Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens review with samples (full frame & APS-C)

This has been a very popular full frame telephoto zoom lens for a long time now. And recently it’s come down in price an awful lot. How does it really perform on full frame and APS-C cameras?

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Comments

Oskar W says:

I’m wanting to get myself a good full frame telephoto for wildlife and I’m wondering what should I get. I have a really limited budget and so I’m left with basically two choices the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM or the famous 70-200mm f4 USM.
Which one should I get?
Thanks 🙂

TheLordstrider says:

Mark 2 is out … i wonder who will win now. Tamron 70-300 Di vc usd against the new mark 2 lens. : Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens

Fabrice Münger says:

Will you create a video on the mkII version of this lens?

Aditya Kashyap says:

Ahh . Can I use this lens with Canon 750 d ?

preetham konda says:

Is the canon 75 300 is usm lens equal to this

Game-Changer says:

Good, honest review. Thanks for vid

PC Gaming & Sports says:

How will it perform on 200d ?

Nunzio Aprile Foto & Video che Passione says:

Ciao la seconda funzionalità dello stabilizzatore il n° 2 quando viene usata in quale tipo di scatto fotografico. Saluti

markbendall1 says:

Hi would this be good for surfing photography? If not what lens would you recommend? Thanks

Carl Danley says:

I don’t normally comment on youtube videos but excellent review!! thanks!

LaMadrid81 says:

I wish there you showed its low light performance. is something with a bigger aperture worth the extra extra cash?

Ginah Biete says:

Is this USM compatible with canon rebel T6 DSLR camera?

Manoj Illangakoon says:

its too loud Auto focusing during video recording on EOS 80D,,, its that normal?

Adrian Chu says:

I am finding a great and affordable telephoto zoom lens for my Sony A5100, which lens should i buy? I

Patricia Sweeting says:

Hello, what do you recommend to use to take photos of the moon and stars?

mcpy2000 says:

The new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is out and priced $499, will you please do the review and show how much it is improved when compared to this old lens?

TDFXX says:

Hey would you either recommend the Canon 700D or the 750D . I am a newbie to photography but I would like a camera with great sharpness.
Also, which lens would you advise me to buy for landscape shots or normal person photography

Brent Drafts says:

when you do you close up image viewing are you at 100 percent.

ToughChick says:

How is it compared to Canon’s 55-250 lens (IS 2 version)?

baltakjar says:

Looking forward to the equivalent USM II lens test…

KnoxxDoesModz says:

I have a canon eos rebel t5i can this lens work for that camera?

D Thompson says:

Which would you have in your bag ? This or the 55-250mm IS STM ?

Tashfik Saad says:

canon 75-300usm or 55-250 IS II..
which is good?

Aaron Rodriguez says:

are you going to review the new version of this lens, Christopher?
thanks

preetham konda says:

Hi sir plee tell me what do u think of ef 75 300 mm is. Usm lens

老王 says:

can’t wait to hear for your evaluation for EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM (new version) on full frame & APS-C 😉

Remaster_MW2 says:

I payed $250 for this one used. I feel robbed. Im new to photography and needed something with good zoom for zoo.

James Doolan says:

Hi Christopher.
I’m new to photography and have found your reviews invaluable. I love your work! Thank you.
I recently bought a Canon 80D which I love. I want to buy a decent zoom lens and have narrowed it down to three…..

1. CANON EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
2. TAMRON SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD
3. CANON EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

Image quality across the range is important for me and I am not going to let the cost of the lens to be a consideration when buying, as I intend to get years of use out of the one I purchase.
Which lens would you recommend I buy?

Bimo Triyudanto says:

my camera is an aps-c, is it better than 55-250 stm?

Shivangi Aggarwal says:

Hi Chris… Please help me out a bit. I am confused between 70-300 Canon vs tamron vc. I can see you prefer the Tamron vc but i found the canon for half the price ~$330. Is the trade-off worth it? Or should I wait longer and save up? (I am in a bit of hurry though)

Fabrice Münger says:

Will you create a video on the mkII version of this lens?

koko wangshol says:

Whats the price?

Will Maddocks says:

I have two questions the first is how fast is the auto focus and will it fit the cannon 7d

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