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Title: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Canon Rumors on November 05, 2010, 02:33:16 PM
Woo! The new EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS is generating a decent amount of buzz, more than I thought it would.

A CR reader picked up his copy today and told me he’d be doing some shooting. All I asked was he didn’t post a shot of a brick wall, he agreed!

Gallery:http://www.pbase.com/mjlamoon/canon70300l

thanks Martin

The lens is shipping next week in Canada, so I would expect it at US retailers as well.

Another reader who has played around with the lens says the following (Thanks Bruce):

Compared witht the 70-200/2.8, it is a featherweight.Zooming was smooth and the focus was quick and accurate at all focal lengths. The image quality was good over the full frame and IS worked superbly.

On the down side, it drops away from f/4 quite quickly (if I recall correctly around 100mm) which will influence it’s autofunction capabilities on less expensive cameras (Bruce tested with a 1D3 and could be talking about teleconverters).

So – it’s probably a terrific lens for someone with a high end camera who is getting on a plane. The limited focal ratio will probably constrain it more than most realise.

Buy From: B&H / Adorama / Amazon

Post your own samples There is a thread on the forum for EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS lens samples. Please feel free to post your images there.

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,285.0.html

cr

Title: Re: EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS Real World Samples
Post by: scalesusa on November 05, 2010, 08:53:30 PM
Actually, I'd like to see a brick wall.  The images are nice, but they do not tell you everything.  A combination of images so that we can see the different attributes of the lens would be nice.

I'm sure there will be lots of them coming soon.

I liked the comparison shot to the 24-105mm L, it gives me a feel for its size.  Perhaps one comparing it to the 70-200mm f/4 L would also be nice.

I won't be buying one soom, I have the 24-105mm L, the 70-200mm f/4L IS and the 100-400mm L IS, so I'm more than covered.

300mm is a bit short on my FF and APS-H sensor, but should be excellent on a APS-C sensor.


I suppose that the flame wars are now officially open ;)
Title: Re: EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS Real World Samples
Post by: docsmith on November 06, 2010, 10:13:22 AM
No flame here. 8)  I think this lens is a great compliment to the APS-C users that have either the 17-55 f2.8 or the 18-55 kit lens.  Pretty good 2 lens kit.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: CameraAddict on November 07, 2010, 09:44:07 PM
It's nice, but I don't think it's FAR SUPERIOR to my 70-300mm IS NON-L.  Definitely not $1000 superior!

I'm glad to know that I'll be keeping the 70-300 "consumer-grade" lens.
Title: Real world samples
Post by: Einstein333 on November 09, 2010, 09:09:07 AM
I posted some real world samples at dpreview 3 days ago: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1029&thread=36843764
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: tyrepeddler on November 19, 2010, 04:44:08 PM
 :) :)Mine shipped today Friday the 19th from Canoga Camera   I dont know how they got them so quick but not sure about The big two on the east coast
Once here will let you know how it is
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: njh63 on November 21, 2010, 12:19:42 AM
Got mine on Nov 17 from Digidirect
Surprised to get it so early in Australia
Solid lens - happy with early results
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: tyrepeddler on November 25, 2010, 10:46:41 AM
Mine arrived yesterday have taken a few shots with it seems to be better then my 70-200 F4 wil take more over the long weekend and post pics.  It came from Canoga Camera in Ca.they show a few left
Have a great Holiday
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: dr croubie on June 03, 2011, 01:34:29 AM
On the down side, it drops away from f/4 quite quickly (if I recall correctly around 100mm) which will influence it’s autofunction capabilities on less expensive cameras (Bruce tested with a 1D3 and could be talking about teleconverters).

So a) why are there no pics here yet, noone has this lens? (i suppose i'll have to post some after i buy it this weekend or the next)

and b) with regards to that quote, what's he comparing it to? By my nerdly-spreadsheeting & graph i made when i was bored yesterday, the L stays at f4 longer than any other comparable vari-F canon zoom lens. and only the 100-400 beats it by staying longer at f5 before it hits f5.6.
(data comes from here (http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-70-300mm-f-4-5.6-IS-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx))
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: dr croubie on June 13, 2011, 06:03:41 AM
So i finally got to buying one on saturday, and i've spent 2 days since running around and have probably taken nearly 500 shots with it already.
i walked through a forest chasing an eagle for hours, and just when i was giving up and walking home, this guy came and sat on a pole about 2m away from me.

300mm, f5.6, ISO160, 1/500s, 7D. Gotta say, i'm impressed with the Bokeh. the bird was maybe 2-3m away, the street sign and hedge were another 5-6m on the other side of the street.

Bonus points if anyone can tell me wtf it is? i see them around occasionally (in The Netherlands) the crew-cut and colours keep making me think kingfisher, but the body shape is a lot more crow/raven/magpie (but it's not black/white). I know they're probably fairly common in europe, but i only know australian birds.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: languste on June 13, 2011, 07:35:05 AM
it's an Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Jay

Gaai/Vlaamse gaai (NL)
http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaai

Eichelhäher (DE)
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eichelh%C3%A4her
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: dr croubie on June 23, 2011, 05:03:36 PM
woo, thanks for the bird tip. suppose one day i'll be back to get more shots of them, look out for more shots from me of aussie birds in a week or two...

anyway, another shot from that day, to show the bokeh. Taken in a forest with some hoverflies near a leaf in sunlight, the background was all darkness with a bit of sunlight poking through the leaves behind. (the good focussing on the fly was just luck, all the rest of the shots were oof or moving or both)
7D, ISO250, 1/320s, 300mm, f5.6 (wide open). camera jpeg, no processing, just shrunk to 1200*800, and a 100% crop...

and for the hell of it, a 100% crop of the next shot, from the far top left corner of the (APS-C) frame. not going to win any awards for composition, but just to give you an idea of how the bokeh goes ever so slightly non-circular near the corner, still, i like it...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: Ghostdive on June 24, 2011, 12:18:29 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3248/5866987984_bae2142b44_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5866987984/)
IMG_2576_20110624_0071 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5866987984/) von ghostdive.picture (http://www.flickr.com/people/63870759@N06/) auf Flickr

got the lens last week.
with an 400D @300 and i'm very impressed, i got it freehand ;-) Hope i can try it out more this weekend
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: akiskev on June 24, 2011, 12:52:15 PM
Happy shooting!
Guys can you post more shots of this very interesting lens?
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: iowafirebird on June 24, 2011, 06:02:13 PM
I took these photos of robins through my living room window with this lens (Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS) on my 7D.  It's my first L lens and I love it.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: Mt Spokane Photography on June 24, 2011, 07:28:18 PM
That first one is certainly a great image, I'd submit it to something like birds and blooms.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: dr croubie on June 28, 2011, 08:32:09 AM
Just gone over my shots i took of the butterfly house in Changi Airport.
Too lazy and tired to go over and rawprocess the (~300) colour ones i got during the day, this one's probably going to be my favourite anyway.
The auto-misting watering was going on at the time, spraying just near a light (it was nighttime) in the background of where this guy was hanging asleep.

7D, 70-300L, 140mm, f/5, ISO800, 1/30s, -1EV.

was kind of annoyed, this was the last shot i got when the CF was full, by the time i'd deleted a few blurry ones to make room, the misting had finished and the effect was gone, so this is the only one i got...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: chardinej on July 19, 2011, 12:03:03 PM
I've had the lens for under a month and put it through its paces at Bonaventure Island. It is fantastic and has replaced my 70-200/4 for the time being.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: stahlhelms on September 02, 2011, 02:08:42 PM
Still learning photography in general, but this lens helps a lot!
T2i camera....
It took a while to find what was making the sounds in the camo-frogged picture.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: Haydn1971 on September 02, 2011, 05:35:09 PM
Although I'm still happy with the output of this lens, I was using it today at the Imperial War Museum Duxford taking photos of aircraft flying overhead...   It was a nightmare, focus was all over the place, swapped to my 135mm and was getting much better results, even though the aircraft were smaller, they have rendered better with the shorter focal length. 

Overall, stil a great value lens, not that great for moving aircraft !
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: awinphoto on September 03, 2011, 01:34:59 AM
Canon CPS is sending me this lens in 2 weeks to play with for a little while.  I will post photos once I'm done with the lens for you guys... 
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: camerabug on September 03, 2011, 03:17:13 AM
Just a couple of shots by the ocean on a T2i cropped at f5.6
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: awinphoto on September 13, 2011, 07:14:42 PM
I just got the lens in from Canon CPS and I will begin testing this lens... Some first impressions/observations without playing with it too much... It is short and fat... After using the 70-200 F4 IS, this thing is shorter and fatter... very beefy lens... Those used to lets say the 70-200 F2.8 weight may not be in for as much of a shock, but compared to the F4, it's definitely a beast.  You may say "well look at the specs and you will know how much it weighs... well I did... but it's still something one is never looking forward to... It doesn't come with a lens ring... one may definitely consider it because if you are rough with your gear, it may give way...

