Canon - EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens - Black

Canon EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens: An ideal lens for photography enthusiasts who want to take their creativity to the next level, this telephoto zoom lens provides a long focal reach for taking close-ups shots from a distance. Take action shots while sitting on the sidelines at games and events, photograph wildlife without getting too close and capture incredible details on your next vacation.

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Great lens for all(Almost) Posted by: from: Chino, CA on I just got into photography last year around christmas, I got the Canon XS with 18-55mm IS and the 75-300mm. I have since then used a wide range of lens so I hope this review can be helpful. The first thing I noticed about the 75-300mm is that it was quite heavy and very long. It made my Canon XS very VERY front heavy. I have gone to a few events(airshows, sporting events) and this was the main lens I used, I found that the image quality was decent, but when I zoomed into the picture on my computer, the edges of the subject were colored blue, purple, green, or yellow 80% of the time. So I would say the image quality is average if not a tad below. But what else can you expect for $200? For the price, you can't beat this lens. I would definately recomend this lens if you need a decent telephoto lens, I would also recomend a tripod since it can be a bit tricky to get a clear shot since the lens lacks IS. Overall, I love this lens! You wont regret buying I promise. Thanks for reading!

12 out of 12 found this review helpful.

Very Good for the Price Posted by: from: Clovis, CA on I was hesitant about getting this lens due to the number of poor reviews it has recieved. I figured that for $199 I could try it out and if it was as bad as I'd heard i could always return it. Well let me say, this has to be on of the best values in zoom lenses out there. I have used this for shooting my daughters basketball games, portraits, both indoor and outdoors, and some landscape. I have found it to focus fairly quickly, I have yet to find a situation where it would AF. As long as i have used appropriate shutter speeds, i have had no issues with soft images at any focal range. Most of my basketball shots have been shot at 200-300mm with very good results. If you are looking for a zoom at a good price, that will give you good images, this would be a very good choice. My advice would be to get it and check for yourself, don't be reliant on those who may or may not know what they are talking about. There are just too many who have an opinion on the internet these days, and you just don't know what their background may be. Just be careful and judge for yourself, acceptable sharpness is based on and 8 X 10 photo deemed acceptable at arms length. This lens gives you that sharpness.

32 out of 32 found this review helpful.

Good potential, lack of IS hurts Posted by: from: Colorado Springs on I got a great deal on the bundle of this lens and the Rebel XS. The Telephoto lens performs very well, with the large exception that there is no image stabilization. If you think you'll be able to bring a tripod or take your time and take a non-shaky photo, this could be for you. If you need it for action shots, spend the extra couple hundred for image stabilization.

47 out of 47 found this review helpful.

Great Lens for a Beginner Like Me Posted by: from: Bartlesville, OK on I have read the reviews for this lens and the Canon Image Stabilization with UVM which costs around $650 at the time. I mainly use this lens for my kids' outdoor sports activities (soccer, baseball, etc.) I have used it for a couple of months under a variety of light conditions from full sun to very overcast. I have been very happy with the quick focus time and picture quality. I usually use a monopod to help with image stabilization and reduce any blurry pictures. I have not encountered any problems with either. I decided to purchase this entry level lens based upon my skill level. I did not think an extra $500 for IS and UVM motor would give me $500 worth of better pictures at my current skill level. The lens is lightweight and does not get heavy while carrying it or strapped around my neck. I have not used it for any indoor photography because I have not had a need. I can not say how well it performs in lower light situations such as indoors. I am extremely happy I purchased this lens.

10 out of 10 found this review helpful.

Good Lens in heavy sun light Posted by: from: Jamaica W.I. on You can get a few great shots out of a hundred. if you don't mind scrolling through tons of photos for that great pic then buy. This lens need lots of light ..lots of light. Some things can be fixed with digital processing, but that takes time. If you dont have the money for a better lens try it.. and be patient. I am no professional. The sample photos were taken with the this lens on an original 6 mega pixel Rebel, i now have a T2i but image size are too large to upload in this review. the pics look much better on the t2i.

