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

Last Updated (16 August’12):
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The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM features 70-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4-5.6. The lens construction has 19 elements in 24 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34° – 8° 15′. Focus adjustment: Lens extension via inner focusing and focus cam plus floating mechanism, Closest focusing distance at 1.2m/ 3.9ft and has a filter size of 67mm. The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens weighs 2.31 lbs. and it measures 3.5 inches in diameter and 5.6 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

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

The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM and writes;
“A very small amount of CA is visible in full frame corners at 70mm and slightly more is visible at 300mm. The 70-300 L performs quite well in this regard.”
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Kenrockwell reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM and writes;
“Bokeh, the quality of out-of-focus areas as opposed to the degree of defocus, is superb. Out-of-focus backgrounds and foregrounds are soft and undistracting, which is much better than most LEICA lenses. If you want the maximum amount of defocus, be sure to shoot at 300mm and f/5.6. “
Rating: ★★★★★

Photographyblog reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM and writes;
“When we first saw the new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM lens, we thought it just looked like a standard 70-300mm lens with a white overcoat on. After using the lens for some time, we’re blown away by the image clarity, sharpness, build quality and speed of focusing.”
Rating: ★★★★½

SLRGear reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM and writes;
“The Canon 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6L IS USM didn’t produce tack-sharp results, but it produced a consistently good images at each focal length, with good control of chromatic aberration.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Lenstip reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM and writes;
“The Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4.0-5.6L IS USM is doubtlessly the best 70-300 mm class instrument we have had the pleasure to test so far and we think here about both mechanical and optical side. Although we must pay quite a lot for it, we know the money are well- invested as the lens will offer us a great image quality for long years to come.”
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User Opinions

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

All I can say is: Wow
“As for picture quality – absolutely amazing. I’ve been shooting primarily wildlife and landscape, and the quality of my shots is fantastic. I’m not familiar enough with all the photography jargon to tell you exactly why, but all I know is that my level of picture-taking has increased.” – By Jo in Katy, TX
Rating: ★★★★★

Best quality 70-300 zoom lens for Canon, bar none
“This lens captures outstanding images: razor sharp across the whole zoom range, colors are accurate, there’s no vignetting that I can see (at least not on my 60D with it’s APS-C size sensor), and the lens feels wonderful in your hand, solid, sturdy, with no slop in the mechanism, like you expect an “L” series lens to feel.” – By L. G. CHARLOT
Rating: ★★★★★

Fantastic Lens
“I have been capturing images of Hummingbirds in flight with no blur in the wings. My images are crystal clear despite not using a tripod. Even in dim lighting this lens captures amazing detail.” – By Tina C
Rating: ★★★★★

Quite a fine lens
“very good contrast, color and sharpness (better than the fabled 70-200 f/4 IS at the edges of the range of that lens, although not quite as good in the middle range at center frame (close mid-frame and edges), better above 200mm than the other with 1.4x TC)” – By anon
Rating: ★★★★☆

“A very long story short–in the studio and outdoors for a model shoot (portrait and environmental–waterfall and garden backgrounds), this lens ROCKS! Very fast autofocus, sharp at f4, but fantastic at f8, great bokeh, super color and contrast.” – By Jon Shaver
Rating: ★★★★★

Great for Safari
“I love the lens and the results I obtained. The detail it captured allowed images to be enlarged and still retain great clarity. I also love the way at full zoom and maximum aperture you get great detail and a pleasant background blur.” – By Will
Rating: ★★★★★

Solution for Birders
“The initially seems a bit heavy, but it’s really not, and I wear it with the T2I all day on a routine strap. The pictures vary between very good and awesome, leaning to the latter.” – By M. Hale
Rating: ★★★★★

“EVERYTHING is magnificant… the lens is quiet, quick as can be and I love the ability to fine tune the focus while still in automatic focus. The inside shots were amazing… this is a huge, old building without the greatest lights but my shots came out with excellent contrast and color and no noise at all.” – By Evelyn A. Cummings
Rating: ★★★★★

Love and hate relationship
“Contrast is excellent starting at wide aperture and the CA are well controlled which contributes to a perceived sharpness that blows your mind. The IS stabilization works much better than the one in my 15-85mm lens. I would say the 4 stops equivalent is accurate.” – By powerop
Rating: ★★★★★

…a beautiful piece of technology
“The image colors are very vivid and bright…even when zipping the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM UD Telephoto Zoom Lens out to 300mm (which, I think, would be about 480mm for my particular camera).” – By Katharena M. Eiermann
Rating: ★★★★★

Everything and more
“From my expericne at airshows this is going to be a standout lens for that, as I find 300mm on a crop body more than enough reach. The image stabalization has also allowed me to use this indoors at shutter speeds as low as 1/15 with great results. An all around fantastic lens, well worth the price.” – By SMT
Rating: ★★★★★

sell your kidney and buy this lens
“this lens is incredibly sharp throughout the entire range. i have done my own amateur tests on a variety of subjects and i find it to be one of the few “complete” lenses out there. i also own the 70-200 l f4 is and it is definitely on par in quality and having the extra 100mm on the long end makes a huge difference.” – By montana
Rating: ★★★★★

Superb lens for photographing wildlife
“Overall, image quality is similar to the excellent 70-200f/4L IS, but the 70-300 is more compact with a longer reach. I think that when it comes to wildlife photography, this lens is especially well suited for a crop sensor camera where it provides a very useful 112-480mm range.” – By JRO
Rating: ★★★★★

The 70-300L is a winner
“The zoom and focus rings work with a wonderful smoothness and precision. The latest generation IS does an amazing job allowing hand held shots at 300 mm to be accomplished at very slow shutter speeds while retaining sharpness as long as your subject itself is stationary. I have found that it makes an excellent portrait lens…” – By Thomas E. Judd
Rating: ★★★★★

Lightweight and good performance
“Very sharp lens through almost the entire focal length. When compared to the 70-200, I do notice this lens to be a little softer wide open. Zoomed in say, past 100 or 120, the sharpness is on par w/ the 70-200.” – By D. Zhou
Rating: ★★★★★

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Features & Specifications

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

Designed to deliver ultra-high quality images along with lightning fast operation, the new Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM telephoto zoom lens brings a favorite zoom range to the celebrated Canon L-series of lenses. It features two Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration, incorporates a floating focusing mechanism for sharpness from close up to infinity, plus an IS system that increases usability by approximately four stops. The EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM features a function that prevents erroneous operation when the lens is mounted on a tripod or monopod. Gleaming white, with a removable tripod collar, dust and water resistant construction, and a newly developed Fluorine coating that keeps soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum, its phenomenal performance and flexibility is assured. For portraiture or to bring what’s far away up close, this addition to the L-series is guaranteed to perform.

Technical Specifications

* Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
* Diagonal Angle of View: 34′ – 8° 15′
* Focus Adjustment: Lens extension via inner focusing and focus cam plus floating mechanism
* Closest Focusing Distance: 1.2m/ 3.9ft
* Drive System: Ring USM
* Filter Size: 67 mm dia., P=0.75 mm /1 filter
* Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.5 x 5.6 in, 2.31 lbs. / 89 x 143mm, 1050g

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