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Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens

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  • Handy, compact zoom lens for versatile and easy subject selection while travelling
  • Incorporates Canon's Image Stabilization (IS) technology
  • Powerful ring-type USM drive provides silent, high-speed autofocusing
  • Optimized to suppress ghosting and flaring, ideal for use with digital cameras
  • 1 year Limited Warranty Card Included

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Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F3.5 - F5.6 F4.5 - F5.6 F2.8 F4.5 - F5.6
Min Aperture 38 38 32 38
Photo Filter Thread Size 77 millimeters 58 millimeters 77 millimeters 77 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.7 meters 1.4 meters 1.2 meters 1.8 meters
Item Weight 3.68 pounds 1.59 pounds 2.9 pounds 3.04 pounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 3.6 x 3.6 inches ; 3.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001G6U48
  • Item model number: 9322A002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Product Description

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens


Canon raises the stakes for professional photography with its EF 28-300mm USM ultra-high magnification zoom lens with image stabilization. This handy, compact zoom lens offers versatility, easy subject selection, and the highest optical performance in its class. The 11x zoom range covering everything from wide-angle to telephoto, and you can focus in on subjects as close as 2.3 feet. A powerful ring-type USM drive provides silent. Featuring a dust- and moisture-proof "white lens," it is designed to appeal to professional EOS photographers looking to reduce lens changes and the number of lenses they need to carry.

Image Stabilization
The lens incorporates Canon's Image Stabilization (IS) technology, compensating for approximately three stops without any perceptible increase in image blur when shooting static subjects or panning. This increases the range of circumstances in which hand-held photography is possible, limiting the need to carry a tripod.

Fast Auto-Focus
The inner focusing ring-type ultrasonic motor (USM) converts ultrasonic vibrational energy into rotational force to deliver high-speed, high-precision, super efficient and virtually noiseless auto focusing, with good holding torque for rapid response, accurate stopping. Full-time manual override without damage to the autofocus mechanism is featured. Minimum focusing distance is just 0.7m throughout the entire zoom range.

Ready for Digital Photography
The lens shape and coatings have been optimized to suppress ghosting and flaring, making this lens ideal for use with digital cameras that are more susceptible to reflections off the recording media than are film cameras.

Precision Optics
This lens features 22 elements in 16 groups for low distortion, high corner-to-corner resolution throughout the entire zoom range. As with all EF lenses, aperture is controlled with an EMD (electromagnetic diaphragm) for fast, quiet, highly precise control and incorporates a circular aperture diaphragm for beautifully pleasing background blur, from full aperture to two stops down.

The use of 3 Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass elements effectively curtails the residual chromatic aberrations that can plague lesser quality long lenses, while aspherical elements correct various kinds of aberration that occur during zooming to give the lens the unsurpassed clarity and resolving power that are the hallmark of professional L-series lenses.

Environmental protection
The EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM features a rugged dust-proof and drip-proof construction, designed for professional photographers working in harsh environments under a wide range of operating temperatures and humidities.

Customer Reviews

Heavy duty construction, very well built.
I've had mine over 1.5 years now, and it is the lens I use the most and the one that gets the best photos.
R. Wilson
I think its a fantastic lens, nice images, and well built.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

467 of 474 people found the following review helpful By Boris on December 14, 2005
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I was salivating for this lens for four months and finally bought one a few weeks ago from the Amazon. I was very excited and couldn't wait to put this glass on my 20D.
First impression I got was that this lens is not that heavy as 3.7 pounds may seem, but boy I was wrong about that. It feels solidly built and looks not that huge on the body. So there we go... After filling up my 1GB CF with shots (taken outside, inside with external flash and without, with different f-stops and all range of zooms) and closely examining the results I decided to write this review with which I did not try to downplay the qualities of this piece of art, just to share my humble opinion.

All in one solution (well may be except super wide)
Under most light conditions the lens performs as expected which is very good
Great zoom range that converts to 45-460mm on APS-C bodies
Nice color saturation and contrast, gorgeous bokeh
Push pull zoom (for some may not) which allows lightning fast zoom change
Focusing distance only 0.7 meter for any zoom range!
IS is doing a great job on longer exposure times
Quiet and fast focusing, never had a hunting problem
Included lens case is of good quality

Painfully heavy (you start to feel it after an hour or so)
Pricy the much more suitable price would be around $1700.00
Softness in pictures at the 28 and 300mm range with fully opened aperture.
Focusing ring is too close to tightening ring so when you trying to loosen the tension inadvertently you may change the focus.
Very inconvenient to loosen tightening ring with one hand almost always had to do it with both hands
Aperture falls fast to f/5.6 somewhere in the 85-100mm range.
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127 of 129 people found the following review helpful By David on June 18, 2008
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I shoot mostly family events and softball games, specifically candids, so this lens is ideal for me.

---[ CONS ]---

[1] Soft at 28mm wide open. (major)
My biggest complaint is it's consistently soft at 28mm and f/3.5. Too soft for my taste. The shots look "dreamy". I often forget to zoom out a little or drop the aperture when shooting wide angle and end up disappointed in the results. I've seen it on the 20D, 5D2, and 7D so it's not the camera. It's a bummer because the wide angle is often what I want on a crop factor camera.

[2] Weight. (major)
Your arm will probably hurt after shooting for a few hours, especially with its push/pull it gets long so your arm is extended holding all that weight. There hasn't been a person yet I let try the lens that didn't immediately say "wow, that's heavy". I read that in the reviews and thought "na, I can handle it". Nope. I must admit I had to take breaks. It's painful to shoot video with extended arms as you look at the video back/screen. It's not for the timid.

[3] Cost. (average)
$2k+ for a non "fast" lens? Come on canon - make us a 28-300mm f/2.8L! :-) *BUT* ultimately you get what you pay for; I'm constantly impressed with the image quality this lens can produce and 300mm is a really fun focal length.

[4] Length. (average)
Fully extended it's awkward to hold at times. Especially at first when you attempt to fine tune the range but eventually I got the hang of it.

[5] Slow low-light AF. (average)
It hunts in doors, especially at the higher zoom. But to be fair it's got quite alot of range to cover. It's quick enuff in the 28-70 range. I do find I can't shoot sports at dusk or indoors with very good results; it's not a 70-200mm f/2.8 L replacement for this case.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By The Camera Eye on October 22, 2008
Since this is a somewhat slow lens, I was a little dubious about purchasing it, as it didn't seem to provide as much as many other Canon L lenses, yet is priced so high. However, I have found this lens to be extremely sharp, regardless of f/stop, and focal length.

NOTE: I use a certain range of f/stops, from whatever is wide open on a given lens up to MAYBE f/11 on rare occasions, and more rarely f/16, so this is the portion of the range to which I refer. As an additional note, numerous years of experience, and much reading, have made it clear that stopping down beyond that point is not beneficial to image quality. Furthermore, I am partial to subject isolation, especially in working with high end cameras/lenses.

This lens makes a great all-purpose lens, especially when you don't want to have to make a lens change. For example, in a Wedding that I recently shot, the locale was on a beach. I have done A LOT of bikini model photography on beaches in the MD/VA/DC area, South Carolina, Miami, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and elsewhere, and so I knew from experience that you don't want to take off the lens when there's a lot of sand and wind around. No matter how careful youy might THINK you are being. The 28-300mm fit the bill in every way you could hope for. It was early evening/late afternoon at the end of summer, so the light was perfect. And a very wide aperture would've been tricky anyway - so what this lens provides was definitely good enough. The only question was if it was going to be good enough quality-wise, sharpness, color contrast. I am happy to say that the results were stunning.
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