EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 is USM II

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marcdewit Junior Member • Posts: 40
EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 is USM II
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sharp at all focal lengths , superfast focussing , nice bokeh

Love it !

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Canon EF 70-300 F4-5.6 IS II USM
Telephoto zoom lens • Canon EF
Announced: Sep 15, 2016
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elmo Senior Member • Posts: 2,786
Re: EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 is USM II

I love it, too! One of the best non-L lenses I've used, and, really, gives L glass image quality and focusing speed.

I actually came here today, to ask about this lens, vs. the original version, which I never fell in love with. I was browsing B&H, and noticed that the original is STILL available, new. On top of that surprise, is that it's selling for $200 MORE than the Mk II Nano version 70-300mm IS USM. $650 vs $450.

Why?! I really gots to know. And, it seems a particularly difficult question to Google up an answer to.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/397663-USA/Canon_0345B002_EF_70_300mm_f_4_5_6_IS.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1281379-REG/canon_0571c002aa_ef_70_300mm_f_4_5_6_is.html

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FluidKnowledge Regular Member • Posts: 448
Re: EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 is USM II

BH is simply trying to draw in the suckers. There is no way the original Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is worth anywhere USD$650. They are insane for even asking for that. It is a total rip off price. Just look at the BH used section and BH is only asking USD$180.

The old Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is simply a bad lens nowadays. It is a really outdated design with a lot of flaws like the front barrel actually rotating when zooming out meaning you can even use any CPL filters on it. The imaging stabilization is also quite noisy.

gipper51 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,974
Re: EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 is USM II

I'm strongly considering this as my next lens for when I don't want to lug a 70-200/2.8 with extender.  Waiting to see what Canon refurb sales are like around Black Friday.  I think last year they dipped to near $300.

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tmul70 New Member • Posts: 15
Re: EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 is USM II

Just came across this thread, also have this lens,

Now have third version of this lens, first 2 had spots on front glass, Canon replaced, no spots on the current lens. First lens was tack sharp with all but very far distances, have had current lens for a few weeks but still having some focusing issues at all distances.

have micro adjusted twice, some shots are keepers but not near as much as original lens, might be me, have not been able to shot under original conditions.

Any thoughts or advise, some times little hints can be big help.

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Tmjc Forum Member • Posts: 57
Re: EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 is USM II

tmul70 wrote:

Just came across this thread, also have this lens,

Now have third version of this lens, first 2 had spots on front glass, Canon replaced, no spots on the current lens. First lens was tack sharp with all but very far distances, have had current lens for a few weeks but still having some focusing issues at all distances.

have micro adjusted twice, some shots are keepers but not near as much as original lens, might be me, have not been able to shot under original conditions.

Any thoughts or advise, some times little hints can be big help.

You can shoot in live view and compare your results. If it still looks the same its not afma but something different. Otherwise you should get sharp results in live view.

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tmul70 New Member • Posts: 15
Re: EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 is USM II

thanks for the input, think I figured out what has been hindering my shooting.

1)  first several days was shooting in overcast weather

2)  had filter affixed to lens

yesterday had a sunny day & took off filter, great experience, lots of keepers.

filter added more glass to shoot through and I guess overcast day hindered contrast for AF to work properly

looks like alls good

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