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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras
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- 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens with f/4.5-5.6 maximum aperture for Canon EOS SLR cameras
- 3-stop Image Stabilizer for reducing camera shake; ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM), Macro Focus Range : 1.50 m
- Electro-magnetic diaphragm (EMD) helps create attractive background at large apertures
- Super Spectra lens coating and lens element shaping suppresses flare and ghosting,Filter Thread: 58 mm
- Suitable for Nature/concert/potrait and close up/product photography. Measures 3 inches in diameter and 5.6 inches long; weighs 22.2 ounces; 1-year warranty
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ET-65B|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||3 stops claimed|
|Item Dimensions||3.03 x 3.03 x 5.63 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.63 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||1.39 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.50 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||70 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||15|
|Number of Groups||10|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||34 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.94 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
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|Focus Type||Micro-type ultrasonic||Micromotor||Ring-type ultrasonic||manual-and-auto||Micro-type ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.03 x 5.63 x 3.03 in||2.76 x 4.25 x 2.76 in||3.5 x 5.63 x 3.5 in||—||2.8 x 4.8 x 2.8 in||3.03 x 5.63 x 3.03 in|
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras
From the Manufacturer
Featuring the latest 3-stop Image Stabilizer for outstanding camera shake reduction, the EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM zoom lens also features super responsive autofocus. Replacing the popular EF 75-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM, the world's first interchangeable lens with Image Stabilizer (IS), the lens is expected to appeal to serious amateur nature and sports photographers looking to achieve outstanding results while shooting hand held.
IS dramatically reduces image blur caused by camera shake. The EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM features Canon's latest 3-stop IS, a one-stop improvement over its predecessor. This allows shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible, with no perceptible increase in image blur. Photographers normally shooting a 300mm frame handheld at 1/500 second can obtain the equivalent result with a shutter speed of just 1/60 second, vastly extending options in low-light conditions.
Gyro sensors detect unwanted vibrations, triggering the corresponding movement of a correcting lens group perpendicular to the optical axis. This alters the light path, returning the image to its correct position on the sensor or film plane.
The EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM provides 2-mode IS for shooting immobile subjects. Mode 1 stabilizes the image along both the horizontal and vertical axes. For shooting while panning to follow a moving subject, Mode 2 turns off correction in the panned direction and prevents the effect of dragging the subject back through the frame. IS switches off automatically when the camera is mounted on a tripod, thus preventing feedback loops between the IS sensor and stabilizer motor vibrations.
The micro USM motor found in the EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM employs ultra-sonic frequency vibrations to drive auto focus with unrivalled speed and near-silent operation. Good holding torque stops the lens with precision and accuracy, the instant it arrives at the correct focus point and without overshoot. A high-speed CPU and optimised AF algorithm result in a significant increase of AF speed compared to that of its predecessor.
A zoom ring locking mechanism is provided that locks the zoom at the wide-angle setting. This ensures that the lens is carried or stored in its most compact position, preventing possible damage caused by the lens extending and hitting obstacles when being carried mounted on a camera with a strap.
Pleasing defocused background
The EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM employs an electro-magnetic diaphragm (EMD) with a circular aperture. This helps create an attractive, even defocused background when isolating a subject at large apertures.
By optimizing Super Spectra lens coatings and lens element shaping, Canon's engineers have been effective in suppressing flare and ghosting--more prone to occur with digital cameras due to reflection off the image sensor. By increasing light absorption, coatings reduce reflections off lens element surfaces to deliver crisp, undistorted images with natural color balance.
Focal length translates to 112-480mm equivalent in 35mm film format when fitted to EOS 20D and EOS 350D cameras.
The EOS system
The EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM includes distance metering information, providing compatibility with the E-TTL II flash system of late model cameras such as the EOS-1D Mark II N and EOS 5D. When used in conjunction with Canon's range of EX Speedlite flash units, the lens passes distance information to the flash algorithm for markedly improved flash exposure metering.
Accessories for the EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM include the lens hood ET-65B and the lens pouch LP1222* (*these accessories must be purchased separately). In keeping with Canon's Kyosei philosophy of living in harmony with the environment, the lens features only lead-free glass.
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I was also considering purchasing the:
1) EFS 55-250mm f/4-5.6 AF / IS lens
2) EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 USM
I did my homework on each of those as well. Notes on each are at the bottom of this review.
I have taken approximately 1,500 exposures with the lens being reviewed, and my comments are as follows:
The lens is fantastic. Comments elsewhere on this site that mention that the tube falls out have not affected my lens. The lens works perfectly. The USM is pretty fast -- slower than on my 18-55mm, but the USM has to do more work (the lens has a wider range, right?) The USM noise others complain about is not present on my lens either. The USM is quiet, fast, and accurate.
I purchased this lens for two reasons. The most important of which was the IS feature. This costs money and adds to the price of the lens, but is well worth it. I wasn't about to have to lug a tripod with me everywhere I wanted to do good telephoto work.
With that said, if you plan on using this as a hand-held lens -- plan on keeping your F-Stop at 4.5-8 range -- otherwise you are going to need a tripod to yield tack-sharp results.
The IS is critical. Without it, I am very confident that 80% of my exposures (handheld) would have wound up in the garbage. With that said, I have already ordered the Benro MeFoto Transfunctional Tripod Kit (which arrives tomorrow). Despite the fact that IS allows me to take some great exposures while hiking, the fact that this lens isn't "super-fast" (which keeps the price reasonable) causes me to have to leave the shutter open for extended periods. Even in the daytime, overlooking the bright San Francisco Bay, I need to be at F11- to render shots that are tack sharp. For this, you really do need a Tri.
What surprised me the most with this lens was the image quality (part of which is due to better glass). Is it L-grade glass on the L lenses? No. But that is way out of my current budget. What I did notice is that (aside from ME realizing that the exposures were great) is that other people commented on my photos in ways they hadn't previously. Its the glass. You get a much better image. Right in the heart of this lens (F-8 & F11), the colors really pop and the image quality is superb.
With that said, if you plan on using this lens without a tripod, your photos will be limited. Have I taken exposures at 300m hand-held? Yes. Am I proud of those pictures? No. The tripod will give me full use of the camera above 200m and exposures at 1/3sec and longer. Not that the lens is heavy, but its tough to keep this thing still beyond 200m and over 1/3 sec and get a tack-sharp exposure.
The glass and overall construction are eons beyond my kit lens. In fact, my next lens will likely be in the neighborhood of 30-50mm -- but an ES lens (or F if I splurge) -- because with this lens -- I got what I paid for. Much better image quality and construction than results yielded from my kit lens.
This lens changes how I think about photography. I am pretty new to the hobby, but have taken it very seriously. My improved photos are not only because of the zoom (yes, the zoom is fantastic), but because the glass is a serious upgrade. The IS makes it useable in quick situations, but my new tripod will allow me to make full use of this lens.
Finally -- here are some notes on the lenses I DIDN'T buy:
1) EFS 55-250mm f/4-5.6 AF / IS lens -- tested this in a local camera shop. Same plastic construction as my kit lens. The AF seemed a little slow, and there is a substantial difference between 250 & 300m (the lens I bought). To me, buying this lens would have been a waste of money -- I could zoom more, but my image quality would have remained constant.
2) EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 USM -- Thanks to my fellow Amazon reviewers THANK GOODNESS I DIDN'T BUY THIS LENS. Would have been a total waste of money. How anyone can use a telephoto (hand-held) without IS is beyond me. Perhaps this lens works well -- but I would have been chained to a tri. No-thank you.
In summary - this is a great lens. I will update this review after I receive my tripod to add commentary on the long-end of the lens.