Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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Not a fan of the brush included with the kit.
JAMES "Enginerd", Amazon
25 August 2013
Summary: When I ordered this accessory kit, it was the same price as the lens by itself. The lens is great and there are plenty of other reviews on it by photographers more qualified than me to speak to it. The accessories are my focus here. The cloths, filters, storage bag, and air puffer are all decent. Good to fill up a new photography bag. However, the brush is on my enemy list. A bristle broke off while I was cleaning my mirror.
Summary: I like to shoot sports and nature. The lens is light enough to carry around all day. 300mm is okay but 400mm would be better. The lens isn't long enough for small birds in flight. The lens is very sharp from 70-200mm. However at 300mm wide open, the sharpness isn't there. The long end and wide open aperture for a zoom lens is where it's most critical. Using this type of lens I find myself being at the long end of the lens most of the time.
Conclusion: This lens works well for shots that are close. Zoomed all the way out nothing is sharp. It's not much good for long distance bird shots. I also think it is a bit slow on the auto focus which I could live with if the pictures were sharp. Mostly a costly disappointment.
Summary: The lens quality itself is good, but it is so heavy (for me anyway) that I can't take a decent picture unless I'm using a tripod. So I don't think I will be using it nearly as much as I expected.
Summary: I won't get to technical since there are quite a few photo websites that have full reviews on this lens. I got the lens for use on a budget, cropped sensor Canon T3. The lens is not a top performer BUT it is certainly not priced in that range either. And this lens does produce very good images. To be honest, much better images than I expected for an extended zoom in this price range. The IS works well & I can't imagine buying a lens in this focal range w/o good IS.
Summary: When my EOS 10D died a month ago I decided to buy the 60D and wanted a longer focal length and IS lens than the 28-200mm USM I've used over the past 8 years. I really wanted the EF 100-400mm L 4-5.6 IS USM but the $1600 price tag was a bit rich. I'd test driven both this lens and the 100-400 in the past and really thought I would be OK settling for this one. I was wrong.
Summary: This lens is fair for what you pay for it but don't expect anywhere near L quality in sharpness, contrast and saturation of colors. As a beginning lens it is useful and the image stabilizer works well. This lens is part of an older generation of lenses designed to compliment the wide angle kit lenses.