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CANON EF 70-300MM F4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

Web Code: 010CAN092  •  Mfr Code: 9321A002
CANON EF 70-300MM F4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
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CANON EF 70-300MM F4.5-5.6 DO IS USM is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 16.
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Product Highlights
  • Superior performance SLR Zoom Lens
  • Three-layer DO Diffractive Optics
  • IS system reduces camera shake
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  • Superior performance SLR Zoom Lens
  • Three-layer DO Diffractive Optics
  • IS system reduces camera shake
  • Filter Diameter: 58mm
  • Lens construction 18 elements in 12 groups, including diffractive optical elements
  • Coating Super Spectra Coating
  • Diagonal angle of view 34&deg - 8&deg 15'
  • Vertical angle of view 19&deg 30' - 4&deg 35'
  • Horizontal angle of view 29&deg - 6&deg 50'
  • AF Drive system Ring USM
  • Manual focusing Enabled with focus mode switch and focusing ring (full-time manual focusing)
  • Focusing range 1.4m to infinity (at all zoom focal lengths)
  • Maximum magnification (x) 0.06 (Wide); 0.19 (Tele)
  • Mount type Canon EF mount
  • Minimum aperture f/32-38 (f/32-40 for cameras featuring 1/3-stop increments)
  • Aperture blades 6 (circular type)
  • Diameter x Length (mm) 82.4 x 99.9
  • Weight (g) 720
  • Lens Hood ET-65B
  • Lens Cap E-58U
  • Lens Case LP1116
  • Extension Tube EF12 II Compatible
  • Extension Tube EF25 II Compatible
  • EF 1.4x II or EF 2x II Not compatible
  • Activated by pressing the shutter button halfway
  • IS modes: Mode 1: normal image stabilization, Mode 2: unidirectional image stabilization
  • IS max. deviation Approx. 0.9mm
  • IS max. correction angle Approx. 0.43&deg (at telephoto, infinity)
 
 

Lens Performance

Lens Type: Digital SLR Lenses
Focal Length: 70-300mm
Maximum Aperture: f/4.5-5.6
Aperture (Max. & Min.): Max: f/4.5-5.6, Min: f/32-40
Camera Mount Type: Canon EF
Camera Format: Full-Frame
Angle of View: 34-8 degrees
Minimum Focus Distance: 1.40m
Maximum Close-Up Magnification: 0.19x
Groups/Elements: 12 Groups/18 Elements
Diaphragm Blades: 6

