Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Haydn1971

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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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Macadameane

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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM

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.
 

dr croubie

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Jun 1, 2011
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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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dr croubie

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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)
 

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AT-1

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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM

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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DJD

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Here are a couple from mine.



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


Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/50 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
 

siegsAR

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Mar 5, 2013
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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM

@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. ???
 

scottkinfw

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Were you able to calibrate the lens?

dr croubie said:
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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paul13walnut5

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Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM

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.
 

Hjalmarg1

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Jon Gilchrist said:
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