Secondly, the focus ring and the zoom ring is a tad too close together... It doesnt help that the rings are reversed from other lenses to the zoom is closer to the hood.  I dont get the reason why this is.  If you have one hand on the zoom ring, your palm is on the focus ring... so that easily could knock off focus... Compared to any of the 70-200's, you have plenty of real estate between those two rings so that isn't an issue... Not a game breaker but something I will have to get use to... From a few informal shots, it is sharp, but I will do MA and run some real world shots and post later...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: iowafirebird on September 14, 2011, 11:13:52 PM
I'm still loving this lens with my 7D.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: K-amps on September 16, 2011, 11:12:52 AM
Very nice iowafirebird. How far were you form the subject and were these at 300mm (err 480mm ;) )

Here's a shot I took a few days ago at a local sports practice... I reduced the RAW sharpness to zero (default = 25 in ACR)  and dialed up the NR, despite that, it's still pretty sharp. The sun filtering through the trees presents a nice circular bokeh that it not intense... but neutral / pleasing.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: iowafirebird on September 16, 2011, 09:20:34 PM
Hi K-amps,
Yes they were at 300 mm and as close as I could get and still focus and not scare the butterfly away (within 2-3 ft? - I'm no good at judging distance!).   The cabbage white butterfly is pretty small.   These three were from the raw files -  sharpened up a bit, blurring the background more, and cropped.  I am posting the unprocessed (except for downsizing) jpgs of the first two that the camera spit out - just for comparison.
Thanks for your interest.  I hope you are enjoying this lens as much as I am.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: akiskev on September 17, 2011, 04:13:02 AM
I took these photos of robins through my living room window with this lens (Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS) on my 7D.  It's my first L lens and I love it.
Great catch!!! Excellent shots!
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: awinphoto on September 17, 2011, 12:18:37 PM
Well crap, I had the chance to test out this lens borrowed from Canon CPS at the Reno National Championship Air Races on thursday and spent most friday processing photos until the tragic plane crash at the races.  My thoughts and prayers goes towards those who died or were injured during the race.  (the plane crashed very near my seats I was in the day prior).  Out of respect for the event I'd doubting even showing the photos... what a terrible outcome...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: K-amps on September 19, 2011, 01:43:17 PM
iowafirebird,

Amazing, gives me lots of hope :)

I love the way you blurred the cabbage white butterfly. Did you use CS4? How did you select the objects to blur? I love the PP you did to it.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: iowafirebird on September 21, 2011, 01:28:03 PM
Hi K-amps,
I use CS5, and I still have a LOT to learn. Generally I select what I do not want to blur, refine the edge and then invert the selection to apply the blur. I use the quick selection tool and then use the lasso for fine-tuning. 
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: K-amps on September 21, 2011, 01:32:26 PM
Hi K-amps,
I use CS5, and I still have a LOT to learn. Generally I select what I do not want to blur, refine the edge and then invert the selection to apply the blur. I use the quick selection tool and then use the lasso for fine-tuning.


Same here. Did you use gaussian or lens blur?
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: iowafirebird on September 21, 2011, 02:57:45 PM
Hi K-amps,
I use CS5, and I still have a LOT to learn. Generally I select what I do not want to blur, refine the edge and then invert the selection to apply the blur. I use the quick selection tool and then use the lasso for fine-tuning.


Same here. Did you use gaussian or lens blur?

In this case, gaussian.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: dr croubie on September 24, 2011, 02:27:38 AM
I haven't posted much around here lately, so i'll put this one here.
Sleepy Lizard, which we think was an escaped pet of the neighbours a few years ago...

7D, f/8, 300mm, 1/60s, ISO200
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: K-amps on October 03, 2011, 04:36:30 PM
Went to Brown County State Park this weekend and they were talking about rehabbing a few native birds (and a couple migratory): I was lucky to have my 70-300 on me. Took these during the talk .

No PP sharpening done, but while scaling down the image sizes to post,I used  "bicubic sharper for reduction"
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: briansquibb on January 02, 2012, 01:20:03 PM
On a 1d4
Title: EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: Harv on March 12, 2012, 06:49:42 PM
I purchased the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS recently to evaluate for a specific application.  I ultimately felt it was too slow for the application and sold it yesterday.  However, while I had it, I shot some bird images with it and was impressed with the IQ the lens delivered.  I will be using my EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and EF 300 f/2.8L IS for my application but thought some folks out there who are looking at this lens might appreciate seeing just how good an image it can produce.

I wish I could have justified keeping the lens but it would have seen very little use with me, if any.  However, if someone out there is considering one, don't hesitate.  The lens delivers as promised.  It's also built like a tank.


(http://harveyg.smugmug.com/Nature/Songbirds/i-SpjMWBs/0/O/2012-03-070010-CopyP.jpg)
Title: Re: EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: Ivan Muller on March 15, 2012, 02:18:22 AM
Great image..! I have one and can concur with everything you say...its my only long lens so I plan on keeping it :)
Title: 70-300L in Mozambique
Post by: Ivan Muller on March 15, 2012, 02:35:29 AM
I haven't used my 70-300L much, i bought it for a trip to the Kruger National Park, but I am mightily impressed with everything, sharpness at all apertures and focal lengths and build quality...it just works well. Only thing is that I wish it was a bit lighter but it makes up for that in its more compact size. I also looked at the 70-200f4L but decided that I might as go for the longer reach...

This image was made last year on a trip to Mozambique....more images and info here at...http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2012/03/mozambique-landscapes.html (http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2012/03/mozambique-landscapes.html)

[img(http://i44.tinypic.com/1051aib.jpg[/])
Title: Re: EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: briansquibb on March 15, 2012, 02:47:56 AM
It is a great general purpose lens. That and a 24-105 on a ff are a great travel set.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: Abmurksi on June 04, 2012, 03:45:56 PM
One Pic with 100% crop. Near the lake shore on my 7D. 300mm, f7.1, ISO200, 1/500sec. This lens is a brilliant tradeoff of sharpness, weight, range, size & color rendition.
Minimal sharpness applied in Lightroom (25, Radius 1, Detail 25, no masking).
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
Post by: Anonanimal on June 16, 2012, 11:39:17 AM
Taken @ the Albuquerque, NM Zoo with my T2i and the 70-300L:

250mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO200
(http://tdodd.smugmug.com/Zoos/Albuquerque-Zoo-111111/i-k7DPKjV/0/M/20120513-IMG6184-M.jpg)

250mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO100
(http://tdodd.smugmug.com/Zoos/Albuquerque-Zoo-111111/i-bZgxxZF/0/M/20120513-IMG6095-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on February 11, 2013, 08:52:20 AM
This gallery hasn't been posted to in a while, but I just recently got a copy of this lens and will be sharing some of my recent images with it in a series this week.  Here's one:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8381/8464016423_26f8528940_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8464016423/)
Winter's Splendor #1 - The Road (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8464016423/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on February 12, 2013, 08:53:06 AM
Here's a second taken with the lens - excellent color rendition and resistance to flare.  Color is out of camera, although I combined two exposures to allow proper exposure on both the tree and the sunrise behind it.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8240/8467060961_0fe082dc07_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8467060961/)
Winter's Splendor #2 - The Tree (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8467060961/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: AlbertPorres on February 12, 2013, 10:06:58 AM
All of those pictures looks nice, but this lens (from 200mm till 300) produces not very sharp images and the contrast is very low. No concerns from 70 to 200mm.
I have the 70-200L II, but sometimes I use the 70-300 when I do not want to carry a heavy equipment with me or when I am traveling to an insecure country. 
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: RS2021 on February 12, 2013, 10:58:13 AM
...but this lens (from 200mm till 300) produces not very sharp images and the contrast is very low.

*yawn*

Overall IQ, excellent IS, good focal range, weather sealing, portability.... it is an excellent zoom.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Sporgon on February 12, 2013, 11:37:45 AM
All of those pictures looks nice, but this lens (from 200mm till 300) produces not very sharp images and the contrast is very low. No concerns from 70 to 200mm.
I have the 70-200L II, but sometimes I use the 70-300 when I do not want to carry a heavy equipment with me or when I am traveling to an insecure country.

Hardly true I suppose but the way you say it makes it sound quite bad. This lens is actually just as good as the EF 300mm f4 IS at f5.6. To go better than this you need an EF 300mm f2.8 ( and about £5,200  :)  )
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on February 12, 2013, 11:54:26 AM
...but this lens (from 200mm till 300) produces not very sharp images and the contrast is very low.

*yawn*

Overall IQ, excellent IS, good focal range, weather sealing, portability.... it is an excellent zoom.

Not very sharp, low contrast?  Where does that come from?  The advantage of this lens according to all reviews is that it does the exact opposite of what you say.  Here's one of my own 300mm pictures - looks pretty sharp to me!
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: ahab1372 on February 12, 2013, 12:21:52 PM
All of those pictures looks nice, but this lens (from 200mm till 300) produces not very sharp images and the contrast is very low. No concerns from 70 to 200mm.
I have the 70-200L II, but sometimes I use the 70-300 when I do not want to carry a heavy equipment with me or when I am traveling to an insecure country.
Are you talking about the non-L version maybe? That I could agree with
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: RS2021 on February 12, 2013, 12:47:29 PM
Very sharp...and very plesant shallow DOF in spite of the aperture starting at f/4. The focus in this picture was on the hairs above her eye as I wanted her over-obvious whiskers out of focus...I have no complaints...great zoom.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on February 13, 2013, 08:11:46 AM
Here's another from the series:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8530/8470980526_2962b5b467_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8470980526/)
Winter's Splendor #3 - Pastels (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8470980526/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Sporgon on February 13, 2013, 08:25:36 AM
Here's another from the series:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8530/8470980526_2962b5b467_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8470980526/)
Winter's Splendor #3 - Pastels (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8470980526/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Lovely subtle image, reminds me of the fantasy "Narnia"
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on February 15, 2013, 02:51:16 PM
Had an interesting experience out in the woods with the 70-300L today and a large grey owl.  Here's a link to an article with photos if you're interested.

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/02/my-grey-owl-experience/ (http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/02/my-grey-owl-experience/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on February 15, 2013, 02:51:53 PM
Here's another from the series:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8530/8470980526_2962b5b467_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8470980526/)
Winter's Splendor #3 - Pastels (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8470980526/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Thank you, and a good call.  That morning was very much like the fantasy version of winter.

