Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Lens

Product information

Ideal for the nature or sports photographer looking for affordable quality zoom. The Canon EF 70-300mm telephoto lens is ready to give your professional results. It combines manageable, lightweight design with versatile range and image stabilisation for exceptionally detailed results, even at extreme zooms.

Key benefits:

  • The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM features Image Stabilisation (IS), making it ideal for handheld and telephoto work. Shutter speeds up to three stops slower no increase in image blur.

  • When panning horizontally, the IS system can be set to correct only for unwanted vertical shake, and the system switches off when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

  • Just under 149mm long, and weighing in at just 630g, this lens is right at home on assignments where travelling light while maintaining image quality is key.

  • UD (ultra-low dispersion glass) glass lens control colour distortion. The result is crisp, high-contrast images, free of colour fringing and other unwanted effects.

  • An ultrasonic motor (USM) powers rapid - near silent - autofocus. Full manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.

  • Super Spectra coating keeps colour balance vibrant and accurate, while reducing unwanted flare and ghosting for sharper images than ever.

  • The circular aperture gives out of focus regions a softer feel making foreground objects stand out against a smoother, blurred background.

  • For use with Canon DSLR cameras.

Autofocus Motor Information Built-In autofocus engine to supplement your camera
Yes- USM
Diaphragm Blades Information The amount of blades used to create the aperture
Dia. 76.5 x L142.8mm
Eligible for International Delivery
Equivalent Focal Length Information Focal length when viewed through cameras with a cropped sensor
112-480 mm (APS-C 1.6x crop factor)
Filter Thread (mm) Information Section inside the front that allows accessories like filters and hoods to be attached
Focal Length Information The distance from the sensor and the optical centre of the lens when focused to infinity
1 year
Image Stabilisation Information Irons out blur and shake, so your shots are super-sharp
Lens Elements Information Amount of glass pieces that make up the lens
Lens Groups Information Amount of compounds that make up the lens
Lens Mount Information Type of camera fitting
Canon EF
Maximum Aperture Information Measures the lens' light exposure and, thus, depth of field
Minimum Aperture Information Measures the lens' light exposure and, thus, depth of field
Minimum Focus Distance Information The closest you can get to your subject without losing focus
1.5m (4.92')
Model name / number
Sensor Format
Full frame, Canon APS-C
Weight Information Unpackaged weight


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    Standard delivery within 5 working days
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  • International delivery not available


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Q & As

Rated 5 out of 5 by 6 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Lens This lens produces very sharp images across the entire focal length range. The image stabilisation system is excellent but it does make a slight noise which I assume is the gyroscopes. I have hand held this lens on its longest focal length with very pleasing results. I am pleased I bit the bullet and spent the money. 16 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best in it's class If you want to travel light without having to carry a huge distance lens then this 70-300mm will get you right in there to get your subject. Great for birds, planes and fast moving objects. Crystal clear optics for that perfect shot. 02 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by First class lens I have had this lens for about two months and have used primarily on wild life photography. Image quality superb and the weight is not too heavy. I would highly recommend this lens. 14 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very good lense!! I purchased this lense for my railway photography, and it has not failed to dissapoint. I am very pleased with it and highly recommend it. Definatly a worth while purchase! 19 January 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for sport and wildlife Bought this lens to give me a long reach to get close up pictures of wildlife and sporting events works really well give a crisp clear photo and is light enough to carry around all day. Also found very good when taking pictures of flowers clear and precise. Very good value and responds quick when needed. For anyone who is looking for a reasonable telephoto lens I would most certainly recommend this one. 01 May 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Telephoto Lens Does exactly what it says on the box, takes close up detailed pictures of far away objects 28 January 2014
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