Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens - USA

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About Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS

The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM telephoto zoom lens has been developed to meet the high-performance standards that today's photographers demand. Improved Image Stabilizer Technology provides up to three stops of "shake" correction, and the "Mode 2" option stabilizes images while panning with a moving subject. Compared to the original Canon EF 75-300mm IS zoom lens, this telephoto lens has faster autofocus, and overall the lens is lighter and has a smaller diameter than the original. The zoom ring can be locked at the 70mm position, making this powerful lens easy to transport, too

The Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS is commonly used for Art, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Macro photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports/action, Travel, Upgrade, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Beginner, Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Easy to clean, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Quiet, Rugged, Simple controls, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (101),Easily interchangeable (63),Strong construction (52),Consistent output (51),Lightweight (45),Durable (42),Super-sharp images (29),Superior build quality (25),Easily mounted (24),Simple controls (22),Fast auto-focus (22),Rugged (21) Clear glass (17),Easy to clean (6),Nice bokeh (6),Quiet (5),Great value (3),Image stabilization (3) View All
Heavy (25),Slow auto-focus (11),Slow focus (9),Semi-sharp images (9),Lens creep (6),Poor in low light (5),A little heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (56),Wildlife (43),Wildlife photos (39),General purpose (31),Landscape/scenery (26),Travel (23),Portraits (14),Fun (13),Weddings (11),Upgrade (11),Photojournalism (8),Landscape photography (7) Art (5),Macro photography (5),Action shots (4),Documentary (4),Low light (4),Video (3),Landscapes (3),Nature (3),Night photography (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (53),Photo enthusiast (27),Semi-pro photographer (10),Beginner (9),Casual photographer (8),Semi-professional (8),Professional (3)

Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS Features

  • UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion) glass element: less color fringing and better contrast
  • Image Stabilization for sharper hand held images - up to 3 srop correction
  • New: IS "Mode 2" for deliberate panning with a moving subject
  • Optical Coatings optimized for digital SLR use
  • Faster AF operation than previous EF 75-300 IS - new lens CPU and electronics
  • Circular aperture design for natural-shaped out-of-focus highlights
  • Locking zoom ring prevents lens from extending when carried on camera
  • Comaptible with any Canon EOS body, film or digital

Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS Specifications

15 elements in 10 groups
Angle of view
84° - 23° 20' (with full-frame camera)
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
4.9 ft./1.5mt.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
5.6" x 3.0" / 142.8mm x 76.5mm
22.2 oz. / 630g
Not compatible with Tele Extenders

Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


great mid grade lens!

love the focal range,my most used lens! takes good indoor pics with low light and hand held.took some pics of seagulls flying and fishing at local pond and got some tack sharp images at all focal lengths! even 300mm looks sharp with 100% crops! works great with my 7d! great all around lens! only negative is focus ring a little loose but decided to go with image quality and not build quality.not L class build quality but image quality looks L class for a fraction of the cost.compact and light ...

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love the focal range,my most used lens! takes good indoor pics with low light and hand held.took some pics of seagulls flying and fishing at local pond and got some tack sharp images at all focal lengths! even 300mm looks sharp with 100% crops! works great with my 7d! great all around lens! only negative is focus ring a little loose but decided to go with image quality and not build quality.not L class build quality but image quality looks L class for a fraction of the cost.compact and light weight brings me out to 480mm with my 1.6 crop on my 7d. love it!


Most Liked Negative Review


Mediocre Quality At High Zoom Range

Purchased this lens to use with my Canon 40D. Found that it is not very sharp at longest focal lengths. Review of lens in Popular Photography magazine confirms this. Finally traded it in on the superb Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS lens.

Reviewed by 188 customers


Good for Sports


from illinois

My sports lens I'll try to get one of the white ones.


Great Addition To My Camera Bag


from Denver, CO

I have been using a Canon 100 - 400mm "L" lens for several years and love it. The biggest issue I had with the 100 - 400mm lens was it's size and weight. A friend bought a 70 - 300mm lens and after looking at it I think it would fill a gap I had not being able to carry a long lens in my smaller camera bag. I'm pleased with the results of shooting with this lens as well as the ease of carrying it.


Great purchase choice


from West Point, UT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens is a joy to own and use for pulling that distant object in for a closer view. The auto focus and the image stabilization are both excellent. I read some talk about lens creep (meaning that if you point the camera up or down the lens might change zoom settings due to it's own weight), but that has not happened to me yet. Maybe it will when it gets a little older. I found the amount of effort I needed to turn the barrell to zoom and/or focus (in manual) was very comfortable for me so that it wasn't too loose or too tight. It is a little heavier as you would expect for a zoom of this focal length, but I won't be using it a lot so that is okay with me. Sure I'd love to have something a little faster, but for the money this one works great.