Lovely subtle image, reminds me of the fantasy "Narnia"
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: SpecialGregg on February 17, 2013, 04:28:27 PM
All of those pictures looks nice, but this lens (from 200mm till 300) produces not very sharp images and the contrast is very low. No concerns from 70 to 200mm.
I have the 70-200L II, but sometimes I use the 70-300 when I do not want to carry a heavy equipment with me or when I am traveling to an insecure country.
Are you talking about the non-L version maybe? That I could agree with

That's what I was thinking. He must have them mixed up. The non-L is very soft from 200-300mm.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: LetTheRightLensIn on February 17, 2013, 05:59:50 PM
Here's another from the series:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8530/8470980526_2962b5b467_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8470980526/)
Winter's Splendor #3 - Pastels (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8470980526/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

verynice
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on February 18, 2013, 08:41:15 AM
Thanks to everyone on the nice comments of the image above.  Here's another that I took with the 70-300L this week.  I hadn't yet done the AFMA on the lens, which I did the latter part of this week.  I've had a bit of an issue dialing in the long end - it is great at/up to AFMA distance (roughly 25 feet), but out closer to infinity (75 feet +) I find it is a little out as compared to the Live View focus.  I tried AFMA from a little further away, but it does get a little harder to be precise (longer distance + f/5.6 is not a great combination).  I ended up with only one point further (-3), so I'll have to see how it goes.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8390/8485873412_f3377412ec_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8485873412/)
The Grey Owl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8485873412/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on February 24, 2013, 08:47:07 AM
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8091/8502612575_4d0bff0c1d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8502612575/)
Delicate (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8502612575/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: killswitch on February 24, 2013, 10:05:09 AM
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.

Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on February 24, 2013, 02:34:55 PM
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.

Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o

That whole workflow was all within Lightroom (4), so no Photoshop there.  I have invested in some presets for LR that I further customize.  The basic look is from a preset collection (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/ (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/)) Preset 9.  By the way, these preset collections often go on sale for 50% off.  I then further tweaked the tone curve to bring a little of the low end back, used a preset brush to paint in a little sharpness and contrast to the forelock.  I probably tweaked the sliders a hair, but I doubt that I have any more than about 4 minutes in processing this particular image.  Another collection I use a lot in my workflow is the "Instagram style" presets.  I usually customize the sliders somewhat after processing, as I am pretty familiar with the way that LR works at this point.  I typically spend as much or more time in adding metadata, descriptions, and keywords as I do processing.  I am careful about all of those things because a fair bit of my work moves commercially in one way or another.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: killswitch on February 24, 2013, 07:11:25 PM
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.

Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o

That whole workflow was all within Lightroom (4), so no Photoshop there.  I have invested in some presets for LR that I further customize.  The basic look is from a preset collection (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/ (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/)) Preset 9.  By the way, these preset collections often go on sale for 50% off.  I then further tweaked the tone curve to bring a little of the low end back, used a preset brush to paint in a little sharpness and contrast to the forelock.  I probably tweaked the sliders a hair, but I doubt that I have any more than about 4 minutes in processing this particular image.  Another collection I use a lot in my workflow is the "Instagram style" presets.  I usually customize the sliders somewhat after processing, as I am pretty familiar with the way that LR works at this point.  I typically spend as much or more time in adding metadata, descriptions, and keywords as I do processing.  I am careful about all of those things because a fair bit of my work moves commercially in one way or another.

Whoa, thanks for sharing your workflow Dustin. Appreciate it. Will go through the link you posted. :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on February 25, 2013, 08:06:53 AM
Here's another shot taken the same day - at 300mm and reasonably close the depth of field is pretty small and the lens transitions to ooF very smoothly.  Even busy lines like a fence and bare branches about 30 feet behind the horse are dealt with quite well.  P.S.  This was a 20 second edit.  I used the "Lo-Fi" preset from the Instagram style collections and brushed in a little extra sharpness on the muzzle.  Done.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8525/8506115581_eb48c1ec67_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8506115581/)
Muzzled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8506115581/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: sdsr on February 25, 2013, 10:08:32 AM
All of those pictures looks nice, but this lens (from 200mm till 300) produces not very sharp images and the contrast is very low. No concerns from 70 to 200mm.
I have the 70-200L II, but sometimes I use the 70-300 when I do not want to carry a heavy equipment with me or when I am traveling to an insecure country.
Are you talking about the non-L version maybe? That I could agree with

Or it could just be sample variation.  I started with the non-L and must have been lucky enough to get an unusually good one because it was sharper at 300mm than the first L I bought (and promptly returned).  The second L I tried is sharper than both, throughout the range, and is one of my favorite lenses (for one thing, it's such a pleasure to use thanks to its superb build, ultrafast responsiveness and unfailing accuracy of focus, even in very low light).
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on March 06, 2013, 08:02:19 AM
The IS is pretty impressive on this lens.  Granted, this is only 70mm, but handheld to blur the water at 1/10th of a second and the sharpness on the ice textures is flawless.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8528/8534221720_36ca44f84f_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8534221720/)
Momentum (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8534221720/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: RJB on March 06, 2013, 09:05:37 AM
I dig this lens. Bulletproof, rapid af, excellent IS, small(ish), decent IQ. Only wish it was constant f4, but can't have everything...

Couple of sunbirds in the garden, on a 60D.

Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on March 06, 2013, 03:32:39 PM
I dig this lens. Bulletproof, rapid af, excellent IS, small(ish), decent IQ. Only wish it was constant f4, but can't have everything...

Couple of sunbirds in the garden, on a 60D.

Nice work.  That second shot shows the surprisingly nice bokeh from the lens.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: zim on March 16, 2013, 06:08:29 AM
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.

Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o

That whole workflow was all within Lightroom (4), so no Photoshop there.  I have invested in some presets for LR that I further customize.  The basic look is from a preset collection (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/ (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/)) Preset 9.  By the way, these preset collections often go on sale for 50% off.  I then further tweaked the tone curve to bring a little of the low end back, used a preset brush to paint in a little sharpness and contrast to the forelock.  I probably tweaked the sliders a hair, but I doubt that I have any more than about 4 minutes in processing this particular image.  Another collection I use a lot in my workflow is the "Instagram style" presets.  I usually customize the sliders somewhat after processing, as I am pretty familiar with the way that LR works at this point.  I typically spend as much or more time in adding metadata, descriptions, and keywords as I do processing.  I am careful about all of those things because a fair bit of my work moves commercially in one way or another.

Dustin, I'd also like to thank you for sharing this I've been really enjoying your photographs. I was wondering though do you use the RAW or JPG presets?

Regards
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on March 16, 2013, 07:41:09 AM
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.

Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o

That whole workflow was all within Lightroom (4), so no Photoshop there.  I have invested in some presets for LR that I further customize.  The basic look is from a preset collection (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/ (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/)) Preset 9.  By the way, these preset collections often go on sale for 50% off.  I then further tweaked the tone curve to bring a little of the low end back, used a preset brush to paint in a little sharpness and contrast to the forelock.  I probably tweaked the sliders a hair, but I doubt that I have any more than about 4 minutes in processing this particular image.  Another collection I use a lot in my workflow is the "Instagram style" presets.  I usually customize the sliders somewhat after processing, as I am pretty familiar with the way that LR works at this point.  I typically spend as much or more time in adding metadata, descriptions, and keywords as I do processing.  I am careful about all of those things because a fair bit of my work moves commercially in one way or another.

Dustin, I'd also like to thank you for sharing this I've been really enjoying your photographs. I was wondering though do you use the RAW or JPG presets?

Regards

I use the RAW presets as I only shoot in RAW.  They do still work with JPEGS, but are optimized for the RAW workflow.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on March 18, 2013, 09:38:27 AM
I just returned from vacation with the 70-300L along with the Tamron 24-70VC as my kit (along with a 6D body and a few filters).  I am just starting to go through my pics, but am delighted with the image quality from this kit.  It was pretty much perfect for what I was doing.  Here's just a fun shot, straight out of camera, of my youngest in Colonial Williamsburg.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8374/8567785623_f46ddff616_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8567785623/)
Colonial Relaxation (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8567785623/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the bokeh from this small aperture zoom lens.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: RS2021 on March 18, 2013, 11:14:54 AM
I just returned from vacation with the 70-300L along with the Tamron 24-70VC as my kit (along with a 6D body and a few filters).  I am just starting to go through my pics, but am delighted with the image quality from this kit.  It was pretty much perfect for what I was doing.  Here's just a fun shot, straight out of camera, of my youngest in Colonial Williamsburg.

I love the look on his face! Set him free...the horse stalls needs mucking!!!

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the bokeh from this small aperture zoom lens.

Yes, in spite of starting at f/4, this zoom still provides excellent bokeh...obviously the longer focal lengths at MFD can wipeout the background.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: RS2021 on March 18, 2013, 11:22:52 AM
Here are a couple of non-scientific bokeh shots on a crop body done at 70mm and 300mm... I see I was lazy leaving it on "program" mode so the aperture setting is f/7.1 for 70mm and  f/6.3 on the 300mm ....even with the stopping down, the zoom does well with bokeh.

 
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on March 25, 2013, 08:47:24 AM
Here's a shot that shows that the 70-300L handles the "transition zone" bokeh area quite well.  This is, to me, one of the single biggest areas that it excels over the pretty great for the money Tamron 70-300 VC.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8515/8589443490_a72f4f193e_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8589443490/)
Botetourt and Nicholson (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8589443490/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on March 29, 2013, 09:08:55 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8252/8599422841_5c637cd1ab_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8599422841/)
Lady Virginia (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8599422841/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on March 30, 2013, 08:29:05 AM
Such a great travel lens.  I plan to blog about it today!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8537/8603190198_5d8fe9d0c2_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8603190198/)
Capital Dreams (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8603190198/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on March 30, 2013, 08:41:35 AM
Here are a couple of non-scientific bokeh shots on a crop body done at 70mm and 300mm... I see I was lazy leaving it on "program" mode so the aperture setting is f/7.1 for 70mm and  f/6.3 on the 300mm ....even with the stopping down, the zoom does well with bokeh.

