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Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM
alaAverage 4.7

95 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and size, whereas some have doubts about the value for money.

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On average, users rate this product 91/100.

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM


Purchased 70-300L for use on my 7D for daylight field sports, and most importantly, to carry while when traveling. Processed (in Lightroom & NIK Suite) images from the 7D + 70-300L compare very favorably with those from my 5D MkII + 70-200L MkII. For...

Compact, Light weight, Fast auto focus (with both full and panning modes), Full time manual focus, Very sharp images, Responds well to micro focus adjustment

Cost, but then again it has 'L' build quality and performance; Lens collar is both expensive and (currently) unavailable

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM review by vittorio fracassi


like all good zooms it has a wide field of application both on FF and APS-C cameras. My personal experience disagrees with the results of the resolution results in this Review, probably there are differences in various samples as it often occurs in...

excellent construction and sealing, well balanced, fits well in bags, sharp at all focals (more from 70 to 200mm), very fast AF and broad shouldered IS, very good general image quality

impossible to add extenders, no tripod ring in kit, expensive

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM review by Gothmoth


i agree that this lens has a great build quality.

great build quality, low CA, a joy to use

price, not as sharp as i thought above 150mm


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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM review by logaandm


An excellent lens.

Very good image quality. Sharp at all focal lengths

Zoom ring reversed from standard Canon. Bokeh is not as nice as some other lenses

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM review by pj1974


What a L lens! It is super sharp, and has also great contrast at all focal lengths and aperture settings from wide open to f13 on my 7D. Then starts to soften due to defraction. I love the 35mm equivalent of 480mm, and can crop heavily still giving...

Very sharp wide open corner to corner on APS-C . Useful range. Confident 4-stop IS. Fast, accurate AF. Bombproof build

No tripod collar included. Bit expensive, but you pay for what you get

EISA Award - Best Product

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European Professional Lens 2011-2012 - Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM


The Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM is an amazing telephoto zoom lens that combines high image quality with an extremely durable construction and a surprisingly compact design. It sets a new standard for this popular zoom range with its professional...

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


A well-built, pro-spec lens boasting excellent performance

Ultra-reliable AF and IS systems

Poorer sharpness past f/16

This is a really lovely lens that has been a positive pleasure to test. It is fairly expensive but this is a professional zoom and is priced accordingly. As such it cannot be considered to be a bargain but neither is it unreasonably positioned within...

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


Great option for a APS-C camera. On full frame not so good.

great build quality, Image quality at 300mm is very good, best IS I ever found in a lens

Strong vignetting on full frame, sometimes slow auto focus, really heavy weight, bad corners at 70mm on full frame

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


I use this lens for outdoor football shots on a FF camera and it is ideal for that. The vignetting is a slight problem but Lightroom takes care of that well enough!

Good Quality, reach, focus, IS and ideal for FF camera outdoor sports


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


Great lens if you value size and appreciate the 300 range....

Small and short enough to enter in any size bag! So this lens is always with me. Great IS an fast AF. Built like a tank

f/4-5.6 means it is NOT for indoor use. However, in emergency I have taken pro-level basketball pictures, very sharp


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Image Stabiliser: Yes

General Features

3D: No
Application:SLR Camera
Bayonet Compatibility:Canon
Product Type:Telephoto Zoom Lens
Usage:Digital + Analogue Cameras