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Canon Rumors:
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: 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.
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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.,285.0.html cr

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 ;)

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.

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.

I posted some real world samples at dpreview 3 days ago:


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