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


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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 - 300mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/32 - 45
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 34° - 8° 15'
Minimum Focus Distance 3.94' (1.2 m)
Magnification 0.25x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Optical Design 17 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.15 x 5.73" (80.01 x 145.54 mm)
Weight 1.56 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 45.
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 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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from well with the money. Mounted on a Canon EOS 6D, the lens shows strong vignette at wide open apertures but remains sharp throughout most of the focal range. Slightly front heavy but otherwise well made. Autofocus is blazing fast and silent. The LCD might be useful but I haven't found a use for it yet.
Date published: 2017-01-11
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 Works Excellent With My EOS 80D! This lens works excellent with my 80D and the photos are very sharp and crisp even at the 300mm focal range. Image stabilization also works well with four stops. For video the USM NANO system for continuous AF is a great addition. I also like the information window for camera shake, focal length matching for full frame vs APS-C sensor and focusing distance. All around great indoor or outdoor lens!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shots in South American Jungles and cities.... I recently purchased the 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lense to replace the older verson of this lense and also a much heavier Canon 100-400 lens I had purchased some time ago. I recently took a trip to several countires in south America and with some reluctence took the lens with me on the tirp, even though I was planning on taking alot of landscapes. As it turned out the lens was the one I used the most as I was out in the rainforest and in several poor countries taking photos of everyday life in those places. I must admit that I found this lens to be very usable in most of the places I visited. I got some great closeups of animals and plants in the jungle as well and some geat closeups of children and people on the streets going about their daily lives. The photos were crisps and clean.....although I must admit that in some low light situations it was difficult to get a clean shot. While the lense does not give the same crips images I was able to get with my 100-400 L, I don't miss carrying around the almost 4 pounds of lens to get those shots. Over all I've been very pleased with the lens!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens! & a note about rattling sound others reported I purchased this lens primarily for wildlife, both in nature and in places like zoos and aquariums with glass and fencing. I have tested this lens for slow-moving wildlife, fast moving wildlife, sporting events such as soccer and baseball, and even close-up photography of slow moving objects at a distance. I wanted something better than the lower priced Canon lenses in the lineup, but did not want to go full L-series. Overall and at the time of this review, I am more than happy with this lens. Note: I do use this lens with the Canon hood, sold separately, and very rarely use a tripod. A note about the other reviews reporting a rattling sound or loose pieces in this lens upon arrival. Obviously I cannot speak for others, if anyone says they received a defective lens I trust them. But I too noticed a rattling sound and movable elements in the lens on arrival. Investigation determined my situation was as a result of Canon or someone not parking the image stabilization correction elements prior to shipping. The nature of I.S. is that there are floating elements in the lens and when the I.S. is active = they move. When the I.S. off the lens locks them into place in a centered position. Just turn your camera on, zoom in-out or take a picture, then turn your camera off to properly to park them = turning the camera off causes the lens to lock the I.S. elements as well. Why this lens is being shipped with the I.S. elements un-parked, I have no idea! I hope this information helps.
Date published: 2017-02-11
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