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CanonEF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 162 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (131)
  • Strong construction (120)
  • Durable (96)
  • Consistent output (77)
  • Rugged (75)

Cons

  • Heavy (118)
  • Poor in low light (11)
  • Lens creep (9)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (93)
  • Sports/action (92)
  • Wildlife photos (82)
  • Weddings (41)
  • General purpose (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (47), Semi-pro photographer (47), Enthusiast (16), Casual photographer (12), Professional (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (87), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great lense for non-low-light-occasion

Pro:
* Range is amazing. No need to change lens / switch camera; you'll always get the shot ( yes, that split second :)
* Image quality is very good...Read complete review

Pro:
* Range is amazing. No need to change lens / switch camera; you'll always get the shot ( yes, that split second :)
* Image quality is very good throughout the range(as expected being an "L" - and given the price).
* Image stabilsation (IS) works great for non action shots and action shot if you can pan. Does not compensate for the small aperture though.
* As any USM lenses I used, very quite focus.

Cons:
* Slow lens (3.5 is at 28mm, it climbs to 5.6 fairly fast in the zoom range).
* Big and somewhat heavy (I usually carry it between 4 and 10 hours; the height become noticable at the end but I don't mind much)
* You will draw attention.

Other :
* Push/pull design (not a pro nor con, just need to get used to).
* The locking ring is your friend (esp. when moving around in a crowded room).
* Focus seems to hunt a bit at long telephoto and low light but can be imprroved by switching the focusing distance to "2.5minfinity".
* Ah... if only this could come in a fixed 2.8.
I would bet most people looking into buying this lense would put the extra cash to get the speed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Versatile but not top grade images

I am an amatuer enthusiast who lands some pro sports gigs, I used this with a 7D to photograph motocross Nationals. I bought this to use on pro gigs to replace my AF-S...Read complete review

I am an amatuer enthusiast who lands some pro sports gigs, I used this with a 7D to photograph motocross Nationals. I bought this to use on pro gigs to replace my AF-S 18-200mm f3.5 zoom.Positives: I bought this since it promised to be an extremely versatile lens, which it definitely is. With my APS-C, it is effectively nearly 500mm. It is also VERY rugged. I hoped that as a white L-series it would provide the kind of razor-sharp, abberation-free images I saw produced from pro MX shooters. However, read on.Though versatile in focal length, it is way too heavy to be a all-around carry lens. Nor was I able to warm up to the push/pull zoom, very awkward and hard to operate the locking ring and zoom under race pressure. But the biggest disappointment was that I was not able to get the razor-sharp images I sought. In fact, I can't say the images were especially better than those from my AF-S 18-200mm. At F/3.5, this lens was also no faster. Ultimately the AF-S 18-200mm is still my go-to walking around lens. I wound up selling the 28-300mm at a significant loss. Apparently it is not treasured among pros. (I need to research better next time!) I replaced it with a 70-200mm f/2.8L I saw all the pros carrying. I love it, see my review there. I also wound up with a 24-70mm f/2.8L for wide angle.

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5.0

Diamond in the rough.

By Shooter

from Kaunakakai, Hawaii

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

The first day I used this lens for several hundred photos and every photo was usable. Since 2007 this lens has gone up in price and may increase in the near future. If you want versatility from 28 to 300 on a full frame or 400 plus on a crop this is the lens to invest in. Best quality L glass with IS 1 and 2 increasing 3 stops and auto focus at this price is amazing. The build quality to last and so far no dust or moisture problems in the lens. Sent this lens once after dropping it during warranty and California fixed the damage quickly. Seven year old lens and it looks and works like brand new. In my opinion Canon built this lens and priced to low. This lens could go for 3000 plus as photographers realize the need for versatility and durability. The speed in good lighting is plenty fast. And in low light a flash will produce tack sharp images. Back ground blur Bokeh are very nice. I use this lens for weddings, photo journalism, business, personal use. If you cannot afford the line of L class prime lens then get this at the current price. Wait and you may have to shell out more. Acquiring this as a must have first lens is an excellent choice. And add Low light prime lens like the 35 1.2L, 50 1.2L, and whatever else you want.

