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

Announced Aug 22, 2005 •
Telephoto zoom lens | Canon EF
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A good lens for the price. Best picture quality seems to be at f-stops 7.1, 8.0 and 9.  Image is a little soft at 300mm with vignetting visible on a full frame but not noticeable an APS-C sensor size. When image stability is active it can be heard but easily ignored. 200mm seems to be its sweet spot. Use this lens for plane spotting, wildlife.

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I was initially disappointed with this lens, and bought it too early on my SLR learning curve. With hindsight and I wasn't getting the best from it and with those lessons learnt I now love this lens!! I'd love the maximum aperture to be wider but I can't afford the equivalent lenses that do! In good light with aperture around f/7 - 9 this lens is spot on, sports, wildlife - even taken some lovely portraits. Wouldn't be without it now. Problems: In the real world... none, however, it ...

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This lens is for the serious enthusiast and the build quality of the lens is impeccable. Probably its not as fast as the L series but this is a seriously fast lens and the money you spend on the USM is worth every single penny. The AF tracking and all of that obviously is heavily dependent on the body you use with this but nonetheless the lens is blitz fast and shows no chromatic aberration or purple fringing with no noticeable distortion throughout the range. Close focusing is impressive ...

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My favorite lens at the moment. If only I had something as good in the 50 to 70 range I would be set. in the range of lenses from 50 to 300 this is my first choice, even over the "L" series because they lack IS. Completely worth the money, no regrets or doubts.

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Canon sent me a hard cover book on the range of Canon lenses when I bought my second Digital 450D. It explained the Physics behind the DO version of the 70-300 so well that I bought one even through it was twice the price of the non-DO version. It was a very disjointing lens. The images were soft and lacked contrast. I used it in a wide verity of condition for wildlife, bird and people pictures and cot reasonable results below 200mm and stopped down to F/8 or smaller. Then I started ...

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