Skip Navigation

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

Telephoto zoom lens for Canon EOS SLR cameras

5 Reviews

Watch a product review

Item # 28070300IU

This item is no longer available.

Shop all DSLR Lenses

Overview

Our take on the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Canon's EF 70-300mm USM IS lens gives you the impressive telephoto power and fast autofocus you need for taking rapid-fire shots of far-off subjects. Its versatile focal range and optical performance make it a great choice for use with your Canon digital SLR camera. But its big claim to fame is its renowned Image Stabilization (IS) technology, which lets you take sharp, in-focus photographs in all sorts of lighting conditions. Here's how it works.

CANON AUTHORIZED DEALER

Canon's EF 70-300mm USM IS lens gives you the impressive telephoto power and fast autofocus you need for taking rapid-fire shots of far-off subjects. Its versatile focal range and optical performance make it a great choice for use with your Canon digital SLR camera. But its big claim to fame is its renowned Image Stabilization (IS) technology, which lets you take sharp, in-focus photographs in all sorts of lighting conditions. Here's how it works.

We've all taken a picture and had it turn out blurry because our hands moved a little while we were capturing the shot. Image Stabilization works around this problem. Built-in vibration sensors steer a special set of optical elements inside the lens, neatly compensating for camera movement and stabilizing the image. You get much sharper pictures — even in low-light conditions where hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens. IS lenses are much loved by photographers who don't like to carry along a tripod on every excursion, but who require crisp photos as a matter of course.

High-tech Image Stabilization isn't the only advantage to this lens. There's the extensive telephoto zoom range, for capturing distant subjects, or snapping precise close-ups of objects as near as five feet. And with its powerful Micro Ultrasonic Motor (USM), this lens makes autofocus very fast.

Great shots of wildlife and sporting events. The image stabilizer makes anyone a pro

Kurt, DeLand, FL

Featured Video:

What's in the Box:

  • EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS USM zoom lens
  • E-58U Lens cap (installed)
  • Rear dust cap (installed)
  • Instructions (English/Japanese/ French/German/Spanish/ Italian/Simplified Chinese/ Traditional Chinese/ Korean)
  • Warranty card

Product Highlights:

  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM telephoto zoom lens
  • Image Stabilization allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to three stops slower shutter speed)
  • Micro Ultrasonic Motor for fast autofocus
  • compatible with all Canon EOS SLR cameras
  • constructed of 15 elements in 10 groups
  • minimum focus distance: 4.9 feet
  • minimum aperture: f32 (at 70mm)/f45 (at 300mm)
  • image size: 24 x 36 mm
  • filter size: 58mm
  • lens is 5-13/16" long, 3" in diameter
  • front and rear lens caps
  • weight: 22.2 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

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

Average Customer Review(s):

(5 Reviews)
rewards card

Submit a review and enter to win a $350 rewards card

Review this product

Thanks for submitting your review

Most reviews are processed and published within 5 business days. You will receive a confirmation email once your review has been published.

Your Review

Use the stars below to rate the overall product on a scale of 1-5
1500
Upload your photos

Not visible. Email associated with order.
(e.g., Charlottesville, VA)

Additional Fields (optional)

500
500

By submitting this review, you agree to our terms and review guidelines.

Filter by rating

Customer photos


<< >>
Details

Hands-on research

Features and Specs

General
Brand Compatibility Canon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 70-300 mm
Maximum Aperture f/4-5.60
Weight 22.2 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Features
Specifications

Features

Compatibility: The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM telephoto zoom lens is compatible with Canon EOS SLR cameras.

IS (Image Stabilizer): The Image Stabilizer helps prevent blurred pictures during hand-held shooting (no tripod) at slow shutter speeds. The image stabilizer gives the equivalent effect of a shutter speed three stops faster. There are two IS settings; Mode 1 is for normal photography and provides stabilization in all directions, Mode 2 is for continuous shots of moving subjects and provides stabilization only in the direction of camera movement.

USM (Ultrasonic Motor): The lens uses a Micro USM (Ultrasonic Motor) for swift, silent autofocus.

Auto/Manual Focus Modes: To shoot in autofocus mode, you must set the focus mode switch on the lens to AF. To manually focus the camera, you must set the switch to MF and focus by turning the focusing ring.

Zoom Lock: The zoom ring can be locked in the widest position, convenient for carrying the camera using the shoulder strap because the lens won't extend.

Optional Accessories (available from Canon): This lens can be used with an optional ET-65B hood and optional 58mm filters.

Specifications

Specifications:

  • Image Size: 24mm x 36mm (0.9" x 1.4")
  • Focal Length/Aperture: 70-300mm f/4-5.60
  • Construction: 15 elements in 10 groups
  • Angle of View:
    • Diagonal: 34º-8º 15'
    • Vertical: 19º 30'-4º 35'
    • Horizontal: 29º-6º 50'
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.26x (at 300mm)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 1.5m/4.9'
  • Filter Diameter: 58mm
  • Maximum Length: 8.546"
  • Weight: 630g/22.2 oz

Our Product Research Team

At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. They verify what’s in the box, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

Accessories
Staff Reviews

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

This lens gives you impressive telephoto power and fast autofocus for taking shots of far-off subjects. Image Stabilization (IS) technology keeps images in-focus.

What are the Labs?
Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

recommended by friend [ Mary  Jul 12, 2016 ]
Light and terrific focus and stabilization. Can't go wrong at this price. [ BRUCE  Feb 18, 2016 ]
It was recommended by a relative as the best in its category. [ GUILLERMO  Dec 04, 2015 ]
Articles