Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens

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Noisey and Very Slow to Focus

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III LensIf you use a Canon digital SLR and are happy with your 18-55mm kit lens, then getting this telephoto lens is your natural next step. You will be able to increase your zoom reach to the point where you can photograph birds in somewhat far-off trees, and be able to zoom and frame several yards away on just about anything that interests you. What you cannot effectively do with this lens, though, is to take fast sport shots. It is just waaaaaay too slow. [g index]

If you need a fast low light lens, this isn't it. If your primary objective is to take pictures in available light situations such as weddings and concerts, then get the 80-200mm f/2.8 or the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS instead.

The lightest 4x telephoto zoom lens in its class. Ideal for slow sports, portraiture, animals, etc. The telephoto effect can make the picture look compressed or have excellent background blur. At the 300mm focal length, you can fill the frame with a postcard from 4.9' away.


This high-performance 4x zoom lens is distinguished by such features as a newly developed micro ultra-sonic monitor (USM) that makes autofocusing quicker and quieter, along with an improved mechanism to make zooming smoother than ever. Plus, the front part of the zoom ring now sports a silver ring, giving the lens a luxurious touch. As with all Canon lens, this 75-300 model carries a one-year warranty. Focal length: 75-300mm Maximum aperture: 1:4-5.6 Lens construction: 13 elements in 9 groups Diagonal angle of view: 32 (at 11 feet) to 8 degrees (at 15 feet) Focus adjustment: Front group rotating extension system with USM Closest focusing distance: 4.9 feet Zoom system: Rotating type Filter size: 58mm Dimensions: 2.8 inches in diameter, 4.8 inches long Weight: 16.8 ounces

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length75 300 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Canon EF  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F4.0 - F5.6  
Smallest aperture opening F32.0 - F45.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 7  
Total Elements 13  
Number of Groups 9  
Minimum focus distance 1.50 m (59.06")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.25 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Micromotor  
Full time manual focus No  
Focusing method Extending front  
Lens distance scale No  
Depth of field scale No  
Physical features
Overall weight480 g (1.06 lb)  
Lens diameter 71 mm (2.80")  
Overall length 122 mm (4.80")  
Construction materials Plastic barrel, metal mount  
Sealing No  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (extending)  
Power zoom No  
Zoom lock switch No  
Filter thread size 58 mm  
Lens hood code ET-60  
Tripod collar included No  
Optional accessories Soft Case LP1019


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