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CanonEF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
 
4.5

(based on 893 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (535)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (320)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (679)
  • Easily interchangeable (563)
  • Consistent output (480)
  • Strong construction (385)
  • Durable (343)

Cons

  • Heavy (169)
  • Poor in low light (103)
  • Slow focus (81)
  • Lens creep (33)
  • Weak casing (23)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (490)
  • Wildlife photos (419)
  • Landscape/scenery (320)
  • Wildlife (161)
  • General purpose (143)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (302), Casual photographer (148), Enthusiast (147), Semi-pro photographer (101), Pro photographer (32)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (430), Yes (38)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great lense, Great price!

I purchased this lens along with my Canon 6D + 24-105 kit. I've posted a review of that as well. It had an instant rebate making it a real great deal. I...Read complete review

I purchased this lens along with my Canon 6D + 24-105 kit. I've posted a review of that as well. It had an instant rebate making it a real great deal. I use this lens with no filter but bought a lens hood for protection. I shoot a lot of my kids indoor sports and this lens is amazing. To me it feels sturdy and has no lens creep. I rarely if ever get out of focus pics. I've compared my pics with ones taken with the EF 70-200 2.8 at the same indoor sporting events. While the bokeh of the 2.8 is superior, overall picture quality of my pics are better due to high ISO capability of my 6D over the other guy's 7D. Plus I like to have a little crowd reation in my shots. The image stabalization is pretty good but I always use a monopod unless in dayligt. This is my go to lens. This lens also has the reach I need. With a full frame camera 300mm is a must for sports. I would have to get the Sigma 120-300 2.8 at 10x what I paid for this one to achieve better results, "2.8", without having to crop. But then again, I use this lens a lot between 70mm and 120mm plus that Sigma is a monster that would be a pain to lug around all day. So for now f4/5.6 is just fine with the 6D. This lens may have some flaws in technical tests but in the real world it's pictures look fantastic.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Got What I Paid For

I have some very nice Canon lenses. This is not my favorite and it is rarely used.

While most of my Canon lenses are sharp at the end of their min/max...Read complete review

I have some very nice Canon lenses. This is not my favorite and it is rarely used.

While most of my Canon lenses are sharp at the end of their min/max capabilities, this one is SOFT when fully extended to get that 300mm. The loss of sharpness is very visible to me and has frustrated me often. I get better 300m clarity on my teens point and shoot.

To be fair, it is a really decent lens in the mid ranges if you don't have already have one. That is why I wish I could give it a 3.5 rating. I have learned to zoom all the way out then pull back on important shots. If it is something I am sharing ONLY on line (Wunderground, Flickr etc) and print quality is not that important, I will go the full 300mm, reduce and sharpen it in PS.

I would recommend it to: someone who can't afford L Series; someone who doesn't need the full 275-300mm for large quality prints; and to someone who needs it for sports snap shots.

I would not recommend it to: someone who is seeking to look up the nostrils of wildlife from afar; or someone who will be making 11x14 of said wildlife zoomed shots for entry in professional class competitions. Save up and get the L series instead.

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2.0

Good for amateur

By CROMA

from Montevideo, Uruguay.

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light
  • Weak Casing

Best Uses

  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

This lens is good for an amateur level, and that´s it. Poor light, poor construction. Very expensive if you consider what you get.

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5.0

Great Lens

By Birdnerd

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

    Have enjoyed using this lens for nature and outdoor photography, as well as pictures for my bird blog.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great walk-around lens with nice zoom range and IS!

    By K Photos

    from Central New York State

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

      I have some of the heavier "L" series lenses from Canon when I need "big zoom".....but for a great walk-around lens with a nice zoom range and IS, this lens can't be beat. It is a terrific addition to my lens collection.

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      4.0

      Good quality from good company

      By Robert

      from Las Vegas, NV

      Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

      Been looking for a good quality lens in this range. I tried another company but they changed their design which made it awkward to use. I went back to the Canon lens and I am very happy with the lens. There is good quality in sharpness and contrast with a good solid feel. The mechanics are firm but not stiff or dragging.

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      4.0

      It doesn't come with a hood?!

      By Dave A

      from Nebraska

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

      • It Should Have A Hood

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

        I wanted a light-weight lens with good medium telephoto reach to walk around with. This fits the bill and takes great photos as well. My only compliant is that it doesn't come with a hood. I've never before purchased a lens that didn't come with a hood.

