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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS

 
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Dec 12, 2007 13:29 |  #1

Any of shots of the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DO IS ? Seems like an interesting lens concept, I'd like to hear and see some member feedback.


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Dec 12, 2007 13:33 |  #2

This thread will also serve as the official archive thread so post them pics people. :)


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Dec 12, 2007 13:40 |  #3

There's no Archive on this one yet? Wow.

For what it is, ie< a very compact yet very well built mid to long range zoom, it is one of the best.
It has remarkably fast AF, and excellent 2nd Gen IS,.
The DO optics are not quite as contrasty or as saturated as conventional glass, but it's still very good.


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Dec 12, 2007 13:42 |  #4

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #4491252external link
There's no Archive on this one yet? Wow.

That is what I said. There is a "review" but only a few pics in it.


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Feb 03, 2008 23:41 as a reply to In2Photos's post |  #5

Pictures from my recent trip to Kauai. The 70-300 DO saw very little use. I wanted to decide whether the DO is worth keeping or whether I should be looking for another lens.

While the DO is compact, once you decide to always add the hood (a must), you lose the stealth factor. If the image quality is also crap, the lens is a lose lose in all ways as far as I am concerned.

However, following the sticky on this site, and trying to use better long-lens techniques (press face into viewfinder, always try to get as high a shutter speed as possible etc) and processing well with Lightroom (Use "Clarity" heavily >= 60 usually and a lot of sharpening which the DO images tolerate very well) *and* using white balance from the whibal card (shooting raw of course), I did get good photos. I also did try to use the lens at f/8.0 all the time, however as the difference between 5.6@300mm and 6.3/7.1/8.0@300 is remarkable.

I have added links to the full resolution images for those that want to look at the 100% crops.

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Apr 18, 2008 16:54 |  #6

DanteKing used to have this lens many, many moons ago and had some striking shots from it. Try and hunt it down with the search function, if they still exist. His shots are what interested me in buying one, but I ended up selling it to purchase a 300/4LIS.


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Apr 18, 2008 16:57 |  #7

Here's a thread that didn't go anywhere. nice lens from what I hear, I just can't imagine buying it for smaller size which is all I've noticed is the diff.


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Jun 01, 2008 17:35 |  #8

Here is one I took recently with the 70-300 DO. This is straight from ACR without sharpening and cropped to as close to 100% as I could get it.

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Jul 08, 2008 12:09 as a reply to WordWaster's post |  #9

I just got this lens and I love it. I demo'd the 70-200L F4, but it was simply too big to carry around comfortably.

I'll try to be as helpful as possible here, by posting EXIF and 100% crops.


EXIF:


Camera Model Name
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Shooting Date/Time
06/07/2008 20:13:21
Tv(Shutter Speed)
1/250Sec.
Av(Aperture Value)
F5.0
Metering Modes
Centerweighted average metering
Exposure Compensation
0
ISO Speed
200
Lens
EF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
Focal Length
100.0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
RAW
Flash
Off
White Balance
Auto
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style
Faithful
Parameters
Tone Curve : Standard
Sharpness level : -
Pattern Sharpness : -
Contrast : 0
Sharpness : 0
Color saturation : 0
Color tone : 0

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Jul 08, 2008 12:17 as a reply to Tfer's post |  #10

EXIF:

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Shooting Date/Time
07/07/2008 16:24:47
Tv(Shutter Speed)
1/250Sec.
Av(Aperture Value)
F5.6
Metering Modes
Centerweighted average metering
Exposure Compensation
0
ISO Speed
400
Lens
EF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
Focal Length
120.0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
RAW
Flash
Off
White Balance
Auto
AF mode
AI Servo AF
Picture Style
Faithful
Parameters
Tone Curve : Standard
Sharpness level : -
Pattern Sharpness : -
Contrast : 0
Sharpness : 0
Color saturation : 0
Color tone : 0

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Jul 08, 2008 13:21 |  #11

Here are some action shots followed by 100% crops:

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It's a great lens and I know I'll regret selling mine, but I need a 2.8.

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Jul 08, 2008 16:59 |  #12

"...hmm, red rings I've seen but what's this green ring thing?"

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Jul 08, 2008 17:08 |  #13

Sign of the times

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Canon : 5DS R : 5DIII : 7DII : 40 2.8 : 50 1.4 : 35L : 85L : 100L IS Macro : 135L : 16-35L II : 24-105L IS : 70-200L II : 100-400L IS II : 1.4x & 2x TC III : 580EX : 430EX : G1XII : Markins Q10 & Q3T : Jobu Gimbal : Manfrotto Underware : etc...

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Jul 09, 2008 02:28 as a reply to John_T's post |  #14

Tried the most difficult test for a handheld telephoto that I could think of - Jupiter and it's moons.

First pic was ISO 400 @ 1/10th of a second. I flinched...


EXIF for the second:


Camera Model Name
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Shooting Date/Time
09/07/2008 00:13:14
Tv(Shutter Speed)
1/40Sec.
Av(Aperture Value)
F6.3
Metering Modes
Centerweighted average metering
Exposure Compensation
0
ISO Speed
1600
Lens
EF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
Focal Length
250.0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
RAW
Flash
Off
White Balance
Auto
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style
Faithful
Parameters
Tone Curve : Standard
Sharpness level : -
Pattern Sharpness : -
Contrast : 0
Sharpness : 0
Color saturation : 0
Color tone : 0

No CA and any lens that you can handhold and resolve Jupiter and it's moons has to qualify as a keeper.

Crops are 200%.

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Nov 01, 2008 16:45 as a reply to Tfer's post |  #15

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