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

(based on 899 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (540)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (321)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (679)
  • Easily interchangeable (563)
  • Consistent output (481)
  • Strong construction (385)
  • Durable (343)

Cons

  • Heavy (169)
  • Poor in low light (103)
  • Slow focus (82)
  • Lens creep (34)
  • Weak casing (23)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (491)
  • Wildlife photos (420)
  • Landscape/scenery (320)
  • Wildlife (161)
  • General purpose (143)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (304), Casual photographer (148), Enthusiast (147), Semi-pro photographer (101), Pro photographer (32)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (432), Yes (38)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Tele Lens

This lens came with my 7DMkii kit and I've enjoyed using it quite a bit. The focus is fast & accurate and being able to focus under 5 feet on a 300mm lens...Read complete review

This lens came with my 7DMkii kit and I've enjoyed using it quite a bit. The focus is fast & accurate and being able to focus under 5 feet on a 300mm lens makes for some big flat images with beautiful bokeh, even with the 5.6 f-stop.

The USM focus motor is very quiet but the inner movement is a little clunky. The image stabilization works beautifully as well - check out the attached moon photo I shot handheld at ISO 400, 1/400 sec @ f/8.

Remember this isn't an L lens and doesn't have the L lens price tag. I've read other reviews giving it poor marks when comparing to much more expensive lenses, which is unfair. For the price, this is a very fine lens.

In all, if you're looking for a good quality, sharp tele but don't want to pay a huge amount, this may be the lens for you.

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My incredible Canon Zoom Lens (USM))

By Don

from Amawalk, New York

Verified Buyer

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

I can not believe how simple this product is to use and to understand. I can shoot those hummingbirds entering the feeding area on my deck and get real close ups of an amazing species, Thank you Canon for another outstanding product to go with my Rebel.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quick Focus and Beautiful Optics!!!

By Zo

from Colorado

Verified Buyer

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

I read a lot of reviews before choosing this zoom lens - I would recommend reading the reviews on Ken Rockwell's site as he provides some great comparisons of Canon lenses. If you are looking for a cheaper, high quality zoom lens for general zoom photography then this is a perfect lens for you. The zoom does not go so far as to make it a professional wildlife photography lens, but it is great as an all-rounder.

I have been using the lens for a good few months now.

There are so many pros to the lens:
1. Fast focusing - so so much quicker than I am used to with Canons older 200mm models. I can take shots that are in-focus in the blink of an eye.
2. Stability - auto stabilisation works great.
3. Optics are pretty much perfect, even to the edges
4. Colours are CRISP and BOLD!
5. The lens is lightweight and easy to carry around.

Cons
1. Only goes down to f-stop 4, so not so much light coming in, makes night photography a little darker.
2. Also means no bokeh with this lens.
3. Zoom is not contained in the lens, so it becomes a little too overbalanced for use with a tripod at the longer end.
4. The lens is quite cropped, you won't be getting any wide angle shots with it. It is really only usable if you are at least a good five or ten metres away from your subject.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nothing to disappoint

By BigZ

from Nottingham, NH

Verified Buyer

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

I've had this lens for only a short while but have found it to be more than just satisfactory. The image stabilizer is amazing. Never before have I been able to handhold a telephoto lens without ruining and losing a shot. The finish and feel of the lens seem to be top-grade. It'll be revealing to use this lens for imaging celestial objects, especially star fields.

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5.0

Would recommend this lens to the advanced amateur.

By Howie

from Hilsborough, NJ

Verified Buyer

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

I am not a professional so I am probably not looking over this lens with a fine tooth comb. Having just used it on a short vacation, it fulfilled my expectations even at full telephoto. I would recommend a tripod when going towards full telephoto. The auto focus work flawlessly at both extremes.

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4.0

Very good price/performance

By DC Swede

from Silver Spring, MD

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Lens Creep
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Travel

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

This is not the be-all-and-end-all of telephoto zooms, but it offers a very sound price/performance ratio (at least on an aps-c body). No, it's not as sharp as (some) higher-priced lenses, but it's more than good enough for many situations. It's also lightweight and easy to carry, while still having decently sturdy construction. The biggest downsides are the relatively slow AF, the fact that the focus ring rotates even in AF mode, and that it will creep if you forget to use the zoom lock. But ultimately, if you're aware of its limitations and work within them, it rewards you handsomely, at a very reasonable price.

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  • No

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens for Family Sport Photos

By Jason1234

from American Canyon, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I have only taken this lens out a couple of times to my kid's soccer games. I was able to many great action shots of him kicking the ball and running. The image stabilization works very well, although it chews up the battery. All around a great lens for taking pictures at family sporting events.

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      • No

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      (3 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Good for amateur

      By CROMA

      from Montevideo, Uruguay.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

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

      This lens is good for an amateur level, and that´s it. Poor light, poor construction. Very expensive if you consider what you get.

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      • No

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Lens

      By Birdnerd

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        Have enjoyed using this lens for nature and outdoor photography, as well as pictures for my bird blog.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great walk-around lens with nice zoom range and IS!

        By K Photos

        from Central New York State

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I have some of the heavier "L" series lenses from Canon when I need "big zoom".....but for a great walk-around lens with a nice zoom range and IS, this lens can't be beat. It is a terrific addition to my lens collection.

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          4.0

          Good quality from good company

          By Robert

          from Las Vegas, NV

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

          Been looking for a good quality lens in this range. I tried another company but they changed their design which made it awkward to use. I went back to the Canon lens and I am very happy with the lens. There is good quality in sharpness and contrast with a good solid feel. The mechanics are firm but not stiff or dragging.

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          4.0

          It doesn't come with a hood?!

          By Dave A

          from Nebraska

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • It Should Have A Hood

          Best Uses

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

            I wanted a light-weight lens with good medium telephoto reach to walk around with. This fits the bill and takes great photos as well. My only compliant is that it doesn't come with a hood. I've never before purchased a lens that didn't come with a hood.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Love it

            By Banvir

            from New York

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              I do photography for fun and birds and wildlife are my favorite subjects. I love this lens for its ease of use and good response in focusing. It is a great lens and its weight does not tire your arms.

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              • No

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              4.0

              good lens

              By dlars

              from Syracuse, NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

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

              decently fast. Gets me in close

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              great compact lens

              By bitingecko

              from Honolulu

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable

              Cons

              • Lens Creep

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              my older one was stolen so I had to buy this new one. Love it. Easier to take along and handy when you need a close up.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Buena Calidad

              By Alexander

              from Cuenca, Ecuador

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              Un buen lente de gran calidad, no le puse 5 estrellas porque su apertura mínima de diafragma es 4

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It's a Canon Lens

              By Joephoto

              from Central NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                Works really well with my Canon 7D Mark ii camera. Nice quick action with great pictures.

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                • No

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                (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love it!!!

                By Joshua Fetterhoff (Unreel Reality)

                from Augusta, GA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I love this lens. Nothing negative to say about it. Feels professional, looks professional, because it is professional. Amazing, extremely fast and quiet auto focus.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Get this Lens!

                  By Jerm

                  from Heath, Ohio

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

                  Very good lens for the price! Very clear and great color!

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic lens!

                  By dannemm

                  from pacific northwest

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    High quality, versatile lens! Quick, easy to use, great overall lens!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    70-300 a great starting lense

                    By Dj

                    from Montana

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

                    Got this lens as part of a kit, and have found it meet and exceed many of my expectations. Kits often come with cheep glass that somewhat influences your purchase of an ideal lens in the near future. With the 70-300 this is hardly the case. This beautiful and powerful lens will serve it's purpose for years to come.

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