That shows it quite well, particularly considering it was stopped down almost two full stops for the wide angle shot.  It shows how the more modern curved aperture blades continue to keep the aperture round even when stopped down.  When you shoot tele you deal with a lot of the "transition zone" that can make for some ugly bokeh.  The 70-300L does a nice job with that transition zone.  I have not really seen anything too ugly coming out of it.  Having owned two copies each of the 70-200L (IS and non IS) f/4 zooms, I can safely say that I prefer this lens to those.  I haven't used Canon's 70-200 f/2.8L zooms enough to have an opinion there, but the size of those lens makes them less of a travel option.  I would probably love the 70-200LII for my event work, though.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 01, 2013, 09:37:31 AM
I continue to be impressed with the IQ and flexibility of the 70-300L.  What a great find!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8402/8608988995_2d2bcdc930_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8608988995/)
Seasonal Decorations (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8608988995/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: ckwaller on April 01, 2013, 03:56:27 PM
I had the good fortune of borrowing this lens from a coworker, last month. I fell in love with it instantly, and am scouring the net for a used/refurbished model (although maybe I should just pony up the approx $675 for a new model, haha).

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8236/8546699740_dbc49977ee_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/camwaller/8546699740/)
Opera Soprano (http://www.flickr.com/photos/camwaller/8546699740/#) by CamWall (http://www.flickr.com/people/camwaller/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8101/8565483683_fc66469a43_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/camwaller/8565483683/)
Color Bomb (http://www.flickr.com/photos/camwaller/8565483683/#) by CamWall (http://www.flickr.com/people/camwaller/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: RS2021 on April 03, 2013, 10:33:28 PM
When you shoot tele you deal with a lot of the "transition zone" that can make for some ugly bokeh.  The 70-300L does a nice job with that transition zone.  I have not really seen anything too ugly coming out of it.  Having owned two copies each of the 70-200L (IS and non IS) f/4 zooms, I can safely say that I prefer this lens to those.  I haven't used Canon's 70-200 f/2.8L zooms enough to have an opinion there, but the size of those lens makes them less of a travel option.  I would probably love the 70-200LII for my event work, though.

Indeed, quality of the bokeh in stark gradient areas is a real differentiator and this doesn't always show up in "measurements". In this context, the 70-300L generates really plesant bokeh.

As for 70-200's, I own the f/4 IS and the f/2.8 IS II... While the 70-200 2.8II is a highly competent sharp zoom, it is not the second coming as some fanboys would have us all believe. It is sharp and versatile, but also heavy, and obvious. And most fair-minded people will agree the f/2.8II is not known for its silky bokeh... then again that may not be its main purpose. I periodically knock the 70-200 2.8II here simply because some fanboys just praise it to the heavens... I jokingly call it the "I-too-have-arrived-pricey-but-achievable-newbie zoom", just to poke them a bit ;).

Here is a 700-200 f.2.8 II image and the bokeh crop...it is competent zoom even on grey winter days but I never found the bokeh something to write home about.

 

 
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 04, 2013, 10:38:03 AM
When you shoot tele you deal with a lot of the "transition zone" that can make for some ugly bokeh.  The 70-300L does a nice job with that transition zone.  I have not really seen anything too ugly coming out of it.  Having owned two copies each of the 70-200L (IS and non IS) f/4 zooms, I can safely say that I prefer this lens to those.  I haven't used Canon's 70-200 f/2.8L zooms enough to have an opinion there, but the size of those lens makes them less of a travel option.  I would probably love the 70-200LII for my event work, though.

Indeed, quality of the bokeh in stark gradient areas is a real differentiator and this doesn't always show up in "measurements". In this context, the 70-300L generates really plesant bokeh.

As for 70-200's, I own the f/4 IS and the f/2.8 IS II... While the 70-200 2.8II is a highly competent sharp zoom, it is not the second coming as some fanboys would have us all believe. It is sharp and versatile, but also heavy, and obvious. And most fair-minded people will agree the f/2.8II is not known for its silky bokeh... then again that may not be its main purpose. I periodically knock the 70-200 2.8II here simply because some fanboys just praise it to the heavens... I jokingly call it the "I-too-have-arrived-pricey-but-achievable-newbie zoom", just to poke them a bit ;).

Here is a 700-200 f.2.8 II image and the bokeh crop...it is competent zoom even on grey winter days but I never found the bokeh something to write home about.

 

I think your points are valid, although these two lenses are not really comparable.  I certainly wouldn't want to pack the 2.8LII all day traveling.  I own the Tamron 70-300 VC (which I will soon sell after doing a head to head write-up for my site).  It is actually a very competent lens that has given me some great images, but this particular area was it's great weakness.  Take a look at this shot, for example:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7161/6462852781_43e9b3982f_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/6462852781/)
Peaceful (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/6462852781/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

I actually went in with a softening brush to reduce clarity on the out of focus area because it was so harsh in the original, and it still isn't great.  I find the 70-300L really does a nice job in similar situations.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 04, 2013, 10:40:29 AM
I had the good fortune of borrowing this lens from a coworker, last month. I fell in love with it instantly, and am scouring the net for a used/refurbished model (although maybe I should just pony up the approx $675 for a new model, haha).

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8236/8546699740_dbc49977ee_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/camwaller/8546699740/)
Opera Soprano (http://www.flickr.com/photos/camwaller/8546699740/#) by CamWall (http://www.flickr.com/people/camwaller/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8101/8565483683_fc66469a43_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/camwaller/8565483683/)
Color Bomb (http://www.flickr.com/photos/camwaller/8565483683/#) by CamWall (http://www.flickr.com/people/camwaller/), on Flickr

Some nice images.  I was very fortunate to find a basically new model for an incredible price used, but the biggest challenge is that they rarely go on the used market.  There are some decent deals on occasion for a refurb through Canon, though.  I've seen one for a little over a thousand like that towards the end of last year.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Brand B on April 06, 2013, 01:50:55 AM

  There are some decent deals on occasion for a refurb through Canon, though.  I've seen one for a little over a thousand like that towards the end of last year.

They had it in stock for $1018  a week ago or so.  Out of stock now though.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Hobby Shooter on April 06, 2013, 05:30:36 AM
When you shoot tele you deal with a lot of the "transition zone" that can make for some ugly bokeh.  The 70-300L does a nice job with that transition zone.  I have not really seen anything too ugly coming out of it.  Having owned two copies each of the 70-200L (IS and non IS) f/4 zooms, I can safely say that I prefer this lens to those.  I haven't used Canon's 70-200 f/2.8L zooms enough to have an opinion there, but the size of those lens makes them less of a travel option.  I would probably love the 70-200LII for my event work, though.

Indeed, quality of the bokeh in stark gradient areas is a real differentiator and this doesn't always show up in "measurements". In this context, the 70-300L generates really plesant bokeh.

As for 70-200's, I own the f/4 IS and the f/2.8 IS II... While the 70-200 2.8II is a highly competent sharp zoom, it is not the second coming as some fanboys would have us all believe. It is sharp and versatile, but also heavy, and obvious. And most fair-minded people will agree the f/2.8II is not known for its silky bokeh... then again that may not be its main purpose. I periodically knock the 70-200 2.8II here simply because some fanboys just praise it to the heavens... I jokingly call it the "I-too-have-arrived-pricey-but-achievable-newbie zoom", just to poke them a bit ;).

Here is a 700-200 f.2.8 II image and the bokeh crop...it is competent zoom even on grey winter days but I never found the bokeh something to write home about.

 
Hmm, I am one of those guys, I guess I just don't like you any longer  :P
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 08, 2013, 10:14:55 AM
Not a birder, but I have found the 70-300L to be a very nice "birding" lens.  While it isn't particularly long on a full frame, the great resolving power makes serious cropping possible while upholding great detail.  And, as I said earlier, I am really surprised by how well it handles transition zone bokeh.  Nice and soft without a lot of distracting hard edges.  This is pretty fantastic considering how sharp the lens is.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8119/8631784874_18a4e96a27_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8631784874/)
Snowbirds (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8631784874/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Here is a roughly 100% crop of the primary goose that makes me seriously happy:

Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 14, 2013, 08:57:45 AM
Even at 300mm, wide open, this lens still provides great sharpness and contrast:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8405/8648565202_c08658bd24_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8648565202/)
Better than Winter (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8648565202/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

The lighting here (and resulting color) is muted, but the detail is sharp even at full magnification.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 15, 2013, 09:45:10 AM
Here's a medium focal range shot that shows off the excellent bokeh of the lens.  This is ISO 2500, shot with a polarizer to reduce reflection from the glass.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8399/8652245346_96ae904713_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8652245346/)
Slither (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8652245346/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 16, 2013, 09:09:39 AM
Here's another "zoo shot" (the 70-300L might be ultimate zoo lens)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8249/8655304674_46df7b8d70_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8655304674/)
Golden Lion Tamarin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8655304674/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 18, 2013, 09:07:42 AM
This lens renders such fantastic detail:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8099/8659626405_9dafebbab2_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8659626405/)
Attitude (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8659626405/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 19, 2013, 09:28:52 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8254/8662132535_a0e570fb0a_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8662132535/)
Burrowing Owl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8662132535/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 20, 2013, 08:59:51 AM
This shot is a near 100% crop (the original was already 300mm) to show off the great detail on the lion's nose:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8259/8664528637_ef1438be42.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8664528637/)
Battle-scarred (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8664528637/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: zim on April 20, 2013, 11:38:20 AM
Absolutely loving all the photos being posted showcasing this lens, only thing is guy’s I think your all pushing the price of it up especially you Dustin and I’m still saving, now stop it and post some duffers   ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 21, 2013, 08:52:25 AM
Here's a duffer for you:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8542/8667410273_63db0d56d9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8667410273/)
Sunbather (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8667410273/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Or not...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Sporgon on April 21, 2013, 01:26:19 PM
Absolutely loving all the photos being posted showcasing this lens, only thing is guy’s I think your all pushing the price of it up especially you Dustin and I’m still saving, now stop it and post some duffers   ;)


+1

I really like what I am seeing here :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 21, 2013, 02:13:42 PM
Absolutely loving all the photos being posted showcasing this lens, only thing is guy’s I think your all pushing the price of it up especially you Dustin and I’m still saving, now stop it and post some duffers   ;)


+1

I really like what I am seeing here :)

I often zoom into 100% with this lens and my jaw drops (kind of like zooming into a lot of 135L pics).  For example, I was practicing AI Servo with the 6D with my cat in the backyard.  He stopped for a minute, and here is the full shot out of camera along with the 100% crop
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Vivid Color on April 21, 2013, 03:39:05 PM
Dustin: Great photos!

