Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens £347.92 + £4.50 shipping - Sold by Great Deals - HotUKDeals
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Just purchased this myself; cheapest price I could find for a new one by quite some way.

Manufacturer's Description
The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM telephoto zoom lens has been developed to meet the high-performance standards that today's photographers demand. Improved Image Stabilizer Technology provides up to three stops of "shake" correction, and the "Mode 2" option stabilizes images while panning with a moving subject.
Compared to the original Canon EF 75-300mm IS zoom lens, this telephoto lens has faster autofocus, and overall the lens is lighter and has a smaller diameter than the original. The zoom ring can be locked at the 70mm position, making this powerful lens easy to transport, too.

Product Description
The advanced 3-stop Image Stabilizer (IS) technology of the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens makes it the ideal telephoto zoom when shooting in lowlight and at slow shutter speeds.
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#1
Is this a grey import?
#2
don't know about the whole grey import thing, however, this is a big time waste of money when the 70-200 L f4 is only ~£100 more...

and if you don't have the extra £100 but desperately want a telephoto, save yourself a load of dosh and buy the 55-250

Edited By: chrismarriott66 on Jun 13, 2011 18:08
#3
Not sure how you can say its a big time waste of money; no idea if its a grey import or not. Was using it last night and its absolutely fantastic. The folk I know with the 250mm all wished they'd gone 300 so its all relative.
#4
If you desperately need the difference between 200 and 300mm then yes this is a lot cheaper than the L equivalent, however, chances are a crop with the 70-200 L series lens would be just as good.

Take a look at the sharpness difference here between the two lenses. The 70-200 L f4 is often considered the best performer in its category.

"Obviously, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM Lens is the best performer in this comparison. Actually, it is the best in most of them. The 70-200 delivers images that are at least as sharp or sharper with at least as high or higher contrast at most comparable focal lengths, aperture settings and positions in the frame. The 70-200 has a fixed wide aperture that becomes faster than the 70-300 at 85mm and is a full stop faster at 200mm. The 70-200 has a professional grade build quality and fast, quiet Ring USM AF."

"Those contemplating a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens purchase are typically considering the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens as well. Priced similarly with an extended focal length range and an excellent implementation of IS, this lens fills many of the same requirements as the 70-200 f/4. I recommend the 70-200 f/4 over the 70-300 IS because of its physical and optical advantages, but read the 70-300 review to find out which is better for your needs. "
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chrismarriott66
Take a look at the sharpness difference here between the two lenses.

I think you might have linked the newer L version 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 L IS USM lens by mistake in that comparison? The L version competes very well (as you would expect at 3 times the price!).

Corrected link comparing the 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM to the 70-200mm L f/4.0 USM

The IS version of the 70-200mm L f/4.0 is an even better performer of course (but at a considerable extra cost)
#6
MacTheHac

I think you might have linked the newer L version 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 L IS USM lens by mistake in that comparison? The L version competes very well (as you would expect at 3 times the price!).


Woops! Yes I did indeed... The correct link just shows even more the difference that £100 will get you.

I don't understand why canon produced an L lens (70-300) with a variable aperture, especially when the still want £1,100 for it!
#7
chrismarriott66
don't know about the whole grey import thing, however, this is a big time waste of money when the 70-200 L f4 is only ~£100 more...

and if you don't have the extra £100 but desperately want a telephoto, save yourself a load of dosh and buy the 55-250


Voted cold, sorry OP. Unfortunately, I'd have to agree with these comments. Having used the 70-300 and being the happy owner of a 70-200 f/4 IS USM (of which the IQ should only be slightly better than the non-IS version), I would recommend to anyone to either try to justify the somewhat extra outlay on an L-telephoto, or go for the 55-250mm IS lens, which offers *great* value for its £150 price tag.


Edited By: FatalSaviour on Jun 17, 2011 09:30

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