Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS

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A much better lens than its predecessor (the 75-300), this is a small, easy-to-carry zoom with great range. The Image Stabilization makes handholding possible in almost all situations, and the images are nearly as sharp as those taken with “L” quality lenses.

Does Not Include: lens hood

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

I personally prefer the longer but lighter 70-300 IS to the shorter but heavier 70-300 DO IS. If you shoot RAW and don’t mind a little postprocessing to up the contrast, you’ll be very happy with DO pictures. If you want to shoot jpgs and don’t want to sweat the images in Photoshop, you’ll probably prefer the standard 70-300 IS.

The 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS L lens, however, puts the other two to shame, not only optically, but in feel and overall performance as well. The image stabilizer is improved, the lens is weather sealed to help keep out unwanted dust and moisture (though a front filter is required to make the lens truly weather resistant), and given the “L” branding means it has the best optics and build quality you will find in a Canon telephoto zoom. The only downside (other than cost) is that the 70-300 L is almost a pound heavier than the other two lenses, so keep that in mind.

Also, please note: the IS system on the 70-300 IS makes an audible noise. If you haven’t used this lens before, don’t be alarmed by it.
April, 2013

Filter Size
58mm (rotating front element)
1.4 lb
Minimum Focusing Distance
4.9 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
8 to 34 degrees
Zoom method
Barrel extending
Image Stabilization
2.5 stop, 1.5th Generation, Panning
Focusing System
Front element (rotate and extend), AF-MF switch, Micro-USM motor
Aperture Blades
8, curved, octagonal shape
Max Aperture@focal length
f/4<80mm; f/4.5@80-140mm; f/5@140-200mm; f/5.6 > 200mm
Low Dispersion Elements
Fuorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Flare resistance
Minimal ghosting, mild to moderate loss of contrast
Canon EF
Crop, Full frame

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Rental Period Waiver Price Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $4.00 $27.00 $31.00 $10.33
4 days $5.00 $29.00 $34.00 $8.50
7 days $6.00 $39.00 $45.00 $6.43
10 days $8.00 $53.00 $61.00 $6.10
14 days $11.00 $68.00 $79.00 $5.64
21 days $14.00 $92.00 $106.00 $5.05
30 days $18.00 $115.00 $133.00 $4.43
45 days $23.00 $150.00 $173.00 $3.84
60 days $27.00 $176.00 $203.00 $3.38
90 days $35.00 $226.00 $261.00 $2.90
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $27.00 $9.00
4 days $29.00 $7.25
7 days $39.00 $5.57
10 days $53.00 $5.30
14 days $68.00 $4.86
21 days $92.00 $4.38
30 days $115.00 $3.83
45 days $150.00 $3.33
60 days $176.00 $2.93
90 days $226.00 $2.51

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