Question to Dustin and everyone: I have the 70-300L and plan to take it along with my 24-105L on a safari to Tanzania. My bodies will be a 6D and a T1i. I've been trying to decide which lens to put on which body. I was thinking of putting the 70-300L on the T1i for reach to get longer distance animal shots and the 24-105L on the 6D for closer up animal shots and for landscapes. But given Dustin's photos, is that still the best approach? Given the dust in August, I'm going to assume that once I put the lenses on the bodies, they will most likely stay there for each game drive if not the entire day. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: LetTheRightLensIn on April 21, 2013, 04:28:32 PM
Dustin: Great photos!

Question to Dustin and everyone: I have the 70-300L and plan to take it along with my 24-105L on a safari to Tanzania. My bodies will be a 6D and a T1i. I've been trying to decide which lens to put on which body. I was thinking of putting the 70-300L on the T1i for reach to get longer distance animal shots and the 24-105L on the 6D for closer up animal shots and for landscapes. But given Dustin's photos, is that still the best approach? Given the dust in August, I'm going to assume that once I put the lenses on the bodies, they will most likely stay there for each game drive if not the entire day. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

reach, reach, reach - 70-300L on the T1i (unless the MFA is off and you don't have time to send it for calibration)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 21, 2013, 05:54:20 PM
Dustin: Great photos!

Question to Dustin and everyone: I have the 70-300L and plan to take it along with my 24-105L on a safari to Tanzania. My bodies will be a 6D and a T1i. I've been trying to decide which lens to put on which body. I was thinking of putting the 70-300L on the T1i for reach to get longer distance animal shots and the 24-105L on the 6D for closer up animal shots and for landscapes. But given Dustin's photos, is that still the best approach? Given the dust in August, I'm going to assume that once I put the lenses on the bodies, they will most likely stay there for each game drive if not the entire day. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

reach, reach, reach - 70-300L on the T1i (unless the MFA is off and you don't have time to send it for calibration)

I think I would have to agree here.  If the lens isn't dialed in, then put it on the 6D and dial it in before you.  I found a huge difference at 50 ft+ after AFMA.  But 300mm isn't very long on FF.  The positive is that I find I can do 100% crops and still have nice looking results for web use.  Big prints might be another story, though.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: clostridium on April 21, 2013, 06:56:25 PM
With those lenses as another has noted due to the need for more reach you are best to put the 70-300L on the T1i.  That reduces the cropping you will be doing but also doesn't put your best lens into use and still isn't enough reach.  I'd suggest renting a 100-400 to use on the T1i and have the 70-300 for the 6D to occasionally swap with the 24-105 for either camera (more likely the 6d).

Dustin: Great photos!

Question to Dustin and everyone: I have the 70-300L and plan to take it along with my 24-105L on a safari to Tanzania. My bodies will be a 6D and a T1i. I've been trying to decide which lens to put on which body. I was thinking of putting the 70-300L on the T1i for reach to get longer distance animal shots and the 24-105L on the 6D for closer up animal shots and for landscapes. But given Dustin's photos, is that still the best approach? Given the dust in August, I'm going to assume that once I put the lenses on the bodies, they will most likely stay there for each game drive if not the entire day. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 22, 2013, 09:38:42 AM
I will write a full review of the lens soon, but here's a good, a bad, and an example.  The bad is that the lens focus breathes really heavily.  I was disappointed at the lower maximum magnification that the 70-300L produces vs. the Tamron 70-300 VC although the Canon has a bit closer minimum focus.  I would estimate the focal length at minimum focus to be not much more than 225mm.  The good news:  the same floating elements that produce that effect also produce very high resolution at minimum focus range (to be fair - I found the Tamron quite good in situations like this, too - just not quite to the Canon's level).  Here's an example:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8256/8671041431_137f75a90d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8671041431/)
April Showers #1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8671041431/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: SpecialGregg on April 27, 2013, 07:53:42 PM
BEE Awesome.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: pgsdeepak on April 27, 2013, 09:08:37 PM
I recently bought the 70-300L refurb. I should say I am really impressed with the lens. I had the 70-300 Non L, not sure if it was the copy I had, at the longer end, the images were usually soft. I then tried a 100-400L from CPS. that lens was awesome. the push pull feature was a problem initially, but then I got used to it in a few hours. But that was pretty heavy and long. I did not see myself packing it to take it with me most of the times. So I decided to get the 70-300L, heard some good reviews. It is well built, but not so heavy, very hand-holdable, short enough and good glass too. I took it to the zoo and the main thing I have to say about this lens is, it is SHARP!!!!.
It is more versatile on FF Camera on the shorter end.
Some pics below. I used a EOS 40D for all the shots.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: candyman on May 03, 2013, 10:01:36 AM
Great lens
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: candyman on May 03, 2013, 10:05:09 AM
Another one
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: candyman on May 03, 2013, 10:08:08 AM
and...another one...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: jeffdo on May 03, 2013, 02:42:39 PM
I am thinking about getting this lens. My question though for those of you who have it, concerns the tripod ring. Did you purchase one? Or do you attach your tripod to the body. Canon selling the tripod ring for an additional 300 bucks, sort of negates the cost advantage this lens has over the 100-400.

I rented a 100-400 for two weeks and liked the image quality but the weight did get annoying.

This would be my second lens, I have a 5dmark3 and the kit lens.

Having a seriously difficult time deciding between it and the 100-400, I was pretty much go for the 70-300L until I heard about the lack of a tripod ring and the crazy price for it.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: leftnose on May 03, 2013, 03:52:18 PM
I am thinking about getting this lens. My question though for those of you who have it, concerns the tripod ring. Did you purchase one? Or do you attach your tripod to the body. Canon selling the tripod ring for an additional 300 bucks, sort of negates the cost advantage this lens has over the 100-400.

Where are you seeing that price?  It's $170 at B&H.  Still stupid expensive but not $300!

I have the ring as I shoot off of a monopod quite a bit and everything balances better that way.  I bought a cheap eBay knockoff first but regretted it almost immediately.  The Canon ring is MUCH better.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: jeffdo on May 03, 2013, 04:45:42 PM
Ahh I read a review from when the lens first came out, maybe it's come down in price quite a bit? 170 isn't as bad as 300. Thanks.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: SteveCSmith on May 03, 2013, 05:25:17 PM
I've used it on the tripod with the 60D and its a little front heavy, but not bad (entry level manfrotto tripod/ball head).  I haven't put it on my 5d3, but I suspect the extra weight would make it even a little less so.

I'm sure I'll get roasted over this, but my choice would be to put that $170 extra into an even better tripod/head instead of that ring.  I know the ring is nice on my 70-200 2.8 (essential even), but I'm okay without it on the 70-300 (sometimes I need to use things the "wrong way" for a while before I see the value in the higher $$$ gear).
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: miah on May 03, 2013, 05:48:37 PM
I feel the 70-300L/5D3 is best supported by a tripod collar, due to its combined weight. I bought a $42 version from China off eBay. It was delivered very fast (less than a week) and is of decent quality, but the clamp tolerance was a little loose. I fixed it by shimming the gap directly beneath the hinge with a 1-inch long piece of 3/4-inch velcro (loop/fuzzy side). This took up the slack while still allowing the lens to freely rotate for vertical shots and doesn't leave any messy, sticky residue, like tape would when it gets hot outside. It's been working great for months, now, so for $42-delivered, I'd say it's a much better deal than Canon's collar. Here's the link, if anyone wants to check it out:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tripod-Mount-Ring-C-WII-for-Canon-70-300mm-f-4-5-6L-/350487384475?ssPageName=ADME:L:OU:US:3160 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tripod-Mount-Ring-C-WII-for-Canon-70-300mm-f-4-5-6L-/350487384475?ssPageName=ADME:L:OU:US:3160)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Vivid Color on May 03, 2013, 06:37:28 PM
I thought about buying the 100-400 until I tested it and found that I had difficulties getting in-focus shots hand held due to the length and weight of the lens. (But, that's just me. I have small hands and short arms.) So, that's when I decided to get the 70-300L and I have had no difficulties at all getting getting tack sharp shots with it. And, I bought a collar from Fotodiox through Amazon for about $40. I've had no slippage issues with the collar, although to date I've only used it a couple of times so I don't know how it will perform over a longer period of usage. By the way, the same collar on Fotodiox's own website is almost $100. Stranger still is the fact that Amazon's site says the retail price is $44.95. Here's the link to the collar on Amazon:

 http://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-Premium-Tripod-70-300mm-F4-5-6L/dp/B008BBR8CI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367620420&sr=8-1&keywords=fotodiox+70-300L (http://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-Premium-Tripod-70-300mm-F4-5-6L/dp/B008BBR8CI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367620420&sr=8-1&keywords=fotodiox+70-300L)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Vivid Color on May 03, 2013, 06:45:23 PM
Here's a handheld shot I took at Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore last Saturday with my 70-300L. ISO 640, 300mm, f/9, 1/250 sec.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: HeavenHell on May 03, 2013, 07:44:20 PM
Here's a few shots I took last weekend.

