Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens

B&H # CA70300ISII MFR # 0571C002
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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/45
  • One Ultra Low Dispersion Element
  • NANO USM Autofocus System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Lens Information Display
  • Full-Time Manual Focus
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Canon 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Overview

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Spanning a useful telephoto range, the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens from Canon is a flexible zoom well-suited for a variety of subjects, ranging from portraiture to wildlife. Similarly versatile, the lens utilizes NANO USM technology that combines a fast, stills-optimized ring-type Ultrasonic Motor and a smooth, silent video-optimized Stepping Motor for all-around focusing performance to benefit multimedia image-makers. This dual-purpose AF motor also offers notably quicker performance throughout the zoom range for more responsive shooting from near to far. Additionally, also aiding both photo and movie recording, an Image Stabilizer system compensates for up to four stops of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting when working with slower shutter speeds.

Beyond its performance attributes, this lens is also characterized by its unique Lens Information Display, which clearly showcases focus distance, focal length, and stabilizer settings on a top-facing screen for easy recognition. Benefitting optical performance, the lens' construction utilizes one Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) element to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity, and, additionally, a nine-blade diaphragm is used to produce a pleasing bokeh quality for shallow depth of field imagery.

Telephoto zoom designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, this lens is also suitable for use with APS-C models where it provides a 112-480mm equivalent focal length range.
One UD element is featured in the optical design to noticeably reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for increased clarity and improved color fidelity.
Lens Information Display on the top of the lens barrel clearly highlights focusing distance, focal length, and Image Stabilizer amount.
NANO USM system utilizes both a ring type USM and an STM mechanism to realize quick and accurate focusing that is also smooth and near-silent to suit both photography and video applications. This focusing system also affords full-time manual focus control when working in the one-shot AF mode.
An Image Stabilizer compensates for up to four stops of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting when working in difficult lighting conditions and with slower shutter speeds.
A circular nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when working with selective focus and shallow depth of field techniques.
UPC: 013803256888

Canon 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Specs

Focal Length 70 to 300mm
Maximum Aperture f/4 to 5.6
Minimum Aperture f/32 to 45
Lens Mount Canon EF
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Angle of View 34 to 8 15'
Maximum Magnification 0.25x
Minimum Focus Distance 3.94' / 1.2 m
Optical Design 17 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Size 67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (DxL) 3.15 x 5.73" / 80.01 x 145.54 mm
Weight 1.6 lb / 710 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.6 x 5.4 x 5.3"

