Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM AutoFocus Telephoto Zoom Lens - USA

Canon

About Canon

Highly practical and portable telephoto zoom lens. The five zoom groups make the length only 4.8 in. (121.5mm). With rear focusing, the lens does not change length or rotate during focusing. Any filter effects therefore remain intact. It also makes autofocusing quick and quiet.

High-performance 3x telephoto zoom lens. Synthetic fluorite in group 1 and UD glass in group 2 achieve low refraction and low dispersion. They also effectively correct chromatic and other aberrations. Resolution is high throughout all focal lengths. Images are sharp and crisp. At the 300mm focal length, 0.25x magnification is possible.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (8),Lightweight (7),Consistent output (6),Durable (5),Easily interchangeable (4),Strong construction (4),Clear glass (3),Easily mounted (3),Rugged (3)
Cons:
Lens creep (3)
Best Uses:
General purpose (4),Fun (3),Travel (3),Wildlife (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (6),Professional (3)

Canon Specifications

Construction
10 groups /13 elements
Angle of view
24° - 8° 15'
F stop range
4.5-32 / 5.6-38
Closest Focusing Distance
1.5m / 4.9 ft.
Maximum Magnification
1:5
Filter Size
58mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
4.8" x 2.9" / 121.5 x 73.0mm
Weight
1.2 lbs / 540g

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent value - very well made

This lens is old - it came out in early 90s and has been quietly seated in Canon's lens lineup ever since. It has excellent Ultrasonic and Internal focusing - so it's fast in good light. At a certain point in your life, you may have a hard time justifying the purchase of a top-tier product - and must compromise. I wanted a long zoom lens - mostly for family sports and some casual wildlife shooting. I couldn't justify the cost or size of the larger L series lenses. So I picked this one ... It...

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This lens is old - it came out in early 90s and has been quietly seated in Canon's lens lineup ever since. It has excellent Ultrasonic and Internal focusing - so it's fast in good light. At a certain point in your life, you may have a hard time justifying the purchase of a top-tier product - and must compromise. I wanted a long zoom lens - mostly for family sports and some casual wildlife shooting. I couldn't justify the cost or size of the larger L series lenses. So I picked this one ... It's small, lightweight, and very important to me: It doesn't look like an expensive lens. It has great optical contrast and colour and is more than suitable if you're working in well-lit situations or can take advantage of the higher-ISO settings on your Digicam. So, based on what I was looking for, this lens is perfect for me. It may not be perfect for you - but for someone who wants to play with long lens focal lengths but doesn't have the deep pockets to do so, this lens is excellent!

Reviewed by 12 customers

 
5.0

Excellent lens

By

from Racine  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this lens mostly indoors on a tripod right now and properly set does a beautiful job. I have a cokin 1.x close up on it so I can use it as a macro even though it isn't. Color rendering is perfect excelent clarity. I am shooting stopped down to F8.

 
4.0

Know its strenghts and weaknesses.

By

from Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a fairly decent entry-level telephoto zoom lens. It is discontinued and rather easy to find in the used market. Frankly, for a telephoto lens, you're seldom going to find a 300mm EOS mount zoom lens that performs as well as this does for the price it typically goes for (very low three-figures). Its only true Canon-lens counterpart in the same price range is the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III, a lens with inferior build, inferior autofocus, and soft image quality throughout the focal range. The build quality of the 100-300mm is good. It feels substantial in the hand without being too heavy, and features a metal mount. The wide zoom ring is smooth and effective, although it could stand to be firmer, the lens may extend by itself if left hanging downward. The focus ring is a little too thin, but perfectly workable, and full-time manual is an included feature. The front lens filter does not rotate, good for polarizers. USM autofocus is reliably quick and quiet, though it may struggle in lower light. Overall the quick USM focusing is likely its best feature. As far as image quality the lens is reasonably sharp from the 100-135mm range, which will improve when stopped down to f/5.6-f/8. When working in the 200-300mm range the image quality will become noticably softer with less contrast, which is typical for a consumer zoom lens of this type. Stopping the lens down to f/8-f/11 is a must for the best results when working in this lens's telephoto range. Overall this is a good telephoto lens for a beginner to cut their teeth on, so long as you understand its limitations. Primarily keeping in mind it is not a particularly fast lens, and it has no stabilizer. Getting sharp shots at 300mm will require a tripod, or a steady hand with plenty of light to allow a quick shutter speed, and/or a camera that performs well with high ISO settings. If you're on a budget, I would recommend this as a walkaround telephoto lens for use in the daylight.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

fit the bill

By

from New York, NY  -  Professional

i needed a last minute lens for a rugged trip i was taking. got it the day i left at a great price. the lens took a beating on my trip but it gave me what i needed from it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great lens for the price

By

from Bloomington, Indiana

This is a great lens for nature photography. My fiancee and I like to go hiking and we take both of our cameras with us. Until recently, we only had one 70-300mm zoom between us, the Canon ef 70-300mmm 4.5-5.6 IS (which is also a great lens). This meant that one of us had a telephoto and the other did not. So, I found a used 100-300 4.5-5.6 and I bought a monopod (since it does not have IS). Although it lacks IS, the manual override focusing makes up for it provided that you have a monopod or a tripod. Also, if you use a macro extension lens, this is a much better lens to use than the 70-300 with IS because the focal length does not change as you focus.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the extra money

By

from Garden City, Michigan  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is much better than the EF 75-300 starter lens. The pictures I take are crisp and clear all the way up to 300mm.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent value - very well made

By

from Toronto, Ontario, Canada  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This lens is old - it came out in early 90s and has been quietly seated in Canon's lens lineup ever since. It has excellent Ultrasonic and Internal focusing - so it's fast in good light. At a certain point in your life, you may have a hard time justifying the purchase of a top-tier product - and must compromise. I wanted a long zoom lens - mostly for family sports and some casual wildlife shooting. I couldn't justify the cost or size of the larger L series lenses. So I picked this one ... It's small, lightweight, and very important to me: It doesn't look like an expensive lens. It has great optical contrast and colour and is more than suitable if you're working in well-lit situations or can take advantage of the higher-ISO settings on your Digicam. So, based on what I was looking for, this lens is perfect for me. It may not be perfect for you - but for someone who wants to play with long lens focal lengths but doesn't have the deep pockets to do so, this lens is excellent!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good lens

By

from Indianapolis  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Pros: Very good images, strong lens. Cons: My fault. I thought the over length of the lens would not change during zooming.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Light weight, versatile

By

from Las Cruces, New Mexico  -  Professional

Since I use the lens with my EOS 20D to shoot photos for my natural history, pre-history, history and travel articles, I am pleased with the light weight and high versatility of the EF 100mm - 300mm lens. I can carry it comfortably, a real plus since I spend a lot of time in the field. See the attached photos for examples of the lens' versatility.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great bang-for-buck

By

from Charlotte NC  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Surprising sharpness for such an inexpensive lens, great for a lightweight travel kit

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good entry level zoom

By

from Seattle WA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Great lens for someone who would like a good zoom but not have to take out a second mortgage to get it. It's a little fuzzy at 300 with the very small details(nothing photoshop can't fix) and the zoom creeps with gravity (if its angled down, the zoom moves due to weight). I've used this lens with portraits and nature and distant sports with great results. Quick focus in good to poor lighting, and will focus if you're patient in darkness (got real clear shots of the moon, craters and all)

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