On this review photographer Christopher Frost looks at the the new Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS Nano USM II lens.
The new 70-300mm Canon lens is a pretty interesting first of its kind lens for Canon. It brings a number of new technologies and features which we have yet to see with Canon lenses.
First this lens has a completely new type of motor which Canon calls “Nano” that is – according to Frost – super fast (possibly the fastest of any lens he tested so far – including high end Canon glass). This is great news and it seems to work very well in video as well with DUAL Pixel technology in some of Canon latest cameras.
The lens also has an interesting info screen (Zeiss was the first to bring this idea to the market but Canon seems to take this a step further with different modes with more info including the focus, the focal range and the stabilization or shake status – which is a bit of a gimmick but still nice).
In terms of image quality – the lens isn’t on the level of the 70-300mm L lens but for the price (see below) it is pretty decent (especially if you stop down to around f/8 (yes this isn’t a low light type lens by any means). You will also want a hood to go with the lens against flaring and you can expect decent out of focus rendering.
As for pricing this lens cost around $500.