Canon EF 70-300 mm f4-5.6 L IS USM Lens
The Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens is designed to produce high quality images along with very fast operation. This telephoto zoom lens adds a favorite zoom range to the Canon L series of lenses. It features two Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) elements for high image quality and diminished chromatic aberration and incorporates a floating focusing mechanism for sharpness through the range, plus an Image Stablization system that increases performance by up to four stops. The IS System also features a function that allows it to continue to operate, even when mounted on a tripod. The lens is dust and moisture resistant, and also incorporates a new Fluorine coating that resists smudging and eases cleaning. This new L-series lens is an excellent and portable solution to versatile telephoto lens shooting.
Specification Canon EF 70-300 mm f4-5.6 L IS USM Lens
Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
Diagonal Angle of View 34° – 8° 15′
Focus Adjustment Lens extension via inner focusing and focus cam plus floating mechanism
Closest Focusing Distance 1.2m/ 3.9ft
Filter Size 67 mm dia., P=0.75 mm /1 filter
Max. Diameter x Length & Weight 3.5 x 5.6 in, 2.31 lbs. / 89 x 143mm, 1050g
Why Buy Canon EF 70-300 mm f4-5.6 L IS USM Lens?
Reviews of Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens*
A great lens to use I initially purchased the Canon 70-300mm IS (non L) lens. The price is reasonable, and it is compact and lightweight. Can get good center to edge sharpness if aperture is set between f8 and f11. I decided to try the Canon 70-300 L lens, and what a big difference in performance. The first thing I noticed, the images are very sharp and has excellent contrast. Focusing is much faster and quieter then the non L lens. The front element does not rotate, so that’s good when using a polarizer. It also focus slightly closer. The zoom and focus ring turns very smooth. Canon usually locate the zoom ring towards the rear of the lens, but this time they placed the zoom ring towards the front. So I find myself grabbing the focus ring instead. For the price of this lens, it would have been nice if Canon included the tripod mount. This lens is much heavier than the non L version. I like that it is compact in size, so it can fit in just about any smaller camera bag. I decided to keep the L lens and very happy with it. (Nov 2014)
Fabulous sharpness I got this lens to shoot wildlife and sports. I have had it just under a month and shot many bird photos. It’s very sharp, much sharper than the 70-300 non-L series canon lens it is replacing. It was absolutely a great lens upgrade for me. I would recommend this lens to anyone considering this range of focal lengths. I went with a 70-300 and the 400 separately instead of the 100-400. I can handhold the 70-300 but I think it would be harder to handhold the 100-400 at 2 inches longer and 3/4 lb more. I use the 400 on a tripod so the length and non-IS are not an issue. I got used to the zoom/focus rings quickly. I’m glad it came with a hood, but wish it came with the tripod collar as well since there are times when the weight can make the ball head on a tripod droop slightly. It has an accurate and fast autofocus and is quiet during focus as well. Overall it is a good value for the money. (Nov 2014)
Great Lens Debated between this lens, the 70-200 F4L or the 70-200 F2.8L for a while before deciding to pull the trigger on this lens. Really happy with my decision so far. I bought this lens to shoot ski photography and based my decision on a review of this lens on Shuttermuse.. The two factors that made me go with the 70-300 were 1.) the extra reach of this over the 70-200’s and 2.) the smaller size and weight of this lens over the 70-200 F2.8 for carrying up and down mountains all the time. Thanks Shutter Muse, Canon, and B&H
Reviews courtesy of Affiliate Partner B&H Photo
Sample Photograph courtesy of Canon USA