

Items I Recommend: Canon EOS 30D or 40D, plane ticket to Hawaii

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(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Completely satisfied

By Dave

from Italy

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Night Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

Happy with purchase. A little heavy, but compact. Great to put in your backpack and carry it around on vacation.

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5.0

Canon DO lens

By Pal

from Quebec, Canada

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Lens Creep
  • Weak Casing

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

Great telephoto lens not too heavy.

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5.0

Great choice for travel by car and foot

By KatsBill

from Delafield, WI

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

    I used this lens while on my last vacation in the North Central USA. I mostly kept this lens on my Canon 6D. Took photos of North Woods scenery and wild life such as Dear and Eagles. The smaller size for this 70-300mm makes it easier to carry for long periods of time. Very pleased with this lens

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    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A MUST HAVE FOR YOUR BAG !!!

    By Zac Zinger

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

      Without doubt this is the finest all around zoom lens for outdoors. The DO's compact size carries a huge advantage when in the field without significantly effecting your end product. The color is outstanding and, with ample light, produces sharp pictures. The versatility of the 70-300 mm range is best for most of my outside work. Canon should consider other DO zooms ... a 100 to 450 DO would be ideal, small, and sharp for many outdoor photographers.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Limited utility

      By jkhatri

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

          The best thing about it is its compact size; very inconspicuous when traveling. Unfortunately the soft focus and poor contrast are very big downsides.

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          (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good image quality, compact

          By Buck

          from Holly Springs, NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Lens Creep

          Best Uses

          • Outdoor events
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

          I really like this lens. I bought a used copy of early this year, and I've enjoyed using it on my 60D. The color and resolution are very good. Granted it's not as sharp as the Canon 17-55 IS f/2.8 that I bought here on B&H (that is my favorite lens - I recommend it without reservation), but it's plenty sharp. My previous telephoto was the Canon 55-250 IS that I got as part of a kit with a T1i that I bought several years ago. I tried the Canon 70-300 non-DO IS a while back, and it showed very little improvement over my 55-250 but is a much longer lens (I sent it back). I'm a pixel peeper, and I took quite a few test shots with all of them, and this 70-300 was significantly better. This lens is sharper, focuses faster, has better color and contrast, and is more compact that the regular Canon 70-300 non-DO and the 55-250 IS. In terms of weight it's the same as my Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS. The only significant negative is that unless I use the lock, it instantly extends when the camera is pointed down. Also, wide open it can produce some halation, which is most noticeable either at 1:1 or with significant cropping.I've used it for good portraits with nice bokeh, pictures of birds in flight, college basketball, school music program, and outdoor action shots. I photographed an outdoor event in the spring, and I was able to get some great shots of people because I was far enough away that I didn't change their behavior.Since it was used, I was able to buy for not a whole lot more than a new 70-300 non-DO IS. If I were buying it new, I'd compare it to the 70-300 L IS, as it's not a whole lot more and the only lens that I think would be better for the same focal length.I'm very happy with it, and I like that it is sufficiently compact that I can take it into sporting events where they measure the length of your camera + lens (the lens is slightly shorter than my Canon 17-55 IS f/2.8).

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          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Awful Soft Focus!

          By deepchi

          from Ca

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

              Waste of money for this lens that I have sent back to Canon twice for soft focusing. Stay away.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice unobtrusive tele zoom

              By Scooter

              from Monson MA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                I use this lens for wildlife.
                It's compact size allows easy placement in my camera bag.
                The zoom is a little stiff but not a real problem.

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                5.0

                Love it!

                By Fotomoto

                from Fremont, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                    Compact and great clarity

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                    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Small size but powerful

                    By Rob

                    from Chicago

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                    Suprizingly heavy but does the job. Short and feels good in the hand. Good and fast autofocus. Good color reproduction. See the picture of moa.

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great lens in a small package

                    By Starlover

                    from St. George, UT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Ideal size and weight
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                      I wanted a versatile telephoto lens to complement the 24 - 105mm kit lens of my 5D Mark II. I also wanted a lens that would be about the same dimensions and weight as the kit lens because I know from experience how tiring a long, heavy lens can be if I am carrying it around all day and using it a lot. The 70-300mm DO IS USM lens is perfect for me. After reading many reviews and looking at a number of online test shots, I decided there was no better lens to fit my reuirements. I bought the lens for closeups of nature shots (including distant views) both day and nighttime, and sports and action photography. The special IS mode 2 for horizontal and vertical panning is perfect for the action shots. I find the lens very easy to use. Although it has a focus lock, I have had no problems with the lens extending itself.

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                      (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Not Usefull

                      By usas

                      from Ca

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                        This lens is very expensive for pure contrast and sharpness. Zoom ring is not usefull. Small size very good idea but sharpness is not good.

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                        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Lense in a small package

                        By Hammy

                        from Cambridge ON Canada

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

                          Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                          I love my new 70-300 DO IS USM Lense, The Reviews on the web are great. I'm a hobbiest and this lense is just what I need for nature walks and driving around the country. I like the fast autofocus and I use the P Mode on my Canon 40D. The UV Filter is just fine for walking along the river. The Lense does not creep at all and people look twice when they see the green stripe.Pictures are beautiful and I'm so pleased with the results I get with my new lense.

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                          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Awesome Travel Lens

                          By M. Photography

                          from Toronto, Canada

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                          Awesome Travel Lens, smaller in size than my 28-105. "L" quality lens!

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          WOW

                          By SammyandZoey

                          from Laf. La

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                            This is the lens you are looking for if you would like a compact 300mm lens. Perfect purchase because of the great advice. Thanks B and H!!

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                            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great carry-around lens

                            By rw

                            from Madison, WI

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Street photography
                              • Vacation
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                              Excellent replacement for the Canon 75-300 kit lens. This lens is a little heavier and wider, but the general ease of use and form-factor are similar. Much more portable than the equivalent L-series lens.

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                              (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              It's good lens

                              By Jamse

                              from Toronto, ON

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                                It's good lens, lightweight, fast/auto focus...

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                                (23 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                EXCELLENT

                                By photographer m

                                from california

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                                  This has been one of my best lenses over the years. I purchased it a year after it was on the market. I photographed football games, including night games, lots of action in bright and low lighting of animals, whales, dolphins, did some portrait shooting, and some landscape with it. I have never been disappointed with this lens and I do not think I will ever part with it. I am a professional photographer and quality is VERY important to me. I don't accept anything less than tack sharp photos!

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                                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  ideal form factor

                                  By Ivan the skibum

                                  from Vancouver BC

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Blurry Focus
                                  • Poor in Low Light

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                                  this is an amazing lens for the outdoor/backcountry photographer/cinematographer. Fitting a 70-300mm lens into a backpack that I can climb in and out of a heli and ski with is no small feat. It's not an "L" series lens, and the DO optics are still a new beast, but the quality is very high, with a nice round bokeh, and a very solid build.

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                                  (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  2.0

                                  Light-duty, not professional quality

                                  By Mark Bohrer

                                  from Saratoga, CA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Blurry Focus
                                  • Lens Creep
                                  • Weak Casing

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens:

                                  I bought one of these in 2006, intending it as a lightweight walkaround alternative to the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. It had OK sharpness at first, but began giving unsharp pictures without stopping down after the usual knocking around. Finally, even after repair it no longer gave sharp images wide open or stopped down. A big disappointment compared to my 400mm f/4 DO IS.

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