Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 IS USM


Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 IS USM


Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 IS USM
This is a zoom lens manufactured by Canon and the model was launched 2005.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto zoom lenses, a telephoto lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.
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Compability, auto focus and focal length
This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.
The ability to use auto focus is available for all cameras.
The lens has a focal length of 70-300 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.
A positive thing is that this lens has a versitale zoom range, where the difference between 'maximum zoomed out' to 'maximum zoomed in' increases the lens versatility since you as a photographer easily can compose your picture without moving yourself physically.
See compatible cameras and perceived/equivalent focal length
Read more about focal length and your field of view
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
 
 
Lens brightness and image stabilizer
The lens brightness and aperture value is f/4-5,6.
This lens is not considered to have a good aperture value and brightness. It is something to consider before you purchase the lens. To compensate for this you might, while photographing in less favorable light conditions, be forced to either use higher ISO settings (which generates more noise in the image), slower shutter speeds (which may give some motion blur) or flash lightning. Read more at the link below what lens brightness means to you as a photographer.
One thing to consider is that the lens has a variable brightness, which means that depending on how much you are zooming the lens will have a different maximum aperture value. At 70 mm the lens brightness is f/4 and at 300 mm the brightness is f/5,6. Through the link below you can read more about what this could mean for you as a photographer.
Inside the lens there is an image stabilizer, which helps to fend off possible movements and tremors. This is very positive and can be of great help in situations and conditions where the light is inadequate and not enough for decent shutter speeds.
Read more about the aperture and lens brightness
Read more about changing brightness at different focal lengths
Read more about how an image stabilizer works
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Filter and Lens Hood
The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 58 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.
There is a lens hood that fits the lens (model name "ET-65B") but unfortunately this is something that is not included when purchasing the lens and must be ordered and bought separately, as an accessory.
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Different versions of the lens
This lens has been replaced by a newer version. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4,5-5,6 DO IS USM  (2004)
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 IS USM  (2005) << The lens you are currently viewing
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 L IS USM (2010)
 
Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 IS USM
Sample pictures taken with Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 IS USM
 
Things to consider before buying
Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.
The price
Has a built-in image stabilizer
An impressive focal range
Works on all sensor types
Poor aperture value with its f/5,6
A variable lens brightness at different focal lengths
No lens hood is included
This lens has been replaced by a newer version
The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
 
Specification
Product Name:Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 IS USM  (See dictionary)
Release date: 2005
Manufacturer:Canon
Type of lens: Telephoto Zoom Lens
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
No Macro lens
Compability:
Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Auto focus:
Yes
Built-in auto focus (AF) motor:
Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/4-5,6
The lens apeture and brightness varies at different focal lengths.
f/4 at 70 mm
f/5,6 at 300 mm
(Read more)
Focal Range: 70-300 mm
Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  70-300 mmon Canon FF, Full frame
  91-390 mmon Canon APS-H
  112-480 mmon Canon APS-C
See list, camera for camera
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 15 elements / 10 groups
Image Stabilizer:
Yes, IS
Closest Focusing Distance:150 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 58 mm
Lens Hood:
ET-65B(not included)
Tripod mount:
No (Read more)
Weather sealing:
No
Dimensions (diameter x length):76 x 142 mm
Vikt:630 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD)649 USD
 
 
Product Page (Canon):
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Text from Canon:"Canon´s Telephoto Zoom Lens EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM inherits and expands on the exceptional optical performance of its highly acclaimed successor, the EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, which, when it was released in September 1995, had the distinction of being the world´s first interchangeable lens for SLR cameras equipped with an Image Stabilizer.

The EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens offers an extended zoom range at the wide-angle end and incorporates an Image Stabilizer that compensates for the equivalent of three shutter stops faster, increased from two in the EF75-300mm lens. The UD lens element minimizes chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range and, compared to the previous lens, achieves higher image quality with high resolution and high contrast without any color bleeding on subject outlines.

In addition, Canon´s Telephoto Zoom Lens EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM features a zoom ring lock mechanism, which keeps the lens at the shortest focal length to prevent it from extending and hitting obstacles when attached to the camera and carried with a shoulder strap.

The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM telephoto zoom lens has been developed to meet the high-performance standards that today´s photographers demand. Improved Image Stabilizer Technology provides up to three stops of ”shake” correction, and the ”Mode 2” option stabilizes images while panning with a moving subject. Compared to the original Canon EF 75-300mm IS zoom lens, this telephoto lens has faster autofocus, and overall the lens is lighter and has a smaller diameter than the original. The zoom ring can be locked at the 70mm position, making this powerful lens easy to transport, too."
 
Reviews
fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
 
bobatkins.com
http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/reviews/ef_70_300is_review.html
 
bobatkins.com
http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/reviews/x-300.html
 
colorfoto.de
http://www.colorfoto.de/testbericht/canon-ef-4-5-6-70-300-mm-is-usm-an-canon-7d-1041236,923.html
 
fredmiranda.com
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=294&sort=7&cat=27&page=3
 
slrlensreview.com
http://slrlensreview.com/web/canon-slr-lenses-39/telephoto-zoom-slr-lenses-60/71-canon-ef-70-300mm-f4-56-is-usm-lens-review.html
 
the-digital-picture.com
http://the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-70-300mm-f-4-5.6-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
 
 
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 IS USM
Sample pictures taken with Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 IS USM
Different versions of this lens
2004 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4,5-5,6 DO IS USM
2005 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 IS USM
2010 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5,6 L IS USM

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