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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens for Canon EOS Cameras
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- Ultra-compact 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens with f/4.5 to 5.6 maximum aperture
- Super-fast and silent autofocus with ring-type USM; 4.6-foot close focus distance
- Optimized to suppress ghosting and flaring; zoom lock button keeps lens secure
- Measures 3 inches in diameter and 5.6 inches long; 1-year warranty; accepts 58mm filters
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Micromotor||Ring-type ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.23 x 3.94 x 3.23 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||2.76 x 4.25 x 2.76 in||3.5 x 5.63 x 3.5 in||3.03 x 5.63 x 3.03 in||3.62 x 7.24 x 3.62 in|
|Item Weight||1.59 lbs||5.6 ounces||0.86 lb||2.31 lbs||1.39 lbs||3.68 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Prime lens||medium-telephoto||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 millimeters||50 millimeters||250 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 millimeters||50 millimeters||55 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||28 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||49 millimeters||58 millimeters||67 millimeters||58 millimeters||77 millimeters|
The Canon EF 7-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens provides superior performance in an ultra-compact telephoto zoom lens with Canon's Image Stabilization. These Diffractive Optics elements are combined to reduce size and boost image quality. AF is super-fast and silent with a ring-type USM, and it focuses down to 4.6 feet without rotating the front element. A new zoom lock button keeps the lens safe and secure when not in use or used at a wide angle.
From the Manufacturer
Canon raises the stakes for professional photography with its EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM telephoto lens with image stabilization. Thanks to a new triple-layered diffractive optical element (DO), this 70-300mm lens is less than 4 inches (10 cm) long. It can focus down to 4.6 feet (without rotating the front element) and a new zoom lock button keeps the lens safe and secure when not in use or used at the wide angle. A virtually silent ultra-sonic motor (USM) gives the lens extremely fast autofocus. The lens also includes Canon's Image Stabilization technology to dramatically reduce camera shake, compensating for approximately three stops in shutter speed without any perceptible increase in image blur. It's a great choice for professional photojournalists and serious advanced amateurs who need to contain the size and weight of equipment carried.
Use of the new three-layer DO lens drastically reduces the overall length and weight of the lens system increasing the refractive power of each lens element and reducing the spaces between elements. It's approximately 26 percent shorter and 36 percent lighter than any lens of comparable specifications.
The EF 70-300mm lens features a zoom ring locking mechanism, locking the lens at its shortest total length. This helps to protect the lens from potential damage by preventing the zoom elements extending under their own weight, which might otherwise occur when the lens is mounted to a camera that hangs from a neck or shoulder strap.
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.
A rear focusing ring type USM, high-speed CPU and new AF algorithms combine to give the lens extremely fast auto-focusing. The 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 and accurate stopping. Full-time manual override is featured, removing the possibility of damage to the autofocus mechanism during manual focus. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1.4m 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.
Working with EOS
The drive pattern of the lens is tailored to specifically match that of the latest EOS range, extracting maximum benefit from the lens' speed advantage. The lens comes with a case LP1116 and an exclusive hood ET-65B for shading against unwanted direct light.
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After chasing my dog around and shooting some great shots of flying birds I'm convinced that I made the right choice. The lens is indeed sharp and produces great photos, I compared the pictures to those I took with the big white L lens and the quality was better in most pictures and overall better than expected. The best part of this lens is its size and weight, not to mention its great construction and feel. I can take zoomed range photos without that obvious white barrel sticking out of my camera.
I do have some negatives about it: 1st, the lens creeps often when not locked at 70mm, when i carry it on my neck srtap, or when shooting over-head or pointing down, you must have a close hold on the zoom ring to maintain the range desired. 2nd, it is not weather sealed, for a lens this expensive i would expect L caliber type of weather protection... Not there. Lastly, the lens hood it comes with looks odd and I never really use it because it defeats the purpose of having a compact size lens.
I've had the lens now for a few months and I'm pleased, I was told that the 70-200 f4L IS would be a better bang for my buck, since it produces such sharp images, and although I would like to see that, I think about carrying that lens versus this one and being mobile sound better to me. Even if the other L lens produces a bit more sharpness.
Moral of the story, if you want to move around, shoot hand held, carry other lenses and still be able to have a good zoom lens in your bag, then this one is for you.
UPDATE 11/17/2011: To satify my curiosity, after reading reviews from the "professionals" at dpreview, I went ahead and rented the 70-200 F4-L, which is known to be the "king of image quality" for L class lenses, and guess what? The difference in IQ between the DO and the L lens is not significant at all, though there is SOME difference, it's nothing that cannot be easily tweaked in post-production. This is not the first time that I confirm that "pro" reviews are slanted and you must do YOUR OWN testing to see if the product generates the results YOU expect. And so, NEW MORAL OF THE STORY: (if you can) Do your own testing, Do not be satisfied with the opinions of others, even if they swear that they are "pros". I love my DO lens now more than ever.
1) You can actually walk around with the 70-300 DO IS lens on your camera while the camera is hung around your neck. That's not possible for any length of time with the 70-200, which weighs substantially more and is significantly longer. This isn't an issue if you're doing weddings and bar mitzvahs, or if you always work with a tripod, but if you want to walk the streets or theme parks with a long focal length lens, this lens is preferable.
2) You get an extra 100mm of telephoto range while still getting image stabilization. While some have spoken of the 300mm point as being somewhat soft on this lens, that's definitely not the case with mine. I took a photo of a 747 flying high overhead...with the naked eye I was able to see a dot from which the contrails form. In the photo, you could tell what airline it was and you could clearly and crisply pick out each of the four jet engines. Architectural detail was equally sharp even without post-processing. I would not say that this lens is as perfectly sharp as the 70-200 2.8, but the differences will not be significant after you've worked in Photoshop.
3) Smaller lens hood...easier to carry around. Smaller filter size...less expensive.
4) A perfect lens to accompany your Canon 24-70 L lens.
So what's the downside? The big one, and the only significant one for me, is the limitation in speed with an f4.5-5.6 aperture. With today's digital camera and high ISO capabilities, the real issue isn't so much speed as it is your ability to adequately blur the background if desired. While I thought I would find the difference substantial, I don't actually think it's that big a deal in practice. With both lenses on the shelf, I think the vast majority of the time, I'd reach for this one.
Others have spoken of the zoom lock on the lens as useful in keeping the lens at 70mm while it hangs around your neck. That caused me concern that the zoom ring would be so loose in practice as to be difficult to firmly set at any given focal length. In reality, that's not the case, and I never find myself using the zoom lock. The focal length stays where I've set it.
Overall, this is a wonderful lens, and while I had planned to trade it up to the 70-200 IS II when that comes out in another month, I think I'm going to stick with the DO for a while.