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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

The innovative zoom lens utilises Canon’s innovative Diffractive Optical element that delivers superb image quality in a more compact, lightweight design. Just 99mm in length, it’s small enough to take with you anywhere.

  • Fast, quiet autofocus with full-time manual focusing
  • Circular 6-blade diaphragm helps produce attractive background blur
  • 3 stop Image Stabiliser ensures shake free shots
  • Super spectra coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.4m
  • 58mm filter diameter
  • Optional Lens Hood ET-65B and Soft Case LP1116

Park Verdict

This innovative lens delivers on all levels. Compact, lightweight and with outstanding image quality, the image stabiliser helps ensure shake-free shots in low light.

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 Compact and lightweight 4x telephoto zoom lens
 Image Stabiliser for shake-free shots
 Ultrasonic motor for fast, accurate focusing with full-time manual focusing
 Lock switch stops the lens extending when not in use, preventing accidental damage

Full Details

Packed with technology
With its multi-layer Diffractive Optical (DO) element, Image Stabilization (IS) and Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM) technologies, the EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM is a celebration of precision lens design.

Diffractive Optical (DO) optics
The EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM incorporates a Diffractive Optical (DO) element, which reduces the physical size of the lens while preserving image quality. The DO element combines the characteristics of fluorite and UD elements into one piece of glass. The result is high contrast and sharpness as well as tight control over chromatic aberration.

Image Stabilizer
The EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM features a three stop Image Stabilizer (IS), making this an ideal lens for handheld work. Shutter speeds up to three stops slower than normal can be used with no perceptible increase in image blur. Major movement in a particular direction is automatically interpreted as panning and IS is turned off in this plane.

Ultrasonic focusing
A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting.

Pleasing background blur
A virtually circular aperture diaphragm, which is controlled electromagnetically, gives out-of-focus regions a softer, more even feel, and lets in-focus subjects stand out against a blurred background.

Integrated into the EOS system
The AF drive pattern of the lens is tailored to specifically match that of the latest EOS range, extracting maximum benefit from the lens' speed advantage. The lens ensures optimal flash metering by passing distance information back to a compatible EOS camera's E-TTL II flash system.

In harmony with the environment
In keeping with Canon's stringent environmental policy, only lead-free glass is used in the lens' optics.


Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl)29u00b0 - 6u00b0 50u0092,19u00b0 30u0092 - 4u00b0 35u0092, 34u00b0 - 8u00b0 15u0092
Lens construction (elements/groups)18-12
No. of diaphragm blades6 (circular type)
Minimum aperturef/32-38 (f/32-40 for cameras featuring 1/3-stop increments)
Closest focusing distance (m)1.4m to infinity (at all zoom focal lengths)
Maximum magnification (x)0.06 (Wide); 0.19 (Tele)
AF actuatorRing USM
Filter diameter (mm)58
Max. diameter x length (mm)82.4 x 99.9
Weight (g)720
Magnification - Extension Tube EF12 IICompatible
Magnification - Extension Tube EF25 IICompatible
Lens hoodET-65B
Soft caseLP1116
G.F.Holder III (hood III*)4
G.F.Holder IV (hood IV*)4



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