Lens Features

Image Stabilization: Yes
Autofocus: Yes
Tripod Collar: No

Physical

Filter Thread: 58mm
Dimensions (DxL): 3.2x3.9"
Weight: 720g

Additional Information

Warranty: 1 year manufacturer warranty
 
 
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Small but hazy If you really need a small and lightweight lens, this is probably the best one you'll find. The rapid focus, small size, and solid IS is nothing short of amazing. I've successfully taken some pictures handheld at night and bumping around in crowds. On the downside, the images are hazy. A large diameter unsharp-mask and black level adjustment are needed in post processing, which about doubles the noise level. Closing the aperture too much while zoomed in causes the front fresnel lens to appear in the photo. After a few years of light use, I've accumulated quite a bit of dust inside the lens. The internal electronics also needed to be replaced out of warranty.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small yet sharp and practical I have used this for newspaper concert coverage in very low light situations and for freelance work for winter sports and it has performed well even at 20 below zero. The size of the lense is an added plus while photographing concerts in varying light conditions. Not as sharp as fixed lenses, but for newspaper coverage and sports photography the quality of the images is excellent. A very useful lense. The autofocus has performed well for alpine ski racing in very harsh conditions. I have used a tripod with a 2 second delay for low light concert photography with very good results.
Date published: 2009-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compact I needed a short and relatively light-weight lens that went out to 300mm. It had to fit in my regular camera bag. This lens was perfect. Originally purchased for a Rebel XT it worked great. Since then I've purchased a 5D mkII and, quite frankly, I'm going to let my wife keep this lens with the XT she inherited as the image isn't as sharp as my "L" series lenses and the lense is a bit sloe for concert photography. Saving my pennies for a 100-400mm or maybe even the 400 f4 prime. Nevetheless, this is a very goods lens on a 1.6x sensor. If you need compactness and light weight with a far reach on a 1.6, this is the way to go.
Date published: 2009-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic, versatile lens. There are two kinds of wildlife photography - setting up with a long lens on a tripod and waiting and those shots where you have to move and shoot quickly before the subject disappears. This lens is absolutely perfect for the second kind where you have to be ready to react and shoot in an instant. The sharpness is very good; color rendition excellent; and the size makes it virtually instantly deployable. Combined with an SLR with the smaller sensor ( a 1.6x effective focal length boost), you can have, in effect, up to a 480mm magnification. Yet, because of the IS, it is very steady and camera motion is quite effectively dampened. Its only two slight drawbacks are that the IS is somewhat noisy and that the lens barrel is slightly loose...even after I sent it back to Canon for adjustment. It does not seem to affect the crispness or clarity of the shots, however. This is one lens I would not be without.
Date published: 2009-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great portrait and wedding lens Fjor shooting face shots at weddings or other interiors, this is without peer. Fills the frame , works v. well with flash, iso at 1000-1500. Clients love output. Have had/traded several of these, sharpness varies, good to very good, sharpen in post-production. On the other hand, comparable to old canon 135 soft focus if lose focus. Have read other comments, have 70-200 f4 is, v. sharp lens but lacks reach and is conspicuous. Sim, have 100-400 is, great birding lens, but way to heavy and conspicuous for weddings and indoor photos, and it's not that sharp really, is it.
Date published: 2009-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Lens But Not The Sharpest This lens is great if you don't want everybody to know you're shooting them. The pics come out pretty sharp but not the sharpest I've seen. No doubt this lens flares I guess because of all the optics that Canon had to use to keep the size down. The lens balances nicely on the camera body. The range is nice (70-300mm but because of the factor of 1.6 you actually get 112-480mm) and can zoom in from amazing distances. I use it to shoot action sports, people at the beach, scenery, sunsets and sunrises. I have had some great results and I am very happy with the portability of this lens (very short although the focal length is long.) Great for all round shooting while just wandering the earth. Combined with a say a 15-85mm (crop factor being 24-136mm) lens it's all you need to cover the entire shooting range. Only one extra lens to carry around what a concept ! This would be my combination for a trip around the world !
Date published: 2010-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Non Better I have used this lens for over 3 years and I have found that the Canon 70-300mm DO IS lens to be real work horse in photographing historical and battle reenactments and on my travels. I can use the short end to set up the scene and the 300mm for close in and detail pictures. I bought this lens as a step up from the 100-300mm USM and have been extremely pleased with the results. This lens is sharp, the build quality and light weight of the lens holds up well when running around the battlefield, it encompasses the needed focal lengths and it is reliable! It might not be an “L” series lens but I wouldn’t replace it for anything. Keeping in mind the demands of the consumer, product quality, price point and intended use, Canon has done an excellent job with this lens. I have owned and used Canon cameras and lenses for over 40 years. I am one of those old fashion photographers that still uses film, I even use my old Canon AT-1 with the 28-85mm FD lens, so I don’t just rattle off a dozen pictures without thinking. Would I recommend the Canon 70-300mm DO IS lens to anybody, you can bet on it.
Date published: 2012-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great travel lens! I have used this lens on a trip to South Africa and the quality of shots I got were amazing especially the numerous birds using 250mm to 300mm tele range settings. The big five and other animal shots that this lens helped me get just made my trip. The cost of this lens really gives you a bang for your buck. The only con I have for this lens is that you cannot add a tele extender.
Date published: 2011-02-09
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