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

Telephoto zoom

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

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

An affordable telephoto zoom with Image Stabilizer.

Advanced three-stop Image Stabilizer (IS) technology makes the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM an ideal telephoto zoom for shooting in dim light and at slow shutter speeds without incurring camera shake.

  • Powerful magnification, yet affordable
  • Three-stop Image Stabilizer
  • UD lens element and Super Spectra coatings
  • Circular aperture provides pleasing background blur
  • Fast, quiet autofocus

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Affordable high magnification

The powerful, yet reasonably priced, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM will appeal to nature and sports photographers looking to achieve sharper images when shooting handheld. When fitted to an EOS camera containing an APS-C sized sensor, the lens gives an angle of view roughly equivalent to a 112-480mm lens on a full-frame DSLR.

Image Stabilizer

The EF 70-300mm f/5-5.6 IS USM features a three-stop Image Stabilizer (IS), making this an ideal lens for handheld work. Shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would be otherwise possible can be used with no perceptible increase in image blur. When panning horizontally, the IS system can be set to correct only for unwanted vertical shake, and the system switches off when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

UD lens element

A UD (ultra-low dispersion) glass lens element corrects for chromatic aberrations and provides high resolution and contrast throughout the zoom range. Only environmentally friendly lead-free glass is used in the lens construction.

Super Spectra coating

Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.

Pleasing background blur

A virtually circular aperture diaphragm, which is controlled electromagnetically, gives out-of-focus regions a softer, more even feel, and lets in-focus subjects stand out against a blurred background.

Ultrasonic focusing

A ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting.

Product Specification

Image size -
35mm film equivalent focal length -
Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 29º - 6º 50',
19º 30' - 4º 35',
34º - 8° 15'
Lens construction (elements/groups) 15/10
No. of diaphragm blades 8
Minimum aperture 32-45
Closest focusing distance (m) 1.5
Maximum magnification (x) 0.26 (at 300mm)
Distance information Yes
Image stabilizer 0.26 (at 300mm)
AF actuator Micro USM
Filter diameter (mm) 58
Max. diameter x length (mm) 76.5 x 142.8
Weight (g) 630
Magnification - Extension Tube EF12 II 0.32-0.04
Magnification - Extension Tube EF25 II 0.39-0.09
Lens Cap E-58U / E-58II
Lens hood ET-65B
Soft case LP1222
Extenders EF1.4x II and EF2x II Not compatible

Accessories & Supplies

Extension Tube EF 12 II

When used with selected lenses, this 12mm extension tube allows much closer focusing.

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  • Extension Tube EF 25 II

    When used with selected lenses, this 25mm extension tube allows much closer focusing.

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  • Lens hood ET-65B

    Prevent stray light from entering a lens, keeping unwanted glare from affecting your photos.

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  • Lens Cap E-58II

    Protects your Canon lens when it's not being used.

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  • Dust Cap E

    Protects your Canon lens when it's not being used.

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  • Polarising Filter PL-C B 58mm

    A polarising filter for lenses with a 58mm diameter filter thread.

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  • Protect Filter 58mm

    Protects the front element of lenses from dirt and damage. Fits lenses with a filter thread of 58mm.

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  • ND4-L 58mm

    When attached to the end of your camera's lens, this filter reduces the amount of light coming into the camera by 2 stops. For lenses with a 58mm filter thread.

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  • ND8-L 58mm

    When attached to the end of your camera's lens, this filter reduces the amount of light coming into the camera by 3 stops. For lenses with a 58mm filter thread.

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  • Close-up lens 500D 58mm

    Attaches to your camera's lens, allowing you to get nearer to tiny objects. Fits lenses with a 58mm filter thread.

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  • Lens pouch LP1222

    Protective soft case for selected EF lenses.

    Macrolite Adapter 58C

    Allows Canon Macro twin lite or Macro ring lite flashes to be used with lenses having a filter-thread diameter of 58mm.

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