Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
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Long Range, Small Package
5 July 2011
Excerpt: Canon’s incredibly popular compact, long-range shooter has finally received the L treatment it always deserved with the recent release of the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Telephoto ($1,570) .
Summary: This is a really lovely lens that has been a positive pleasure to test. It is fairly expensive but this is a professional zoom and is priced accordingly. As such it cannot be considered to be a bargain but neither is it unreasonably positioned within Canon’s line-up.
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM: The Long & The Short Of It
1 September 2008
Excerpt: Canon offers five different 70-300mm zoom lenses in its product lineup. Why so many? They obviously think this is a popular and practical focal length range and I happen to agree. I even own one of them myself—the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM—but the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM tested is the mac daddy...
Summary: Canon's EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens doesn't have the impressive numbers you would expect from a professional optic, especially in the aperture range, and its compact size has meant some of the sleek features such as internal zoom haven't been possible.
Summary: Although it may seem expensive for a slow 70-300mm zoom lens, this optic offers optical and build quality not currently matched by the competition covering this focal range. The slow maximum aperture also helps to keep the weight of the lens down, so this lens may be especially well suited to those...
Pros: Excellent build quality, Very good sharpness that is consistent through the range, Low CA, Low distortion, Effective optical stabilisation
Cons: May seem expensive for a f/4-5.6 zoom (although the premium is probably worth the extra in this case)
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM L IS - Full Format Review / Test Report
19 January 2012
Conclusion: The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM L IS delivers high quality results throughout the zoom range but especially at 70mm. At 300mm it is clearly better than its in-house cousins (EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM IS & EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM DO IS) reaching very good to excellent center results combined very...
Excerpt: When testing 70-300 mm devices we’ve mentioned time and again that there is a wide range of those instruments, coming from different producers, available. The users of Canon reflex cameras have an especially impressing array at their disposal.
Cons: average work against bright light,, a bit too high vignetting on full frame.
Conclusion: We'd be hard pushed to find a weakness in this lens. The only negative we can find is the edge sharpness at 300mm with a wide aperture selected, but we're clutching at straws to be honest. This Canon optic is very impressive.