Canon 100 300mm F 5.6 L

By | 26/10/2022

Canon ZOOM LENS EF 100-300MM i: 5.half-dozen 50. Review by reader Radozhiva

Overview of the CANON ZOOM LENS EF 100-300MM ane: 5.six L lens specially for Radozhiva prepared Roman Kurbatov.

CANON ZOOM LENS EF 100-300MM 1: 5.6 L

CANON ZOOM LENS EF 100-300MM 1: 50. increment.

Back in 1987, Canon released the Canon EOS 650 DSLR, the first to employ the new EF mount. By that fourth dimension, the Canon FD platform, which had existed for xvi years, had acquired a huge fleet of cameras, eyes, accessories and loyal supporters. The transition to a new bayonet, and fifty-fifty incompatible with the sometime 1, was chosen by some as “betrayal”. The last “serious” camera that ended the era of the FD – the Catechism T90 – was literally packed with electronics. Liquid crystal brandish, two processors, the principal of which was engaged in the calculation exposure, back up for TTL system, zoomable flashes. 1986, in the USSR manual Zenith with the old Zeiss Biotar recounted one time again remains an unattainable dream for many. Autofocus was invented at the stop of the 60s, in the 70s it is used by individual manufacturers, information technology is obvious that in the 80s information technology is no longer possible to do without information technology. Nikon is experimenting with an interesting device – the TC-16A autofocus teleconverter, which in add-on to the teleconverter functions itself, likewise offers autofocus for a number of manual lenses. Canon offers 4 autofocus lenses of which one could work on any FD camera, and iii more only in the T80 package. Decisions need to be made about the futurity path of evolution and Catechism decides to sacrifice backward compatibility for a whole host of benefits.

Firstly, it is customary to brand the new system completely electronic, and place the focusing motor in the lens. This solves the issues with large long-focus lenses, which are difficult to focus with a “screwdriver” from the camera torso. Secondly, information technology was decided to brand the bayonet diameter unusually large – as much equally 54 mm (FD – 48 mm, Nikon F – 44 mm, M42 and M39, which follows from the name of the mount – 42 and 39 mm, respectively). This solution will allow to increment the size of the final optical chemical element and develop lenses with an discontinuity of 1.2 and fifty-fifty 1.0 unattainable for competitors!

Thirdly, having once violated compatibility with the FD arrangement (although these lenses could notwithstanding exist installed using a special adapter with glass), Canon ensured forward and astern compatibility of cameras and lenses. This means that any EF lens can be attached to any EOS camera – from a 650 film EOS 1987 to 1DX Mark Three of 2020. Any old camera volition “chew” almost all the capabilities of the new lens, including stabilization that did non exist at that time, and any new camera volition adopt the oldest lens. The decisions fabricated were and so successful that maintaining backward compatibility already on the new platform – Canon RF – turned out to be a uncomplicated matter, and with the advent of the long-awaited matrix stabilization, many old lenses, like the hero of this review, tin play on fresh cameras with new colors.

Lenses for the EF system appeared one after another, some of them were completely new developments, and some were optically old manual lenses, successful solutions of the FD platform that received autofocus. Catechism NewFD 100-300 / 5.six – the “grandfather” of the lens in question was released in May 1980 and was an inexpensive threefold telezoom, quite dark, but very meaty. In November 1985 the Luxury version of this lens with the coveted ruby-red ring was released. It was at this time that Canon began experimenting with special types of optical glasses and ELKA received a slightly revised optical formula, which included 1 element of artificial fluorite and one element of low dispersion. In 1987, both the L and not-L zooms were redesigned for use as autofocus lenses.

Comparative characteristics of all four lenses 100-300 / 5.6

Canon FDn 100-300 / five.6, May, 1980, ix/14, 835 gr, 0.18x
Canon FDn 100-300 / v.6L, November 1985, 10/xv, 710 g, 0.18x (Macro – 0.3x)
Catechism EF 100-300 / 5.6, March, 1987, 9/xv, 685 gr, 0.26x
Catechism EF 100-300 / 5.6L, June 1987, 10/15, 695 gr, 0.26x

This chart shows the development of lenses. The FD version L has become much lighter (perhaps due to special elements and better quality optical drinking glass) and received a “macro fashion” with a rather impressive coefficient of 0.3x in comparison with the 0.18x of its predecessor. EF lenses are made even lighter past changing body material to plastic, just this deviation is beginning in part by the added weight of the aperture motor and autofocus. Filter thread diameter – 58mm. All four lenses have an 8-bract discontinuity (electronically controlled in the case of EF versions) and a trombone-blazon zoom mechanism. Interestingly, two lenses EF fifty-200 / three.v-iv.5 with L- and non-L-modifications were developed according to a similar “paired scheme”, but they had no FD ancestors.

FD lenses were focused with a big ribbed ring and were made of metallic. EF lenses are fabricated of plastic, which is strong plenty and has a overnice small design – about the same black plastic now all L-lenses are fabricated. The forepart element bezel is however made of smooth plastic and this is what gives the lens a somewhat “plastic” wait. The focus ring for EF lenses is narrow and sits near the front chemical element. For FD lenses, the “trombone” was justified – the photographer did not have to accept his hand off the lens, using translational movement for zooming and rotary motility for focusing. In the case of autofocus versions, it is more convenient to “pull” the lens past holding your hand approximately in the heart of the lens, but to focus yous take to motion your hand to the edge. By inertia, Catechism released several more than zoom trombones, including the first version of the EF100-400L, the tenfold EF35-350L, but later moved on to the more familiar and convenient helicoids and 2 rings.

