For the majority of Canon DSLR users looking for a lightweight telephoto zoom for everyday use, the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is one of the obvious choices.
Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS II USM EF Lens
The Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS II USM – a truly versatile telephoto lens, replacing the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, for hobbyists and advanced photographers and videographers alike. The sleek and compact EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II USM has an impressive zoom range, helping you capture a variety of subjects from a distance, and whilst on-the-move, whether you’re looking to shoot sports, wildlife, action or movies.
- EF-Mount/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/4 to f/45
- One Ultra Low Dispersion Element
- NANO USM Autofocus System
- Optical Image Stabilizer
- Lens Information Display
- Full-Time Manual Focus
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Superb performance when shooting from a distance
Ideal for outdoor sports and wildlife photography. EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is compatible with both full-frame and APS-C sensor EOS DSLR cameras.
A great lens for:
- Outdoor sports action kayaking - Create the illusion of being right amongst the action. Capture shots of the perfect serve, goals and on-pitch celebrations.
- Wildlife - Get closer to nature than you ever dared or imagined and take exceptional shots of birds in flight, animals on safari or quietly at rest in a wildlife park.
- Travel - Travel photography isn’t just for globetrotters - sightseeing, lazy days and spur of the moment mini-breaks are all memories to treasure.
Outstanding image quality for every situation
Boasting a completely new optical design, built on Canon’s renowned optical expertise, the new formula utilises one ultra-low dispersion (UD) lens element to reduce chromatic aberration, for sharp images with outstanding colour and contrast. When using the zoom, the lens’s new four-stop Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake and blur, minimising the need for a tripod and allowing you to shoot with longer shutter speeds and still achieve sharp shots.
When pursuing the ultimate shot track-side, you’ll capture all of the action with the EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II USM’s built-in Nano USM – a breakthrough technology that was introduced with the EF-S 18 -135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM – offering fast focus acquisition, exceptional tracking speed combined with smooth, quiet operation. When combined with a versatile focal range, it allows you to capture beautiful portraits and fast-paced action, both in stills and movies.
Nano USM makes the lens ideal for movie-makers, giving a natural look and feel to movies – the quiet motor ensuring that soundtracks aren’t disturbed by focusing noise and providing smooth focus transitions from one subject to another.
Focus with accuracy: Lens Information Display
The EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II USM is the first Canon lens to feature an electronic Lens Information Display, ideal for advanced photographers requiring visible shooting information in real-time. Perfect for checking settings at a glance, the display modes include focus distance, depth of field scale at various apertures, camera shake and focal length.
Providing more information to the photographer, the display is useful for checking steadiness when you’re shooting at low-angles, whilst also allowing you to work out the 35mm equivalents when using APS-C and APS-H format EOS cameras. Designed with a sleek black finish, the lens seamlessly integrates with the look and feel of Canon’s EOS bodies, whilst the practical 67mm filter thread and non-rotating front element makes it compatible and practical for use with filters from other lenses in Canon’s EF range.
The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is a mid-range telephoto zoom lens for Canon’s DSLR cameras, incorporating both optical image stabilisation and a new, fast and silent Nano USM motor for autofocus.
Testing the Canon EF 70–300 mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM was a great pleasure and a very pleasant surprise. To be honest I expected a lens just a tad better than its predecessor, with a slightly better resolution and stabilization but a distinctly better autofocus because the mechanism of the predecessor...
Despite the fact that the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens is not an “L” series lens, it is still capable of producing excellent images. Thanks to its relatively small size and light weight, it would make an ideal companion for photographers who want to have a long telephoto length in...
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM, Verdict:
Usually you can bank on Canon for delivering some of the best tele lenses across all classes and that also applies to the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM IS II. Canon managed to improve the lens in many aspects compared to its predecessor.
Here we have Canon's new, updated version of their moderately priced 70-300mm full frame lens. It offers improved AF, improved optical quality and a new electronic display. We coupled this to the Canon EOS 5DS R body, so let's see how the lens performs and handles.
It seems like everyone's kit can make great use of a telephoto zoom lens and with the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens being the least expensive Canon full frame option, it garners attention.
Incredible bit of glass! Sharp corner to corner. Super fast auto focus and wonderful focal length! Part of my holy trinity of lenses that I take with me! Used for a wedding and looking forward to use it at a race track or even just in the wild!
A nice big zoom lens with good image stabilisation, sharp even wide open and fun. You could save up for an L lens but this is cheaper and less white. I wanted a 200mm L 2.8 but I am glad I bought this instead, it has lots of focal lengths in one barrel although the lens is big but it's quality makes...
This lens is amazing exactly what I wanted for my new canon and worth the money. Photo quality is better than I could have asked for.
Beautiful sharp lens. The chap at Castle Cameras was extremely helpful during the purchase, and went to a lot of trouble looking at an issue I thought I had with an older lens.
Great lense from Canon and reasonably aff or dabble given its construction. Quality is good, takes great photographs and was delivered quickly and easily by Cameraworld
Little use as yet,but it does focus very quickly. I am looking forward to really using it on my tiger safari.
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