Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens

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Key Features

  • 75-300mm focal length
  • 120-480mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F4-5.6 maximum aperture; F32-45 minimum
  • Micromotor-type AF motor without full-time manual focusing
  • 58mm filters
  • 1.50m/59.06" minimum focus
  • Canon EF mount for full frame, APS-H and APS-C DSLRs

Product Description

The Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III is a compact and lightweight 4x telephoto zoom lens ideal for shooting sports, portraits, and wildlife. This lens is compatible with full-frame and APS-C format Canon DSLRs. The optical system, construction, and exterior are the same as the EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III USM. The difference is that this lens uses a DC motor instead of a USM to drive the AF.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 75–300 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Canon EF
Maximum aperture F4.0 - F5.6
Minimum aperture F32.0 - F45.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Elements 13
Groups 9
Minimum focus 1.50 m (59.06)
Maximum magnification 0.25×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micromotor
Full time manual No
Focus method Extending front
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Weight 480 g (1.06 lb)
Diameter 71 mm (2.8)
Length 122 mm (4.8)
Materials Plastic barrel, metal mount
Sealing No
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock No
Filter thread 58 mm
Hood product code ET-60
Tripod collar No
Optional accessories Soft Case LP1019


User Reviews

2.75 out of 5 stars
  • djohnfot, Oct 13, 2012 GMT:
    A good lens but

    This is a very inexpensive but pretty good lens. Construction quality feels cheap - not 'nifty-fifty' cheap but not much better - but it works and that's what counts. Optically it's quite good, especially when price is considered, with good overall sharpness and low distortions except for CA. And that's the problem I have with this lens. At telephoto lengths over about 200mm CA is quite noticeable, with it rearing its ugly head in almost all high contrast shots. UGH! I think the main ...

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  • FelipeSasso, Apr 24, 2012 GMT:

    Before reading this you must have two things in mind: 1) I'm using a DSLR for less than 1 month and 2) I am using Google Translator to help me. It is a good lens, although not having stabilizer you may need to increase the exposure time to compensate for the jitter. Problems: I took some pictures with this lens but unfortunately the first even though I noticed some chromatic aberration. After reading on the internet I found that aberration occurred only close to 300mm. But still I found it ...

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Questions & Answers


Need recommendation for good sub-$500 (ish) telephoto lens

Hey all, I recently (about a month ago) picked up a Canon 60D with a Canon EF 17-40 f/4L lens from a co-worker (this is the first DSLR I've owned, so take it easy on a newbie, 'kay?).  That lens has performed admirably for many of the shots that I've taken (landscapes/portraits/action shots where I'm just about in the way of the action).  However, some of the shots that I've wanted to take have left me in want of something with a bit more reach (wildlife/casual sports photography) (mainly outdoor photography in decently-lit conditions, with subjects that may be moving in some cases fairly rapidly). Thus, I'm looking for a decent telephoto lens that costs under around $500 (could possibly be convinced to go up another hundred or so if it makes a huge difference).  As I'd like to keep my lenses usable in a full-frame camera if/when I upgrade, I'd prefer to only get FF-compatible lenses. Some lenses that I think look promising (also, what's with the f/4-5.6 maximum aperture size?  When ...

rgaiken asked
1 year ago


I can't comment on the others, but avoid this one (and the rest of the Canon 75-300 variants) like the plague. Not sharp, no IS, just not worth it even at the cheap price. None of the above applies to the Canon 70-300, which is an entirely different design. Continue Reading

Philip Kendall answered
1 year ago

I'd avoid the 75-300mm lens. It's just not good IMO. I'd get the Tamron 70-300mm as the best value. It is IMO the best 70-300mm except the Canon L which is about 3-4 times more expensive (irrelevant at this price anyway). The Tamron is sharp at 300mm f/5.6 which is an issue with most other lenses (or at least should be unless it's a defective lens). The VC is also excellent (possibly the best stabiliser IMO). IMO there isn't a better lens in this FL and price. Continue Reading

clarnibass answered
1 year ago

Ditto. With IS (on the OP's 60D), the best choices are Cheap:  EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM (or the prior II model) Moderate $: Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di VC USD High $: EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM, or 70-200 f/2.8L or f/4L with 1.4x, or EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM IMHO, YMMV Continue Reading

Lemming51 answered
1 year ago

Warranty Information

"A Product, when delivered to you in new condition in its original container, is warranted against defects in materials or workmanship as follows: for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase, defective parts or a defective Product returned to Canon, or its authorized service providers, and proven to be defective upon inspection, will be repaired with new or comparable rebuilt parts or exchanged for a refurbished Product, as determined by Canon or the authorized service provider n their sole discretion. Replaced parts and exchanged Products will become the property of Canon."

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