Summary: This lense is a great compliment to the standard lenses available for most brands of camera's. The picturee quality is fine. I also have an 18-135 lense as the base model with image stabilization. The only thing missing in this 100-300 lense is the image stabilization, but if you use a tripod or can stabilize the camera for long distance shots, it is not an issue. I am very pleased and would recommend this lense to both ametuer and professional alike.
Summary: This is so easy to operate and the quality of the shot is more than I thought it would be. It is heavier than I thought it would be but, nothing to keep you from buying this lens! Great lens at a great price.
Summary: If you are like me a lens over 210mm was never needed, until I tried this 100 - 300mm lens and saw for myself what I was losing out on. For long range nature photos on a tripod or in a steady hand this lens takes terrific photos. Now I do not have to sneek that close to game to get the best shot. I use all my tracking skills through out the year and always make the perfect shot.
Summary: This may be an older lens, and it may not have Image Stabilization, but for the money it is an excellent choice for a long zoom. With excellent Image Quality, Full Time Manual and pretty sold construction, it will work with cropped sensors or full ones.
Glad I did. Just wish I had more of these high quality lenses from that era
17 October 2011
Summary: Rather heavy and large, but I knew that already, and confirmed it when camera mounting as I purchased it. Happy to say my entire Canon kit has circled the globe with me without a single hiccup (spare batteries tucked in every nook & cranny!); the pro models; my fearless and simply brilliant eos630; flashs units that freak people out with a red beam of light(!), and the last of the affordable, (made in Japan) quality heavy multi element glass lenses.
Summary: Good lens for low price. AF is very fast and quiet. I'm using it only in AF mode. Sharpness is decent (not excellent). I agree that the Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM Lens provides reasonable optical quality in a wide focal length range with fast Ring USM autofocus for a reasonable price.
Summary: I have only had this lens for a few days and I compare it with Canon's 70-200mm f4L which I have had for a couple years. For the price, this is a great lens, especially if you can really use the 200-300mm range. I however have little need for that much zoom. The large f-stop at the long end is definitely something to take into account because it makes this lens impractical in low-light situations (think night sport games), especially when you realize that you need 1/300s...
Summary: I've used this lens for 4-5 years for many High School prom and senior photo shoots as well as sports and while there are slight limitations in aperture, most of the photography I've shot was with good light. I left a couple of pictures on the main page to see for reference. Even though I have several very fast lenses I use most of the time, this one always ends back on my camera at some point.