Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Review

March 30, 2011 | Matt Grayson | |

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As I looked forward to creating the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens review, I knew that Canon's introduction of this lens was going to make my life more difficult - but in a good way. I spend a lot of time helping people select the proper lens for their needs and budget, and even before the 70-300 L was announced, there was a large selection of pro-grade Canon telephoto zoom lenses available.
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For decades, telephoto zoom lenses have been divided into two categories. Budget-friendly consumer models are reasonably compact and tend to have a maximum aperture of f/4-5.6 as you stretch through the zoom range. Professional lenses are bigger, heavier, have higher-grade optics and usually boast a faster maximum aperture of f/2.8 or f/4. The maximum aperture also remains ?xed throughout the zoom range, earning them the ‘constant-aperture’ moniker. The new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM breaks the mould.
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