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70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II USM Canon lens
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    • 17 lenses in 12 groups, one UD lens
    • 9 circular aperture blades
    • 1.2m minimum focusing distance
    • 0.25x times magnification
    • 4 stops IS
    • 67mm filter
    • 80mm × 145.5mm size
    • 710g
    • Nano USM drive
    • Full-time manual focus
    • $550 price
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  • PR

    Having the right tool for the job has long been the mantra for professional photographers and hobbyists alike. Canon’s wide array of lenses provide users with a variety of creative options to help capture dynamic photos and videos with their DSLR cameras. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens featuring NANO USM technology for high-speed and near-silent focusing in both still and video modes. The lens also features a new LCD information display and four-stop image stabilization.

    “To help photographers that are striving to create the most amazing pictures and videos possible, Canon is dedicated to developing the best tools to help them with their goal,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Having this new EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens in a photographer’s camera bag will surely help them achieve their creative vision.”

    Designed with the user in mind, this affordable new lens includes technology to spark creativity and deliver excellent image and video quality from afar. This is the second Canon lens equipped with NANO USM technology, a focusing motor that combines the benefits of a ring USM (ultrasonic motor) for high-speed AF during still photo shooting and lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for smooth and quiet video autofocusing (AF)

    Features for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens include:

    • High-speed autofocus for shooting stills and smooth, near-silent autofocus when shooting video is achieved by incorporating NANO USM technology.
    • New Lens Information Display shows focusing distance, focal length and shake amount.
    • One UD Lens helps reduce chromatic aberration and delivers outstanding high resolution and high-contrast results.
    • Image Stabilizer effect at up-to-4* stops of shake correction helps capture sharp images.
    • Circular aperture (9 blades) helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.
    • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.

    The Canon EF 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens is scheduled to be available in November 2016, for an estimated retail price of $549.99

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  • Review


    Full frame corner sharpness performance is quite good at the wide end, with good sharpness showing even at f/4 and some improvement realized at f/5.6. Corner performance is reduced to mediocre over the mid and long focal length ranges. Subjects in the plane of sharp focus running through the corners are not turned into mush at wide open apertures, but they are not totally stellar either – and show very little improvement at narrower apertures.

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    Center sharpness is good wide open (f/4), but is sharpest between f/5.6 and f/11. At f/16 sharpness is a little worse. At f/22 it's softer again, and very soft at the narrowest aperture for this focal length (f/32). If you’re viewing the image at normal printing sizes, it's not quite so obvious though. At the edge of the image, sharpness is best between f/8 and f/22, before dropping off again at f/32.


    Center sharpness at long end is very good at f/5.6 (the widest aperture), but is a little sharper at f/8. It’s excellent at f/11 and f/16, dropping a little again at f/22. At f/32 it’s noticeably soft, while at f/45 (the narrowest aperture), it’s even softer and is best avoided if possible. At the edge, it is sharpest at f/16 and f/22.