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3.0

Not what I expected

By Joe Bruin

from Seattle, WA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Large And Bulky
    • Lens Creep

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

      I bought this lens because Scott Kelby touted the virtues of a 28-300 mm zoom being the "all-in-one" lens because of its versatility. With hindsight, however, this is the one time I should have rented the lens or at least visually inspected it before making a purchase. While I am SURE it's an extremely well-made lens - I am a huge fan of Canon products and their quality - it was just way too heavy and way too large for my purposes, and would have been very cumbersome to travel with. I even had difficulty using it with a tripod because the lens would "settle" even after the knobs couldn't be tightened any more - thus ruining my composition. It got to the point where I had to "factor in" how much the weight of the lens would cause it to creep by "aiming high" before tightening the knobs. While sturdier tripod equipment might have helped minimize or eliminate this problem, the tripod and ball head I currently use are pretty darn good. If I really need to "shoot long" and want a zoom, next time around I think I'll consider a 70-300 mm lens because of the weight difference. The bottom line is that I lost track of what I actually need and unthinkingly relied too much on Scott Kelby's recommendation. I shoot mostly architectural and landscape images, so should have been thinking "wide" instead of "long." For this reason, I returned the 28-300 mm lenses and will be purchasing Canon's 16-35 mm zoom.

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      4.0

      Lens with high hopes.

      By konzadocent

      from Flint Hills of Kansas

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

      Only having the lens for a couple weeks, I have been using it for landscapes and shooting prairie wildflowers. My main reason for selecting this lens is use for shooting birds from a blind such as the greater prairie chicken. This won't happen until next spring but by having it this early will give me the chance to be able to use effectively. I would recommend my friends buying this lens.

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      5.0

      Great combine L-Lens

      By Sy

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

      Captured an amazing images and easy to use. It was a heavy L Lens. But the weight was not an issue for me as long as I don't need to carry multiple cameras or lenses. This one does at all.
      Worked well with my M3 and 7D.

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Tom

      from Usa

      Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

      I bought this lens after trying different all in one lens. It is simply the best lens out there. The disadvantage of it weight are over looked by the incredible pictures it takes. It is a must have lens.

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      5.0

      Excellent Lens - EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L

      By WarrenTB

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

      I'm using my lens for sport photography and I'm really happy with it. Very versatile and fast, allowing me to capture great images whether I'm panning or focusing on a stationary subject.

      I wish the lens movement was smoother as the manual barrel movement is a bit clumsy at times.

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      4.0

      Versatile, L-Series Quality, Heavy

      By WildShooter

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Rugged

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Heavy As F
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

      Used this lens on safari in Kenya with my 5DMkIII. Very versatile throughout the range for shooting wildlife in good light, but I found it a bit short for birds. Fantastic for big animals like elephants at a distance, and as they come close in. You'll definitely want a good monopod or clamp mount for a prolonged days shooting from a vehicle, and if you're on foot, you need a shoulder sling to distribute the weight. When coupled with the Kenko 1.4x TC, autofocus performance suffered in low light (to be expected), and a monopod or tripod became a must. Bokeh isn't as good as I'd hoped for either. The push/pull takes a little getting used to, but after a few days it felt completely natural. Not a substitute for the 300mm prime, but a versatile L-series zoom if you can handle the weight.

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      5.0

      Great Lens!!

      By Beesbite

      from Woodbrdige, Virginia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Not Yet Maybe Later -

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

      I shoot wild life, mainly from my car and this give me the Versatility I need, from the ground birds to those in the trees.

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      4.0

      Great Lens But VERY Heavy

      By MFB123

      from Evansville, IN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

      Quality is excellent as expected for a Canon EF lens. Knew that lens was going to be somewhat heavy from other reviews, but it still was heavier than I expected. Not a good choice for hauling around on a hike.

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      5.0

      an unbelievable lens

      By George the surfer

      from Ocean City, MD

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

        I am a total ameuter…. so the key for me was a lens that made me look like a pro, and one that I could use for everything from pictures of the kids in the house, to movies of the kids playing all types of sports to surfing. The range of this lens is amazing. I actually never plan on taking it off, since it covers everything from close up to far away. It's an amazing purchase that far exceded my expectations. Pay the $$$ and get pictures for the rest of your life. You only live once so remember it well!

