Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

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.

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Expert Reviews

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.”
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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. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

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. “
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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.”
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Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM User Manual

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Features & Specifications

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.

Image Stabilization
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.

Fast Auto-Focus
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.

Precision Optics
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.

Environmental protection
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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