Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
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Value for money 6
Overall quality 8
3 April 2014
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.
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.
Conclusion: If you really need a small and lightweight lens, this is probably the best one you'll find. The rapid focus, small size, and solid IS is nothing short of amazing. I've successfully taken some pictures handheld at night and bumping around in crowds. On the downside, the images are hazy. A large diameter unsharp-mask and black level adjustment are needed in post processing, which about doubles the noise level.
Conclusion: I bought this lens a couple of years ago and have used it significantly while traveling. It is a nice lens, relatively light for the range and convenient in size. Pictures lack the sharpness that i was expecting from an expensive lens. in my case I don't think the convenience in size compensates for the average quality of the images in the far end of the range.
Conclusion: Never could get a decent photo out of this lens, photos always slightly out of focus, couldn't handle high light conditions at all. NOT the all around lens I expected. Replaced it with the 38-300 L lens.
Excellent results for size and weight, but zoom is a problem
David C. Kraus "Stereo Lover", Amazon
13 January 2007
Summary: This lens gives good results except for two weaknesses. First, the diffractive optics causes little "donut" hot spots in images when areas are exceptionally bright i.e. reflection off a lake. They look a bit like the donuts of a telephoto mirror lens. Second, the zoom ring is very hard to turn. It doesn't have the fluid smoothness of their other zoom lenses. It's acceptable in use, but barely.
Summary: I had high hopes for this "new technology" compact zoom with an extended zoom range. The images taken can be exceptional, but unfortunately the lens is subject to significant flare, and the images at 300mm are "soft". Shooting outdoors at the US Open in Raleigh (during a practice round) I found about half of the images satisfactory in terms of sharpness, contrast, and overall image quality.