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Canon - EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens - Multi-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good lens for the price

    Posted
    BirdmanBlue

    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 desire...hahahahaha...so you can take multiple shots and eventually get something to be proud of...if you are a professional and need the perfect shot...you 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 settings...auto usually works as well...so 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 zoom...so you can take it from there...both have the same speed as far as fstop...so 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 anyway...it 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 camera...you can overcome this...with ISO settings and tripod...I get good shots without tripod...most photography is done in a midday light...so it's fast enough for that... Hope this helps... Blue

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Older Lens-Good Quality but No Image Stabilization

    Posted
    PhotoScot

    I got a great deal on this lens, but ended up taking it back and trading it for the 55-250 IS zoom after one day. It isn't a bad lens..it is just an older model and doesn't have the image stabilization feature of some of the newer Canon lenses. It took beautiful portraits. At the higher zoom levels even in late afternoon sun the flash kept trying to pop up. I could over ride the flash and hand hold the camera successfully, but the images were just a little less sharp than I wanted..plus I felt that with the newer Canon camera, the older lens wasn't taking full advantage of the camera. I also found myself having to switch to the 18-55 lens because this zoom starts at 75..inside the house it is too much zoom to do much of anything. Outside it was fine..though maybe my eye is used to about the 50-80 range so I kept needing to back up to get the composition I wanted. I also got a little tired of fighting with the flash in full daylight.. I decided to take it back and upgrade to the 55-250 zoom that has Image Stabilization. I haven't tested the new lens as much as I did this one..but I liked the 55-250 better the minute I got it onto the camera. The 55-250 isn't quite as awkward as the 70-300 and is much quicker to auto focus even in lower light. I walked outside and shot photos that were much sharper than the 70-300 without even really trying...I just had it on auto and shot. With the 70-300 I could take beautiful photos, but I was having to constantly fake out the camera to keep the flash from firing. The price difference with the camera bundle was only $50..so it seemed worth it to pay the extra money for a much better lens. Thank you to the very understanding customer service representatives that let me trade in the package for the better lens.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works with Canon 60D

    Posted
    SoftFocus349
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    I purchased this lens because it was selling for a good price and is one of the few lenses that works with the full frame Canon 60D. This lens will not work with the Canon T5 or other cameras that uses EFS lens. Some EF lenses will work with the T5 and other cropped sensor cameras. These will have either a red dot or a white square on the lens mount however the EF lenses only have a red dot. If a lens have both of these icons they will work with crop sensor cameras but not full frame cameras like the Canon 60D. This is the first Full Frame 35mm digital camera that I have owned so I would appreciate it if someone comments and can make my explanation clearer. Essentially EF lenses can be used on both full frame cameras and cameras with cropped sensors but EFS lenses for cropped sensor cameras cannot be used on full framed cameras. EF lenses are very expensive so when I saw this one priced at about the same price as a EFS lens I took it. I now have two lenses for my new Canon 60D. The T5 is more of a beginner camera while the 60D is more of a professional camera. The fun begins now that I am learning to use it. Being a full frame camera with more megapixels should have increase the quality of my images once I learn how to get around the cameras interface. The Canon 60D does not have a built in flash nor a flipout screen but I don't see this as a disadvantage. Its a big camera but not that heavy. I would recommend the camera for anyone who is serious about their photography. It cost nearly three times as much as a Canon T5 and the lenses cost a lot more so its not made for snapshot shooting. I don't see this as a disadvantage rather as the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for." This concludes my review of the Canon 60D.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for all(Almost)

    Posted
    wyattmhphotography

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good for the Price

    Posted
    niteryder
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Can't be beat in this price range!

    Posted
    Douglas

    When looking for a quality lense for a name brand camera, as a hobby photographer, everything usually breaks down into two groups: Lenses intended for professional or career photographers that cost more than you are willing to pay. Specialty lenses that have a more limited use but fit your budget. This Canon lense is unusual in that it is very comfortably priced (by comparison anyway) and is very versatile. Fully compressed, the 70mm length is good for portrait, nature photography and architecture shots. Extended to it's maximum length, the 300mm telephoto is very good for sports and wildlife shots. The maximum aperture of F4-5.6 is exceptional in this price range and will allow good shots in reasonably low light even without a tripod. When used with your Canon dSLR, the lense retains all the electronic focus and aperture control you want. This lense and a small wide-angle zoom are really the only lenses you could need for general hobby photography. So you can keep your gear bag compact as well. The attached example picture was taken in early morning light shortly after sunrise at the full 300mm length. No retouching has been done to it yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great First Lens

    Posted
    bethanyc

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Save Your Money

    Posted
    PowerTester

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens for a Beginner Like Me

    Posted
    Genericnickname002
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Problem with mine

