Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom LensThe Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is an affordable telephoto zoom lens that has received positive reviews and is highly recommended by users as providing exceptional value for money.
In a Nutshell:
Although not an L-series lens, the 70-300mm produces images of excellent quality while the IS offers up to three stops of camera shake correction, allowing shooting at slower shutter speeds than would normally be the case. This, together with is light weight and compact size, make it suitable for hand-holding where one would normally expect to use a tripod.
The 70-300mm is a replacement for the earlier 75-300mm, which was the world's first interchangeable SLR lens to offer image stabilization, and is regarded as a significant improvement over its predecessor, offering improved IS, focusing speed and image quality.
User Review Roundup for Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
User Ratings Roundup:
Star Rating (max 5): 4.5
What Users Are Saying:
"This is an excellent lens ... lighter than I was expecting and so far seems to be very sharp and much better than its predecessor".
"Quality is superb and having the Image Stabilization really makes it a pleasure to take pictures in less than perfect lighting conditions".
"Major downsides of this lens are its slightly kludgy focus with a rotating front ring, and its slightly slow aperture compared to whats available".
"Sharpness, colours and contrast are top notch".
"AF not fantastically fast, but comparable to my Canon 50/1.4, works ok under normal light".
Manufacturer's Feature List for the Canon EF 70-300mm:
* Affordable and powerful
Recommended Uses for the Canon EF 70-300mm:
* Portrait photographs at short-end (70mm or 112mm)
Now that you've read about the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom lens, see also Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM telephoto zoom for info on an affordable and compact "L-Series" telephoto lens.
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