Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
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Excellent value for a mid-range lens.
3 weeks ago
Summary: I'm an amateur, several years experience with EOS cameras. This is a decent distance lens when used on a tripod. Do not recommend it as a walking around lens, nor do I suppose anyone would purchase it as such. At 300mm you definitely need a tripod. I have taken decent handheld portraits. Bokeh is fantastic, smooth and dreamlike. I picked mine up in 2014 for C$76, and have no regrets.
Summary: This lens has sharper image quality and less aberrations than the Canon EF 75-300 III. White edges have almost no purple fringing. the image has significantly better contrast also. If you want to upgrade from the Canon 75-300 III and don't absolutely need image stabilizer than this lens is it. A used one is about the same price as a used Canon 75-300. The auto focus is much more accurate also. Cons no lens hood mount.
Not the greatest photos but still a great value to experiment with.
1 September 2012
Summary: This is a good lens to mess around with using an adapter. I bought an adapter from Amazon for my Sony Alpha NEX 3 to use with this lens. Because you have no stabilizer in the lens it is very difficult to get a clear shot, as well as the focal range difference from the back of the lens to the sensor. Still, it's a fun lens especially for the price. Between the lens and the adapter I paid less than $60. Not bad at all.
Summary: This is a great lens for the price. As others have said it loses some sharpness at 300mm, but it has the reach I wanted. It's not a light lens, so it feels substantial in your hands and the USM does provide quick focusing - much faster than lenses only slightly less expensive.
Summary: I have owned this lens since 2003, I purchased it along with my 300D (and the 28 to 105mm/3.5-4.5 that appears to be a regular combination). I've run thousands of shots through this lens. My typical use is for capturing outdoor family events like trips to the amusement park, and indoor performances. Even when mounted on a tripod indoors the pictures do tend to come out softer, a lot of that is due to the lighting/use cases that I subject the lens too.
Summary: With the constant release of new lenses, it's impressive to find a reasonably-priced zoom with staying power. The Canon EF 100-300 is one of those lenses, maintaining it's position in their lineup for over a decade. While it cannot compete with the L-series lenses, especially the 70-200 f/2.8, it offers a great range within a reasonable price. On a DSLR with low-noise at higher ISO setting, bringing up the ISO is a fair trade for the performance it offers.
Conclusion: This lens has been a great companion for me during one season of motorsport photography, it has managed to get me through damp races even though it is not weather sealed and it's a trustworthy lens. Although it can accumlate dust very easily in the inner elements most of the images produced are at a high quality and is perfect for a rookie starting out at sports photography.
Pros: Great Value for Money if you can't quite afford 100-400, quiet AF,
Cons: Tiny MF ring, Can be slow AF in dark conditions, gets very soft after f10
Summary: I bought this lens along with a couple of other Canon "prosumer" zooms several years ago when I switched from Nikon to Canon SLR's. I hadn't used it much until I recently rediscovered how useful it is. See, I have the venerable 70-200/2.8L. That lens is truly outstanding. I use it a lot with the Canon EF 1.4X Extender which makes the 70-200 into a 98-280 f/4 zoom. When I got the 70-200, I pretty much stopped using the 100-300.
Summary: This is an excellant lens for the reasonable price. A little soft at the high end of of the scale, but since its use is on a Canon DSLR there is alot of capacity and I seldom need to go that high. It matches well with my EF 28-105/3.5-4.5 lens.
Summary: Very light and compact. This makes a great "traveling" lens. I take about 15% of my pictures with this lens, mostly out on hikes where I don't want to haul around my expensive & heavy 70-200 f/2.8 L. This lens paired with an EF 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 USM or EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM will give you a compact, light-weight package that you can take along on trips or nature hikes, and cover all of the useful focal lengths. Much better image quality than Canon's EF 75-300 lenses.