(http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt79/HeavenHell_photo/IMG_0934_zps78c58e6a.jpg) (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/HeavenHell_photo/media/IMG_0934_zps78c58e6a.jpg.html)

(http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt79/HeavenHell_photo/IMG_0929_zpsdc05bbff.jpg) (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/HeavenHell_photo/media/IMG_0929_zpsdc05bbff.jpg.html)

(http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt79/HeavenHell_photo/IMG_0987_p_zpsfcbb6a3d.jpg) (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/HeavenHell_photo/media/IMG_0987_p_zpsfcbb6a3d.jpg.html)

(http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt79/HeavenHell_photo/IMG_0999_p_zpsf4a294c1.jpg) (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/HeavenHell_photo/media/IMG_0999_p_zpsf4a294c1.jpg.html)

(http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt79/HeavenHell_photo/IMG_1006_p_zps35f67a23.jpg) (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/HeavenHell_photo/media/IMG_1006_p_zps35f67a23.jpg.html)

(http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt79/HeavenHell_photo/IMG_1016_p_zpsaaaa4431.jpg) (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/HeavenHell_photo/media/IMG_1016_p_zpsaaaa4431.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: LetTheRightLensIn on May 03, 2013, 08:27:58 PM
Great shots. Love that shot with all of the painted (?) turtles and the snapper in the water is pretty cool.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: HeavenHell on May 05, 2013, 08:53:42 PM
Here's a few more I took today with my 7D.  I'm very satisfied with the sharpness of this lens even at 300 mm.
It's been a very good spring for reptiles and amphibians in Wisconsin!

Pickerel frog in the reeds
(http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt79/HeavenHell_photo/IMG_1049_zpsdea6fca6.jpg) (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/HeavenHell_photo/media/IMG_1049_zpsdea6fca6.jpg.html)

American Toad
(http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt79/HeavenHell_photo/IMG_1073-1_zps23181b3a.jpg) (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/HeavenHell_photo/media/IMG_1073-1_zps23181b3a.jpg.html)

Green Frog
(http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt79/HeavenHell_photo/IMG_1082_zps9279d138.jpg) (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/HeavenHell_photo/media/IMG_1082_zps9279d138.jpg.html)

Another Green Frog (something about this photo I really like)
(http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt79/HeavenHell_photo/IMG_1104_zpsa876010d.jpg) (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/HeavenHell_photo/media/IMG_1104_zpsa876010d.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: boateggs on May 06, 2013, 04:19:08 AM
Although I dont have any images that I feel are worthy to post yet, I must say that I am so glad I bought this lens. I was originally going to get he 70-200IS but noticed this lens. A little more money but a lot more reach (got it on a Canon refurb sale). I brought it out to a family gathering for the first use and my father (Nikon user for life) just upgraded to a D600 and wanted to know what I had im my bag. I showed him my first red ring. He played with it for a while and set the rig back in my bag. If he has a complaint it will be heard so his silence was kind of a shock to me. Once I got home and looked at the pictures I took of seal pups I was amazed that 100% still looked nice rather than 50% looking ok (prior tele-zoom was 55-250mm). Damn fine lens
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: phixional ninja on May 07, 2013, 04:13:39 PM
So... is $1,087.32 for this lens from the Canon refurb store as good a deal as it feels like?  It's slightly lower even than some completed Ebay listings for used copies.  Oh well, I already ordered.  I was almost totally prepared to spring for the new price anyway, so any savings are good savings.  You can all feel responsible for your great shots convincing me to get yet another lens...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 07, 2013, 05:44:08 PM
So... is $1,087.32 for this lens from the Canon refurb store as good a deal as it feels like?  It's slightly lower even than some completed Ebay listings for used copies.  Oh well, I already ordered.  I was almost totally prepared to spring for the new price anyway, so any savings are good savings.  You can all feel responsible for your great shots convincing me to get yet another lens...

It's pretty hard to beat that price.  They rarely get that low used (around $1200 is more typical), and this way you get some kind of warranty.  Beyond that, there aren't many on the used market.  I don't think it has been a volume seller and most of us that have one hang on to them!
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: RJB on May 08, 2013, 10:03:00 AM
Young Chimp, Gombe National Park, Tanzania. 70-300L, 5D3, Highish ISO

Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 08, 2013, 10:07:53 AM
Young Chimp, Gombe National Park, Tanzania. 70-300L, 5D3, Highish ISO

That's a great shot, particularly considering there was a lot of opportunity for the AF to get distracted.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: RJB on May 08, 2013, 10:10:29 AM
Cheers! Manually focused through the grass - as you say, was a bit too much going on for af...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 08, 2013, 10:13:04 AM
Cheers! Manually focused through the grass - as you say, was a bit too much going on for af...

That doesn't surprise me.  I've been in similar situations and it is not unusual to get a LOT of hunting in that situation.  I often just grab the focus ring and dial it down.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: jeffdo on May 09, 2013, 01:40:32 AM
So... is $1,087.32 for this lens from the Canon refurb store as good a deal as it feels like?  It's slightly lower even than some completed Ebay listings for used copies.  Oh well, I already ordered.  I was almost totally prepared to spring for the new price anyway, so any savings are good savings.  You can all feel responsible for your great shots convincing me to get yet another lens...

It's pretty hard to beat that price.  They rarely get that low used (around $1200 is more typical), and this way you get some kind of warranty.  Beyond that, there aren't many on the used market.  I don't think it has been a volume seller and most of us that have one hang on to them!

I looked at this too, I was a little leery because the 70-300L is one of the few that doesn't reference a 90 day warranty like a number of other lenses do. Saving 300 bucks is pretty nice though.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: boateggs on May 09, 2013, 04:49:27 AM
I am not sure what you are moving on from. If you are like me, this is night and day compared to the 55-250mm (expected). I avoided telling my better half how much it was, she finally used it and was blow away. She assumed it was over a thousand (double what she would ever spend) and was alright with that after using it and finding the range to be awesome and the AF fast and accurate. I am also stoked that a 100% crop is now useable.

If you are worried about the lack of mentioning the warranty, you have 2 weeks to return after delivery and I am pretty sure that all refurbs have a 90 day warranty. If you are coming from a non-red ring (like me) you will be happy.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: phixional ninja on May 09, 2013, 10:46:21 AM
I looked at this too, I was a little leery because the 70-300L is one of the few that doesn't reference a 90 day warranty like a number of other lenses do. Saving 300 bucks is pretty nice though.

Heh... I might have gotten overly excited, I didn't even notice that.  This (http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/modelSupportLinkDetail.action?componentCid=0901e0248010edb0&staticFileURL=%2FMiscPage%2FWarranty_IEP_Fax_MiscPage.htm) seems to indicate that the 90 day warranty is a blanket policy for all refurbished products though, so I think it's covered.

I am not sure what you are moving on from. If you are like me, this is night and day compared to the 55-250mm (expected). I avoided telling my better half how much it was, she finally used it and was blow away. She assumed it was over a thousand (double what she would ever spend) and was alright with that after using it and finding the range to be awesome and the AF fast and accurate. I am also stoked that a 100% crop is now useable.

If you are worried about the lack of mentioning the warranty, you have 2 weeks to return after delivery and I am pretty sure that all refurbs have a 90 day warranty. If you are coming from a non-red ring (like me) you will be happy.

Well, I'm coming from the 70-200 f4L non-IS, so my transition won't be quite as mind blowing as yours.  I'm anticipating greatly enjoying the extra 100mm and IS though, I'm not worried about regretting the purchase unless it's a bad copy (and the hassle that will entail).
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: phixional ninja on May 13, 2013, 10:51:49 PM
It arrived!  It was super windy here today, and I didn't have much time to wander about, but I'm pretty happy with this from my first hour with the lens:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7285/8736364793_acb55d6b88_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phixional_ninja/8736364793/in/photostream/lightbox/)
Canon 5DmkIII  |  Canon 70-300L  |  1/100s  |  f/9.0  |  ISO200  |  300mm

My refurb unit appears to be basically pristine.  No cosmetic or apparent image quality flaws, just the tiniest wiggle in the focusing ring (and only forward and back, no play in terms of turning it).  I'm absolutely loving the IS.  I know the focusing speed should be comparable to my 70-200 f4L or the 135mm f2L, but I'm not used to that smooth, non-jittery image in the view finder, which makes the whole experience feel more immediate.  I can't wait to get out with it more.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 21, 2013, 09:52:01 AM
It arrived!  It was super windy here today, and I didn't have much time to wander about, but I'm pretty happy with this from my first hour with the lens:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7285/8736364793_acb55d6b88_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phixional_ninja/8736364793/in/photostream/lightbox/)
Canon 5DmkIII  |  Canon 70-300L  |  1/100s  |  f/9.0  |  ISO200  |  300mm

My refurb unit appears to be basically pristine.  No cosmetic or apparent image quality flaws, just the tiniest wiggle in the focusing ring (and only forward and back, no play in terms of turning it).  I'm absolutely loving the IS.  I know the focusing speed should be comparable to my 70-200 f4L or the 135mm f2L, but I'm not used to that smooth, non-jittery image in the view finder, which makes the whole experience feel more immediate.  I can't wait to get out with it more.

That is a beautiful image.  Bravo - and congrats on your new acquisition.  Here's one taken at 420mm (Kenko Pro 300 1.4x) and f/11.  Amazing compression at that focal length!

