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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
« 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

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
« on: November 07, 2010, 06:30:28 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
« Reply #1 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.

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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
« Reply #2 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...
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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2011, 02:02:29 AM »
still, at other focal lengths it impresses, just falls apart at 300mm.

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25% scale and 95% jpeg compression from the camera's Ljpg (i took this raw too, haven't processed yet)
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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2012, 01:59:30 PM »
I'm selling my trusty 70-300 IS USM. Here's a sample shot at 300mm. So sharp!
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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
« Reply #5 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.

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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2012, 04:33:14 PM »
Canon 1.4 extender won't fit. You can use a Kenko x1.4 though!
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2012, 04:33:14 PM »

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« Reply #7 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.


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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2013, 02:10:38 PM »
Manual focus and a bit of luck ;-)



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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2013, 04:17:16 PM »
Here are a couple from mine.



Model: Canon EOS 7D
ISO: 800
Exposure: 1/500 sec
Aperture: 7.1
Focal Length: 300mm


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ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/50 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
« Reply #10 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. ???
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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
« Reply #11 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...
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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2013, 02:28:16 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...

The lens is just really crap at 300mm. I've sent mine + camera off to Canon for calibration and what came back ... still not as good as the Tamron 70-300 VC.

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« Reply #13 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.

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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
« Reply #14 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.











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