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Customer Reviews for EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

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EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

Compact and lightweight 4x telephoto zoom lens ideal for shooting sports, portraits and wildlife Micro USM makes AF fast and quiet Smooth operating zoom mechanism Front part of the zoom ring sports a silver ring for a luxury touch
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Customer Reviews for EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
Review 1 for EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
Nickname: linear
Location: Sacramento, CA
Used this product for: Less than 1 month
Expertise Level: Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Canon Enthusiast: 1 to 5 years
Product replacement: No

Don't overlook it

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4 out of 5
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Features
3 out of 5
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Performance
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Price/Value
4 out of 5
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Quality
3 out of 5
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Satisfaction
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Date:May 6, 2013
I tried this lens after testing the more expensive 70-300mm IS USM and was very surprised.
Although reviewers tout the IS USM model that sells for 3x, I found the sharpness, color balance, and lack of distortion in this model to be as good, if not slightly better.
Shooting at 100, 200, and 300mm into a group of large leaf trees near my house, it rendered the image without need for fixing in software later; I could hardly find any CA or distortion using my EOS 50D. Edges and corners all remained clear and like the center of the image.
CONS: no IS means higher ISO and shutter speed. I quickly picked up the knack of shooting both higher shutter and ISO values to compensate for hand shake. This worked out very well in daylight, but for low light it would probably not be ok.
So if you are shooting daytime, daylight or a brightly lit (studio lighting) indoors then this is a great value lens. But for mixed or low light, probably not.
Bokeh was ok but not stellar.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Review 2 for EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
Nickname: Shadow
Location: Seattle, WA
Used this product for: 6 to 12 months
Expertise Level: Advanced Amateur
Canon Enthusiast: 11 to 20 years
Product replacement: No

Excellent lens

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5 out of 5
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Features
3 out of 5
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Price/Value
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Date:July 16, 2012
After some research, I purchased this lens specifically for the USM feature (besides the the 300mm zoom). I use it to photograph wildlife, mostly birds, in the Puget Sound area and I really like to catch the action. This lens does it. Granted, not all my pictures come out in focus but most of the time - WOW!.
I've caught Bald Eagles, Ospreys and Great Blue Herons catching their fish and in flight, I've caught Green Wing Teals fighting, Redwing Blackbirds attacking Great Blue Herons, Red Tail Hawks hunting, even the most elusive Wilsons Warbler, Bushtits and Kingfisher...and the list goes on.
This lens (no IS) coupled with my T3i (and no tripod) have given me spectacular images that would be worthy of any photography magazine (there have also been many mediocre/ useless images as well, but that's the photographer's fault, not the lens').
All in all, this lens is worth every penny; just know your camera's abilities and drawbacks.
Background: I've been in various stages of photography from professional studios to 1 hour labs and have been an avid photographer for the last 20 years
53 of 53 people found this review helpful.
Review 3 for EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
Nickname: Jweavercma
Location: Boise, Idaho
Used this product for: 6 to 12 months
Expertise Level: Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Canon Enthusiast: Less than 1 year
Product replacement: No

Keep this in your kit for high risk shooting.

Overall Rating
3 out of 5
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Features
4 out of 5
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Performance
3 out of 5
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Price/Value
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Quality
3 out of 5
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Satisfaction
4 out of 5
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Date:June 13, 2011
Pros: tough
Cons: Slow auto-focus
This is the beginner of the beginners telephotos in my humble opinion. It is fairly simple as telephotos come seeing as how it has exactly one select-able feature; an auto focus on off switch. Be that as it is; it is a surprisingly good lens for the price, just beware of its limitations. A lack of image stabilization can be frustrating when shooting in a breeze or at low shutter speeds. Even with a steady tripod I still found myself having to try and shield my camera since even the smallest vibration would throw the image out of focus. The auto-focus feature is a little inaccurate, but that is to be expected. I didn't find this to be too much of a bother shooting landscapes. But shooting sports (Something this lens was intended for) it became a bother. The auto-focus is not nearly fast enough to shoot anything except maybe golf. I shoot at paintball events and found myself using the manual focus since I was actually faster than the auto-focus even though I was running, dodging, and sliding everywhere to get the shots. I will give it this though; it is a very sturdy lens for the price. It took multiple paintball hits directly to the lens and one glancing blow, resulting in only a piece of the filter ring being blown off. Since it is fairly inexpensive, I am not too worried about damage since it would only be a small loss should the lens actually crack.
Overall, not a terrible lens. But still not good enough for more advanced shooters. I will hold on to this one though as it is my designated paintball lens.
173 of 181 people found this review helpful.
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