Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
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Glad I have this lens, but had to buy a lower range lens as well
12 April 2014
Summary: I have this lens and have enjoyed taking quality photos with it. I was attracted by it's compactness and advanced optics and motors. I recommend it for anyone requiring this optic range. That being said, I must say that the 70-300 range is required less often than I would had anticipated. The bottom setting of 70mm is not a close substitute for 50mm. And I have found that my most often used range is between 28mm and 105mm.
Conclusion: Maybe it was my mistake but I had high expectations on this lens. I had the opportunity of taking the EF 400 F4 DO IS on a couple of air shows. The Diffractive Lens technology works great on this lens but its not the same with the 70-300. It is a light wight lens and that makes it nice for traveling and not being very flashy as the big white L's. But unfortunately it is not a very sharp lens. Not hapy with it.
Summary: I bought this to travel with, as well as be less conspicuous that the 'white' 70-200mm lenses. It's about the size of my 24-105mm, which is a nice size. The weight balances the 6D nicely. An extra boost of contrast & sharpness in the camera settings and this lens really shines!
Excerpt: Superb build quality. It is nearly identical in size to the 24-105 F4l. Solidly built. The interest in this lens is the 300mm reach in a greatly shortened barrel length. It does not broadcast your presence the way a 70-200 tube does. Good for street shooting. <br /><br />Disappointing results. The zoom ring was very difficult to twist to lengthen and the movement was not smooth. Prevented easy zoom to length if you have the camera to your eye.
Summary: This Canon Lens is a very nice lens with its Major Benefit Being its small form factor and over all Good Performance As well as above average Build Quality This lens is The Jack Of All Trades Because it does everything Really Good But its Not outstanding at any one feature except size and that is what Makes it a unique and desired lens Image Quality is Good But not Noticeable above the Canon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6(IS)that is less then $400 and the image quality is actually...
Excerpt: I used this lens while on my last vacation in the North Central USA. I mostly kept this lens on my Canon 6D. Took photos of North Woods scenery and wild life such as Dear and Eagles. The smaller size for this 70-300mm makes it easier to carry for long periods of time.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: Without doubt this is the finest all around zoom lens for outdoors. The DO's compact size carries a huge advantage when in the field without significantly effecting your end product. The color is outstanding and, with ample light, produces sharp pictures. The versatility of the 70-300 mm range is best for most of my outside work. Canon should consider other DO zooms ... a 100 to 450 DO would be ideal, small, and sharp for many outdoor photographers.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction, Versatility