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Released in August 2010, the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM is a high end telephoto zoom lens from Canon.

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Pros

lightweight and short for an L class lens with such a large focal range

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USM - fast, silent and efficient AF

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first lens with fluorene treated front and rear elements - very easy to clean of dirt and oils compared to other lenses

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includes deep lens hood - increases contrast, decreases potential for flare, protects lens front element from accidental damage

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great overall image quality - keeps up with the shorter 70-200mm L lenses

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smooth zooming with no creep - and a lock is in place just in case you want to be sure

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extremely well built (L series norm) - well dampened, no play zoom and focus rings, super solid weather-sealed body and metal mount

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eight-blade aperture for smooth bokeh

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manual override - take control of focusing without having to flip a switch

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closer focusing than the other, less professional 70-300mm Canon options (1.2M)

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good control over vignetting, flare, geometric distortion and other forms of distortion

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tripod sensing image stabilization for up to 4 stops of improvement on or off a tripod - intelligently changes image stabilization method to match use, essential on a slower lens such as this

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Cons

image quality will of course be lacking next to professional primes, shorter professional zooms

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not compatible with extenders

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optional tripod ring - not included with the lens

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slow variable aperture (F/4-5.6) - poorer in low light, harder to isolate your subject with DOF

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heavier than the non-professional 70-300mm options (an expected downside to improved build-quality and optics)

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high price point (expected for an L series lens)

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Released in August 2010, the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM is a high end telephoto zoom lens from Canon. Featuring the 'L' designation that denotes that the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM is of the highest calibre of glass from Canon, the lens was introduced as a higher-end alternative of the very popular Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.

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