Just love it !


from Brooklyn NY  -  Pro Photographer

In the begining I was unsure if I have to purchase this lens but after contacting the Adorama profesional team and after having the all specifications needed I purchased and I am so happy with the results .The lens perform nice , it has a excellent fast and acurate autofocus thanks to the USM , good optics and its sharp . The two mode IS helps during photographing .The only bad issue is the turning focus ring which prevent on using Polirazed filter but overall I am so happy with this purchase . the photo I am uploading is a JPEG file direct from the 60D camera . In camera I increased +1 sharpness and +1 saturation .

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great lens and price


from Undisclosed

When I purchased my 7D, I also picked this lens up for some wildlife and nature photography. With the cropped sensor, 300mm is close enough for animals that don't want to eat you... I'm impressed. Images are pretty sharp and colorful. The image stabilization works well, for the most part, and focus is usually spot on. The build quality is very nice, for a non-L. It's plastic, but it's solid plastic. The zoom ring feels nice and is just the right resistance. I was worried about lens creep, but I haven't experienced any with my lens. It's not perfect, of course... The focus is a tad slow for flying birds and the manual focus ring is somewhat loose and small. Over all, though, this is a lens I would have no problem recommending to most people.




from Des Moines, IA

I'm a photographer with a sports magazine. We cover high school sports, which means I run into a lot of less-than-ideal lighting. For state tournaments that are held in well-lit arenas, this lens performs just fine, and I've had a lot of success at outdoor events except when there is very little natural light (I shoot with a 7D). No complaints about the sharpness. I tend to get a little too much noise for my taste, but that's also a product of having a body that isn't as strong at higher ISO's as other bodies. Being on a tight budget and owning just one body, the biggest strength of this lens is its versatility. Shooting sports, I often don't have time to switch lenses, so being able to go from 300 to 70 mm on a turnover, etc., is a huge asset. I plan on getting better glass within a year (70-200), but this lens has delivered pretty solid bang for the buck. I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking to get started in sports photography.


great buy of a lense


from Norfolk, NE  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I am so pleased with the product of the 70-300 lense. It fits in my bag and serves the purpose of the type of pictures I take. Thank you.


Great multi-purpose lens!


from Fayetteville, NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

Purchased from the "used" department, rated E+, but no evidence of wear and tear; looks like new! Using on a Canon Digital Rebel XT, super fast auto-focus, great stabilization at full zoom. Using for sports, events, wildlife. A must have for the serious hobbyist!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Sharp. Great outdoor sports lens!


from Cooper City, FL

After initially considering 70-200 f4 non-IS, decided to give this bargain a shot. Look around and you can get this lens very very economically. This lens will perform extremely well on sunny outdoor scenes: kids playing soccer, windsurf, surf. Sharp under 210 and very sharp when stopped down to f/8 and up. You can't go wrong with this lens if shooting outdoors. This is performance-wise, along with the 50mm f1.8, the closest thing to an L lens on a budget.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I have used this lense as ...


from Westchester ny

I have used this lense as the photographer for my sons football team and the results have been nothing short of stunning


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Larry P  What is the difference between this lense Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens - USA SKU: CA70300ISNU MFR: 0345B002 and this lense: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens - USA SKU: CA70300ISU MFR: 9321A002?
GEOFFREY H  Hi Larry, I have never used DO before. While I bought EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, I asked the same question to one of my friend who is a professional. I was told that DO using Diffractive Optics, allows the lens to be more compact. But the image taken is little bit worse. Following paragraphs are copied from website, perhaps will help you: “The main advantage of the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM lens is that it's compact and lightweight, therefore very appealing for travel photographers who doesn't want to grab too much attention. It's very well built with excellent IS and fast, quiet AF. Provides FTM and non-rotating front, useful for filter users. Only downsides I can see are soft images at wide open aperture and higher price. Comparing to other two Canon 70-300mm versions, images are soft but become better when aperture is stepped down. Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM: It's about 300$ more expensive but the best in this class. This is a pro grade lens. Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM: It's about 500$ cheaper, produces slightly better images but heavier and doesn't have FTM. This lens is a good bargain for people looking for a non-pro telephoto lens.” Geoff H
Kim C  I am shopping for a new lens for my Dad..he has the EF 55-250mm...would this lend be any big of a difference? He wants it for wildlife photos mostly...and I didn't know if 50mm is a big difference? I'm also looking at the EF100-400mm IS..dont' know which would be best..
NOE T  it does make a difference i find this lens an excellent choice to capture wildlife , it is very sharp and i have yet to have a problem with it
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
ROBERT M  This is one of the best, inexpensive 70-300mm lenses around. Images are clear and sharp, auto-focus is very fast and quiet. It's a good investment. I just wish it had dust-proofing because mine has already gotten dust on the inside of the lens. Very disappointing. Still I use it in very dusty conditions so under normal use, it's a great lens!
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