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5339/8765565173_48da825032_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8765565173/)
Blossoming (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8765565173/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on August 19, 2013, 09:23:03 AM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2848/9544501919_a13a41f9f4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9544501919/)
L'Chaim (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9544501919/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: skullyspice on August 29, 2013, 10:01:42 PM
Just got this lens yesterday! Fantastic!
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Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on August 30, 2013, 08:57:56 AM
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9626666543/" title="Glimpses by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7415/9626666543_a7768f7f97.jpg" width="500" height="281" alt="Glimpses"></a>
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: skullyspice on August 31, 2013, 02:19:44 PM
fantastic lens. creamy bokeh.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on August 31, 2013, 02:42:38 PM
fantastic lens. creamy bokeh.
That's great!  Nice sharpness and color, I agree that the bokeh is surprisingly good with the 70-300L
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: serendipidy on August 31, 2013, 04:09:03 PM
Just got this lens yesterday! Fantastic!
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Now you've gone and made me hungry ;D
Nice photo. Really captures the meat of the subject :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: serendipidy on August 31, 2013, 04:10:25 PM
fantastic lens. creamy bokeh.

Gorgeous photo. Very well done, sir!
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: LetTheRightLensIn on August 31, 2013, 04:52:48 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2848/9544501919_a13a41f9f4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9544501919/)
L'Chaim (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9544501919/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

nice shot, nice subtle pastels
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: LetTheRightLensIn on August 31, 2013, 05:06:21 PM
Be warned that most of these are ProphotoRGB so you need a color-managed browser to not make them look a mess (and in some the red might look a bit blow unless you use a wide gamut monitor), click for larger (although, sadly on the color-managed Firefox, clicking for larger doesn't really show them properly since you get a semi-working scrollbar windowed view instead of a normal all at once view):
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Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: skullyspice on August 31, 2013, 05:24:36 PM
fantastic lens. creamy bokeh.
That's great!  Nice sharpness and color, I agree that the bokeh is surprisingly good with the 70-300L

Thanks! Ive only played with this lens for a couple days so far but I am really impressed with the sharpness and bokeh. my new favorite!
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Viv on September 30, 2013, 01:29:08 PM
I'm buying the 70-300 L this week  :) yay !

The store has an unsold new copy of the lens from 2010 ( serial no. 72xxxxxxxx) which they will let me have at the old price but with full normal warranty from date of my purchase. It's a small but significant saving. I've tested the lens thoroughly and it's absolutely fresh, new and working perfectly.

Do I buy this lens or should I just opt for a recently manufactured copy?

 ::)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: neuroanatomist on September 30, 2013, 03:10:33 PM
Do I buy this lens or should I just opt for a recently manufactured copy?

I'd take the deal...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on October 04, 2013, 08:52:55 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5531/10083785374_e29f7ebb60_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10083785374/)
Hush (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10083785374/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: neuroanatomist on October 08, 2013, 02:14:58 PM
"Bad Breath"

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/10137918454_d255aff3e4_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr_brain/10137918454/lightbox/)
EOS 1D X, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM @ 236mm, 1/400 s, f/5.6, ISO 1250
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Sporgon on October 08, 2013, 04:29:40 PM
"Bad Breath"

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/10137918454_d255aff3e4_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr_brain/10137918454/lightbox/)
EOS 1D X, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM @ 236mm, 1/400 s, f/5.6, ISO 1250

This lens really sings when you get it right, amazing for its zoom range and unique to Canon at the present time I think.

For a moment there I thought this was someone eating their words..........   ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: skullyspice on October 20, 2013, 02:47:16 PM
Hummingbird
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on October 25, 2013, 09:16:51 AM
It's odd how much the bokeh rendition and color from this lens reminds me of the 135L in certain situations.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/10456851004_a3ce7594d3_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10456851004/)
Multiplicity (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10456851004/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: petach on November 03, 2013, 05:22:03 AM
6D with the 70-300L in London, snapping The Shard

This is a 5 shot vertical stitch at f/8.  I am amazed at the sharpness!


(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5492/10628971425_033d629c0f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/10628971425/)
The Shard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/10628971425/#) by petach123 (Peter Tachauer) (http://www.flickr.com/people/59712450@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on November 03, 2013, 08:21:35 AM
6D with the 70-300L in London, snapping The Shard

This is a 5 shot vertical stitch at f/8.  I am amazed at the sharpness!


(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5492/10628971425_033d629c0f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/10628971425/)
The Shard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/10628971425/#) by petach123 (Peter Tachauer) (http://www.flickr.com/people/59712450@N03/), on Flickr

That is very cool shot, and nicely executed.  70-300L is a very sharp lens.  One of Canon's hidden gems, to be sure!
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: kirkcha on November 03, 2013, 11:38:35 AM
A couple from the Breeder's Cup yesterday
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: petach on November 03, 2013, 11:45:46 AM
6D with the 70-300L in London, snapping The Shard

This is a 5 shot vertical stitch at f/8.  I am amazed at the sharpness!


(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5492/10628971425_033d629c0f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/10628971425/)
The Shard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/10628971425/#) by petach123 (Peter Tachauer) (http://www.flickr.com/people/59712450@N03/), on Flickr

That is very cool shot, and nicely executed.  70-300L is a very sharp lens.  One of Canon's hidden gems, to be sure!
Thanks Dustin,  this is a fantastic lens and one which will get a lot of use.  I am sure that at certain focal lengths it is better than the equivalent primes.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: AdamF on November 03, 2013, 03:03:58 PM
I have this lens and I read that the Canon Extenders will not work with the lens.

Question is, is there some other extender I can use with this lens and get good results ?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: dr croubie on November 03, 2013, 03:33:17 PM
I have this lens and I read that the Canon Extenders will not work with the lens.

Question is, is there some other extender I can use with this lens and get good results ?

Thanks.
I've used the Kenko 1.4x 'Pro 300' version perfectly fine. Most of the Kenko range should fit, but that's the only one I've experienced.
AF doesn't really happen at 300mm in dim light on my 7D, but in bright light it's fine. IQ doesn't take much of a hit at all (to my eyes)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on November 04, 2013, 08:40:38 AM
I have this lens and I read that the Canon Extenders will not work with the lens.

Question is, is there some other extender I can use with this lens and get good results ?

Thanks.
I've used the Kenko 1.4x 'Pro 300' version perfectly fine. Most of the Kenko range should fit, but that's the only one I've experienced.
AF doesn't really happen at 300mm in dim light on my 7D, but in bright light it's fine. IQ doesn't take much of a hit at all (to my eyes)

+1.  I've been pleasantly surprised with the IQ from this combo.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on November 05, 2013, 08:12:26 AM
This lens has also produced some great landscape shots for me, too.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3734/10671700763_494688a3ac_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10671700763/)
Paint for Me (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10671700763/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on December 12, 2013, 08:53:09 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5471/11323441334_e4f6e7f6be_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/11323441334)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: georgecpappas on December 12, 2013, 04:23:22 PM
Here are a couple with the 70-300 and 5D3 in Iceland earlier this year.  Tripod-mounted, live view focusing..Very good for critical framing of landscapes at distance….and outstanding travel lens.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on December 12, 2013, 04:33:21 PM
Here are a couple with the 70-300 and 5D3 in Iceland earlier this year.  Tripod-mounted, live view focusing..Very good for critical framing of landscapes at distance….and outstanding travel lens.

Agreed, and those are very stunning examples to demonstrate your point!
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: LetTheRightLensIn on December 12, 2013, 06:31:14 PM
I'm buying the 70-300 L this week  :) yay !

The store has an unsold new copy of the lens from 2010 ( serial no. 72xxxxxxxx) which they will let me have at the old price but with full normal warranty from date of my purchase. It's a small but significant saving. I've tested the lens thoroughly and it's absolutely fresh, new and working perfectly.

Do I buy this lens or should I just opt for a recently manufactured copy?

 ::)

take the deal, mine is from around then and it's awesome (better than my 24-200 f/4 IS at 70mm f/4 and 200mm f/5, if not quite as good in the middle range (still very good there though)). Yeah sometimes they do make silent fixes over the years, but I haven't heard anything bad about ones from 2010 and I sure like mine from then.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: LetTheRightLensIn on December 12, 2013, 06:35:44 PM
I have this lens and I read that the Canon Extenders will not work with the lens.

Question is, is there some other extender I can use with this lens and get good results ?

Thanks.

It may vary by body, but on a 5D3:

AFAIK the only ones that allow for AF are the Kenko C-AF 1.4X TELEPLUS MC4 DGX and the Kenko C-AF 1.4 TELEPLUS PRO DGX. The other Kenko crash out or don't AF AFAIK (interestingly though these Kenkos will crash out the 300 2.8 IS when used with a 5D3 and a Canon TC, so much so that the lens will refuse to AF even if all TCs are removed and the camera is turned off and on, you need to remove the camera body battery).

You do not need the f/8 firmware to make the f/8 AF work in the above scenario (which is awesome since you can still use Magic Lantern!).

AFAIK all other TC from other makers and from Canon will not allow for AF (other than reallly horrific AF where it will do nasty stuff that makes it sound like it will wear out of the AF quickly and with mostly wrong results).
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: RustyTheGeek on December 12, 2013, 09:33:55 PM
Love the image of the burro or donkey.  Was it natural light or did you build the shot?
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: ahab1372 on December 12, 2013, 11:59:55 PM
I really like the picture of the mule, Dustin
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on December 13, 2013, 09:09:23 AM
Love the image of the burro or donkey.  Was it natural light or did you build the shot?

That is shot only in natural light, very dim, so I shot ISO 6400 (which on a 6D is still amazingly clean).  Shutter speed was 1/50th.  I previously had the Tamron 70-300 VC before the 70-300L, and the one area where the Tamron has the Canon beat is in the image stabilization.  I am actually disappointed in the 70-300L in that regard.  I find that I need to be really conscious of using proper technique at lower shutter speeds, otherwise I end up disappointed.  This shot, however, looks great at full magnification.  That being said, it is also only 120mm, so its not like hard core stabilization was needed. 

