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Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • EF mount; telephoto zoom lens
  • Inner focusing; full-time manual focus
  • 100-300mm focal length
  • f/4.5-5.6 maximum aperture
  • Ring-type UltraSonic Motor (USM)
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Technical Details


Product Description

Product Description

Highly practical and portable telephoto zoom lens. The five zoom groups make the length only 4.8 in. (121.5mm). With rear focusing, the lens does not change length or rotate during focusing. Any filter effects therefore remain intact. It also makes autofocusing quick and quiet.

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The Canon EF 100-300mm lens completes a fusion of state-of-the-art electronics, mechanical precision, and optical excellence. The fully electronic EF lens mount is unique among 35mm SLR cameras, operating silently and reliably due to the complete elimination of mechanical couplings. It has a custom- designed autofocus motor and microprocessor, and employs ultrasonic motor technology, aspherical lens elements, flourite crystal and ultralow-dispersion glass. The EF 100-300mm is designed for use with all EOS cameras, allows auto and manual focus modes, rear focusing system, and has an affordable price.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.4 x 4.2 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00004XOND
  • Item model number: 21496F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 29, 2000

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This lens is very good.
Hairong Shi
Focusing is fast and accurate with the ring type USM auto-focus.
TomVette
I can see the hair on the legs of dragonfly!
L. Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

103 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Hairong Shi on March 23, 2001
This lens is very good. Picture is very sharp with 100-200 mm. and it's perfect for head&body portrait. I love this lens. In 300 mm area you can see softness but it's not much.
And I compared with 28-105,this one is sharper at 100 than28-105 @105, and it shows much less distortion.
Compared with 75-300mm USM, this one seems sharper than 75-300, with the focus speed almost the same.
Of course, there are other better ones(like 70-200 f2.8L or other fixed focal telephoto lenses), but look what you pay for, it's really a good deal for amateur photographers.
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2004
Very light and compact. This makes a great "traveling" lens. I take about 15% of my pictures with this lens, mostly out on hikes where I don't want to haul around my expensive & heavy 70-200 f/2.8 L. This lens paired with an EF 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 USM or EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM will give you a compact, light-weight package that you can take along on trips or nature hikes, and cover all of the useful focal lengths.
Much better image quality than Canon's EF 75-300 lenses. Ring USM for fast auto-focus, but no image stabilization. Good build quality for the money spent.
Sharpness drops off noticably past 200mm or so, with some flaws around the edges, but images are still acceptable for the most part. Great lens for 10D/Rebel/300D digital cameras, since the 1.6x cropping will eliminate the flaws at the egdes of the picture at the longer focal lengths, and make this lens effetively a 150-450mm.
Best used stopped down to f/8 or f/11, in good light or with fast film (or digital camera set at ISO 400+). Not recommended for low-light situations, but could be useful for indoor flash close-up portraits.
For the $250-$300 price range, this lens can't be beat. To get noticeably better image quality, you would have to spend twice as much. If you're inclined to do so, check out the Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Williams on November 15, 2004
I bought this lens along with a 28-105mm zoom to get a wide coverage of focal lengths for as little money as possible. At the same time, I wanted to maximize my sharpness at 300mm for bird and astronomy photography. If this is your goal, then this is the perfect lens. It is significantly sharper than the 75-300mm lens at 300mm, while still staying under $300. If saving money is your absolute priority, then go with the 75-300mm.

In the end, I have become dissatisfied with the sharpness at 300mm. As stated in other reviews, it really drops off after about 200mm. At full zoom, I am finding the softness intruding on my pictures so I have started using it only as a 100-200mm zoomer. The 1.6x crop on my Canon 300D makes up for this somewhat, but it's still a bit of a letdown.

Another aspect of this lens that I have found aggrivating is the tendancy for the lens to zoom/unzoom itself if mounted vertically. The weight of the forward elements is suffient to actuate the zooming mechanism. Sometimes this happens quickly and noticeably, but I've had long-exosure shots where the lens has slowly zoomed out during the exposure and ruined it (weird effect, but not what I was after). Astrophotography in particular tends to see frequent use of the lens in a vertical position and this lens is really not the right choice if you're going to be aiming up.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By TomVette on February 16, 2008
This Japanese made lens is compact, light weight and well made. I use it in combination with a Canon IS 28-135mm lens and a 50mm prime lens. These lens cover most of my photo needs. Focusing is fast and accurate with the ring type USM auto-focus. Ring type USM focusing allows fine adjustment to the focus without switching to manual focus mode. This is not the case on the USM motor focus found on the lower cost 75-300mm Canon lens.

My lens stays quite sharp to the eye at full zoom. The lens is effectively a 160-480mm with the 1.6 cropping factor of my Canon 30D.

AS the lens does not have image stablization, it is best used with a tripod in lower light. Perhaps some of the softness reported by others at 300mm is actually the result of camera shake which is hard to avoid at full zoom.

Finally in my view the build quality of the Canon 100-300mm lens is superior to the lower cost 75-300mm USM lens. The Canon EF70-200 f/4 L is sharper but far more expense.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy! on May 19, 2008
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I'm no professional, but I love taking photos. I have the XTi and only have two lenses so far: the 28-105 and this one, the 100-300. In reading several reviews, I seem to not be alone in this setup.

Overall, I absolutely love this lens and haven't had any problems with it in the six months I've had it. My images stay pretty sharp throughout the zoom range and I rarely have light problems. Most notably, I recently used this lens to shoot an evening choir concert at the church where I work. Despite the low light and the distance, I was able to get some well balanced, crisp, and well-lit shots of the people singing.

If you're just the average joe-photographer looking for a great telephoto zoom, I'd very highly recommend this lens. If you're any sort of professional, read the more intelligent reviews around here for the information you're looking for.
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