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Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Review

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Rating Summary for the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens
Construction:
95/100
Price Rating:
80/100
Image Quality:
85/100
Overall Score:
87/100
This is an "B+" Quality Lens

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Lens Tech Specs

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture:

28-300mm f/3.5-5.6
Lens Construction:
22 elements in 16 groups
Diagonal Angle of View: 75° - 8°15'
Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
Closest Focusing Distance: 0.7m / 2.3 ft.
Zoom System: Push-pull type
Filter Size: 77mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 3.6" x 7.2", 3.7 lb. / 92 x 184mm, 1670g

Lens Review

The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens is one of the most convenient lenses on the market today. The Canon EF 28-300mm lens has one of the largest focal ranges of Canon’s massive lens selection. The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens also allows you to take a very wide shots bringing in massive amounts of image or approximately 75 degrees of the possible 150 degree total. The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens is a wonderful lens for travelers who want to take a wide variety of different shots without losing picture quality. The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens will focus as close as 2.3 feet from your target subject. The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens will also zoom to a whopping 300mm on a full frame Canon body.

The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens comes standard with the powerful ring type USM (Ultrasonic Motor) drive which enables you to have lightning fast focusing, with a silent motor so you don’t scare away the wildlife. It also helps to be able to focus quickly and accurately when you don’t think conditions will permit.

The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens also includes what is commonly termed “IS” or “Image Stabilizer”, which is a new technology Canon developed in the fairly recent past. Image Stabilizer allows a photographer to take “hand-held” shots in almost any environment, well at least where you never thought you could take them before. The Image Stabilizer on the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens will allow you to shoot wildlife at the 300mm focal length on a cloudy day at 100 ISO and produce a great in-focus image. You may also have the ability to take a shot late in the evening at 1/4 sec. shutter speed to produce a clear image. Canon advertises the Image Stabilizer having the ability to take a handheld shot at 3 stops less than you standard “non-IS” lens would be able to do. The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens also comes standard with a second mode of Image Stabilizer which is specifically designed for panning your subject. The last and final function built into the Image Stabilizer in the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens is the tripod sensor. The Image Stabilizer in the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM actually knows when a tripod is being used, because of the decrease in amount of vibrations. The panning mode or Image Stabilizer or mode 2 should be used when using a tripod it will help to decrease any further vibrations that may occur while the lens is on the tripod. The image stabilizer modes can be used in either the AF (auto focus) or MF (manual focus) modes. Both modes are amazing additions to the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens.

The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens is also equipped with full-time manual focusing, which allows you to focus manually even when the autofocus mode is turned on. You simply set the camera to ONE SHOT AF mode and then press the shutter button down halfway. While you have the shutter button down halfway you may turn the focus ring to focus manually.

All-in-all the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens is a fantastic choice for just about any situation. The 28-300mm lens allows you to take just about any shot in the most popular focal ranges available. It is also important to note that this is an L-Series lens which means it has the highest optical performance in it’s class. This is the professional class of lenses that produce the highest quality imagery available to Canon consumers.

The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens is a heavy lens weighing in at over 3&1/2 pounds. The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens is not a gigantic lens, but definitely makes it into the larger class of lenses. It weighs more than the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, as well as a few other telephoto zoom lenses, but you also get a whole lot of lens packed into one.

The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens is one of Canon’s Push-n-Pull style lenses. This means that the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens

has a locking mechanism that allows you to release it to adjust your focal length and then

lock it again once you have chosen the correct length. This particular locking mechanism

is supposed to eliminate “creep” almost completely in the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-

5.6L IS USM lens. Creep is when your zoom lens slides slightly because of the weight of

the class, and may cause your photo to be out of focus slightly. This is not a very fun

thing to have happen.

How did the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens perform optically? At 28mm the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens performed much better than expected. It was a bit soft at f/3.5 (wide open), but I found it to be sharpest at f/5.6, which f/8 usually wins at a consistent sweet spot for all lenses. At 50mm the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens performed best at f/8 and progressively got softer when you opened it up and stopped it down. At 100mm the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens starts to slide a bit optically. At f/8 it still remains the sharpest, but at 200mm you lose more image quality and at 300mm you lose even more. In-fact I would avoid shooting at 300mm with the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens, where you have the time and the space, decrease your focal length. The lens overall performed very well. It is not a bad lens. It performs like a professional zoom lens with a massive focal range.

The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens is an extremely versatile lens with it’s wide range of focal lengths, but you will also find noticeable draw backs to the almost limitless focal lengths. You will discover that the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens is pretty soft at 28mm and though it improves at the higher focal lengths you also have switched to an f/5 at 70mm and an f/5.6 at about 115mm and beyond, which makes this a fairly slow lens all the way through, but it is a great lens for the versatility, which is most likely why you would buy the lens. However, in my personal opinion, you would be better off buying two separate high quality L-series lenses than buying the one Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens. If you are looking for the absolute best image quality go for two, but if you are looking to save on the amount of dust that hits your mirror and sensor then go for the one lens you almost never have to take off…the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens. I would suggest two of the of any of these following combinations: the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM or the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM. You can’t lose with either of those combinations. The Canon standard zoom lenses listed above are sixes when it comes to the comparison of image quality, and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM telephoto zoom lens is unparalleled in almost every way. I think you will be much happier it you are looking for close to perfection in your image quality.

If you are looking for a Canon lens that will give you borderline professional images and you only want to tote around one lens, then the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens is the right lens for you.

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