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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: 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: 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great zoom lens—if your location has enough light!

    Posted
    seanmoconnor92
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    I shoot video often with two cameras, mostly indoors, which means I need a zoom lens that not only zooms far but also lets in a lot of light. I was skeptical about the quality of this lens because of the lower aperture (compared to a similar lens that can go as wide open as f/2.8); however, I was pleasantly surprised by the effectiveness of this lens. If you’re looking for a Canon zoom lens that’s cheaper than competitors but gets the job done, this is the one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    inexpensive zoom

    Posted
    fotosrfun

    This is a good zoom for beggining.Good image quality in outdoors.Best if used with a tripod or monopod.There is no image stablizer so the futher you zoom the steadier the camera has to be.On the plus side with it being an EF lens you can buy an inexpensive teleconverter and double your zoom.All in all a good lens for being part of a package. I probably would have purchased seperatly if it wasn't offered.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good

    Posted
    aesquivel

    I like the lense for the price and the overall quaility of the images taken are great. We take alot of sports pictures and the zoom on this lense is perfect. The only draw back to this lense that I notice is that when you are manually adjusting the zoom it is not smooth. When you are turning the zoom it affects your shots because you have to adjust and then wait to take the picture because when you turn the zoom it moves the entire camera. It should be smooth so that you can adjust the zoom on the fly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Kit lens

    Posted
    Slabstick1
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    I used this lens to shoot a couple of Eagles sitting in a tree. I actually stopped on the Hiway and set up my tripod. Zoomed in at full zoom and took several shots. When I got home and uploaded to my Lr4 I could not crop and get a clear picture. I'm new to this so maybe it was user error. When I talked to my local Camera shop they just more or less agreed that this lens was not the greatest lens. It will however provide great shots at closer range.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Lens!!!

    Posted
    knowntime

    This lens is utterly superb! The image quality is excellent. A slightly blurred photo is shot once and a while if I’m zoomed in to something so much and plus the fact it doesn’t encompass IS (Image Stabilization). What I don't like about it is you have to be about 4 feet away to have correct auto focus. Otherwise, this is a superior lens. If you're just starting out your hobby of photography, this would be perfect if the camera you're purchasing comes with a lens that starts around 18mm. It's really perfect to have if you're getting the Rebel XS or XSi.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not a bad lens for the price

    Posted
    ThePho
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    For the price, it is a pretty good and fairly powerful lens. It's able to zoom in quite far, but you lose all elements of depth in the subject; but that'll happen with most telephoto lenses. Once you figure out the basics, it'll do whatever you need as a beginner or semi-experienced photographer. The lack of an image stabilization feature really restricts you to using a tripod or monopod, but it does take really good pictures if you do. TLDR: It'll work great if you don't mind using a tripod, but if you're looking for more portability, get one with an automatic image stabilizer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I was looking for

    Posted
    echo66
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    I purchased this lens since my other Canon lens from my older SLR camera would not work consistently, even though I was assured that it should work fine. The lens has worked very well, even indoors, which is where it gets the bulk of its use. The focusing can be a little inconsistent at times. Even with a tripod, I can take multiple pictures in succession and some are crystal clear and others are out of focus. Outdoor performance has been very good. Weight is acceptable and overall, this purchase has greatly enhanced the enjoyment of my camera and photography experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lens good price for beginner

    Posted
    lynxduck
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    Overall I found reviews complained about the low quality of the lens or complained about the slow focus speed - but I bought this lens on a low budget coming from just camera phones, to using it on the Canon Rebel T3i just learning how to use a better camera. I realized it wouldn't have the IS or a fast auto focus, but all I had to do was raise the shutter speed and use it in manual mode (which is fun anyway) and the shots came out exactly the way I wanted them to. This lens meets my needs as a personal user using it only as a hobby and for family photos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens for kids events & vacations

    Posted
    JCBog
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    We use this lens all the time, to help us get up closer when our children are doing their sporting events and school programs. It doesn't even matter if we are at the back row, it helps bring us much closer to get a good to great picture. I am a new user, but find it extremely easy to use. The only issue is getting used to the length of the lens, and can be a little bulky in carrying around your neck. A case is a MUST have

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good lens

    Posted
    kamuizot

    I used this lens for the first time today as I drove through the mountains taking pictures of the changing leaves. This is a great lens for shooting outside in the the day time. The high maximum f-stop makes low light shooting difficult, but for mountains and daytime sporting events it is great. I'm happy to have the extra magnification to play with as I look for the best shoots.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent lens at an amazing price

    Posted
    goofymatt
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    I purchased this lens with the Canon Rebel and Best Buy gave me an amazing deal that I could not pass up. With the deal in consideration, this lens is a great investment, especially for a video B-camera or for high-risk shooting where you don't want to jeopardize a $1K or more lens. I find the range to be acceptable and it has a decent depth of field. I wish it was a little faster, but I fully understand that if I want speed, I really should pay for it. In the end, it was a great purchase that has served me well!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not bad for the Price

    Posted
    Guitarplayr34

    I have found in my time with this lens that I can get some amazing shots! The only downfall is when zoomed all the way out it is very hard to get crisp images without a tripod. However as long as you stay in the 100-200mm range you should be fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend