Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

f/4.5 to 5.6 - MPN: 2565A003
Product Details
Description
Highly practical and portable telephoto zoom lens. The five zoom groups make the length only 4.8. With rear focusing, the lens does not change length or rotate during focusing. Any filter effects therefore remain intact. It also makes auto focusing quick and quiet.
Quick Glance
Compatible Camera Mount Canon EOS Cameras
Lens Type Telephoto
Max Focal Length 300 mm
Max Aperture f/ 4.5 (Wide), f/ 5.6 (Tele)
Expert Reviews
Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6L
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Dec 1, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 4 expert reviews for Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6L and the average expert rating is 60 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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3.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - May 19, 2011

The Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM is a telephoto zoom lens built for easy portability. Five separate zoom groups are used to reduce the length to 4.8 in, and rear focusing keeps the zoom action internal. This means that the lens does not lengthen to zoom or focus, reducing the potential for damage when being transported. The lens does not rotate to focus either, allowing filters to remain in position. Autofocus runs quickly and quietly using an Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM) system, and zoom is handled through a standard ring-type control. The maximum aperture ranges from f4.5 to f5.6, depending on how zoomed the lens is. The focal length allows closer subjects as well, and proper clarity can be achieved when the subject is as near as 1.5 meters. Features Telephoto zoom lens Rear focusing Focal Length: 100-300mm Maximum Aperture: 1:4.5-5.6 Lens Construction: 13 elements in 10 groups Diagonal Angle of View: ... PROS: (1) good build quality - metal mount, nice feeling material, comfortable zoom and focus rings (2) affordable price point (3) easy to find (4) full frame (5) great performance at 100mm - even wide open ... CONS: (1) no image stabilization on a lens that would heavily rely on it (2) very weak aperture - F/4.5-5.6, poor for low light shooting, isolation of subjects with DOF (3) mediocre optical quality - you get what you pay for (very poor corner resolution above 100mm) (4) poor flare control

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User Reviews
great lens for the price
4 Star Review     

Strengths: extremly light and small for a zoom lens with great photo quality results.

Weakness: Lens Barrel loosens overtime..cheap plastic looking.

The lens can't compare to a $3000 L lens. But for a $300 zoom lens, you are getting every pennies worth. Talk about compact. That lens is smaller than my Canon 20D. It is so light about 1 LB which is perfect for my heavy 20D body. It's not a greatest lens as I said, but it produces great quality photos for an average photo hobbist.

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Canon EF 100-300mm f4,5-5.6
4 Star Review   By member oreon - Aug 2, 2005   

Strengths: light

I bought this lens for my Rebel XT. This is my first 300mm lens. I am very satisfied with it. USM ring is really fast. Lens is preatty light and 12 cm long. I paid $279 I thing it is worthed money. I can not affort "L" zoom lens.

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5 Star Review   By member ramious - Oct 14, 2004   

Strengths: Highly practical and portable telephoto zoom lens. The five zoom groups make the length only 121.5mm. With rear focusing, the lens does not

Weakness: Highly practical and portable telephoto zoom lens. The five zoom groups make the length only 121.5mm. With rear focusing, the lens does not

i canot fear any sound when i get autofocus crazy good. if you have eos canon , you have to but this Highly practical and portable telephoto zoom lens. The five zoom groups make the length only 121.5mm. With rear focusing, the lens does not

3% of readers found this review helpful.

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4 Star Review   By member PPANASA - Oct 11, 2004   

Strengths: Affordable, Good Optical & Cosmetic Quality when compared to Canon 70-300mm. Silent Ultrasonic Focussing Motor. Sharp Results

Weakness: Lens Barrel loosens overtime.

I was impressed by the sharp results of this lens. I use it on my Canon 10D and this is a very nice lens for the price. Tripod is a must for this lens when shooting at 200-300mm unless you are using fast shutter speeds. Can shake image very easily since it does not have canon image stabilizer built into it.

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4 Star Review   By member Johnerjensen - May 18, 2004   

Strengths: Ultrasonic drive; Sharp focus at all but longest focal lengths; Good amatuer long-focal lens;

Weakness: Poor in low light; Not extremely versitile

I upgraded to this lens from one with a micro motor and would not go back. That extra money gives you a much quieter lens that focuses much, much faster. I take sports photos as part of my job, and this lens is an essential tool. Mounted to my Digital Rebel it gives me an estimated 480 mm of zoom. The photos are sharp most of the way out as well. The zoom can also be a weakness to somebody looking to take average pictures. The starting focal length of 100 mm (digital equivalent 160 mm) is too long for snapshots of the family. And once the sun goes down put this lens away - you just won't have enough light. Indoors it works adequately with a flash. I carry three lenses in my bag and use this one second out of the three. For sports and outdoor photos it's great. But almost everyone will also need another lens or two to go with it.

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Product Details
Description
Highly practical and portable telephoto zoom lens. The five zoom groups make the length only 4.8. With rear focusing, the lens does not change length or rotate during focusing. Any filter effects therefore remain intact. It also makes auto focusing quick and quiet.
Quick Glance
Compatible Camera Mount Canon EOS Cameras
Lens Type Telephoto
Max Focal Length 300 mm
Max Aperture f/ 4.5 (Wide), f/ 5.6 (Tele)
Summary
Product Title Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
Manufacturer Canon
Power Score 3.8 | 7 Reviews
Optics
Minimum Angle of View: 8
Min Focus Distance: 4.9 ft
Maximum Angle of View: 24
Min Focal Length: 100 mm
Filter Size Supported: 58 mm
Other Features
Included Components: Soft Case
Physical Specifications
Diameter: 2.9 in
Dimensions: 4.80" Length x 2.90" Diameter
Length: 4.8 in
Weight: 1.20 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Category: Lens Adapters
Product Line: EF
Angle of View: 8? to 24? - Diagonal
Height: 121.5 mm
SKU: DC219551
Description: Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM Zoom Lens
Width: 73 mm
Class: Camera Accessories
Field of View: 15.96 degrees
Brand Name: Canon
Lens Construction: 13 Elements in 10 Groups
Magnification: 0.20 X
Motorized Lens: Yes
Expert Reviews
Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6L
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Dec 1, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 4 expert reviews for Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6L and the average expert rating is 60 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

3.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - May 19, 2011

The Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM is a telephoto zoom lens built for easy portability. Five separate zoom groups are used to reduce the length to 4.8 in, and rear focusing keeps the zoom action internal. This means that the lens does not lengthen to zoom or focus, reducing the potential for damage when being transported. The lens does not rotate to focus either, allowing filters to remain in position. Autofocus runs quickly and quietly using an Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM) system, and zoom is handled through a standard ring-type control. The maximum aperture ranges from f4.5 to f5.6, depending on how zoomed the lens is. The focal length allows closer subjects as well, and proper clarity can be achieved when the subject is as near as 1.5 meters. Features Telephoto zoom lens Rear focusing Focal Length: 100-300mm Maximum Aperture: 1:4.5-5.6 Lens Construction: 13 elements in 10 groups Diagonal Angle of View: ... PROS: (1) good build quality - metal mount, nice feeling material, comfortable zoom and focus rings (2) affordable price point (3) easy to find (4) full frame (5) great performance at 100mm - even wide open ... CONS: (1) no image stabilization on a lens that would heavily rely on it (2) very weak aperture - F/4.5-5.6, poor for low light shooting, isolation of subjects with DOF (3) mediocre optical quality - you get what you pay for (very poor corner resolution above 100mm) (4) poor flare control

Read the full review »

User Reviews
great lens for the price
4 Star Review     

Strengths: extremly light and small for a zoom lens with great photo quality results.

Weakness: Lens Barrel loosens overtime..cheap plastic looking.

The lens can't compare to a $3000 L lens. But for a $300 zoom lens, you are getting every pennies worth. Talk about compact. That lens is smaller than my Canon 20D. It is so light about 1 LB which is perfect for my heavy 20D body. It's not a greatest lens as I said, but it produces great quality photos for an average photo hobbist.

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Canon EF 100-300mm f4,5-5.6
4 Star Review   By member oreon - Aug 2, 2005   

Strengths: light

I bought this lens for my Rebel XT. This is my first 300mm lens. I am very satisfied with it. USM ring is really fast. Lens is preatty light and 12 cm long. I paid $279 I thing it is worthed money. I can not affort "L" zoom lens.

67% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member ramious - Oct 14, 2004   

Strengths: Highly practical and portable telephoto zoom lens. The five zoom groups make the length only 121.5mm. With rear focusing, the lens does not

Weakness: Highly practical and portable telephoto zoom lens. The five zoom groups make the length only 121.5mm. With rear focusing, the lens does not

i canot fear any sound when i get autofocus crazy good. if you have eos canon , you have to but this Highly practical and portable telephoto zoom lens. The five zoom groups make the length only 121.5mm. With rear focusing, the lens does not

3% of readers found this review helpful.

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4 Star Review   By member PPANASA - Oct 11, 2004   

Strengths: Affordable, Good Optical & Cosmetic Quality when compared to Canon 70-300mm. Silent Ultrasonic Focussing Motor. Sharp Results

Weakness: Lens Barrel loosens overtime.

I was impressed by the sharp results of this lens. I use it on my Canon 10D and this is a very nice lens for the price. Tripod is a must for this lens when shooting at 200-300mm unless you are using fast shutter speeds. Can shake image very easily since it does not have canon image stabilizer built into it.

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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4 Star Review   By member Johnerjensen - May 18, 2004   

Strengths: Ultrasonic drive; Sharp focus at all but longest focal lengths; Good amatuer long-focal lens;

Weakness: Poor in low light; Not extremely versitile

I upgraded to this lens from one with a micro motor and would not go back. That extra money gives you a much quieter lens that focuses much, much faster. I take sports photos as part of my job, and this lens is an essential tool. Mounted to my Digital Rebel it gives me an estimated 480 mm of zoom. The photos are sharp most of the way out as well. The zoom can also be a weakness to somebody looking to take average pictures. The starting focal length of 100 mm (digital equivalent 160 mm) is too long for snapshots of the family. And once the sun goes down put this lens away - you just won't have enough light. Indoors it works adequately with a flash. I carry three lenses in my bag and use this one second out of the three. For sports and outdoor photos it's great. But almost everyone will also need another lens or two to go with it.

97% of readers found this review helpful.

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