Canon 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Reviews

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 71.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent reasonably priced lens I purchased this lens to replace an aging EF 70-300mm f 4-5.6 IS USM which had served me well but was beginning to search for focus and had become a bit noisy. My photography field is nature which requires quick, sharp focus. The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is a more than adequate replacement. It is lighter and more compact than my old lens, the focus is quick, photos are sharp with excellent color regardless of the lighting. I have a wide selection of Canon lenses including three of the "L" series and with both extenders. The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is almost always mounted on the camera that I carry with me at all times while I am outdoors.
Date published: 2018-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 70-300 IS II Although I didn't purchase this lens from B & H, I thought I would provide some feedback. I have been shooting with the lens for three weeks now and have been very impressed with the autofocus speed, IS and sharpness. In fact I am a bit surprised at how good it is at this price point. I have taken some bird shots which is something I don't normally do and was impressed at how fast it was to focus and the image quality of the images. The info window is probably best used for focus distance information, however the window indicates true zoom range on a crop sensor camera which is pretty cool.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Image Stabilization on this lens is UNBELIEVABLE!! Had this lens for a day and haven't have much time to play with it, however, the first thing I did was test the IS. Judge for yourself but these pics were taken handheld, 300mm, 100 ISO, f/5.6. The first pic was at 1/50th of a second, the second at 1/400th sec. Zoom in on the siping on the tire and you can barely see a difference. I think it's pretty outstanding for handheld @ 1/50th. I've always heard that your shutter speed should be higher than your focal length or you will get camera shake. Not in this case. I can't wait to test it out more and will update when I do.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent lens at a reasonable price This is the best lens I've ever owned. OK, so I don't own the 100-400, but little brother here is only a quarter of the price. It benefits from the latest IS and AF technology, and the optics are superb. I wouldn't even consider any of the other Canon 300 zooms, not even the L, and the low-end 75-300 lacks IS. For me, this replaces the EF-S 55-250, which is also an excellent lens, but the 70-300 has better optics, IS, AF, and a little more reach. I use it on a APS-C camera, so I don't know how it does in the corners on a full-frame detector, but on the crop detector it is excellent, very sharp, very little distortion, and very low aberration. It is reasonably compact and light weight, which makes it great for hiking/birding/wildlife/etc.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for bird photography! I purchased this lens for bird photography and It has exceeded my expectations. It is a convenient size and weight, but offers sufficient zoom. The auto-focus is smooth and fast, the IS works well, and my images turn out very sharp and colorful. I couldn't be more happy with this lens and I highly recommend it. If there was another lens I could recommend to buy with this one (for birding purposes) it would be the Tamron 150-600mm. For bird photography it is nice to be able to choose between a compact lens with less zoom, or an enormous, bulky high zoom lens. For example, I would use my 70-300mm in my own backyard but I would use my 150-600mm if I was going to be birding near the ocean where the birds could be very far away. Hopefully this review was helpful and good luck on finding the right lens for you!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good for walking in Nature I finally had a chance to use this lens during a winter weekend in Yosemite. ?I can see no difference in image quality between this lens and the more expensive Canon L lenses. ?I also have a 100-400mm and a 70-200mm Canon lens. When I am walking round in nature seeking a variety of images, this 70-300 lens in combination with the 24-105 lens covers almost all situations. ?This 70-300 lens is significantly lighter than the 100-400mm L lens to carry. I still love my 100-400 mm lens, but I use it only when I am stationary (like in a safari vehicle in Africa, or on a boat cruise when the wildlife is vary far away). I am very pleased with this new 70-300mm lens, as long at it is not raining, and it is being used during daylight hours.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New Features, Same Glass? I purchased this lens for my Canon 6D, to pair with my 24-70 f4L, and a couple of primes. I also use it on a T6i, when I need a little more reach than the 55-250. The 55-250 is a great, inexpensive lens, but of course not suitable for a full frame sensor. I had an original EF 70-300, but thought the images were a little soft so I sold it. Version II has a hybrid USM/STM 'nano' USM AF drive, 4 stop IS instead of 'only' 3, less CA, and has a 9 blade diaphragm instead of the original's 8. IS works well, and is quieter than the original (you always knew it was working), but is the IQ better? Some times I think it is, and at other times I think I'm looking at an image I took with Version I, which is why I've given it 4 stars instead of 5. While the functional differences between the two versions are significant, the glass itself would seem to be unchanged.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens for the Money I'm really liking this Lens! IS is rock solid, Focusing is lightning fast and I mean fast! Build quality is pretty good for plastic construction about the same as my 24-105L. The LCD Display is a nice and needed feature, shows Distant/ DOF, Focal Length and Image shake ( Not needed IMHO). The Focus and Zoom Ring is smooth and well damped. The Manual Focus is Electronically Controlled and the Focus does not extend or rotate like the EF 70-300 IS v1 does. Has Manual Focus override in Auto Mode.I had bought a Tamron 70-300 Di VC USD and that was a nice lens except the VC was a little herky jerky at times, then Lens was sharp from 70-200mm but above that it started to get soft and Auto Focus was a hit or miss so I returned it for the Canon. I'm glad I did, the Canon is so much better! Maybe I just got a funky copy as most reviewers were not getting the problems I did.My copy of the Canon is sharp ( not L Sharp but close enough for me ) from 70 up to 300mm. Did I say the Auto was Focus Fast?
Date published: 2017-01-07
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