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

April 5, 2011 | Matt Grayson | |

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The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens is an ultra-compact and very well built telephoto zoom lens with excellent image stabilization and fast, quiet AF.
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First impressions of the lens were good, the build quality was substantial, the lens was certainly short, fatter than I expected and also quite heavy. It came with a lens hood, almost as big as the lens itself, and a soft case. Although only slightly heavier than the 75-300, it felt substantially heavier, probably because of the small size.
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This lens is truly a pleasure to use in the field. Its small size and light weight (for its focal length) are real plusses when hiking. I shot several hundred frames with it over a two day period and even under close examination never saw any artifacts from the DO elements. My friend, photographer and naturalist Bill-Caulfield Browne, was shooting with me on this trip, and he has owned and used the Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO since it first was introduced. He has nothing but praise for it, though in reviewing some prints which he'd brought along we could occasionally see some curiously patterned out-of-focus areas which are clearly DO artifacts. None could be seen though on subsequent examination of prints from the 70-300mm DO, so Canon has obviously been doing its homework in the two years between these lenses.
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