Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS

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For a long time, the 70-300 DO lens was the only high quality Canon zoom in this range. It still has several advantages since it is much more compact (although a bit heavier and more expensive) than the standard 70-300 IS and 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS L zoom lenses that we also carry. It also has a nonrotating front element- an advantage when a polarizer is needed. There are pages of arguments on the internet over which is best. It’s one of those discussions that no one has the answer to, including us.

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.
April, 2013

Filter Size
58mm (nonrotating front element)
1.6 lb
Minimum Focusing Distance
4.6 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
8 to 34 degrees
Zoom method
Barrel extending (no rotation)
Image Stabilization
2.5 stop, 1.5th Generation, Panning
Focusing System
Rear group, AF-MF switch, USM motor
Aperture Blades
8, curved, octagonal shape
Max Aperture@focal length
f/4.5<90mm; f/5@90-170mm; f/5.6 > 170mm
Low Dispersion Elements
Diffraction Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Flare resistance
Marked ghosting, moderate contrast loss
Canon EF
Crop, Full frame

LensRentals.com offers rentals ranging in length from 1 to 90 days. The shopping cart will automatically update the quoted price as you adjust the length of your rental. Our most common rental periods are shown below:

Rental Period Waiver Price Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $7.00 $48.00 $55.00 $18.33
4 days $8.00 $52.00 $60.00 $15.00
7 days $10.00 $69.00 $79.00 $11.29
10 days $14.00 $93.00 $107.00 $10.70
14 days $18.00 $121.00 $139.00 $9.93
21 days $24.00 $162.00 $186.00 $8.86
30 days $30.00 $204.00 $234.00 $7.80
45 days $39.00 $266.00 $305.00 $6.78
60 days $45.00 $311.00 $356.00 $5.93
90 days $58.00 $400.00 $458.00 $5.09
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $48.00 $16.00
4 days $52.00 $13.00
7 days $69.00 $9.86
10 days $93.00 $9.30
14 days $121.00 $8.64
21 days $162.00 $7.71
30 days $204.00 $6.80
45 days $266.00 $5.91
60 days $311.00 $5.18
90 days $400.00 $4.44

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