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

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

Full frame sized image

Lenses that create APS-C sized image are designed for digital only. They cannot be used on cameras that have image sensor larger than the APS-C format. These lenses are not suitable for film cameras either.

 

Ultrasonic AF

Lenses with ultrasonic focusing mechanism tend to be quiter and faster than traditionally focusing lenses.

 

No stepping motor AF

Lenses with stepping motor focusing mechanism are better for contrast based focusing, and are quiter and faster than traditionally focusing lenses.

 

One or more Low Dispersion lens element is used

Low Dispersion lens elements help to reduce chromatic aberration.

 

Built-in image stabilizer

Image stabilization helps to reduce blur caused by hand shake, especially at high focal length or in low light situations. Image stabilization can give 1 to 3 stop advantage over none stabilized lens, based on the reciprocal rule.

 

Metal mount

Cheaper lenses are usually equipped with plastic mount, while more expensive, professional lenses have metal mount. In general, metal mounts are more durable, and a good thing to have when lenses are changed a lot. When a camera is used mainly with one lens, the material of the lens mount is not that important.

 

No Internal Focusing

Internally focusing lenses don't change their size while setting focus.

 

No Internal Zoom

Internally zooming lenses don't change their size while focal length is changing.

 

The front lens is rotating

The fixed front lens is not rotating during zoom and/or focusing. This allows the photographer to use petal shaped lens hood. Fixed front lenses also make the use of polarization filters a lot easier.

 

Not Sealed

Weather sealed lenses are protected from dust and water. While they are not water proof, these lenses can be used in rain and other humid environments. Some sealings only provide protection against dust or water, not both. Sealing is only available when the lens is used on a similarly weather sealed camera body.

 

No drop-in filter support

Drop-in filters are used in those lenses where either the front lens is too large, or the field of view doesn't permit the use of traditional filters at the front of the lens. Usually bright tele and ultra-wide angle lenses support this filter type.

The powerful yet reasonably priced EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM will appeal to nature and sports photographers looking to achieve sharper images when shooting handheld. Focal length translates to approx. 112-480mm equivalent in 35mm film format when fitted to cameras with APS-C size sensors. The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM features Canon's 3-stop Image Stabilizer (IS). Ideal for handheld photography, low light conditions, fast paced scenes and for shooting from moving vehicles. IS switches off automatically when the camera is mounted on a tripod. Optimised Super Spectra lens coatings and lens element shaping suppress flare and ghosting - more prone to occur with digital cameras due to reflection off the image sensor. A circular barrel aperture helps to create an attractive, even background blur when isolating a subject at large apertures

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

Available mount(s) Canon EF
Application(s) Portrait, Closeup, Landscape, Wildlife
Category(s) Tele zoom
Multiplier
Stabilizer yes (3 f-stop advantage)
Focal length 70 - 300 mm (4.3× zoom)
Lens construction 15 elements in 10 groups
Angle of view 35mm: 34-8.25°
digital: N/A
Number of blades 8
Maximum aperture wide: f/4.5 tele: f/5.6
Minimum aperture wide: f/32 tele: f/45
Minimum focusing distance 150 cm
Magnification 0.26×
Filter size 58 mm
Size ∅ 76.5 × 142.8 mm
Weight 630 g
Notes
AF speed N/A
AF sound
Internal focusing no
Internal zoom no
Fix front lens no
Mount type metal
Weather sealed no
Drop in filter no
Ultrasonic AF yes
Stepping motor AF no
APS-C sized circle no
Low dispersion lens element yes
Hard case N/A
Soft case LP1222
Lens hood ET-65B
printable lens hood
Tripod adapter N/A
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Specification

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