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

Telephoto zoom

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

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

A unique approach to telephoto zoom design.

A unique design amongst telephoto zoom lenses. The EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM incorporates a Diffractive Optical (DO) element that delivers compact size, low weight and superb image quality

  • Three-layer Diffractive Optical (DO) element
  • Just 9.99cm in length
  • Image Stabilizer
  • High speed AF with manual focus override
  • Circular diaphragm for pleasing bokeh
  • Zoom ring lock

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Packed with technology

With its multi-layer Diffractive Optical (DO) element, Image Stabilization (IS) and Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM) technologies, the EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM is a celebration of precision lens design.

Diffractive Optical (DO) optics

The EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM incorporates a Diffractive Optical (DO) element, which reduces the physical size of the lens while preserving image quality. The DO element combines the characteristics of fluorite and UD elements into one piece of glass. The result is high contrast and sharpness as well as tight control over chromatic aberration.

Image Stabilizer

The EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO 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 normal can be used with no perceptible increase in image blur. Major movement in a particular direction is automatically interpreted as panning and IS is turned off in this plane.

Ultrasonic focusing

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

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.

Integrated into the EOS system

The AF drive pattern of the lens is tailored to specifically match that of the latest EOS range, extracting maximum benefit from the lens’ speed advantage. The lens ensures optimal flash metering by passing distance information back to a compatible EOS camera's E-TTL II flash system.

In harmony with the environment

In keeping with Canon’s stringent environmental policy, only lead-free glass is used in the lens’ optics.

Product Specification

Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 29° - 6° 50’,19° 30’ - 4° 35’, 34° - 8° 15’
Lens construction (elements/groups) 18 / 12
No. of diaphragm blades 6 (circular type)
Minimum aperture f/32-38 (f/32-40 for cameras featuring 1/3-stop increments)
Closest focusing distance (m) 1.4m to infinity (at all zoom focal lengths)
Maximum magnification (x) 0.06 (Wide); 0.19 (Tele)
AF actuator Ring USM
Filter diameter (mm) 58
Max. diameter x length (mm) 82.4 x 99.9
Weight (g) 720
Magnification - Extension Tube EF12 II Compatible
Magnification - Extension Tube EF25 II Compatible
Lens Cap E-58U / E-58II
Lens hood ET-65B
Soft case LP1116

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 LP1116

    Protective soft case for selected EF lenses.

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  • 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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