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

(based on 843 reviews)

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    (505)

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    (303)

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    (22)

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    (9)

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    (4)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (653)
  • Easily interchangeable (536)
  • Consistent output (456)
  • Strong construction (365)
  • Durable (326)

Cons

  • Heavy (162)
  • Poor in low light (93)
  • Slow focus (77)
  • Lens creep (32)
  • Weak casing (22)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (469)
  • Wildlife photos (389)
  • Landscape/scenery (301)
  • Wildlife (160)
  • General purpose (143)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (290), Enthusiast (147), Casual photographer (138), Semi-pro photographer (87), Semi-professional (32)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (391), Yes (36)

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

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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5.0

Allowed me to do what I wanted

By Images by Frith

from Richmond, VA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Lens Creep

Best Uses

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

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

I purchased this lens for the extra focal length to use specifically at cross country as well as track and field events. The photos it yielded have won places in the hearts of the athletes and their parents. As an extra bonus, the lens opened up new possibilities for wildlife and macro shots. I did not downgrade for the lens creep because if no one had mentioned, it really would not have bothered me. Locked down at 70 mm, the lens makes a decent portrait lens and a general purpose lens for public events.

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  • No

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4.0

Good lens for the price.

By Hector Sazo

from Guatemala, Guatemala

About Me Photography Student

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Blurry Focus
  • Lens Creep
  • Poor in Low Light
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

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

Good lens for the price, 70-300 L is much, much sharper.

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  • No

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5.0

Step up from 250 I was using

By Chappy

from San Diego, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Good - solid - overall lens

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    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome!

    By Christine

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Tough To Attach

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

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

    For the first few months after buying my Canon Rebel T3i DSLR, I only used the included lens kit (18-55mm). I am so glad that I spent the extra money to get this lens with the image stabilization as carrying around a tripod to get certain shots is inconvenient. I took shots at a friends wedding with this lens, and the pictures were stunning. This lens however is heavy and feels fragile.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent Canon Lens

    By Trilobite

    from Danvers, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Great zoom lens producing incredible results.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent lens for the price

      By MAS

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I purchased this to use with my EOS 5D for primarily landscapes. Pictures have come out crisp and clear. Focus is fast. May not be a L series lens, but it is not nearly a "L" price. Nice quality and a good value.

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            • No

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            5.0

            GOOD PRODUCT, ENJOYING LIFE

            By HURSHIDBEK MUMINOV

            from ANDIJON, UZBEKISTAN + SACRAMENTO, CA

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

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

            AFFORDABLE GOOD "IS" LENS
            FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS

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            • No

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            5.0

            very good lens

            By ken

            from bayfield co

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

            works great. good good pictures

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            4.0

            Wonderful versatility

            By Michael

            from Glarus, Switzerland

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              I have enjoyed this 70-300 for years, and find it often on my 20D. About to upgrade to 70D, and curious to see how it will perform, also in video.

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              4.0

              Fortunate to get this lens in a kit

              By David

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I bought a kit that included this lens with a T2i body, my first adventure in the DSLR world. It's given me a taste of what the higher-end lenses have to offer. The auto-focus is quick and definitive, image stabilization enabled me to start taking solid photos right out of the box. Mode II works well for tracking subjects against a busy background, for example a bicycle race.

                The build seems a little light in some respects but the lens functions well. I'd like to get a zoom that has a consistent aperture throughout the focal length range, but I know that's going to cost some money.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent lens, Excellent value

                By photo guy

                from Orlando, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I am generally conservative about lens ratings. This lens is a tremendous value and darn good QC when used properly. I bought a refurb from B&H and as usual it arrived in super condition. A couple of caveats: Don't expect this lens to excel at 300MM. It won't. I also have a 300MM f/4.0 and use them both together -- the 300 at the long end and the zoom in the middle of the range. The combination is super. My combo was about the same price as a new 100-400 and much better optics. Second caveat: this was my 2nd copy. I bought an earlier version from another supplier and returned it as being too soft. There may be a little more variability with QC with the zoom, but this copy from B&H rocks. In the low to mid 200MM range it is every bit as good as the fixed 300mm 4.0, especially when backing off the aperture to 6.3. don't expect it to behave exactly like the l lens (it is not nearly as durable), but for the price it is my favorite lens and I have 2 L class lens. Contrast and color with the 70-300 are excellent. Weight and zoom feature are so convenient. I use them both for bird photography. P.s. I also own the Tamron 70-300 IS zoom and as respectable as the Tamron is, it now sits in the closet. Color is more accurate with the Canon.

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                  5.0

                  Great telephoto lens

                  By nae nae

                  from ventura

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

                  Got this telephoto lens to capture my kids rowing events. Was extremely pleased with the results from last week's regatta!!!! Didn't even use a tripod:))

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                  5.0

                  Excelente!

                  By Sérgio Tadeu

                  from Araranguá, SC, Brasil

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    Uma excelente relação custo x benefício.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Nice zoom

                    By Photomama21

                    from Ventura ca

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

                    This lens is built strong. Heavier then my other lens. Good quality photos.

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                    4.0

                    Pretty good when shooting in RAW

                    By Gerry

                    from Patterson, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Has IS
                    • Light For Travel
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I purchased this lens, on deal, along with a Canon 6D body. I had it once before and sold it. I got it for the IS and a little extra reach and because Ken Rockwell raves about it in his review. I have the Canon 70-200mm L f4 (without IS), which becomes a 98-280mm with the Canon tele extender and an IS of sorts with a mono-pod. Since I did not want to carry both on my frequent trips to Spain (and I can only carry one or the other for daily shoots, when I am not in a car), I have been researching for days about whether to buy the Canon 70-300mm L f4.5 - 5.6, which would get me about 20mm reach on each end, give me L glass and IS, but stick me with a heftly tab. I would sell both lenses to purchase this expensive glass. This morning I called B&H and talked to one of their people, who ran me through the options and basically advised me to stay with what I have, since he thinks highly of the Canon 70-200mm f4, tele extender combo. I still may sell this lens, but not because I am unhappy with it. I did some side by side shots this weekend with this lens and the 70-200ml and realized that you can max out the 70-300mm lens by shooting in RAW, which compares favorably with the 70-200mm shot in JPEG (Large). If you cannot afford the L version, I think you will be happy with this lens at this price if you do indeed shoot in RAW with it. It is not a full pro lense, but it doesn't carry the Pro tab either.

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                    4.0

                    Better than expected

                    By Ben

                    from Washington state

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

                    I purchased this lenses because of a canon promo on the price. Expecting to compare it to my other lense of similar size, I was shocked at the speed of focus and the clarity. We did a side by side and instantly saw the color was richer and much sharper. A good lense for the cost.

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                    5.0

                    Nice Lens

                    By Alison

                    from Tennessee

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

                    I love how far of a reach I get with this lens!

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                    5.0

                    Good Lens

                    By Nonick

                    from east coast

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Feedback Requests From Di

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    Neat Autofocus

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                    • No

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