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7.5 out of 10

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

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Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

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Overall 4
4.0

Soft,unacceptable focus.

deepchi, Adorama
5 July 2012
  • Excerpt: Too expensive for a lens that doesn't focus sharply.
  • Cons: Blurry Focus
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Overall 4
4.0

Decent Lens

THOMAS F., Newegg
2 December 2011
  • Summary: Lens lock is for transporting only, but then again no lens creep. This lens is big; a little more than the diameter of a Pringles Can and about 8" long.
  • Pros: This is a 4 Egg Lens* (see cons) Has AF/MF, IS, and USM**. 70-300mm Telephoto Zoom Lens No lens creep.
  • Cons: *I bought it on Black Friday, Tuesday it was out of stock and they dropped it $100. It was back in stock on Thursday. -2eggs for New Egg **USM is pretty loud. Lenses rotate as you zoom and focus.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not Usefull

usas, B&H Photo
27 October 2011
  • Excerpt: This lens is very expensive for pure contrast and sharpness. Zoom ring is not usefull. Small size very good idea but sharpness is not good.
  • Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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Overall 4
4.0

Light-duty, not professional quality

Mark Bohrer, B&H Photo
16 February 2011
  • Excerpt: I bought one of these in 2006, intending it as a lightweight walkaround alternative to the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. It had OK sharpness at first, but began giving unsharp pictures without stopping down after the usual knocking around. Finally, even after repair it no longer gave sharp images wide open or stopped down. A big disappointment compared to my 400mm f/4 DO IS.
  • Pros: Lightweight
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Lens Creep, Weak Casing
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Overall 4
4.0

Not impressed

Familymansystem, B&H Photo
18 December 2009
  • Excerpt: I picked this up as an all purpose tele..I liked the size and feel..and thats all.. The lens I recieved would halo headlights and other bright lights in a Greeny/yello hue... The autofocus on my cheap 300 snaps right too, but this one gets fooled easy and will go the wrong way before snapping,causing me lost shots..
  • Pros: Strong Construction
  • Cons: Slow Focus, Terrible color rendition
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Overall 4
4.0

Poor at the long end

tessar-man, B&H Photo
3 August 2008
  • Excerpt: I have owned this lens and used it during a zoological expedition to Sierra Leone on a Canon Rebel XT. Yes it's nice and compact and uses the same filter thread as the standard zoom but all my photos at the 300mm focal end were soft and with low contrast. Test Report data/graphs actually confirm this result but don't discuss it much.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight
  • Cons: Blurry Focus
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Overall 4
4.0

Save your money - Wait until Technology Matures

Abraham, B&H Photo
27 May 2007
  • Excerpt: I bought it at B&H and returned it very quickly. Two issues (each is enough)1) It is hard to move. Especially, when the lens is pointed up. I found myself thinking twice before raising the leaden weight and forcing the lens to move. I just didn't bother with many shots. The only birds you will shoot are road kill, since the lens obliges when you point down.If you doubt me, put the lens to the side, and ask for a 70-200mm f4 L. Try its focusing and zooming. And compare.
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Overall 4
4.0

Wait for version 2!

qliq, Ebay
27 October 2006
  • Summary: This lens should be avoided by those with high standards of contrast and sharpness, usually found in better Canon lenses. Small details, object definition and color are subdued. The overall image needs much more manipulation in Photoshop to reach the level that the simple EOS 75-300mm IS lens displays. Portrait and action photographers will benefit from the advance technology in the IS and iris diaphragm. I'm sure there will be a version 2.
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Overall 4
4.0

High price, low image quality

Gavin Owen, Amazon
16 September 2014
  • Summary: If you search for reviews of this lens you'll find that the majority rate it poorly - take those reviews seriously! The only thing this lens has going for it is that it is small for a lens with this range. On the negative side, image quality is poor and when zooming the lens quickly reaches a minimum aperture of f/5.6 - this means it either needs a lot of light or high ISO to get a sharp exposure.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not worth the money, buy the 70-400 f/4-5.6 IS L lens instead

Mr. Shaun Pugh, Amazon
1 April 2012
  • Summary: I'm still deciding which lens to buy so I hired this lens and the 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS L lens and used them both for a week. They are both a very similar price, the L lens has a slightly wider aperture, but weighs more. Otherwise at least on paper they are fairly evenly matched. One of the benefits of hiring a lens is that you see how the lens would be after a couple of years use - the copy of the DO lens I had was floppy, and extended under it's own weight quite easily.
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