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

by admin on March 30, 2010

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

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

The Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS lens is an excellent all-around performer with an enormous amount of potential. With an effective focal length range of almost eleven-times, from a wide angle 28mm to a telephoto 300mm, this lens has by far one of the largest field of view ranges of any lens.

The Canon image stabilization system combines with exceptional “L series” optics to create a versatile performer that is capable of producing professional results in many shooting situations. Additionally, the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 “L series” lens is of top-notch build quality. Canon has incorporated weather and dust proof seals to insure that the lens will hold up to the toughest shooting conditions.

All of these features combined make this lens a marvelous choice for travel photography or situations where a wide range of focal lengths are required but little space for carrying or time for changing lenses is not.

Versatility and optical quality make the Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L lens one of the top lenses of its class.

Canon EF 28-300mm Features

  • Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Focal length: 28-300mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/3.5-f/5.6
  • Filter Size: 77mm
  • Optics: 22 Elements in 16 Groups
  • Canon Micro UltraSonic Motor (USM) provides fast and accurate focusing.
  • Canon Image Stabilization allows for sharp images at long exposure times
  • Weight: 1670g
  • Canon EF Mount

What Users Like About This Lens

Photographers tout the versatility of the Canon 28-300mm lens. The “L series” optics of this lens are well-known as capable in varied light, contrast and color conditions. Many have noted that the 28-300mm performs well, producing high contrast, sharp and color saturated images across all of its available focal lengths. Images from this lens are consistently sharp, from corner to corner, a characteristic lost in some less expensive lenses of the same class. Additionally, the 28-300mm lens has exceptional build quality that stands up to the toughest abuses.

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What Users Don’t Like About This Lens

The foremost criticism of this lens is price. Many, however, feel that a lens of the 28-300mm’s range and optical quality is worth every bit of the purchase price. Additionally, having image stabilization and high quality optics that cover a wide field of view requires additional weight, making the 28-300mm lens heavy. While it draws some complaints due to weight, it is not much heavier than the Canon 70-200 “L series” lens with image stabilization.

Finally, some photographers who have tried this lens shooting indoor sports or action photography in low light conditions have noted that the maximum aperture of f/5.6 at 300mm is too slow to produce sharp, blur free results. While the image stabilization system can allow for shooting several stops lower than normal in low light conditions, it cannot freeze the blur caused by moving objects at slow shutter speeds.

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Canon EF 28-300mm Sample Photos

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Sample Photo

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