CANON EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM Lens @Currys £335.99 - HotUKDeals
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Reserve and collect only (+ Quidco)

Cheapest price elsewhere £376.82 (even cheaper than Fleebay)

http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod60.html

Advanced three-stop Image Stabilizer (IS) technology makes the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM an ideal telephoto zoom for shooting in dim light and at slow shutter speeds without incurring camera shake.
Features

* Powerful magnification, yet affordable
* Three-stop Image Stabilizer
* UD lens element and Super Spectra coatings
* Circular aperture provides pleasing background blur
* Fast, quiet autofocus

An affordable telephoto zoom with Image Stabilizer.



Affordable high magnification
The powerful, yet reasonably priced, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM will appeal to nature and sports photographers looking to achieve sharper images when shooting handheld. When fitted to an EOS camera containing an APS-C sized sensor, the lens gives an angle of view roughly equivalent to a 112-480mm lens on a full-frame DSLR.

Image Stabilizer
The EF 70-300mm f/5-5.6 IS USM features a three-stop Image Stabilizer (IS), making this an ideal lens for handheld work. Shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would be otherwise possible can be used with no perceptible 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.

UD lens element
A UD (ultra-low dispersion) glass lens element corrects for chromatic aberrations and provides high resolution and contrast throughout the zoom range. Only environmentally friendly lead-free glass is used in the lens construction.

Super Spectra coating
Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.

Pleasing background blur
A virtually circular aperture diaphragm, which is controlled electromagnetically, gives out-of-focus regions a softer, more even feel, and lets in-focus subjects stand out against a blurred background.

Ultrasonic focusing
A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.

Accessories
A lens hood and a soft case are included.
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#1
Hmm, if this were a lens that actually had an aperture range I'd be interested. Sadly, 4 is useless.

Good price for this model though.

Edited By: ravenheart on May 26, 2011 10:18: update
#2
ravenheart
Hmm, if this were a lens that actually had an aperture range I'd be interested. Sadly, 4 is useless.


This is the best deal out there for this lens!

There is no 70-300mm lens in the Canon range that has a larger aperture than f4-5.6, even the L series which will give you better light, build quality, etc but no bigger aperture. And of course costs over a grand!!!

If you want a lens with a larger aperture then dig deep into your pocket and spend the £1800 on the 70-200 f2.8 L series.

Both are more than 3 times the price of this lens and may very well be 3 times as good. But you are missing the point!

Would you make hte same inane comment on a post for a Mini because it's not as good as a Porsche?

Edit:

I see you added the extra line at the end afterwards

Edited By: kw21 on May 26, 2011 10:24
#3
To me it doesn't matter if its the best in the price range. It could cost 50 quid and an aperture of 4 would still not be of any use. This leaves me stuck, for now at least, with a fixed focal-length lens, but that's just the way it has to be.

I'm with you on the prices. The cost of wide aperature ranges on zoom lenses is a consistent disappointment to me. You and I both know it costs the manufacturers no more to make those lenses than it does the £300 ones. Well, maybe a little more, but not three or four times as much. It's purely a money-making scheme.

And on the car comparison, no, because a Mini does a similar job to a Porsche, just with less luxury. An f/4 lens doesn't do a similar job to an f/2.8 ;)

Edited By: ravenheart on May 26, 2011 11:12
#4
ravenheart
To me it doesn't matter if its the best in the price range. It could cost 50 quid and an aperture of 4 would still not be of any use. This leaves me stuck, for now at least, with a fixed focal-length lens, but that's just the way it has to be.

I'm with you on the prices. The cost of wide aperature ranges on zoom lenses is a consistent disappointment to me. You and I both know it costs the manufacturers no more to make those lenses than it does the £300 ones. Well, maybe a little more, but not three or four times as much. It's purely a money-making scheme.

And on the car comparison, no, because a Mini does a similar job to a Porsche, just with less luxury. An f/4 lens doesn't do a similar job to an f/2.8 ;)


So the L series 70-300 IS USM @ £1200 is still no good to anyone because it has an aperture of f4? WRONG!

As for the Mini and Porsche, you say you get better luxury in a Porsche? I think you are very much mistaken! You get better hanlding, power and of course a little kudos. But not luxury!

With an f4 and an f2.8 you can get excellent pictures (depending on the subject matter, light, etc.) from both but you will always get better from the f2.8! Although £900 better? Only the photographer can be the judge of that.

And you honestly think that this

http://di1-3.shoppingshadow.com/images/pi/d7/89/88/27711822-260x260-0-0_Canon+EF+70+300mm+f+4+5+6+IS+USM.jpg

and this

http://www.lensesbestbuy.com/images_products/canon_70_200mm_f2_8_l_is_usm_11_usa.jpg


cost about the same to make?



Edited By: kw21 on May 26, 2011 12:44: pics
#5
Found the product in my local store and tried to go to checkout for reserve and collect. it did not work, contacted currys by phone and they said has been taken of web site, but i could still see it online with the link!. But they did ring my local store and save for me. Before i pickup, would I disapointed in contrast and sharpness quality at zoom range if i dont really print pics? I have a Canon EF 24-105/4L IS USM which im very happy with, but wanted a zoom for wildlife... I have the canon 60d which had high 18 million pixons would I ok just to crop image with the 24-105?

