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

The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM was released by Canon to great fanfare as a professional grade 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens. Typically the 70-300mm lens is considered a “consumer” lens. This is the first such lens to feature the robust build quality and weatherproofing along with “better” image quality characteristics.

Pricing*

  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM - $1349.00

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What I Like

  • Build Quality
  • Image Quality
  • Includes Lens shade and Pouch
  • Image Stabilization

What I Don't Like

  • Weight
  • Price

The Bottom Line

The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM is a great lens for the more serious photographers. When used on an APS-C Canon DSLR body the lens yields a 112-480mm equivalent focal length making this lens a great option for wildlife photographers. If only it weren’t so expensive, big and heavy, but that is the price you pay for the build and image quality you get from this lens. This is one of those lenses that if you can afford it, I recommend it highly, but for the more budget minded photographers I would suggest you take a hard look at the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VC USD or the new upcoming Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lenses instead.

Overall User Rating

4.72 out of 5

based on 650 user reviews online.

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Specs

Focal Length 70 - 300 mm
Max Aperture f/4-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/
Minimum Focus distance 47.28 inches
Maximum Magnification 0.21x
Number of Elements 19
Number of Groups 14
Aperture Blade Design Rounded
Number of Aperture Blades 8
Filter Size 67 mm
Diameter 3.5 in.
Length 5.6 in.
Weight 2.31 lbs.
Lens Mount Construction Metal
Tripod Collar Optional
Weather Sealed Yes
Distance Scale Yes - No Hyper Focal Markings
Image Stabilization Yes
Lens Shade Included

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