Canon EF 70-300 mm F/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens Reviews
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Canon EF 70-300 mm F/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens

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Good lens - when it works

Apr 8, 2009
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Pros:Inexpensive, stabilised, lightweight, decent IQ.

Cons:IQ and focus have foibles that the user has to address in use.

The Bottom Line: Given care to address the lenses failings, it's quite a good lens. I don't recommend it for professional use.


I have had this lens for just over a year. I can take some absolutely fantastic images with it. It does take time to get it working each time though.

It has two main foibles - first the IS goes bananas. Second the image quality at 300mm is rather poor.

Now, the solutions for the two issues...
1. Set IS to Mode 2. Look through the viewfinder. If the image is jumping about then switch the IS OFF then back ON again. This will stop the bizarre over-compensation from happening.

2. Stop the lens down by 2/3rds of a stop and IQ improves dramatically.

I took the lens for a test run today having had nothing but grief from it for the last year and thus just leaving it largely unused in my camera bag. I'd decided to sell it on ebay but now that I've found how to cope with its issues, I can say it's working for me.

I have only tested this lens on a Canon XT/350D. I will probably test it on my 30D at some point but not for a while.

I would probably not use this as a commercial lens. It's fine for amateur use though. If you want something for commercial use then I suggest trying another of Canon's offerings instead.

Focussing speed was very good. Low-light focussing is good. It gets confused by low contrast and bright light though.


Recommend this product? No


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