The Canon blows the Tamron away in bokeh, however, and sharpness and color rendition are both better with the Canon.  The Tamron is a surprisingly strong performer considering its very low price point.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: georgecpappas on December 15, 2013, 04:30:07 PM
Thanks for the comment; the previous two images were taken during August.  I have been fortunate to go to Iceland during the winter.  Here are a couple of images taken with the 70-300 and my 5D2 at the time.  The one of the ocean waves was taken in diagonal, driving, cold rain.  It sorely tested the water resistance of the 70-300 and the 5D2 body - the lens was dripping wet after I finished my sequence.  I used a UV filter.  During the winter trip, I had to keep towels and a large glad bag to cover my backpack when taking the gear indoors after a day outside to ward of condensation damage.  Time and again, the 70-300 has proven its mettle.

I can't say enough good things about this lens.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: petach on December 15, 2013, 06:01:25 PM
It is a rare occasion I use something as large as a 6d with 70-300L for street shots......but I love it for the separation it gives between fore/background.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/11374143755_738c825656_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/11374143755/)
Candid Whitechapel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/11374143755/#) by petach123 (Peter Tachauer) (http://www.flickr.com/people/59712450@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7343/11374141415_2900792ac4_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/11374141415/)
Candid Whitechapel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/11374141415/#) by petach123 (Peter Tachauer) (http://www.flickr.com/people/59712450@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3801/11374271413_14b3578c2b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/11374271413/)
Candid Whitechapel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/11374271413/#) by petach123 (Peter Tachauer) (http://www.flickr.com/people/59712450@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/11374135095_561ae07dda_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/11374135095/)
Candid Whitechapel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59712450@N03/11374135095/#) by petach123 (Peter Tachauer) (http://www.flickr.com/people/59712450@N03/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: sdsr on December 15, 2013, 11:03:27 PM
One attribute of this lens that doesn't seem to get mentioned much, perhaps because it's not exactly fast, is how well it performs in low light - at least when attached to a FF body - when merely taking hand-held snapshots.  A week ago I was wandering around NY with my 5DIII & 70-300L (I left everything else in the car) and ended up in Central Park as the light began to fade; and as it did, it began to snow.  The light was magical and the camera/lens combination did a rather good job of capturing it.  (They also did a rather good job of ignoring the snow - I had nothing to protect them with, not even an umbrella, so I just occasionally shook or blew the snow off as it accumulated and kept going until I decided to stop a couple of hours later.)   No noise reduction despite the rather high ISOs (I think the grain enhances the look).  The results could perhaps have been better with a faster lens or a tripod or someone better behind the camera, but none of those were available....   These four are in Central Park.  In the next post I'll add three from a bit farther south.

Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: sdsr on December 15, 2013, 11:05:46 PM
And here are three more.   I rather like how it made the out-of-focus lights behind the statute look almost as though they're radiating in large concentric circles from behind it, but they're not - they're simply the lights on the Rockefeller Center tree....

You can see more along these lines, if so inclined, here:

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/47234858@N00/sets/72157638712396974/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/47234858@N00/sets/72157638712396974/)

Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: sdsr on December 15, 2013, 11:25:32 PM
Finally, a shot of Independence Hall, Philadelphia, in a near-blizzard two days later - but this time with the lens on my 6D, and with all concerned nice and dry - this was taken through my office window (whose greyish coating tends to get in the way, but Lightroom helped).
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on December 16, 2013, 10:08:27 AM
One attribute of this lens that doesn't seem to get mentioned much, perhaps because it's not exactly fast, is how well it performs in low light - at least when attached to a FF body - when merely taking hand-held snapshots.  A week ago I was wandering around NY with my 5DIII & 70-300L (I left everything else in the car) and ended up in Central Park as the light began to fade; and as it did, it began to snow.  The light was magical and the camera/lens combination did a rather good job of capturing it.  (They also did a rather good job of ignoring the snow - I had nothing to protect them with, not even an umbrella, so I just occasionally shook or blew the snow off as it accumulated and kept going until I decided to stop a couple of hours later.)   No noise reduction despite the rather high ISOs (I think the grain enhances the look).  The results could perhaps have been better with a faster lens or a tripod or someone better behind the camera, but none of those were available....   These four are in Central Park.  In the next post I'll add three from a bit farther south.

These are lovely, and I agree about the lens.  The 70-300L is much better in reality than what it appears on paper.  It will be overlooked by many because of the variable aperture, but it is a special lens.  Great use of it!
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: phixional ninja on December 26, 2013, 11:54:49 PM
Thanks to the compact size of this lens, I can justify stuffing it in my shoulder bag for a short trip.  Good thing I did, too, my future father-in-law spotted this guy while walking the dog, and called me from down the block to come check it out:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3703/11571125555_14d57ef4dc_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phixional_ninja/11571125555/lightbox/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on December 27, 2013, 09:06:45 AM
Thanks to the compact size of this lens, I can justify stuffing it in my shoulder bag for a short trip.  Good thing I did, too, my future father-in-law spotted this guy while walking the dog, and called me from down the block to come check it out:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3703/11571125555_14d57ef4dc_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phixional_ninja/11571125555/lightbox/)

Nice clarity on the shot!
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Sporgon on January 04, 2014, 12:54:35 PM
Taken long after the sun had gone down, the mist rising from the river and meadows was filling the Stour Valley. The river can just be seen in the left of the picture, and the steeple of Dedham church is just right of centre.

Shot with the 6D and 70-300L @125 mil, ISO 1600, f5.6, 1/50th. A six frame hand held panoramic.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on January 04, 2014, 06:25:56 PM
Taken long after the sun had gone down, the mist rising from the river and meadows was filling the Stour Valley. The river can just be seen in the left of the picture, and the steeple of Dedham church is just right of centre.

Shot with the 6D and 70-300L @125 mil, ISO 1600, f5.6, 1/50th. A six frame hand held panoramic.

Lovely color palettes.  I find the color rendering out of the 70-300L to be excellent!
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: petach on January 19, 2014, 02:48:59 AM
Taken long after the sun had gone down, the mist rising from the river and meadows was filling the Stour Valley. The river can just be seen in the left of the picture, and the steeple of Dedham church is just right of centre.

Shot with the 6D and 70-300L @125 mil, ISO 1600, f5.6, 1/50th. A six frame hand held panoramic.

Lovely color palettes.  I find the color rendering out of the 70-300L to be excellent!

+1  I love panoramic shots and this is a brilliant piece of craftsmanship.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: goulab on April 23, 2014, 02:59:22 AM
Great lens, especially while traveling !

(http://ppcdn.500px.org/59945072/233d853ad330c8ebf049c47e885e87dd5fede35d/4.jpg)
http://500px.com/photo/59945072/air-tahiti-by-alexis-goubert?from=user_library (http://500px.com/photo/59945072/air-tahiti-by-alexis-goubert?from=user_library)

(http://ppcdn.500px.org/65273219/e7b6f70237240354dc2bdf1a354542f84871de12/4.jpg)
http://500px.com/photo/65273219/brooks-by-alexis-goubert (http://500px.com/photo/65273219/brooks-by-alexis-goubert)

(http://ppcdn.500px.org/65286795/bee001b3259513ee1505551af42edc5b85b8f94e/4.jpg)
http://500px.com/photo/65286795/tetiaroa-by-alexis-goubert (http://500px.com/photo/65286795/tetiaroa-by-alexis-goubert)

(http://ppcdn.500px.org/64840589/5ff1ea3babe22c51d754c695c6ed5ba74811af0c/4.jpg)
http://500px.com/photo/64840589/flight-to-the-sun-by-alexis-goubert?from=user_library (http://500px.com/photo/64840589/flight-to-the-sun-by-alexis-goubert?from=user_library)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Sporgon on April 23, 2014, 04:14:55 AM
Taken long after the sun had gone down, the mist rising from the river and meadows was filling the Stour Valley. The river can just be seen in the left of the picture, and the steeple of Dedham church is just right of centre.
Shot with the 6D and 70-300L @125 mil, ISO 1600, f5.6, 1/50th. A six frame hand held panoramic.

Lovely color palettes.  I find the color rendering out of the 70-300L to be excellent!

+1  I love panoramic shots and this is a brilliant piece of craftsmanship.

Thanks Peter & Dustin. I really like this one and it was good to capture such a serene, quiet part of the day.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Sporgon on April 23, 2014, 04:18:03 AM
Great lens, especially while traveling !

(http://ppcdn.500px.org/64840589/5ff1ea3babe22c51d754c695c6ed5ba74811af0c/4.jpg)
http://500px.com/photo/64840589/flight-to-the-sun-by-alexis-goubert?from=user_library (http://500px.com/photo/64840589/flight-to-the-sun-by-alexis-goubert?from=user_library)

Good shots, love this last one.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on October 09, 2014, 10:56:19 AM
This lens remains one of my absolute favorites.  It doubles as a relatively easy to pack along, super sturdy landscape lens:

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3950/15477731135_140c790ae7_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pzHqen)Valley of Autumn (https://flic.kr/p/pzHqen) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (https://www.flickr.com/people/54816077@N03/), on Flickr

It's color reproduction always impresses...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: tomscott on October 09, 2014, 11:16:03 AM
Ive just bought one to go traveling south america with. Really is a fantastic little lens!

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2946/15270342990_6594e18b89_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pgouXG)Red Panda, Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite, Keswick (https://flic.kr/p/pgouXG) by TomScottPhoto (https://www.flickr.com/people/21659364@N02/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: slclick on April 08, 2016, 10:32:32 AM
Violating the No Staring rule
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: Click on April 08, 2016, 10:37:21 AM
Violating the No Staring rule


Great shot. Well done, slclick.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: slclick on April 08, 2016, 10:44:05 AM
Violating the No Staring rule


Great shot. Well done, slclick.

Thanks Click, this lens is going to be a keeper I can tell.
Title: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
Post by: seabraham on July 11, 2017, 09:43:25 AM
I was going back and forth over trading "up" from the 70-300 to the 100-400. The pictures on this thread convinced me otherwise.

My modest contribution (as seen from my backyard)