Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
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Good for the money
19 August 2013
Summary: This lens is a nice tele for beginners. It takes fairly crisp images with proper light. There is no stabilization so low light situations, (even evenings or shaded areas) will require a tripod. The lens is quite heavy but that is to be expected. The build quality is a tad suspect.
Conclusion: I need a 300mm lens. What I really want is a 28-300mmISUSML lens. I do most of my photography from the confines of a fairly tight airplane cockpit. I thought that a compact lens such as this 100-300mm would fit the bill. So I bought it. It's going back to the dealer tomorrow.
Pros: price, light weight, ring type zoom.
Cons: too light weight, slow focusing for a usm lens, not very sharp.
Great value for price; some caveats on performance
Richard B. Williams "huge nerd", Amazon
15 November 2004
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: This was the second lens I bought (the first was the EF 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 ii) and it served me well while I was learning. Now I've moved on and up to the EF 200 f/2.8 L and the difference is striking. I use my long lenses for high school sports (soccer and baseball).
Summary: In the telezoom range there's no great offer if you are not able to spend a lot of bucks. I wanted a USM and I had the choice between this one and the 75-300 IS. I'm quiet glad about the optical performance, although there's better to get at the 300mm position, but what especially bithers me on this...
Pros: 150-450 zoom with a digital EOS,, solid, compact
Cons: slow AF, hezitating too much., optical performance at 300mm position.
Conclusion: Not a horrible lens. Good Over all zoom. Looses Sharpness and becomes very soft around 210-300 and it even drops off from 100. Ive got some wonderful pictures from this lens though. Light weight is a tremendous factor. Rear Focus is Pretty quick. Does tend to slip when you point it to the ground.
Pros: Light Weight, Compact, Good Travel lens for intermidiate photographers.
Cons: Sharpness Drops off the deep end when you use it from around 210-300mm. I would recommend the product to Beginners through Semi-Advanced Amatures.
Summary: I have had this lens for more than 4 years and shoot primarily head portraits of family and friends and animals at the outdoor zoo. At the time I bought the lens, it was highly rated in the literature. Between 100-200mm, the lens performs very well indeed. Enlargements of up to 8X12 look good.
Pros: Good between 100-200mm. Fairly rugged.
Cons: Zoom creep. Poor image quality at 200mm to 300mm.
Excerpt: Если-б не ХА и то что он делает в контровике был бы очень и очень неплохим объективом, а так - середнячок... Надеялся на более высокое качество, хотя может со временем изменю свое мнение на более положительное.
Pros: Хорошая резкость на 300/5.6, удобный конструктив.
Cons: Неважно держит контровый свет, ХА довольно сильные!
Excerpt: Я хочу опровергнуть заявление бесполезности этого объектива. Дело в том, что фокусировка минимальная составляет 1,5м, это для всех 70-300 объективов. Так вот, полезность 70мм на этом растоянии никакая. Получается что с этого растояния, на 70мм, вы делаете поясной портрет.