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

(based on 861 reviews)

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    (519)

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    (307)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (663)
  • Easily interchangeable (546)
  • Consistent output (464)
  • Strong construction (373)
  • Durable (332)

Cons

  • Heavy (167)
  • Poor in low light (99)
  • Slow focus (80)
  • Lens creep (32)
  • Weak casing (22)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (480)
  • Wildlife photos (403)
  • Landscape/scenery (307)
  • Wildlife (160)
  • General purpose (143)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (295), Enthusiast (147), Casual photographer (142), Semi-pro photographer (92), Semi-professional (32)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (404), 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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5.0

Nice and cheap one

By Abigdinasour

from East Lansing MI

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Blurry Focus
  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

Great lens

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  • No

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4.0

A must need!

By Kat

from Stillwater, OK

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Blurry Focus
  • Heavy
  • Poor in Low Light
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

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

Great for far off photography and moving objects!

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  • No

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5.0

Great operation

By Uncle Thom

from IN

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action

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

This lens is very easy and feels "normal" for use

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  • No

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5.0

Great Purchase!

By Char

from Brandon, MB, CAN

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

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

I got this lens with my Canon EOS 6D and I absolutely love it! The photo quality is amazing and the zoom is excellent!

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  • Yes

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4.0

Zoomzoom

By the videographer formerly known as Justin

from Hesperia, CA

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Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Perty
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

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

Okay, so I'm a wedding videographer, so obviously a lens with limited f-stop isn't ideal, but boy-howdy do I like this lens. I've been using this 10 year old 300 lens for a while because it's what I had, so I didn't have much to compare it to, but this one has been incredible. It's image stabilization works GREAT when shooting video, and it doesn't run too loud. The auto focus is great as well, just a little bit louder than the stabilizer. I'm sure you'd hear it if you were running the on-board mic but if you're using the on-board mic you've got other problems that I can't help you with.

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4.0

Decent lens for the price

By Alex

from San Jose, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Wildlife Photos

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

Give you good chance to take some relatively sharp pictures with less than $. As an entry level, I'm satisfied with image quality, weight, IS, etc. The focus is fine but not that silent and I have to say it's a little slow. You get what you paid. The sharpness reduces at 300mm, especially when you are using the largest aperture. If shooting some 'static' objects, it might be nice to use F8 instead. Overall, this lens can be a good practice.

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5.0

Gets the Close Shot

By Alumni Productions

from Yukon, OK

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

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

    I use this for Wedding Videography and I use it for my back cameras. It allows me to get a nice, clear, focus shot from far back.

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    5.0

    Excellent Lens

    By De Silva Photo's

    from Monterrey N.L. Mexico

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • I Have No Comment

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

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

    It is a very versatile lens, and great for any occasion

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    • No

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    5.0

    Love This Lens

    By DP

    from David City, NE

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I use it for wildlife photography and love everything about it!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Outstanding upgrade.

      By Barry

      from Hardy, VA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

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

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

      This lens is an upgrade from an EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II and has exceded my expectations. There is clearly a difference in an EF lens versus an EF-S lens in quality of build, quality of 'glass', and features. I especially like the two-mode auto-focus for panning in video mode. Its not an L series lens but it is great value for the price.

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      5.0

      Great Lens

      By tdaubee

      from Austin, MN

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      This lens is a greater than I originally expected very clear.

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      5.0

      Great Lens Without The

      By sltysteve

      from Rohnert Park, Ca

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        This is a very good lens, quick focus and sharp photos. Well worth the price.

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        4.0

        Exactly as Expected

        By James M.

        from D.C. Area

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

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

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

        This 70-300 covers a wide range of focal length at the higher end of the spectrum. As a F/4-5.7 lens it is a seems like a compact and very handy size. It isn't overly large or anything like that. My biggest qualm is that the auto-focus is not up to the level of some of these newer AF systems (Canon 5D Mk3, Canon 7D Mk2).

        At this point, I cannot attest to duability/construction of the lens. Most lenses like this I've used previously are solid. Assuming you don't drop the thing, have it sat on, the like you should be good aside from superficial scratches and the like.

        For a cheap, get your feet wet this is a very solid lens. I'd suggest using this while you save up for something faster (F/2 etc)

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        5.0

        wonderful handling .. beautiful lighting

        By Wings

        from NYC NYC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

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

          I take pictures of everything.The lens works for everything so far..beautiful water shots.... moon shots

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Awesome lense

          By Pete

          from Albuquerque

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

          Fits exactly my needs

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          5.0

          Great Lens

          By Jujube

          from Newport Beach, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          Bought this lens to photograph birds. The image stabilzer was the main reason I chose this lens over Canon's other options and it didn't dissapoint.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Love this lens

          By dwells

          from new york

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I like this better than the L series because it is very comparable for the price and weighs a LOT less than the L series

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          • No

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          5.0

          Value for Money

          By Matty G

          from Antigua, Guatemala

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I've been using this lens for wildlife photography and have zero complaints. It is not as sharp as the 70-200 L lenses but I do this for fun and have yet to feel like l wish I had spent more on a better tele zoom. I don't think pro's would consider this lens but for enthusiasts like me, it's the perfect mix of performance, size, and price. Plus it's black so you you aren't screaming "I'm rich!" when photographing in lesser developed nations.

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            5.0

            Great lens!

            By Douglas

            from Central Florida

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

            I've had this lens for a month and I'm continually impressed. This lens is an upgrade for one of my 70Ds from the 55-250 kit lens. The 70-300 is a great lens for the price.

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            5.0

            Excellent Lens

            By BUNKSA

            from San Angelo, Texas

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

            This lens allows you to capture exceptional outdoor photography. I bought this to make wildlife safari videos and capture photos in the great outdoors. It's ability to pull animals right up to you for quality shots is awesome.

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