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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM Lens Review
The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens is the second generation version of the highly popular 70-300mm class of zoom lenses. This lens is targeted at entry level to advanced amateur photographers. The New Canon does bring some unique tech to the table. It features a new Nano USM focusing which is supposed to improve autofocus operations for both still and video. It also features a digital display unit that can show the focus distance along with hyperfocal distance marks.
I am looking forward to this lens and publishing a full review as soon as I can get one. Expect that this lens will be a great seller for Canon. I would not be surprised to see them in short supply initially, especially at the $549 initial selling price. In the meantime, this page is a placeholder for my full review with some of my thoughts and the full lens specs.
- Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM Lens Only - $549.99
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Since this is a new lens that is not expected to start shipping until the End of November, here are the MTF charts from Canon for us to review. I am including the MTF charts for the original EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens and the EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens for comparison.
Overall the build quality feels decent. Obviously the lens is not built to “L” quality standards and as such does not have any weather sealing, but in the hand the lens feels pretty solid.
What I Like
LCD with depth of field and focus distance indicators
67mm filter size
What I Don't Like
Lens hood not included
The Bottom Line
If you want a 70-300mm lens for you Canon APS-C or Full Frame camera the new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM is my top recommendation if your budget won’t allow for the “L” lens. Before this lens I would heartily recommend the Tamron 70-300 VC lens over the Canon 70-300mm lens due to the better autofocus and the significantly lower price. With this new lens, Canon has addressed my 2 biggest complaints in the old lens, and lowered the price to boot!
Overall User Rating
4.66 out of 5
based on 358 user reviews online.
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|Focal Length||70 - 300 mm|
|Minimum Focus distance||47.24 inches|
|Number of Elements||17|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Aperture Blade Design||Rounded|
|Number of Aperture Blades||9|
|Filter Size||67 mm|
|Lens Mount Construction||Metal|
|Distance Scale||Yes - With Hyper Focal Markings|