Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

Last updated (13 March’13):
- Review by Ephotozine

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM is a telephoto zoom lens. The lens features 70-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/4.5-5.6. The lens construction has 18 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34° – 8°. Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with focusing cam, Closest focusing distance at 1.4m / 4.6 feet and has a filter size of 58mm. The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM lens weighs 25.4 Ounces and it measures 3.2 inches in diameter and 4 inches long.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆


Expert Reviews

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Reviews

Ephotozine reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM and writes;
“If money were no object and you wanted a compact telephoto zoom lens with an image stabiliser that produces sharp images at all focal lengths, then this would be the lens for you.”
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Photographyblog reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM and writes;
“It offers excellent element quality, great build, and fast focusing using the ring type ultra sonic motor. The image stabiliser is good to four stops so that fact that it only goes to f/4.5 isn’t that much of an issue.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ephotozine reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM and writes;
“If money were no object and you wanted a compact telephoto zoom lens with an image stabiliser that produces sharp images at all focal lengths, then this would be the lens for you.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM and writes;
“Bokeh is good. Backgrounds are quite pleasant and undistracting. Canon never ceases to impress me, since I’m used to bad Bokeh from my aspherical Nikon lenses… The Canon 70-300mm DO IS has a little less distortion than most other zooms at the wide end, and has about the same distortion throughout the rest of the range.”
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Photo.net reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM and writes;
“The focussing and image stabiliser performance was impressive. I took a series of shots of sea birds in (rapid) flight on a windy day on a cliff top. Using the Sport mode on the 10D the focus appeared to be able to stay with the bird, after the middle target locked on, even when the bird came straight towards me.”
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Luminous-landscape reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM and writes;
“This lens measures well for blur. It is typical of a good quality medium telephoto zoom. As always the best aperture for sharpness is a couple of stops down from wide open, and at small apertures diffraction effects start to degrade image quality. F/5.6 is the best aperture when the lens is at its widest focal lengths and f/16 is the sharpest aperture at 300mm.”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM and writes;
“The 70-300mm focal length range is a very useful one. People and nature are common subjects for this range. And because of its size, the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens is an excellent travel lens – having a lens that is easily carryable will get MUCH nicer shots than a lens left at home because of its size/weight.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoreview reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM and writes;
“Vignetting could be seen at all focal length settings when the widest apertures were used but disappeared when the lens was stopped down one or two f-stops. It was more obvious at the shorter focal lengths and only just visible at 300mm. Rectilinear distortion could not be seen at shorter focal lengths but slight pincushioning was evident at 300mm.”
Rating: ★★★★½

SLRLensreview reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM and writes;
“The lens clearly shows better performance in the shorter, 70-200mm, zoom range, where it can produce excellent 16in and decent 19in prints in the f/8-f/11 range, while at 300mm you’ll get good 11in and OK 16in prints. “
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Photozone reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM and writes;
“In principal the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM DO IS is a very interesting lens … in principal. From a performance point of view it delivers all that a consumer has hoped for – high resolution figures in conjunction with low distortions, low vignetting and low chromatic aberrations and all packaged in a quite sturdy, small package with high speed AF.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Shutterbug reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM and writes;
“As expected from a lens with the latest in optical technology, image quality was excellent overall with high sharpness and resolution of fine detail. I found little or no flare even in backlighting and color rendition was neutral.”
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Wlcastleman reviews the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM and writes;
“The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM is a compact, very fast-focusing zoom telephoto lens that provides generally excellent imaging function including excellent image stabilization at a high price… Because of its compactness and generally excellent performance with image stabilization, the lens is very useful for travel or other applications where you don’t want to carry a heavy, long and easily noticed lens.”
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Video Reviews

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Reviews

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Manual

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM User Manual

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Features

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Specifications

Canon raises the stakes for professional photography with its EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM telephoto lens with image stabilization. Thanks to a new triple-layered diffractive optical element (DO), this 70-300mm lens is less than 4 inches (10 cm) long. It can focus down to 4.6 feet (without rotating the front element) and a new zoom lock button keeps the lens safe and secure when not in use or used at the wide angle. A virtually silent ultra-sonic motor (USM) gives the lens extremely fast autofocus.

The lens also includes Canon’s Image Stabilization technology to dramatically reduce camera shake, compensating for approximately three stops in shutter speed without any perceptible increase in image blur. It’s a great choice for professional photojournalists and serious advanced amateurs who need to contain the size and weight of equipment carried.

DO Elements
Use of the new three-layer DO lens drastically reduces the overall length and weight of the lens system increasing the refractive power of each lens element and reducing the spaces between elements. It’s approximately 26 percent shorter and 36 percent lighter than any lens of comparable specifications.

Zoom lock
The EF 70-300mm lens features a zoom ring locking mechanism, locking the lens at its shortest total length. This helps to protect the lens from potential damage by preventing the zoom elements extending under their own weight, which might otherwise occur when the lens is mounted to a camera that hangs from a neck or shoulder strap.

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 AF
A rear focusing ring type USM, high-speed CPU and new AF algorithms combine to give the lens extremely fast auto-focusing. The 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 and accurate stopping.

Full-time manual override is featured, removing the possibility of damage to the autofocus mechanism during manual focus. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1.4m 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.

Working with EOS
The drive pattern of the lens is tailored to specifically match that of the latest EOS range, extracting maximum benefit from the lens’ speed advantage. The lens comes with a case LP1116 and an exclusive hood ET-65B for shading against unwanted direct light.


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