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        5.0

        Love it

        By Banvir

        from New York

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

          I do photography for fun and birds and wildlife are my favorite subjects. I love this lens for its ease of use and good response in focusing. It is a great lens and its weight does not tire your arms.

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          4.0

          good lens

          By dlars

          from Syracuse, NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

          decently fast. Gets me in close

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          4.0

          great compact lens

          By bitingecko

          from Honolulu

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable

          Cons

          • Lens Creep

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

          my older one was stolen so I had to buy this new one. Love it. Easier to take along and handy when you need a close up.

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          4.0

          Buena Calidad

          By Alexander

          from Cuenca, Ecuador

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

          Un buen lente de gran calidad, no le puse 5 estrellas porque su apertura mínima de diafragma es 4

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          5.0

          It's a Canon Lens

          By Joephoto

          from Central NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

            Works really well with my Canon 7D Mark ii camera. Nice quick action with great pictures.

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            5.0

            Love it!!!

            By Joshua Fetterhoff (Unreel Reality)

            from Augusta, GA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

              I love this lens. Nothing negative to say about it. Feels professional, looks professional, because it is professional. Amazing, extremely fast and quiet auto focus.

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              5.0

              Get this Lens!

              By Jerm

              from Heath, Ohio

              Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

              Very good lens for the price! Very clear and great color!

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              5.0

              Fantastic lens!

              By dannemm

              from pacific northwest

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                High quality, versatile lens! Quick, easy to use, great overall lens!

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                5.0

                70-300 a great starting lense

                By Dj

                from Montana

                Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                Got this lens as part of a kit, and have found it meet and exceed many of my expectations. Kits often come with cheep glass that somewhat influences your purchase of an ideal lens in the near future. With the 70-300 this is hardly the case. This beautiful and powerful lens will serve it's purpose for years to come.

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                5.0

                Great for work..and play.

                By Ranchhand

                from Texas, USA

                Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                I use this lens at work for capturing anyone who is sabotaging the equipment for sale.
                My boss was sceptical of the results..until I used the enlargement feature on my Canon 60D.
                Perp caught in bright and sharp detail, a little vignetting,but that is ok considering the distance involved.
                Sunset pictures are stunning, as are my close ups of wild grasses on the back 40.

                Overall very happy with the build quality, the optical performance and features such as the Stabilizer mode, as I shoot hand held and 2 stops down.

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                5.0

                Perfect for this range

                By MCM

                from Gainesville, Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                  I used this lens for a short period of time. It was perfect in many ways. I just needed a different range so I ended up returning it. It would be great if you have other lenses to switch out to. It was fast and focused nicely. I just needed a basic everything lens to start with and 70mm was not wide enough. I found myself having to back up and sometimes I did not have enough space to back up to capture the photo.

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                  4.0

                  Love this LENS!!!

                  By Chl0e2

                  from Evansville, In

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                    Its heavy so I know I have it. Love the quickness of it and the images are sharp. Great lens to have! Love the Bokeh!

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                    5.0

                    Love this Lens

                    By C.Hightower

                    from Jacksonville, AL

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                      Not only was this lens a wonderful price but it is top quality. I was amazed at how light it was compared to my others and easy to use. Has an increadible focus, I would recommend this to everyone.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing Len

                      By reece6315

                      from chandler TX

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                        Easy to attach, love the perfection of the pictures that this lens gives my subjects. Would like to have another one for the "just in case" times!

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                        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Good Tele Lens

                        By roboconnellmedia

                        from Ione, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                          This lens came with my 7DMkii kit and I've enjoyed using it quite a bit. The focus is fast & accurate and being able to focus under 5 feet on a 300mm lens makes for some big flat images with beautiful bokeh, even with the 5.6 f-stop.

                          The USM focus motor is very quiet but the inner movement is a little clunky. The image stabilization works beautifully as well - check out the attached moon photo I shot handheld at ISO 400, 1/400 sec @ f/8.

                          Remember this isn't an L lens and doesn't have the L lens price tag. I've read other reviews giving it poor marks when comparing to much more expensive lenses, which is unfair. For the price, this is a very fine lens.

                          In all, if you're looking for a good quality, sharp tele but don't want to pay a huge amount, this may be the lens for you.

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