I was impressed by the overall handling and performance of the new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM during my review period. It has a nice build (consumer grade, yes, but nice), and quality handling. The new LCD screen has a few debatable aspects, but I applaud Canon doing something to help eliminate what has been one of the main shortcomings of STM type lenses (no distance window) […] I’m also impressed with the image quality from the lens in terms of sharpness, contrast, and control of things like chromatic aberrations and flare. Where I think the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS most stands out (outside of the build) is the overall rendering from the L series lens, which is unquestionably more special. Nice bokeh, smoother transitions, and special color rendition that shows off its premium optics. […] What matters most is that in most every way the EF 70-300 IS II is a significant upgrade over its predecessor, and well worthy of your consideration if you are looking for a quality telephoto lens for either your full frame or APS-C camera body.
And here is the video-review of the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II.
If you prefer reading the review instead of watching the videos, then head over to Dustin Abbott’s site, you’ll find a lot of sample pictures and a in-depth discussion of the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II.
Release Announcement External design completely revamped and Fluorine Coating now applied improved AF speed and responsiveness, with VC system achieving image stabilization performance level of 4.0 stops
SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A030)
February 3, 2017, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of a new telephoto zoom lens product, the SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A030) (hereinafter called “Model A030”), for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A030 was developed by substantially enhancing the features of the popular SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) (hereinafter called “Model A005”), which has enjoyed high acclaim since its launch in 2010 as a telephoto zoom lens with outstanding performance. With the external design completely revamped, a Fluorine Coating with outstanding durability is applied to the front element surface of the lens. Improvements have also been achieved in AF speed and responsiveness and VC (Vibration Compensation) functions. Model A030 will be sold only in the Japanese market.
SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD
Date of Launch (in Japan)
February 23rd, 2017The Canon and Nikon mount models will be launched simultaneously.
(Launch only in the Japanese market）
※Model A030 is not compatible with either the Tamron TELE CONVERTER 1.4x (Model TC-X14) or Tamron TELE CONVERTER 2.0x (Model TC-X20), which are optional accessories. It is also not compatible with the optional TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM that enables a lens’s firmware to be updated and features to be customized.
Improvements in AF speed and responsiveness
Improvements in the control circuit and AF algorithm of the previous Model A005 have enhanced both focusing speed and accuracy, which enables a moment to be captured without letting the photo opportunity slip away, and which makes the A030 a suitable lens for photographing fast-moving subjects.
Improved VC functions
Improving Tamron’s unique VC (Vibration Compensation) functions has improved the responsiveness of the VC lens elements, and Model A030 achieves a higher image stabilization performance level of 4.0 stops according to the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standard.
External design renovated
The zoom ring and focus ring using linear-based grid patterns and the brand ring in tungsten silver create an external design with a high-grade feel.
Equipped with Fluorine Coating to improve user-friendliness for the lens
The front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints.
Angle of View (diagonal)
34°21′ – 8°15′
17 elements in 12 groups
Minimum Object Distance
1.5m (59.1 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio
1:4 (f=300mm : MOD 1.5m)
142.7mm (5.6 in)**
765g (26.9 oz)**
9 (circular diaphragm)
Image Stabilization Performance
4.0stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
(For Canon : EOS-5D MKIII is used / For Nikon : D810 is used)
LensRentals‘ Roger Cicala and Aaron Close took the new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II and opened it, tore it down to all its components.
In the conclusion they write:
[…] Canon [is] great at optomechanical engineering, and the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II is no exception. And unlike some of their cameras, they don’t seem to have a problem putting all the right features in their consumer grade models. We were impressed by the numerous elements that could be optically adjusted, by the metal collars and rollers, pleasantly modular and robust construction, and the efficient layout.
The new motor is tiny. By claim, it is both fast and accurate, and it appears it will be replacing the STM type motors for use in a lot of lenses. […] I saw nothing about the motor that made me think ‘this is going to fail.’ It’s a real USM with no gear train and by our examination, no glued together pieces that might separate.