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 Imported
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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

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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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    • 1Description

    Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 specs

    Focal Length 70 - 300mm
    Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 112 - 480 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/32 - 40
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Canon (APS-C)
    Angle of View 34° - 8° 15'
    Minimum Focus Distance 4.60' / 1.40 m
    Magnification 0.19x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
    Optical Design 18 Elements in 12 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 6
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.24 x 3.93" / 82.4 x 99.9 mm
    Weight 1.58 lb / 720 g
    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 127.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Small but hazy If you really need a small and lightweight lens, this is probably the best one you'll find. The rapid focus, small size, and solid IS is nothing short of amazing. I've successfully taken some pictures handheld at night and bumping around in crowds. On the downside, the images are hazy. A large diameter unsharp-mask and black level adjustment are needed in post processing, which about doubles the noise level. Closing the aperture too much while zoomed in causes the front fresnel lens to appear in the photo. After a few years of light use, I've accumulated quite a bit of dust inside the lens. The internal electronics also needed to be replaced out of warranty.
    Date published: 2012-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very very nice lens! I bought this lens to replace a 75-300 older Canon lens that was much larger and heavier. I normally shoot with a 5D or 350D. I took the new new 70-300 on a week long sea kayaking trip where I didn't feel comfortable taking any L lenses. Contrary to other reviews, I found it very crisp and sharp all the way out to 300. I am not a complete photo geek but I do have a very large high res monitor and sometimes blow things up to very large sizes when printing. I am very happy with this lens and hope that Canon continues to send the new technology toward both their L series (already done one) and more lenses in this class. I am sold!
    Date published: 2009-08-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small yet sharp and practical I have used this for newspaper concert coverage in very low light situations and for freelance work for winter sports and it has performed well even at 20 below zero. The size of the lense is an added plus while photographing concerts in varying light conditions. Not as sharp as fixed lenses, but for newspaper coverage and sports photography the quality of the images is excellent. A very useful lense. The autofocus has performed well for alpine ski racing in very harsh conditions. I have used a tripod with a 2 second delay for low light concert photography with very good results.
    Date published: 2009-06-03
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor at the long end I have owned this lens and used it during a zoological expedition to Sierra Leone on a Canon Rebel XT. Yes it's nice and compact and uses the same filter thread as the standard zoom but all my photos at the 300mm focal end were soft and with low contrast. Test Report data/graphs actually confirm this result but don't discuss it much. I do not recommend the DO 70-300 for wildlife photography and have used the 100-400 IS zoom (good at 300-400 mm) on my last expedition and a fixed 5.6/400 Canon L (excellent) for personal telephoto work. Not sure why so many zoom lenses are so weak at the long end since I am sure that's where they are used the most.
    Date published: 2008-08-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compact I needed a short and relatively light-weight lens that went out to 300mm. It had to fit in my regular camera bag. This lens was perfect. Originally purchased for a Rebel XT it worked great. Since then I've purchased a 5D mkII and, quite frankly, I'm going to let my wife keep this lens with the XT she inherited as the image isn't as sharp as my "L" series lenses and the lense is a bit sloe for concert photography. Saving my pennies for a 100-400mm or maybe even the 400 f4 prime. Nevetheless, this is a very goods lens on a 1.6x sensor. If you need compactness and light weight with a far reach on a 1.6, this is the way to go.
    Date published: 2009-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent performance and value I have several other L Series lenses for myself, but got this one for my wife. The construction feels very sturdy, as one would expect for an L Series lens, but it is comparatively lightweight for the zoom it achieves. The autofocus is quiet, crisp, and generates very sharp images throughout its range. It is considerably more compact and lightweight than my 100-400. (When are they going to update the 100-400??) I like the locking feature to prevent slippage of the zoom mechanism on the 70-300 better than the tensioning ring system on the 100-400. It is a high quality, easy to use lens which produces very crisp images. What more could you want?
    Date published: 2010-12-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Why did Canon make this Lens? Just had this lens for a week rental and sad to say, I don't know why it was made. Used it on my 5D Mark II. First I have the 70-200 F4 IS USM lens which is fantastic but I thought I would replace it with this lens. Well, it is not only heavier but why F5.6 @ 200-300? Comparing the two lenses,I found the 70-200 to be sharper at all focal distances and the colors slightly better but if one were to say that the new lens goes to 300mm, well just crop @ 200mm. Besides the above, the cost is as heavy as the lens. If you are going to go with a lens of this weight, get the F2.8. Sorry Canon because all my other equipment from you is great.
    Date published: 2010-12-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic I bought this lens about a month ago, within a week of it becoming available. This lens leaves nothing to be desired, It is sharp beyond belief, super fast focusing, compact for the focal length, sturdy, in short there is nothing that can be said bad about it. Used with my 7D set at ISO 6400 it is shooting basketball action with no flash and just tearing everything up. It is 4 to 5.6 but this is causing no problem. I do wonder why Canon does not try and get a wider aperture but this lens is great, no regrets at all. The same goes for the 7D.
    Date published: 2010-12-14
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    Designed for use with:

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