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The Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM lens will appeal to serious amateur nature and sports photographers looking to achieve outstanding results while shooting hand-held. IS image stabilisation dramatically reduces image blur caused by camera shake, and the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM features Canon’s latest 3-stop IS - a one-stop improvement over its predecessor. This technology allows shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible, with no perceptible increase in image blur: Shooting a 300mm frame handheld at 1/500s can obtain the equivalent result with a shutter speed of just 1/60s, vastly extending options in low light conditions. As this lens features a Canon EF (Electro-Focus) lens mount, you can use this lens on a Canon full-frame camera (Such as the 1D X, 5D Mk III, 6D etc.) and a cropped sensor (APS-C) camera with EF-S mount (EG. 350D, 7D, 550D, 60D etc.). More
Affordable high magnification
The powerful, yet reasonably priced, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM will appeal to nature and sports photographers looking to achieve sharper images when shooting handheld. When fitted to an EOS camera containing an APS-C sized sensor, the lens gives an angle of view roughly equivalent to a 112-480mm lens on a full-frame DSLR.
The EF 70-300mm f/5-5.6 IS USM features a three-stop Image Stabilizer (IS), making this an ideal lens for handheld work. Shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would be otherwise possible can be used with no perceptible increase in image blur. When panning horizontally, the IS system can be set to correct only for unwanted vertical shake, and the system switches off when the camera is mounted on a tripod.
UD lens element
A UD (ultra-low dispersion) glass lens element corrects for chromatic aberrations and provides high resolution and contrast throughout the zoom range. Only environmentally friendly lead-free glass is used in the lens construction.
Super Spectra coating
Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.
Pleasing background blur
A virtually circular aperture diaphragm, which is controlled electromagnetically, gives out-of-focus regions a softer, more even feel, and lets in-focus subjects stand out against a blurred background.
A ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting.
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not bad at all
By Old Timer
About Me Semi-Professional
Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM Lens:
Lets face it, it isn`t an L lens by any means but to be honest for most situations it`s good enough. If you are going to blow up your images like the side of a house then an L lens is the choice but for general use it works a treat on my 6D
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Canon EF-300mm F4-5.6 IS USM update
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
I tried to edit my first review and could not so this is an updated review with a few plus points when I checked and compared with my other lenses recently 24-105, 70-200L IS, 55-250mm I found below 12 metres they all performed well and about the same at around 70-100mm and at 3M they performed about the same up to their max zoom which surprised me this lens however falls short 150mm to 300mm at distance more than say 50-100M the only similar performer is the 55-250mm lens so my original 3 stars is too low it should be 4 stars.so I would recomend the lens with those caveats. Maybe Wex could delete my original review because I can not seem to do so.
EF 70-300 IS usm
The lens seems ideal on paper at 70-100mm it does very well then goes slowly down hill picking up speed at 200m which I is in my case emergency use only I expected it to be better than 50-250mm not sure it is and no better with FF. but it is light got good IS but at 135mm only ok then gets worse especially at the edges even the center begins to suffer at 200mm+.
By geoff the carver
At last my pictures are clear, minor shakes eliminated
just right for my needs
from Tunbridge Wells
I needed a sharp lens to capture landscapes, architecture and crowd scenes ----it's perfect for me.Also, it's not too heavy.
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from East Midlands
About Me Casual user
Took some blinding shots of elephants in Sri Lanka
Good modest price long zoom lens
I have used this lens at air-shows and had good results from it. The focus speed is adequate but not rapid; the images are sharp across the whole frame.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Fantastic Lens by Canon
This is a fantastic lens. Love the clarity and speed which enables me to get the picture I want.
Overall very pleased with the lens. Only used a couple of times so far but can't foresee any problems.A bit disappointed there was no lens hood included for a lens of this price though!!
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
By Sam Cullan
I use this lens for wildlife, mostly at the 300mm end. Image quality is excellent - it focuses accurately and produces sharp images with decent bokeh. I can't compare it to more expensive lenses as I have no experience of them, but at f8.0 I can't really see how the images could be any sharper, or at least not so as most people would notice.AF can be tricky in low light and the manual focusing ring is a little too sensitive for my liking. The IS system is noisy and far too slow to help with fast-moving subjects like birds, so is turned off most of the time. Far easier to bump up the ISO and use a faster shutter speed. If you can live with the 300mm maximum, which is a little limiting for small wild birds, then it's a no-brainer.
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