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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.
(based on 13 reviews)
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from East Midlands
About Me Casual user
Comments about Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM Lens:
Took some blinding shots of elephants in Sri Lanka
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Good modest price long zoom lens
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
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.
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!!
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.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Superb for the money
I use this lens for motorsport and I'm well impressed with what I have achieved so far, very few shots have gone in the bin. It has a good range and a very rapid auto focus.
Good lens, good price.
Overall a great lens. If you can't afford lenses like the 'L' range, this is definitely the one to go for. Very strong, robust and durable. IS is great, useful. Can get great quality photos. Just sometimes at full zoom length to a further subject, quality and sharpness isn't as great. Also it's quite noisy when and after focusing..!
(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
take it everywhere
It's just a great lens
(6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
By Emma [@]
from Milton Keynes
If you don't have the budget to reach L lenses this is a good alternative, well made as you would expect from Canon. The IS is so useful (especially if you have an APS-C format camera). The focus is fine. Drawbacks...its only f5.6 at the long end, a pain when carrying your camera around your neck as lens extends on its own facing downwards.
(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
It's an OK lens
Having bought an 18-200 with my 1st DSLR, I was looking for something to extend a bit further for wildlife shots. Unfortunately this doesn't do it at 300 for me in terms of sharpness, even if subject matter is static. It would be OK at a shorter focal lenth.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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