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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
9.7 out of 10

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

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Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

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Overall 6
6.0

Go with the 200, avoid shooting at 5.6

photoj, B&H Photo
28 October 2014
  • Excerpt: Really wish I went with the 70-200 2.8. Rather be shooting at 200 giving up two stops with a teleconvertor. Trying to blow out the depth of field with sports is key for me. I could have gone better.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Cons: Heavy, Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

Great, but

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. 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...
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy, Not Sports, Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

Locking mechanism didnt engage

Hooooves, Adorama
13 December 2012
  • Excerpt: Wasnt pleased with this product. Have now gone through two of them. One locking mechanism didnt work and the other had an extremely loud IS system.
  • Pros: Sharp
  • Cons: Construction, Loud IS, Weak Casing
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Overall 6
6.0

Solid travel zoom

Maul_ii, B&H Photo
1 August 2012
  • Excerpt: Not great with limited light but its compact size makes it great for travel
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Lens Creep, Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

Nice Lens but...

Dad, B&H Photo
24 July 2012
  • 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.
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Features 6
6.0
Performance 8
8.0
Overall quality 10
10

Nice Lens

GeneinTO, Canon
26 January 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: compact and solid
  • Cons: collar not included
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Overall 6
6.0

Go for 70-200 IS L II

Sultan, B&H Photo
3 October 2011
  • Excerpt: It's better than 70-300 DO but comparable with 70-200 IS L II from 200 to 300 i prefer the digital crop from picture in 200mm than full picture on 300mm but in 300mm it's give a fabulous bluer in the background more than 200mm but remember this lens based on F/4 to 5.6 on 300mm and the 70-200 IS L...
  • Cons: Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Great When It Works

Usman, B&H Photo
31 July 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

I wanted to love this lens...

Milt, B&H Photo
22 July 2011
  • 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.
  • Pros: Build quality, Image quality, Sharpness
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Features 6
6.0
Performance 8
8.0
Overall quality 10
10

Can't Use Extenders?

yeldarb, Canon
5 May 2011
  • 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.
  • Pros: Superior build quality, Super-sharp images
  • Cons: no extender support
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