Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM EF Lens
This is most likely the first Telephoto Zoom Lens you would look at having purchased your Canon DSLR. Its a good lightweight medium range zoom lens that ticks most boxes for the Digital Virgin. It does come up a little short as far as sharpness at the long end is concerned. But providing you are not hung up on using this lens at the 300mm end (480 Digital)at infinity then this is a very good option to 'learn the ropes'on. It wouldn't be fair to mark this up as an 'average' lens which some would say it is. If l am honest its a little better than good really. If you are already used to using "superior" lenses then you will have cut your teeth on something like this and you wouldn't be looking at a 400 L lens that you may have. If you intend purchasing the steep end of the lens market then please don't do it until you have learned how to use something like this lens first, it could be an expensive mistake. No point running before you can walk. Its nicely built, easy to handle and fit.
Its reasonably quiet and auto-focuses quickly, only being let down by my not being as quick as it is. Purchased at the time because l wanted a lens that had as wide a range possible on a budget, you can get some good results in wild-life and landscape situations. I have used this also at airshows with limited success but l think as my technique improves then my results will improve in this particular field.
I would still recommend this to a starter although at £239 list, new, you could be forgiven for doing what l did and buy a good quality second-hand unit for around £90. Prime lenses will always surpass a telephoto on reproductive quality, even though Primes can be less flexible in that zooming is only achieved by the operator moving closer or further away from the object, so you have to be prepared to compromise...even with an L type lens. This particular lens makes a good stepping stone to the L range, which one day l hope to be able to afford one. True there maybe better lenses out there than the 75-300USM , but few that offer the range, quality standard,handleability and price that this one does.
83 of 84 people found this review helpful.
So, you retire. So, you begin to travel. So, you begin to see wildlife. So, no surprise you begin to need telephoto lenses for your Canon Camera.
Where better to look than ebay? I've always found that with a little bit of research, and a little bit of looking carefully, you can combine a good seller, with a good item, with a good purchase, which is what is at the heart of ebay.
And, like many of my purchases, it turned out successful. There you have it. Now filming polar bears in the High Arctic, Orang-Utans in the wild in Sarawak.
And what I like about the lens is that I have a quality product to make my Canon more flexible in its use. Canon products are world-leaders, and given that, then it's an obvious choice to go for their lenses as well.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful.
Canon EF 75-300mm f4.0-5.6 III USM Ultrasonic Lens
This is probably the best lens in the range. Its ultrasonic motor is both very quick to focus, especially in continuous shooting mode, and very quiet. It is clear and sharp. In my estimation it is better than any other make for this size lens. I have used other makes and this is definately the best. The only thing better is the Canon 'L' series lens but then you are looking at a huge difference in price, £900 + more. So if you want an excellent quality reasonably priced lens for wildlife etc you will do no better than to purchase one of these wonderfull lenses.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Excellent lens light wt for its focal length sharp pictures even hand held
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Bought the lens to replace a canon 71-210 that had given excellent service but on which the coating was starting to fail though not yet effecting picture quality. I wanted a longer lens for wildlife photography.The new lens is lighter and gives the same exellent picture quality that I have come to expect from a canon lens, the zoom operation is twist rather than push pull but equally easy to use. Only one slight problem when used in conjunction with a X2 the auto focus stops working at 210 manual focus after that is no problem if the subject stops still long enough.
Canon EOS EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III USM
This is a cheap and cheerful lens. It covers a good range but isn't the best piece of glass in the world.
While it is a USM lens it is NOT the ring-USM, so it's slower, noisier, and has to be switched between manual and automatic modes.
The front element rotates during focussing, so you can't use petal hoods, and using polarising or graduated filters is a pain.
List price for this lens is a little over £200, but the best internet price for a new one is around £150, so be careful what you bid to on ebay.
Summary: Consider the 100-300mm USM, which is optically better, and has faster focus.
44 of 44 people found this review helpful.