17 out of 17 found this review helpful.

Good lens for freelance photography Posted by: from: on This lens is great for when you need a nice zoom, but it definitely isn't the best deal out there if you're wanting to pursue a career in photography. As some other people have said, this lens makes very soft pictures, so they aren't meant to be printed in big sizes. A lot of the time (at least mine) it doesn't want to focus, so I end up manually focusing a lot, which makes the pictures look even softer. And with a low aperature, instead of having a blurring effect, it creates a more lined background (example in the picture of the girl sledding). I've dropped it a couple of times and it still works perfectly, so that's definitely a plus!

11 out of 11 found this review helpful.

Good lens for the price Posted by: from: Charlotte, NC on I hesitated buying this lens...because of some of the reviews...after about five months of usage I am glad I purchased this lens... I have used this lens in various light situations...I have caught hummingbirds in perfect focus with patience in dusk light...the trick is making the camera work with the lens...the best thing about digital is you can take pictures to your memory cards heart you can take multiple shots and eventually get something to be proud of...if you are a professional and need the perfect should have enough money to buy the better lenses...I've been shooting for 45 years...and have seen the many changes in cameras...I find some of the best photos are taken by amateurs and non-professionals who take the time to learn how to use their cameras and understand the usually works as if you need an economical lens and you're not going to have a critic judge your photos...take pictures and keep your money in your pocket until the day you can afford something better...realistically...a hundred dollars more will get you image stabilization and less distance in you can take it from there...both have the same speed as far as no improvement there and that's where it counts most... I would recommend this to a friend in most cases...if they are a funny duddy perfectionist...they need to save another 100 dollars...but this lens will work if you make it work... It will give you some noise at long distance zoom...but most do is slow in low light...that means you can't really open up the f-stop enough to make it fast enough...with a digital can overcome this...with ISO settings and tripod...I get good shots without tripod...most photography is done in a midday it's fast enough for that... Hope this helps... Blue

44 out of 45 found this review helpful.

An OK lens, nothing spectacular Posted by: from: Cedar Rapids, IA on I use this lens on my Canon T1i and have never been able to get a sharp picture from it out without any post processing of the RAW file. It's not a bad lens for the beginner by any means but it's nothing really worth raving about. If you plan on making large prints (anything past 8x10) this is not the lens for you. It's very soft when you start getting into larger size images. I really can't stress the softness enough. Great for a beginner looking to experiment, bad for anyone who wants to take serious quality photos.

68 out of 70 found this review helpful.

Great First Lens Posted by: from: Ft. Lauderdale on This lens came in a bundle pack when I bought my Cannon T3i. Since then, I can't imagine not having it! It's a great lens for capturing people/animals from a far distance. I use it more than the normal lens that my camera came with, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to buy an additional lens for their camera. I've used it to capture some awesome photos of animals in nature, people, and far away landscapes. Also, this lens brings out "blues" and "greens" very nicely, so it's great for photos of lakes, oceans, etc. The green especially, is very vivid when taking pictures of plants. Additionally, the detail is amazing and the lens is very easy to focus and use. The only down side is that the lens sometimes shakes when your holding your camera, so you have to keep a steady hand. But other than that, it's a quick and durable lens. I bring it everywhere!

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Save Your Money Posted by: from: Indiana on If you are looking for an upgrade from the kit lens that came with you rebel save your money for EF 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM. The 28-135mm auto focus is usually less than 1 second and the lens has a really nice Image Stabilizer. Also, the 28-135 has a macro mode that can fill a flower petal in the view finder and is very sharp. Most will find that for family photos 70mm is not short enough and 300mm is way too long so you will be changing the lens out quite often, not to mention if you use the 300mm you will probably out of range for your built in flash so you will need a lot of light on the subject. Your camera is only as good as the lens you put in front of it, save your money you will not regret it. Don't believe me try the two for yourself before you buy.

19 out of 23 found this review helpful.

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