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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens Review

SLR Lens and Camera Reviews
6 June 2009
  • Summary: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM is a pretty unique lens in sense that it is one of the only two Canon lenses that incorporate diffractive optics. When the lens was first released in 2004 (following the release of Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM), Canon was believed to quickly follow up with additional lens models that would include DO elements. Yet four years later there are no new additions from Canon.
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Lens Test: Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM AF

Pop Photo
21 September 2007
  • Excerpt: One of only two lenses that contains both refractive and diffractive glass elements, this image-stabilized tele zoom is dramatically more compact -- and expensive ($1,143, street) -- than its refractive-only Canon ($549, street) or Nikon ($479, street) counterparts. Unlike more common refractive optics, diffractive optical design is based on how light rays bend when forced to move around (not through) an obstruction -- in this case, a pattern of molded, sawtooth,...
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Expert Review

photo.net
7 September 2007
  • Excerpt: As a long-term user of a Canon 75-300 IS USM lens I hoped that Canon would bring out an L-series version of this lens with better optical quality, especially at the 300mm end. When Canon introduced the 100-400 IS lens I bought one to get higher quality images of wildlife at long focal lengths but although the results were good, I found the lens very heavy to use and only carried it on specific projects.
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens

The Digital Picture
2 July 2006
  • Excerpt: The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens is an ultra-compact and very well built telephoto zoom lens with excellent image stabilization and fast, quiet AF .
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REVIEW: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

photodo
13 April 2006
  • Excerpt: Gary Wolstenholme takes a close look at the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM lens before using it to take a close look at everything else.
  • Pros: Good resolution, Excellent build quality, Compact size, Low distortion
  • Cons: Price, Zoom creep, Less contrast when shooting into the light
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO USM lens

Images by William Castleman
7 August 2004
  • Conclusion: The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM is a compact, very fast-focusing zoom telephoto lens that provides generally excellent imaging function including excellent image stabilization at a high price. It is a weak performer at 300mm. It generally provides noticeably better performance than the cheaper consumer 75-300mm lens. Under some lighting conditions (e.g., backlighting of subject into the lens), the lens flares and renders images unusable.
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Canon's EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM An Incredibly Small, Fully-Corrected Telephoto Zoom With High-Tech Diffractive Optics

Shutterbug
1 November 2001
  • Excerpt: When it was announced in 1995, the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM zoom was truly unique, as the world's first 35mm system lens with a built-in Image Stabilizer (IS). Versatile, compact, and great for low-light shooting without a tripod, that zoom has been very popular in spite of mixed reviews about its imaging qualities. Recently, Canon announced a new and improved version, the EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM, which is also unique.
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Overall 7
7.0

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

ePHOTOzine
12 April 2010
  • Summary: If money were no object and you wanted a compact telephoto zoom lens with an image stabiliser that produces sharp images at all focal lengths, then this would be the lens for you.
  • Pros: Good resolution, Excellent build quality, Compact size, Low distortion
  • Cons: Price, Zoom creep, Less contrast when shooting into the light
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Overall 9
9.0
Audio & image quality 9
9.0
Versatility 9
8.5
Usability 9
9.0
Build quality 9
9.0

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens

PhotoReview
1 January 2009
  • Summary: A compact, high-magnification zoom lens with few aberrations and effective image stabilisation.The EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM is Canon's second lens with three-layer type Diffractive Optics (DO). It can be used with both 'APS-C' (where it covers angles of view equivalent to 112mm to 480mm) and 35mm-sized image sensors.
  • Pros: You require a relatively light and inconspicuous long zoom lens for travelling and/or outdoor photography., You want a telephoto lens with fast autofocusing and effective stabilisation., You like soft-looking out-of-focus backgrounds., You require distortion-free images.
  • Cons: You shoot lots of close-ups and/or low-light shots., You're not prepared to use the lens hood.
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

PhotographyBLOG
22 October 2008
  • Excerpt: Focusing is completely internal and the only indication is on the distance scale window. The Ultrasonic Motor is the ring type which is the better quality of the two types of USM motor that Canon fit as it uses a simple design of two rings, one attached to the focusing bits and the other is attached to the lens barrel. When one vibrates, it translates to the other as movement and the lens focuses.
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