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Title: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: Haydn1971 on November 07, 2010, 06:30:28 AM
Thought I'd throw a few of my personal favorites from my reletively cheap 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM telephoto zoom attached to my current 450D.

Owl was taken at f5.6, 1/800, ISO 400 & 300mm with just a UV filter
Kestrel was taken at f5.6, 1/500, ISO 400 & 300mm with just a UV filter

Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: Macadameane on November 08, 2010, 08:29:34 AM
This is a great lens.  One of the few non-L lenses made with ultra low dispersion glass.  If it only had ring USM, but I can live without it.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: dr croubie on June 03, 2011, 01:53:35 AM
i've always wondered why people rave about this lens so much. Sure, it's cheap, but imho it's just fuzzy. Or did i get a dud?
have a look at this cockatoo i shot in aus last september.
first shot slightly cropped, 50% scaled, 93% jpeg compression. second shot 100% crop, 93% jpeg compression. 7D, iso800, 1/1000s, f8, Ljpg straight from the camera.
DOF at that distance (~20m) should be at least 1.3m, at any rate i used spot af expansion.

so do you guys reckon it's just a dud unit, or is this typical for this design?

anyway, when i bought it i justified the expense comparing it to the 70-200f4, i paid €100 less, and got the 200-300 range and IS to boot. I've since sold it to my sister, she's happy with her 18-55 on her 550d, so she should be happy with this (although, she shoots raw and i don't, go figure), and i'm buying the 70-300L in a week or two duty-free on my way to aus...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: dr croubie on June 03, 2011, 02:02:29 AM
still, at other focal lengths it impresses, just falls apart at 300mm.

BlijDorp Zoo butterfly house (rotterdam)
7d, iso500, 1/50s, f5.7, 165mm, and some combination of kenko extension tubes (maybe CPL can't remember? it's not that hard to use them, set the CPL, lightly hold it while you focus, the whole camera/lens weight can be taken with right hand only).
25% scale and 95% jpeg compression from the camera's Ljpg (i took this raw too, haven't processed yet)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: akiskev on April 19, 2012, 01:59:30 PM
I'm selling my trusty 70-300 IS USM.  Here's a sample shot at 300mm (https://rapidshare.com/files/1681921613/IMG_7171.jpg). So sharp!
Amazing lens. It's a pity I'm not using it that much since I got a 100-400...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: Jon Gilchrist on April 19, 2012, 02:19:50 PM
Does anyone know of a good quality Teleconverter that will work with the 70-300 4-5.6?

I have not noticed the softness/oof behavior at 300mm that is shown above.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: akiskev on April 19, 2012, 04:33:14 PM
Canon 1.4 extender won't fit. You can use a Kenko x1.4 though!
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: AT-1 on July 09, 2012, 10:27:32 AM
Some shots with my Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM and 7D.
The location is Warwick Castle in the UK.

On holiday in Sri Lanka last year, the lens was dropped from chest height on to a gravel track (I didn't realise my rucksack was unzipped as I swung it round and up to my shoulders).  Thankfully the lens hood was still fitted in the extended position and a small witness mark indicates that this hit first and absorbed the primary shock.  The lens still works smoothly but is a little softer towards 300mm than it used to be (it has always been a touch soft).  I think I escaped lightly even though I now have another reason to upgrade to the 70-300 L when Stateside in September.


Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: akiskev on March 24, 2013, 02:10:38 PM
Manual focus and a bit of luck ;-)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8369/8585200431_e2b1cdefe1_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/akiskev/8585200431/)

Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: DJD on March 24, 2013, 04:17:16 PM
Here are a couple from mine.


(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-XX0d-7GUzz0/T--MyXBnTXI/AAAAAAAAFSg/I2NTAIgOZwQ/s2048/IMG_5906.jpg)
Model: Canon EOS 7D
ISO: 800
Exposure: 1/500 sec
Aperture: 7.1
Focal Length: 300mm

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-A6bEDa4rEnk/S_TLBZp3ueI/AAAAAAAACiM/GkIFBYgh2o8/s2048/Meet%2520Zippy.JPG)
Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/50 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: siegsAR on April 14, 2013, 11:16:25 PM
@DJD

Those are pretty sharp shots on the long end. So it all boils down to having a good copy of this lens.

I've been reading some reviews on this, this is my second choice behind 70-200L non IS - but lacks the additional reach and IS. ???
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: scottkinfw on April 15, 2013, 12:37:34 AM
Were you able to calibrate the lens?

i've always wondered why people rave about this lens so much. Sure, it's cheap, but imho it's just fuzzy. Or did i get a dud?
have a look at this cockatoo i shot in aus last september.
first shot slightly cropped, 50% scaled, 93% jpeg compression. second shot 100% crop, 93% jpeg compression. 7D, iso800, 1/1000s, f8, Ljpg straight from the camera.
DOF at that distance (~20m) should be at least 1.3m, at any rate i used spot af expansion.

so do you guys reckon it's just a dud unit, or is this typical for this design?

anyway, when i bought it i justified the expense comparing it to the 70-200f4, i paid €100 less, and got the 200-300 range and IS to boot. I've since sold it to my sister, she's happy with her 18-55 on her 550d, so she should be happy with this (although, she shoots raw and i don't, go figure), and i'm buying the 70-300L in a week or two duty-free on my way to aus...
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: paul13walnut5 on April 15, 2013, 03:38:01 AM
With any mass produced product, especially something as complex and precise as a telezoom lens, there is sleays scope for sample variation.

I owned this lens for about a year, I had a goodie, didn't like the extending barrell, the micro-motor, whilst to smooth or quiet was fast an accurate, even at f5.6/300.

I moved onto a Sigma 50-500 and so sold the 70-300.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lens for folk who need the reach on a budget, but I would also suggest folk look at the 70-200 f4L, theres nothing between the images, but the construction and ring usm might swing it for the trivial price difference.
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: Ashran on June 03, 2014, 08:35:33 AM
Below my contribute to this post.
I think that this lens is not bad as many people say. At 200-270 mm it can offer a decent sharpness and a good bokeh.

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2908/14210451273_35f1155f99_c.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7330/11934712713_795aca097d_c.jpg)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2845/10042559085_25e60f50cb_c.jpg)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3767/10042627996_59f19acf0a_c.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7339/10042757583_ca0c0505db_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: Ashran on June 30, 2014, 05:41:45 AM
Another shot taken with this lens (with 5D Mark III).

(http://ppcdn.500px.org/75056319/1f00ff6e8d598a73084644ffa7ad52e13be96fb8/4.jpg) (http://500px.com/photo/75056319/francesco-renga-by-giuseppe-cammino)
Photograph Francesco Renga by Giuseppe Cammino on 500px (http://500px.com/photo/75056319/francesco-renga-by-giuseppe-cammino)
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: jwilbern on December 03, 2014, 08:26:31 PM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7503/15750154500_819a9b5b1c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pZMEcW)
Chaos (https://flic.kr/p/pZMEcW) by jwilbern (https://www.flickr.com/people/11731597@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Post by: Hjalmarg1 on December 04, 2014, 12:18:34 AM
Does anyone know of a good quality Teleconverter that will work with the 70-300 4-5.6?

I have not noticed the softness/oof behavior at 300mm that is shown above.
Try the kenko ones. I've heard good comments about them couple with non-L Lenses