Last updated (23 April’13):
- Review by SLRLensreview
The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM features 28-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 22 elements in 16 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75 degrees. Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM, Closest focusing distance at 0.7m / 2.3 feet and has a filter size of 77mm. The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens weighs 58.9 Ounces and it measures 3.6 inches in diameter and 7 inches long.
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Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Reviews
SLRLensreview reviews the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM and writes;
“overall image quality is better in shorter zoom range, where the quality is good enough to satisfy even most demanding needs. However, quality starts to suffer at longer end of the zoom range and in the 200-300mm range results are rather unimpressive.”
Photozone reviews the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM and writes;
“The optical quality is on a very high though not exceptional level. The resolution figures are generally very good without any major flaws. Vignetting, CAs and even distortions are very well under control. The build quality is exceptional though some may not like the push-pull zoom design. “
Luminous-landscape reviews the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM and writes;
“In the field the lens handled well, though I really wonder at the advantage (for my uses at least) of a lens with this wide a range. It really isn’t that often that one needs such a wide range of focal lengths at the same time. A wide zoom and a separate tele zoom seem to make more sense for my purposes. When this great a range of focal lengths are needed the size and weight can be considerations. “
The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM and writes;
“This is a super-zoom lens. Creating such a lens with perfect image quality in a package that is affordable and carryable by mortals is proven impossible as of this review date. If you want all of those focal lengths in one lens, you must accept a compromise. And as of this date, the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens is as good as it gets. And as good as it gets in this case is quite good.”
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM User Reviews
It’s all about the versatility | Rating:
“While the lens might be on the heavier side for an average woman or smaller guy, at 6ft. 200lbs. when I want to keep things simple with versatility, I take just my camera with this lens on it for extended periods and it doesn’t really bother me. “ – by M. Ragonese
one of the best lenses that will compliment your other lenses, | Rating:
“The picture quality is amazing at least on my camera (50D) I did not notice much difference in picture quality between this and the 70-200mm lenses. Maybe it works differently for full-frame cameras. Beautiful pictures, bokeh as well, HDR shots, at least on 50D, there’s not a single flaw I could find.” – by Subodh
A lens that will blow your socks off! | Rating:
“Canon’s quality is obvious in all aspects of this lens from the stabilization system to the fast focus speeds. As you can tell, I in love! This is truly a magnificent lens. It is the 5th Canon Lens that I own. If quality, reliability, flexibility, stability and speed are your game and you take your photography seriously, then this lens is for you.” – by C. Calder
The only all in one L zoom, | Rating:
“I use it on 5D shooting mostly kids during field trips. Good IQ/Color/AF speed, typical L zoom. Great IS – The IS on these L lenses work seamlessly. In contrast, Canon 70-300 IS and Tamron 18-270 VR jerk the glass around visiblly with great force (I can feel it while setting up the shot) and they can’t keep up with continuous shooting – every other shot or so will be blurry because the IS is at in-between state I suppose. Hand heldable, Fast zoom with push pull..” – by Luving it
Best Lens In Its Class | Rating:
“The focal length is just plain fantastic and the biggest advantage this lens has. It does like light and performs better outside than in (But most lenses are this way). I get consistent sharp shots at all focal lengths. Auto focus is fast and accurate (Except in low light-it will hunt a bit). IS works great too. Panning mode is great for shooting anything moving left to right or right to left. Just got some great shots of my nephew snow boarding.” – by Mevbo
My only travel lens.. | Rating:
“The 28-300 is definitely heavy but it is still lighter than a camera bag full of lenses. I have done away with the 5D strap and use the following strap Op/Tech Bino/Cam Harness, Elastic Version for Cameras & Binoculars – Black which takes the load off the neck and makes it more evenly distributed on the shoulders. It has the added advantage that it keeps the camera/lens close to your body when hiking rather than swing out and hit something that the neck strap is prone to do. “ – by pereirap
Pros and cons of the Canon EF 28-300mm | Rating:
“After several thousand pictures, and dragging it around the world, from humid jungles, to subfreezing photo shoots, I have nothing but good to say about its quality, and my happiness with this lens. The quality is fantastic. The image stabalization works great. These are all the features I expect from the Canon L series. “ – by Scott in CA
This is the one! | Rating:
“I just got this lens not too long ago, and all I can bitch about this lens is the weight. Sometimes when I go in the field I do not want to carry the heavy lens, but lately it seems like I always end up using this lens for my assignments.” – by Ms. Jessica Cheng
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Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM User Manual
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Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Specifications
Canon raises the stakes for professional photography with its EF 28-300mm USM ultra-high magnification zoom lens with image stabilization. This handy, compact zoom lens offers versatility, easy subject selection, and the highest optical performance in its class. The 11x zoom range covering everything from wide-angle to telephoto, and you can focus in on subjects as close as 2.3 feet. A powerful ring-type USM drive provides silent. Featuring a dust- and moisture-proof “white lens,” it is designed to appeal to professional EOS photographers looking to reduce lens changes and the number of lenses they need to carry.
The lens incorporates Canon’s Image Stabilization (IS) technology, compensating for approximately three stops without any perceptible increase in image blur when shooting static subjects or panning. This increases the range of circumstances in which hand-held photography is possible, limiting the need to carry a tripod.
The inner focusing ring-type ultrasonic motor (USM) converts ultrasonic vibrational energy into rotational force to deliver high-speed, high-precision, super efficient and virtually noiseless auto focusing, with good holding torque for rapid response, accurate stopping. Full-time manual override without damage to the autofocus mechanism is featured. Minimum focusing distance is just 0.7m throughout the entire zoom range.
Ready for Digital Photography
The lens shape and coatings have been optimized to suppress ghosting and flaring, making this lens ideal for use with digital cameras that are more susceptible to reflections off the recording media than are film cameras.
This lens features 22 elements in 16 groups for low distortion, high corner-to-corner resolution throughout the entire zoom range. As with all EF lenses, aperture is controlled with an EMD (electromagnetic diaphragm) for fast, quiet, highly precise control and incorporates a circular aperture diaphragm for beautifully pleasing background blur, from full aperture to two stops down.
The use of 3 Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass elements effectively curtails the residual chromatic aberrations that can plague lesser quality long lenses, while aspherical elements correct various kinds of aberration that occur during zooming to give the lens the unsurpassed clarity and resolving power that are the hallmark of professional L-series lenses.
The EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM features a rugged dust-proof and drip-proof construction, designed for professional photographers working in harsh environments under a wide range of operating temperatures and humidities.
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