Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
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jamesphotoj, B&H Photo
4 December 2013
Excerpt: The sharpness compared to the gold lens is remarkable. The only regret is that it is slow.<br />I do sports indoors and at night.. I constantly need to shoot at 6400 or H and get grain with my 7D.. Wish I got the faster lens.. or the 70-200 f2.8...<br />For portraits you will want to reshoot all your old stuff (if it was possible). Be careful, will get paper-cuts from the sharpness.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Had hopes of augmenting or replacing a 70-200 2.8 with a more compact 70-300. When all is said and done I find little difference in size and a slower lense. My dislike for a sliding barrel is reinforced. Yes, one might say I gained a slow 300. Not one of my best decisions.
Conclusion: I have had this lens 4 months now. I shoot about half handheld outside and half on a tripod. The compact design is great at 70mm and lens extends as you zoom which is 'old school' but not too distracting. It will even 'stand up' in most camera bags meaning it takes a lot less room than comparable lenses. Image quality is good, AF is quiet/smooth, and IS is adequate. On a tripod I do sometimes notice some shake when lens was extended (even on my heavier tripod).
Excerpt: It's better than 70-300 DO but comparable with 70-200 IS L II<br /><br />from 200 to 300 i prefer the digital crop from picture in 200mm than full picture on 300mm<br />but in 300mm it's give a fabulous bluer in the background more than 200mm<br /><br />but remember this lens based on F/4 to 5.6 on 300mm and the 70-200 IS L II based on 2.8 flat from 70-200mm<br /><br />so the 70-200 IS L II give fare better bluer in the background in similar range .
Excerpt: The lens that I received had inconsistent focus. When it did focus correctly, it was very sharp but under the same light, same distance, and the same object, it was a hit 50% of the time. I changed the distance etc but got the same results. You won't notice the difference on a 4x6 print but it will be there for larger sizes. I am returning the lens.
Excerpt: Built Great, and has excellent image quality. So why did I return it? I bought this lens for wildlife shots I was mainly using it between 200-300mm wide open on a Canon 40D. The main issue I had with this lens is that it's poor at stopping action, unless you're in bright sunlight. If you have any shade or cloudy skies you have have to shoot at 1250-3200ISO to stop action, and not all action stops.
Conclusion: I tested this lens to see if it could replace my 100-400. I certainly like that it's lighter and smaller, and the optics quality is fantastic. The rotating zoom ring (vs push/pull) is more versatile (I think push/pull is fine for still photography but when I shoot video it's impossible.) I also agree with others who said Canon should include the tripod mount ring, but that's minor.
Conclusion: Just had this lens for a week rental and sad to say, I don't know why it was made. Used it on my 5D Mark II. First I have the 70-200 F4 IS USM lens which is fantastic but I thought I would replace it with this lens. Well, it is not only heavier but why F5.6 @ 200-300? Comparing the two lenses,I found the 70-200 to be sharper at all focal distances and the colors slightly better but if one were to say that the new lens goes to 300mm, well just crop @ 200mm.
Summary: REZENSION über zwei Exemplare!!! Die ungeduldigen dürfen gleich ans Ende zum Fazit springen ... -------------------------------------- Erstes Exemplar: Nachdem dieses Objektiv überall Top-Bewertungen bekommt, konnte ich es kaum erwarten, ein Exemplar mein eigen zu nennen. Vor ein paar Tagen kam dann das ersehnte Stück. Flugs ausgepackt, die Canon-Profi-Qualität bewundert und rauf auf die Kamera (40D), Testbilder machen. Boooahhh. Schärfe Top.