    Posted
    4570

    This lens is OK for the price and Canon has a good reputation, but I must have gotten one of the few that gets by the quality control people. I noticed this lens being hard to rotate (zoom) when I first bought it, but it did not affect the pictures so I put up with it for a "few months" when I decided to send it in for warranty repair. Then I realized I had had it about 53 or 54 weeks--just out of warranty. I sent it in anyway to see if they would be a really good company and warranty the repair anyway. No such luck. They would repair it but it would cost almost as much as a new lens, so I said "send it back". A few weeks later a couple of what looked like nylon shims worked their way out of the barrel where one part rotates inside another. Guess I'm just having bad luck--the Rebel EOS XTi I am using it on has a flash with a mind of its own, flashing a lot without me taking pictures. Guess I'm spoiled. I used my old totally manual Minolta SLR for 35 years with only a few minor repairs. I would recommend the lens (and the camera), but I would tell them about my troubles with the ones I have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good lens for freelance photography

    Posted
    elbel

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good for a raw picture

    Posted
    Jhudora

    I absolutely love this lens. I almost never use the stock lens anymore because this lens is amazing for macro pictures. For portraits it softens the subject in the most flattering ways. If using as a short range lens obviously its not that great because of the minimum focal length. The one thing that is iffy for me is the autofocus. It's not the most expensive lens so I didn't expect it to be. But I always use manual focus just because it gives the image that look. As for the lighting it does require more light obviously but with the right settings not a lot of image graining occurs and you can still get the picture, use of a tripod is recommended but a steady hand could work. For wildlife in full noon sun it's an amazing lens for indoor with varying light it's ok. Manual focus is your friend on this lens which is why the ease of use isn't that high on the ratings. If you prefer manual focusing and have enough patience you will be rewarded!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Look Elsewhere

    Posted
    Rion

    Some contend this is a great lens for beginners, but I tend to disagree. The aperture is extremely slow in almost any lighting which makes taking crisp photos extremely difficult without a solid tripod in use at all times. This lens simply doesn't collect enough light and simply will not allow for fast shutter speeds in all but the brightest of situations. The cheap construction is arguably less important if one takes care of his or her possessions well enough. Beginners need something that doesn't require extreme care with how the photos are taken, and with the lens one must pay attention or every photo will come out underexposed, blurred from handshake, and distorted due to the large number of elements that make up the lens. Research barrel distortion if you are interested in what the distorted images would look like.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EF 75-300 Lens

    Posted
    Niblipix

    I use this lens a lot. Im starting to use it more than my $600.00 EF-S 28-55 lens. It takes great close ups, from a very long distance, they are very clear with great detail. It is lightweight and well made. The resolution and color in the photos is very good. Ive taken some very impressive wildlife shots with this lens. I generally use a tripod or brace the lens against a solid object for long shots and it does just fine. I use it on my Canon EOS Xti. The auto focus or manual focus work equally well. It focuses acurately and quickly on auto focus. You cant beat this telephoto lens for the price and Canon quality. Its a great lens, I love it. It may not be the best one they make, but for my use and budget its awesome. I recommend it to anyone wanting a decent telephoto lens without spending a fortune. It works just fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Lens in heavy sun light

    Posted
    Anonymous

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for when you can't get in close.

    Posted
    louigi
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    I was needing to get some close up shots at a Graduation and a Wedding. I was not able to until I added this lens to my case. This year with this lens on my camera I was allowed down on the floor at two High School Graduations. I am not a professional Photographer. But I was admitted just because it appeared that I was because of the equipment I was carrying. I never told them I was a pro and they never asked me. As far as the durability of this product goes, I can't say. Too soon to tell. But I know Canon by their reputation. And their reputation speaks well of them. As far as other products I would recommend. ASUS Computer technology. They are by far the best IBM compatible computer technology in the world.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good lens

    Posted
    avpdav
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    I originally got this lens for an older canon D60 that I got for around $100. And it worked great with that camera. Then I upgraded earlier to a Canon T2I, and it works flawlessly with that camera too. I can't see how anyone can give this less than 5 stars. It's not as great as a $3,000 lens, but what do people expect? It's easy to use, and works well. The only problem I did have, was I only had this lens when I went to Disneyland with my daughter, and I had to use it when I couldn't use the zoom. (When Disney characters were holding her, I had to back up about 20' before I could take the shot) That's not great. But nobody should expect to be taking pictures that can be taken with a point and shoot or a camera phone with this lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    An OK lens, nothing spectacular

    Posted
    Defakto227

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So Much Fun!

    Posted
    katts9lives
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    My husband said "Get a hobby!" Sooo, I chose photography. I used to take pictures back in the early 90's and early 2000's just for fun with the Sony point and shoot camera. Now I'm planning on diving in lens first. I have taken so many nice pictures with this lens. I'm a novice and don't know much about the shutter speeds or ISO yet, but I am learning. I love the close ups that I get. I took this to the zoo with my grandchildren and got some fabulous pictures. I use the IS and it is a lifesaver. I am building up my lenses one at a time. I am really enjoying my new hobby.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Lens does not rotate smoothly

    Posted
    Rose116

    This lens does not rotate smoothly - does anyone else have this problem? The lens on my trusty old Minolta Maxuum 7000 35mm was so smooth it turned almost by itself (alright, it was CONSIDERABLY more expensive). The 75-300mm that comes with the Canon T2i is choppy and does not slide smoothly at all. Is it this one lens or is anyone else finding this issue? I don't have this problem on the shorter 18-55mm lens. Also, a lens lock would be nice to ensure the lens does not expand while carrying it. But if it continues to stick the way it does, I guess a lock isn't necessary as it won't slide open anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend