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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

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Long Range, Small Package

Gear Patrol
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) .
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Overall 9
Design 10
Value for money 9
Features 9
Performance 10
Picture quality 10

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Review

What Digital Camera
29 June 2011
  • 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.
  • Pros: Ultra-reliable AF and IS systems
  • Cons: Poorer sharpness past f/16
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Expert Review

27 June 2011
  • Excerpt: The good news is that Canon has announced six new EF series “L” lenses (or at least two new lenses and 4 upgrades). The bad news is that none of them are cheap.
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

The Digital Picture
10 September 2010
  • Excerpt: Is the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens right for you? Learn all you need to know in The-Digital-Picture.com's review!
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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...
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Overall 10

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 9

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Review

30 October 2012
  • 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)
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Overall 7
Value for money 5
Overall quality 7
Build quality 10

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...
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EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM

28 October 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 10

Expert Review

Photo answers
21 June 2011
  • 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.
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