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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens
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EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM
Close in on the action with the EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM telephoto zoom lens. With a wide zoom range and fast, near-silent autofocus, it can be ideal for anyone looking to capture distant subjects. Equipped with NANO USM technology it quickly focuses so you're able to get the exact moment you want, as it happens. This technology also helps provide ultra-quiet operation while video recording to help ensure the only audio you hear is what you intended to keep.
While you're setting up that ideal shot, the new Lens Information Display provides a convenient way to check focal length, focus distance or depth of field with just a quick glance. If you find yourself without a tripod and unable to keep the camera perfectly steady, built-in Image Stabilization will help keep your images as clear as possible despite camera movement.
Inside, the EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM has an optimally-placed UD lens element which helps produce high-contrast and high-detail images while reducing chromatic aberrations. Combining a wide zoom range with fast autofocus and high-quality optics, the EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM is perfect for APS-C camera and full-frame camera photographers, or anyone looking to expand their lens options with a fast and powerful telephoto zoom lens.
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 70–300mm f/4–5.6
- Lens Construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
- Diagonal Angle of View: 34°–8°15'
- Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
- Closest Focusing Distance: 3.94 ft. / 1.2m
- Filter Size: 2.6 in. / 67mm diameter
- Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: Φ3.15 x 5.73 in., approx. 25.04 oz. / Φ80 x 145.5mm, approx. 710g
High-speed autofocus for shooting stills and smooth, near-silent autofocus when shooting video are achieved by incorporating NANO USM technology.
The EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM's NANO USM technology delivers quick, near-silent autofocus whether you're capturing an athlete jumping for a ball or recording wildlife in their natural habitat. For still images, it provides high-speed autofocus to help ensure you get the shot you want. When recording videos, the near-silent operation keeps unwanted noise out of your videos. For additional artistic control, manual focus is also possible even when the lens is set for autofocus. This means that when recording a video, for example, you can slowly pull in or out of focus for a dramatic effect.
Lens Information Display
New Lens Information Display shows focusing distance, focal length and shake amount.
The EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM features a new integral Lens Information Display for fast access to a wide variety of lens information. This lets you see the information you need at a glance, and then get right back to taking photos. The focusing distance display mode provides the distance the lens is focusing and an estimate of the depth of field, while the focal length display mode shows the 35mm-equivalent focal length. In shake amount display mode, the Lens Information Display gives an estimate of how much the lens and the camera are moving. To aid viewing in different lighting conditions, both black text on a light background or light text on a black background are selectable.
One UD Lens
One UD Lens helps reduce chromatic aberration and delivers outstanding high-resolution and high-contrast results.
With an all-new design, the EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM features 12 groups with 17 total elements, including an optimally positioned UD lens. UD, or Ultra Low Dispersion, helps correct chromatic aberrations (colored halos around objects) while reducing color blurring and keeping overall detail high. This helps the EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM produce sharp, high-contrast, richly colorful images throughout its zoom range.
Image Stabilizer effect at up to 4* stops of shake correction helps capture sharp images.
9 blade circulate aperture
Full-time manual focus
- Circular aperture (9 blades) helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.
- Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.
For consistently sharp results, the EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM features an improved Image Stabilizer system that provides significantly enhanced shake reduction for up to 4 stops* of shutter speeds. This means more reliable handheld performance and clearer detail in low-light situations or at lower ISOs. Because of its enhanced stabilization, the EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM can also help minimize the need for a tripod.
* Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using the EOS-1D X digital SLR camera at a focal length of 300mm.
|Item Dimensions||5.7 x 5.7 x 5.7 inches|
|Item Weight||1.57 pounds|
|Lens Design||Fixed Zoom|
|Maximum Focal Length||300|
|Minimum Focal Length||70|
|Shipping Weight||2.12 pounds|
The EF70-300 IS II USM Lens Information Display shows focusing distance, focal length and shake amount.
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As others have mentioned, this is not an "L" caliber lens from Canon ($1350.00) but a less expensive zoom with a more manageable weight. The new LCD information window is not useful to me as focal length is already printed less than an inch away on the lens body and depth of field may be better determined with the "preview" button or by looking at a test shot. I have not tested the focal responsiveness of the new nano focus feature but I will assume it is on a par with my 18-135 lens with the same engineering. Nano focus is used for continual fast auto focus, especially while shooting video. For stills, the auto focus is fast and responsive. My tests so far have been on my full frame Canon 5D Mk IV and even the corners appear sharp. See the red hibiscus image where the yellow stamin in the corner is sharp.
My 300mm f4 L series prime lens is slightly sharper with more contrast but it weighs more, can't zoom and costs significantly more. This zoom is a fine vacation lens where the weight reduction is greatly appreciated. The IS (rated at 4 stops) means the loss of light from a 5.6 lens can be somewhat compensated with a slower shutter speed (with a stable subject). The lens bokeh (out of focus background blur) is pleasant and useful to isolate the subject (see the image of the dove).
All of the attached sample images were hand held. I will further test the lens on a crop sensor Canon 80D and will report any changes here. On a crop sensor camera, this lens becomes a 112mm to 480mm zoom.
EDIT 2/25/2016: I forgot to mention that this version II takes 67mm filters instead of 58mm like its predecessor and a different lens hood, the ET-74b. At this writing, there are no third party hoods available.
I had originally posted more photos, but I guess they were to big. Fell free to contact me through my profile to see more examples from the T4i or 7D2. All images are cropped so you can see the resolution of the lens.
So how fast is the focus? The first shot in this review was a fluke. I was shooting one buddy out in the lineup when out of the corner of my eye I saw another buddy setting up to hit the lip on the inside. I whipped the camera around and popped off a shot without having anytime to really frame it. Pretty sharp considering the early morning light conditions.
Cons: I've noticed that if you are zoomed in at f5.6 (which automatically occurs after about 150mm) the lens isn't very good at focusing to the opposite side of the focal range that it's on. So if you're zoomed in on something far away, but then you want to capture something in the foreground while keeping the same zoomed in frame, the lens cannot find a focal point in the foreground. You have to zoom out to 140mm and it'll suddenly find it's focus point again. This is a minor problem all considered, as you'd likely not be shooting background and foreground so drastically. A flaw. But quite forgivable for the price.
Conclusion: It's worth mentioning that while this lens has a great build and excellent glass, this lens is not a magnesium weather sealed L lens (those cost 3x this price for a reason). But the glass certainly looks as good and in some cases better than some L lenses I've used. So overall, this is a excellent lens. Honestly, I could see them charging more for this quality glass. But it's a not just a great price. It's a great lens -- it may very well be the best zoom in it's price range.