Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II review (impressive performance, D. Abbott)

EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Maximum Aperture: f/4-5.6
  • One Ultra Low Dispersion Element
  • NANO USM Autofocus System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Lens Information Display
  • Full-Time Manual Focus
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Photographer Dustin Abbott reviewed the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II, a “consumer lens” that’s getting a lot of positive reviews.

In the conclusion he writes:

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.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD officially announced (updated)

SP 70-300mm

Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD

Update: it seems Tamron announced the SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD only for the Japanese market.

As anticipated, Tamron today announced the  new Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens. More information on the product page (machine translated!).

SP 70-300mm

Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD

Press release:

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.

Product name
SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD
(Model A030)
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.

Product Highlights

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.

Specifications

Model A030
Focal Length 70-300mm
Maximum Aperture F/4-5.6
Angle of View (diagonal) 34°21′ – 8°15′
Optical Construction 17 elements in 12 groups
Minimum Object Distance 1.5m (59.1 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:4 (f=300mm : MOD 1.5m)
Filter Size Φ62mm
Maximum Diameter Φ82.2mm
Length* 142.7mm (5.6 in)**
Weight 765g (26.9 oz)**
Aperture Blades 9 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/32-45
Image Stabilization Performance 4.0stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
(For Canon : EOS-5D MKIII is used / For Nikon : D810 is used)
Standard Accessories Lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon

Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD image and specs leaked

SP 70-300mm

Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD

An image and specifications for the upcoming Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens leaked at Nokishita Camera.

Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD specifications (machine translated)

  • Renewed the appearance design of A005 and newly adopt antifouling coat
  • Improvement of AF speed and accuracy, Improvement of hand vibration reduction function VC
  • Mount: For Canon · For Nikon
  • Expected release date: February 23, 2017
  • Suggested retail price: 60,000 yen + tax
  • Mass retailer price: 45,900 yen (tax included)

The announcement for Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD is expected tomorrow, February 3, with shipping starting at the end of February.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II teardown by LensRentals

EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Maximum Aperture: f/4-5.6
  • One Ultra Low Dispersion Element
  • NANO USM Autofocus System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Lens Information Display
  • Full-Time Manual Focus
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

All images below © Lensrentals.com, used with permission.

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.

EF 70-300mm

Image © Lensrentals.com

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.

Be sure to head over to LensRentals for pictures and step by step description of the teardown.

EF 70-300mm

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II first look video

EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Maximum Aperture: f/4-5.6
  • One Ultra Low Dispersion Element
  • NANO USM Autofocus System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Lens Information Display
  • Full-Time Manual Focus
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Photographer Dustin Abbott posted a 10 minutes Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II first look video. The F 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II sells at $549.