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        4.0

        Heavy but all in 1

        By MB

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

        This is a solid all 1 zoom. For a lot of the stuff I shoot, I never have the time to be swapping out lenses. The aperture is certainly a factor for interiors but I'm really trying to keep my work at 5.6 or higher most of the time. The other thing I don't like is that because the barrel slides to zoom, when you put the camera with this lens on a strap, it slides down. Better to get a strap that attaches to the ring mount I think. Sharpness on the edges and light levels on the edges falls off as you approach 300mm but it's not bad. Sometimes I even keep the effect in there. I own the 24-290 Angenieux for motion picture work and while this lens isn't as sharp or fast, it's amazing how well it compares - at 1/40th the cost and 1/3 the weight.

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        5.0

        Heavy but excellant for clairty

        By Chuck

        from Panama City, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

          Since the lenses is heavy holding it steady for shots over 100mm requires a solid grip with elbows tucked in close to your body.
          I use it on my Canon 5D. It also fits my Rebel 400D which makes the lenses versatile.
          The price may drive you away, and in my case I sprang for it and have no regrets .

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          4.0

          Great lens

          By Gene

          from Centeral Wis.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Lens Creep

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

          I hesitated for a long time prior to purchasing this lens. I use it mostly on my 5D Mark III but times on the 7D. With one exception the lenses is great. I find it a bit clumsy with the push pull zoom. Otherwise after about a month using it the results are great and sharpness is near or equal to any other L series lens I have. This weekend I tried it inside with flash during a Hmong New Year's festival and I could not have been more impressed and pleased with the results. It is heavy but this does not bother me It is similar to my 70-200, 2.8. Detail, sharpness and color is impressive.. The lens speed at this point has not been a problem, either indoors with a flash or outdoors shooting nature. Great lens.

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          5.0

          Great Versatility, Great Lens

          By SteveD

          from Palos Verdes, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

          The 28-300mm is a very good all purpose lens which supports a very useful range of photographic options; almost all-in-one telephoto lens. I use the lens for shooting cheer and dance teams in competition where the ability to move from wide to close in shots quickly is imperative. Image sharpness at the high end of the zoom is great. This is solidly built lens, albeit heavy/large, that will reduce the number of lenses you need carry and change out.

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          5.0

          Great lens, very useful range.

          By Del boy

          from Paget, Bermuda

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

          Fantastic lens. The 28-300 gives me a very useful range of photographic options. It also means one less lens I have to lug around. Yes it is a heavy piece of kit. An almost all-one lens. 28 for your landscape or scenery and the 300 portion for bring your subject up close and personal. As for being durable and rugged...well I haven't drop it yet and had it out in stormy, salty conditions yet.

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          5.0

          Rented this lens, Great Lens

          By Lew3re

          from Independence Ks

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

          The lens is good for about anything

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          5.0

          Wonderful all-around lens

          By Bob

          from Delray Beach, FL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

          I recently moved to FL, where it's sunny and has lots of birds, beautiful sunsets and things to work with. I needed a good sturdy lens to carry around, and avoid changing lenses.... so this one seemed to fit the bill.

          This lens is surprisingly sharp at both ends of the length spectrum, and the colors/bokeh are superb. It's not much different than the 70-200 L I used to own... but more versatile.

          I'm quite happy with this lens.

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          3.0

          Nice Lens

          By Bob

          from Florida

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Lens Creep

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

          I use the lens mostly for professional work. The photos I take with it are very good quality. The disadvantages are that it is heavy and the zoom friction setting is not very reliable and has to be reset frequently. Overall, I believe is is a good product.

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          5.0

          Should have bought this lens long ago!

          By fbosco

          from Long Island, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

          Just returned from a trip to Canada and this is the only lens I have used pretty much all the time. For travelling, I used to carry the 24-105 which I was very happy with, but sometimes felt I missed a shot because I needed an extra reach. Not the case this time. If I wanted a wide cityscape shot or take a picture of a bird flying at a distance, the 28-300 was there to cover both situations. The problem with the 70-200 and the 100-400 is that you need to carry an extra lens and/or body to cover the wider side. The f/5.6 aperture is also not an issue if you know how to work with it but, this lens paired with a high ISO camera like a 1DX or a 5D III, this becomes a non-issue.

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          5.0

          Finally this lens shines bright

          By bbscima

          from San Mateo CA

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens:

            I bought this lens in 2011 and used it with the Canon 7D. Not very happy. Then I used it on a Canon 5D, 1DS Mark III and I was still not happy. The 70-200 almost everytime gave me the best results. I was finally happy with the 28-300 and the Canon 5D Mark III that gives sharp images. Not still same as 70-200 sharpness but images I can be proud of.

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