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

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

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

B&H # CA7030045IS MFR # 9321A002
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Product Highlights

  • EF Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5-40
  • Diffractive Optical Elements
  • Two-Mode Image Stabilization System
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Zoom Ring Lock Lever
  • Compact Form Factor
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 4.6'
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Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Overview

  • 1Description

The EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens from Canon is a relatively compact telephoto zoom offering superior maximum-aperture performance across its entire focal length range. It incorporates Canon's DO (Diffractive Optics) and IS (Image Stabilizing) technologies.

The use of Diffraction Optics allows a lens to be shorter, lighter, and of higher image quality than comparable normal optical systems of the same focal length and aperture-while this lens is heavier than the consumer-grade EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens, it is 28% shorter and uses Canon's very best ring-USM (ultrasonic) motor instead of the lighter, slower, and less costly 'micro-USM' motor.

The DO lens performs admirably at its maximum aperture, with images that are very comparable to the "L" series telephotos. It has a circular aperture diaphragm to help create natural out-of-focus highlights, and its built-in two-mode image stabilizer allows you to handhold the lens at shutter speeds 3 steps slower than would otherwise be possible. Mode 1 corrects vibrations in all directions and is best for still subjects whereas Mode 2 is best when following moving subjects either horizontally or vertically.

The lens' AF is super-fast and silent with a ring-type USM that focuses down to 4.6', and it enables manual focus override for precise manual focus even in AF mode. It also features a zoom lock button that keeps the lens safe and secure when not in use or when being used at the shortest 70mm focal length setting.  The EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM is an ideal lens for sports, portraiture, animals, and other applications when you're shooting in relatively bright light.

An autofocus telephoto zoom lens for both film and digital cameras
Excellent maximum-aperture performance across entire zoom range
Built-in two-mode image stabilizer action can be seen in the viewfinder and allows handheld images at shutter speeds 3 steps slower than without image stabilization
Fast, silent autofocus with full-time manual focus override
Diffractive Optics elements are combined to minimize aberrations, boost image quality and reduce the lens' overall length.
With rear focusing, the lens does not change length or rotate during focusing.
Compact form factor
Circular aperture diaphragm for natural-looking out of focus highlights
In the Box
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens
  • E-58 II 58mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • ET-65B Lens Hood
  • LP1116 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Specs

    Lens Mount Canon EF
    Angle of View 34 to 8 15'
    Minimum Focus Distance 4.6' / 1.4 m
    Maximum Magnification 0.19x
    Optical Design 18 Elements in 12 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 6
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.24 x 3.93" / 82.3 x 99.82 mm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.4 x 5.5 x 5.4"

    Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Reviews

    EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 131.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM lens Great lens. Shot in a covered bridge and not enough light. Had to switch to my f2.8 70-200mm. But, I’m sure outdoors and for sports it will be great. Next assignment is in two weeks.
    Date published: 2019-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Lens This is the first high-end lens I have owned and so far I love the picture quality I get from it.
    Date published: 2019-08-19
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Slow! I wish Canon would make their L lenses for pro's. It's a nice range to work with for nature, but please give me a fixed f4 throughout. The 100-400 makes this lens irrelevant They already have other variable aperture lenses suitable for amateurs. Canon: you can do better!
    Date published: 2019-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has become my go-to lens for the 7D Mk II cameras I shoot a lot of motorsports - 30 events a year on average. In the old days, a 70-200 was considered the "normal" lens for track-side work. Safety concerns have pushed us further and further away so we need the reach of a 300mm on a crop-sensor camera to get the kind of shots editors want. I have the wonderful 100-400 lens and instead of upgrading my 70-200 to get the IS technology I love, my Canon rep suggested I try this lens for reach, excellent optics and compact size. I made the decision to follow his suggestions and I'm very pleased I did. The 70-200 sits in the camera bag now for super low light assignments and I use this lens on the 7D Mk II and the 100-400 on my 5D Mk III for most race days. It's a rugged, weather sealed winner for what i do. Yes, it's a little slow but the high ISO capabilities of my Canon bodies, for practical matters, puts that concern to bed for me.
    Date published: 2019-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for sports and wildlife I've had this lens for 5 years now and shoot with it on a crop sensor (7D MkII) body. It has a lightning fast focus and great range. I dropped it and had it repaired and calibrated by Canon I like it too much. Now it is as new and sharper than before.
    Date published: 2018-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Lens I shoot this on a crop body (7D M2). It's sharp, fast, and a pound lighter than the 100-400 It's close focusing makes it great for flowers, put tubes on It and you have the ideal macro. A real winner
    Date published: 2017-11-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tough, Great Lens for Work in Remote Areas I am anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. I do not use still cameras for video. I often work in remote areas, and demand tough reliable gear. Weight is an important issue, as is image quality. I carry the 24-105 f:4 L, this lens, and the 50 f:1.2 (sometimes). I like the weight and the fact that it is less obtrusive than the longer white lenses. I also like the extra 100mm reach. I find that the color quality is excellent. It is somewhat lower contrast, but easily fixed in post if one finds that a problem. I have found it to quite sharp enough if you know how to use it. I use it w/ a 5DMKIII and a 5Dsr. My 70-200 L 2.8 is a great lens, but who wants to carry it. I find it different, but not better -- particularly for portraits.
    Date published: 2017-10-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my go to lens for almost everything. I shoot portraits, body shots for press releases. I love this lens. I'm mainly outside on the beach so the 4-5.6 doesn't bother me. My favorite lens.
    Date published: 2017-06-11
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    Considering this lens as a traveler b/c my 100-400L and 70-200L f4 are too big and heavy. I have a 5D mk2, EOS T2i and an EOS M3. My questions are: 1 is this lens nearly comparable to my L 's in sharpness, contrast and color fidelity; and 2 will the Canon 1.4 tele-extender work with this lens on all my camera bodies?
    Asked by: Ira
    The Canon 70-300mm DO lens would be comparable to the first version of the 100-400mm. Though, the 70-200mm f/4 and second version of the 100-400mm, both would have noticeably better optics than 70-300mm DO. As for the 1.4X teleconverter, it is not compatible with the 70-300mm DO. Non on the Canon teleconverters are compatible with that lens.
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    I'm on the fence about this lens. Nothing has been written about it for years. I'm looking for a travel lens for my 5D mk2, T2i and EOS M3. I own seven L series Canon lenses and three non-L's. My concerns are: is it nearly as sharp or true color fidelity or contrasty as the 70-200 f4 L or the 100-400 L I have both; will this DO work in full auto with the Canon 1.4 tele extender?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I have 70-200 f2.8L II, 100-400 f4.5-5.6L II and this DO lens. Among the three, the DO is the softest, probably not to a degree that would make you feel uncomfortable, but definitely not razor-sharp as the other two. Color fidelity is good, and very contrasty. So by combining the softness , when shooting person, it gives a special velvet taste. I bought it simply for the convenience of carrying around. A good (or better) alternative is 70-300 f4-5.6L should one to make choice between the two. A little longer than the DO, this new L lens provides much sharp images (by MTF chart. I haven't used it).
    Answered by: Jun W.
    Date published: 2019-05-25


    Is this lens compatible with the Rebel T1i?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens is fully compatible for use on the Canon EOS T1i DSLR camera.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2019-02-09


    made in?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    According to the information we have, our current inventory's Country of Origin is Japan. Please be aware this can change over the product's production life without notice.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2019-02-09


    Is this lens compatible with the Canon 50D?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens will be compatible with the Canon 50D.
    Answered by: Dana G.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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    Designed For Use With:

    • Canon EOS 1V
    • Canon EOS 50D
    • Canon EOS Rebel XSi
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