Canon EF 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 DO IS USM lens Review

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EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM


The EF 70-300mm DO IS USM is Canon’s second focal point with a three-layer sort of Diffractive Optics. This can be utilized with both ‘APS-C’ (when it covers points of view proportional to 112-480mm) and 35mm-sized picture sensors. Utilizing three layers of diffraction gratings empowers focal point architects to totally counteract chromatic aberration. The subsequent focal points are smaller and lighter and can perform better than other zoom focal points with proportional central lengths and opening extents that utilize fluorite or not spherical glass components to control these abnormalities.

Assemble quality is better than expected. High-thickness polycarbonate was utilized for the focal point barrel, but the mounting plate is produced using stainless steel. Furthermore, the zoom ring is situated at the barrel’s camera end. It is around 18mm thick, featuring a rubber coating that covers seventy-five percent of the width. Five central length settings are engraved on the zoom ring, casing 70, 100, 135, 200, and 300mm.

The hood is 70mm long and has an utmost size of 96mm. It fastens on with a pike fitting and is sensibly simple to fit and pull off. It likewise switches over the focal point barrel for transportation and capacity and when the focal point isn’t being used.

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Canon EF 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Specifications

General SpecificationCanon EF 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
Focal Length70 - 300mm
Camera Mount TypeFull Frame, APS-C
Format ComitabilityCanon EF
Angle of View34°-8°
Minimum Focus Distance59.1”
Magnification 0.25x
Actual Weight720g / 1.6 lb
Aperture Range-Wide/ Long f/4.0-32 / f/5.6-45
Focus Ring RotationNo
Lens Hood Included?NO / ET-65B
Image StabilizationYES
Case Included? NO / LP1222
Year Introduced?2005

Technical Specifications


General sharpness was not exactly as high as I have found in a few lenses I have tried and, in spite of the fact that it demonstrated resolution to be great, it additionally affirmed that pictures were marginally under-sharpened. I trust this absence of sharpness is related with decreased acutance, as opposed to the lost resolution, and discovered that pictures were effectively reestablished to a stick sharp appearance with a little measure of post-catch sharpening when preparing raw records or by utilizing JPEG’s masking.

For the most part, lenses are more honed at the focal point of the zoom distance, yet the DO lens gives some great outcomes with an even measure of sharpness over the aperture distance. I can observe an extremely slight increment in sharpness at F8 which remains at F11 yet then drops off once again into the little settings.

Chromatic Aberration:

Chromatic aberration was to a great extent irrelevant, with low levels of chromatic aberration uncovered at more extensive gaps for the 100mm /135mm central lengths and at the littlest gaps for every central length I tried. There was no proof of colored fringing. I feel this variation is probably not going to be obvious in prints produced using pictures at all apertures or central length settings.

Shading or ”Vignetting”:

Vignetting might be seen at all central length settings when the broadest apertures were utilized yet vanished when the focal point was ceased down maybe a couple F-stops. It was clearer at the shorter central lengths and just barely obvious at 300mm. Also, the rectilinear distortion couldn’t be seen in short central lengths however minor pincushion was obvious at 300mm.


The Canon DO IS USM demonstrates the ordinary distortion particularity for a usual telephoto zoom lens. It causes minor barrel distortion – about 0.7%- at 70mm and minor pincushion distortion with the 200mm – about 1.1% – and with 300mm – about1.4%.

The 70-300 lens has less distortion than other similar lenses over a large portion of its central length range.

Buy this lens if:

The EF 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 DO lens is a perfect focal point for animals, l sports, portraiture, and different applications when you are photographing in the comparatively bright light. For travel, the size of this focal point is superior to the white focal points. It is exceptionally strong, however somewhat weighty, and with phenomenal outcomes over the full Zoom run.

Albeit a few people have remarked negatively about the delicate bokeh related to DO focal points, I vindicate the test focal point delivered alluring watching out-of-center backgrounds that could be especially engaging to portrait and wedding photographers.

The small size and black color mean that people can use this in a crowd and not be too noticeable. Have any of you tried to walk with a white 300mm lens with hood around, and saw how people look at you?

Don’t buy this lens:

This problem can easily be simplified for all readers. The drawbacks are not many and can be mentioned in just a few lines. So, here we go:

– Close-up capacities are constrained in light of the fact that this focal point can’t concentrate nearer than 1.4 meters.

– You shoot heaps of close-ups and additionally low-light photography.

– You are not set up to utilize the hood.


Until the Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 L IS USM was discharged, on the off chance that you needed a 70-300mm focal point with marvelous optics, you needed to go for this Canon DO.

It offers astounding component quality, incredible form, and quick centering utilizing the ring-sort ultrasonic engine. Chromatic aberration execution is excellent and we just have one genuine issue: the zoom creep is awful and I would incline toward the zoom ring to be placed at the front component, in a similar way that the L-series lens is. For a focal point costing over a thousand pounds, I would anticipate that there will be no creep by any stretch of the imagination, yet perhaps that is simply me.

The immense thing about the DO lenses is that there is almost no genuine rivalry. Indeed, the closest focal point as far as quality and innovation are the Canon EF 70-300mm L IS USM which implies that by utilizing this focal point, you will have something more one-of-a-kind and expert.

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  • I have a 70-300mm L, but the DO lenses are really cool. One of my friends gave it to me when he changed to Nikon. Most of my friends also use L lenses, so I don’t have any experience with this, but I read many reviews about it and it seems very nice. 

    I really like the L series so I always suggest to use it, but there are many good lenses. Your review helps to learn more about it. Thanks for it.

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