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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM 35mm Zoom

4.8 star rating
                      4.8 / 5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $1300.00
Focal Length : 70mm - 300mm | Max. Aperture : f/4.5-f/5.6  | Focus : Autofocus  


Product Description

A superior performance, ultra-compact telephoto zoom lens with Canon's Image Stabilization. Diffractive Optics elements are combined to reduce size and boost image quality. AF is super-fast and silent with a ring-type USM,
  • Min focus: 1.4m/4.6 feet
  • New, zoom lock button keeps lens secure when not in use


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    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Frans a Casual

    Date Reviewed: October 27, 2006

    Strengths:    Well made
    Fast focus (see above)
    Compact and discrete
    pleasure to use on the 5D
    IS works well on the 5D


    Weaknesses:    Disappointment on the 350D (see above)
    Over priced when compared to the non DO lens.
    Doesn't work well with a UV filter


    Bottom Line:   
    I have used this Lens for over a month and on two different cameras, 5D and the 350D. On the 5D it is a splendid lens without any real problems. Its compact size, fast focus and IS make it an ideal travel/general purpose/telephoto lens. The 70-300DO has a much wider field on the 5D than on the 350D putting it into my general purpose category. The IS on the 5D works extremely well and I can easily get an extra 3 stops of light without any shaking.
    The results on the 350D is a bit of a mixed bag. The auto focus is inconstant and give similar or slightly worse results than on the 5D. It must be remember that if 5D was cut down to the same size sensor as the 350D it would only be 5 Mega pixels. Some images on the 350D looked a little washed out (quite easy problem to fix in PhotoShop/Gimp), yet were not on the 5D. The images taken on the 350D needed a bit of a tweak using unsharpen mask at 0.1 @70% in PhotoShop/Gimp to bring up the fine detail. The UV filter on the front of the lens can’t be used as it makes the images to look a little wasted out. (See for details http://www.fovegraphy.com/70_300DO_TipsE.php). The image stabilization was not as effective on the 350D as on the 5D, this was taking into account 1.6X magnification.
    My intention was to use the 350D and 70-300 DO for nature work. The increased the magnification to 480mm (1.6 x 300mm) would have been a real benefit. Because of its inconsistent operation on the 350D I have ruled this out. Generally, I think anyone buying this lens, that costs nearly twice as much as the non DO version, for the 350D will be disappointed with its results.
    On the other hand, it is a pleasure to use on the 5D and has become one of my favorite's.

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    Price Paid:    $1275.00

    Purchased At:   Photobuff

    Similar Products Used:   EF 100 -400mm

    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by leicalau a Expert

    Date Reviewed: October 24, 2004

    Strengths:    1. Small in size compare to other EF L series optics
    2. DO gives great image result!
    3. IS work nicely, importantly on the long end - 300mm


    Weaknesses:    1. Feel a bit heavy in such small size, on the other hand, with soild build!
    2. Heavy front elements, lens creep happen without lock up the lens on 70mm position!
    3. very very heavy zoom motion from 70mm to 300mm. Not nearly as close as the 70-200mm F4L


    Bottom Line:   
    yLong term user for the 70-200mm F4L and just want to have a bit more in the long end. Therefore, I would like to give it a try on the new EF70-300mm DO IS!
    First, I must say for such a small size was very nice indeed! DO optics give great image result close to the 70-200mm F4L, and the function of the IS complete it nicely! If you using the 20D or the 300D digtial, this one is great to go with the EF-S 17-85mm IS and EF-S 10-22mm at a complete travl zoom set!

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $1090.00

    Purchased At:   Hong Kong in USD val

    Similar Products Used:   Canon 70-200mm F4L
    Canon 70-200mm F2.8L


    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Christiano a Professional

    Date Reviewed: October 21, 2004

    Strengths:    all

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    Well,first i was more than sceptical about this odd and new design!
    i even refused to listen to any reviews or a close friends recomandation.One week end i had the opportunity to lend this lens.GOSH! this little macho lens is a true true piece of art:light pin no CA sharp fresh fast perfect for snap shots and the list could go on and on.I ordered it immediatly and use it as a part og my arsenal which normally only includes L lenses! /its That good boys!
    BUY IT.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $1100.00

    Purchased At:   cav

    Similar Products Used:   many from canon nikon minolta ...etc

    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Tommyinca a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: May 28, 2004

    Strengths:    Compactness
    Great Bokeh
    Good Handling (AF uickness, Balance and etc)
    Lack of CA with tree and sky


    Weaknesses:    - The zoom ring needs time to get use to
    - Too bad it is not a constant f4


    Bottom Line:   
    I was deciding between the 70-200LIS and the 70-300DO. Can't effort to buy both. I borrowed a friends' 70-200L and decided it is a bit heavy for me to carry for the whole day alone with other gears. The high tech "DO" newest and the compact light weight pushed me over to buy the DO.

    The 1st week, I have to say I was a bit disapointed at the not-as-sharp as the 70-200L nor the 85mm 1.8. After a week or so of usage, the goodness of the DO lens begin to show. It is some what small, fast focus/handling and lack of CA. It is a great people lens (near or far). The sharpness may not be the best but it does the job for me. It is still a couple of notches above my 28-135 IS.

    This DO lens is a keeper for me. My problem now is with my next lens (when I save enough). Should it be the 70-200L IS or the 135L 2.0 + 1.4TC? It will be a while before I have to think about that.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $1300.00

    Purchased At:   B&H

    Similar Products Used:   24mm 2.8
    50mm 1.8
    85mm 1.8
    70-200mm L IS
    28-135mm IS
    18-55 kit lens


    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Spuggie a Expert

    Date Reviewed: May 23, 2004

    Strengths:    Very well built.
    Image quality on a par with Canon L series lenses.
    Lens hood included.
    Small and Light.
    Image stabalizer.
    Superb glass !!


    Weaknesses:    Needs to be stopped down to f8 for very best results but other than that no other weaknesses found so far.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a superb lens which knocks spots off the older 75-300mm IS lens. Its pin sharp, light and short and has a zoom lock to prevent the lens telescoping when pointed downwards. It will be spending a lot of time on the front of my Canon 10D.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $1000.00

    Purchased At:   United Kingdom

    Similar Products Used:   Canon 100-400 L
    Canon 300 f4 L
    Canon 28-135 IS
    Canon 75-300 IS
    Canon 22-55


    Type of photography:   Outdoor



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