Edited By: darrengee on May 26, 2011 13:15: update
#6
Been looking for one of these for my wife - great price so one reserved for me :)
#7
darrengee
Found the product in my local store and tried to go to checkout for reserve and collect. it did not work, contacted currys by phone and they said has been taken of web site, but i could still see it online with the link!. But they did ring my local store and save for me. Before i pickup, would I disapointed in contrast and sharpness quality at zoom range if i dont really print pics? I have a Canon EF 24-105/4L IS USM which im very happy with, but wanted a zoom for wildlife... I have the canon 60d which had high 18 million pixons would I ok just to crop image with the 24-105?


I just popped to my local PC World (same group) and asked how much it was and they confirmed £335.99.

Your 24-105 is an excellent lens but to be fair by the time you crop your pics of wildlife and then enlarge to view on a computer or TV they will end up losing a lot of quality and clarity. My guess is that as you have the 24-105 you don't mind spending a bit more for good quality, therefore you could well be interested in the same lens I'm after at the moment, the 70-200mm f4 IS USM L series (best price currently here ) This was posted on here yesterday as it was in the Blue Cross sale at Currys/Dixons/PC World for £751 but alas I was busy scouring the net and not on here so missed out! Gutted.

Edited By: kw21 on May 26, 2011 14:04
#8
kw21
darrengee
Found the product in my local store and tried to go to checkout for reserve and collect. it did not work, contacted currys by phone and they said has been taken of web site, but i could still see it online with the link!. But they did ring my local store and save for me. Before i pickup, would I disapointed in contrast and sharpness quality at zoom range if i dont really print pics? I have a Canon EF 24-105/4L IS USM which im very happy with, but wanted a zoom for wildlife... I have the canon 60d which had high 18 million pixons would I ok just to crop image with the 24-105?


I just popped to my local PC World (same group) and asked how much it was and they confirmed £335.99.

Your 24-105 is an excellent lens but to be fair by the time you crop your pics of wildlife and then enlarge to view on a computer or TV they will end up losing a lot of quality and clarity. My guess is that as you have the 24-105 you don't mind spending a bit more for good quality, therefore you could well be interested in the same lens I'm after at the moment, the 70-200mm f4 IS USM L series (best price currently here ) This was posted on here yesterday as it was in the Blue Cross sale at Currys/Dixons/PC World for £751 but alas I was busy scouring the net and not on here so missed out! Gutted.

Thanks for the reply and advice. will look out for the 70-200mm f4 IS USM L, and if get a better price will let you know ;)
I noticed that the currys 70-200mm f4 IS USM L offer is still on for home delivery if your still wanting deal... remember quidco too. link


Edited By: darrengee on May 26, 2011 18:20: update
#9
darrengee
kw21
darrengee
Found the product in my local store and tried to go to checkout for reserve and collect. it did not work, contacted currys by phone and they said has been taken of web site, but i could still see it online with the link!. But they did ring my local store and save for me. Before i pickup, would I disapointed in contrast and sharpness quality at zoom range if i dont really print pics? I have a Canon EF 24-105/4L IS USM which im very happy with, but wanted a zoom for wildlife... I have the canon 60d which had high 18 million pixons would I ok just to crop image with the 24-105?


I just popped to my local PC World (same group) and asked how much it was and they confirmed £335.99.

Your 24-105 is an excellent lens but to be fair by the time you crop your pics of wildlife and then enlarge to view on a computer or TV they will end up losing a lot of quality and clarity. My guess is that as you have the 24-105 you don't mind spending a bit more for good quality, therefore you could well be interested in the same lens I'm after at the moment, the 70-200mm f4 IS USM L series (best price currently here ) This was posted on here yesterday as it was in the Blue Cross sale at Currys/Dixons/PC World for £751 but alas I was busy scouring the net and not on here so missed out! Gutted.

Thanks for the reply and advice. will look out for the 70-200mm f4 IS USM L, and if get a better price will let you know ;)
I noticed that the currys 70-200mm f4 IS USM L offer is still on for home delivery if your still wanting deal... remember quidco too. [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.currys.co.uk%2Fgbuk%2Fr%2F70-200mm%2520f4%2520IS%2520USM%2520L%2F0_0_0%2F]link[/url]



Lol, I also saw that.

I'd been checking on here all day then it went to £751.33 again but still not showing as being available. Ended up buying one from Amazon that had been used at an exhibition for £773 with 2 year warranty still, then about half hour later checked again and saw the Dixons one was available again!! Not Happy, but at least I got one better than the £875 it's going for elsewhere.

Not available now though.

Edited By: kw21 on May 27, 2011 09:16
#10
Expired now - I want one before I head to asia next month, anyone got other cheap-ish supplies for this?
#11
ds2000
Expired now - I want one before I head to asia next month, anyone got other cheap-ish supplies for this?


Keep an eye open on this site here

Or Digigood at ebay are doing them for £369.98 inc p&p


Edited By: kw21 on Jun 08, 2011 16:19: Additional info
#12
Thanks, I need one for next week really so have gone with amazon at £347 - with a filter, hood and new case its a total of £420, serious cash for me but I'm off on the holiday of a life time so I'm sure I won't regret it! :)
#13
ds2000
Thanks, I need one for next week really so have gone with amazon at £347 - with a filter, hood and new case its a total of £420, serious cash for me but I'm off on the holiday of a life time so I'm sure I won't regret it! :)


Good find. Didn't come up on Camerapricebuster yesterday (or today) but they do usually track Amazon prices.

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