Merely the EF 100-300 / five.6L lens was in my hands, so the further narration I will talk about information technology, although about of the in a higher place applies to other lenses in the family.

The lens was released in June 1987, near immediately later the announcement of the new EF platform and is the get-go L-lens in it. It was produced until 2000. My lens is labeled UF0506, which means it was manufactured at a factory in Utsunomiya, Japan (U), in 1991 (F), in May (05). That is, he is already 29 years former at the time of the review. At the same time, I have every reason to believe that I tin shoot on information technology and on all time to come cameras of the EOS R line, using autofocus and electronic discontinuity.

The length of the lens when folded is eighteen cm. The lens gets another 2.5 cm at the focal length of 300 mm. The front element rotates and extends forwards – the most inconvenient solution that prevents the use of a polaric and a gradient filter, and this extension adds another two cm to the length of the lens, increasing the length to 22.5 cm.For a tight bag, you may have to switch the focus mode to manual, focus on infinity to reduce the size to a minimum. Quite frequently I take to shoot something through the reticule, so to make the reticle not visible, I lean confronting it with the front chemical element of the lens (this also gives an additional support in low light). Given the rotation and extension of the front element, this mode of shooting becomes not only uncomfortable, merely potentially traumatic for the lens.

The package includes the lens itself with two caps, a soft leather tube with a born zipper (instead of the usual drawstring pouch) and a hood.
Included with my lens was the ET-62 2 lens hood. There is too an ET-62 hood, identical in size, which differs from the second modification in the absence of black felt, which is glued to the inner surface, it is completely plastic. In that location were also references to the ET-62 III blend, but I could not observe out near its features.

The hood is petal (non-bayonet), the petals expect rather flimsy, but accept not yet broken and are pretty confident. The hood tin can also exist worn while in the stowed position, while it does not shut the focus ring or even the focus scale. I came across the stance that the hood is too short for such a telephoto, but all the same it’s better than nothing. Perhaps this is because in the early stages of Canon tried to unify lens hoods as much equally possible and offered them for a number of lenses. In particular, ET-62 / ET-62II are uniform with the following lenses:

  • EF 100-300 f / L,
  • EF 100-300 f /,
  • EF 80-200 f /,
  • EF 70-210mm f / 4,
  • EF 50-200mm f3.v-4.5,
  • EF 50-200mm f3.5-4.5L,
  • EF 100-200mm f4.5A.

Focus motor type AFD (arc-form-drive). This is an ordinary compact electric motor (brushless or brushless) with a set of gears that change its torque and located in the form of a kind of “arc” or “arch”. This type of engine is considered to be the noisiest and slowest, although, for example, having its own EF fourscore-200 / ii.8L has a significantly higher focusing speed, comparable to USM autofocus. Despite the slowness, there are no problems with focusing stationary objects, and tracking autofocus is able to track and “not let out” objects moving at a depression speed.

Sample Photos

Examples on Canon EOS 5D MARK Ii и Canon EOS 7D Mark Ii:

The just control besides the focusing ring is a switch that has three positions – Thousand, 2M-∞ and Macro-∞. MDF – 1.5 meters – not thick for a macro, just pretty decent for an old telephoto. These 50 cm account for about one-half of the “run” of the lens unit, therefore, without needing on the street, information technology is meliorate not to plough on the “macro” mode. When you plough on any of the autofocus modes, the focus ring but scrolls without encountering resistance. In manual manner, the ring has stops on MDF and infinity and does non whorl further, at first this is unusual after working with modern FTM lenses, but it allows y’all to feel by touch that the limit has been reached on 1 side or some other. Information technology is very narrow (almost 2 cm) and rather inconvenient to operate, it does not move very smoothly, with a plastic tinge, as if there are grains of sand between the cogs of the gears (perhaps it is – the lens is over thirty years old). A full plough is about one and a quarter turn (450 degrees), but it is uncomfortable to use it for manual focusing. It seems that Canon decided that later the advent of autofocus, no 1 wants to employ manual focus and left information technology as an optional selection for “oldfag”. And only a few years afterward, on new lenses, the band itself becomes comparable to the zoom band, FTM appears and the shine motion of the metallic helicoid through oil.

In addition to the to a higher place features inherent in the old lens, it is distinguished past ane more, the most important, which prevents its utilize every bit a universal telephoto lens – depression aperture. On the one hand, most mod televisions have discontinuity at 5.six at the long terminate. Just 300 mm require excerpts at to the lowest degree 1/250 (and preferably 1/500), since there is no stabilizer, and similar excerpts require a sufficient level of illumination. In the open sunday, when there is enough low-cal, the epitome is very contrasting and with hard shadows, which is not suitable for all subjects. And in cloudy weather or in the evening, ISOs of 1600-3200 are not uncommon, even on an open up aperture. Yeah, and similar ISOs are merely relevant on full-frame cameras, even my 7D Marker Ii at 3200 starts to make as well much noise. It will be interesting to try this lens on recently announced cameras with matrix stabilization, perhaps they will give information technology a new jiff. Naturally, when the camera can no longer raise ISO, information technology begins to increase excerpt, and then shooting at the long cease, even at the “gold hour” gives a large per centum of union precisely considering of the movement.

The lens gives decent sharpness in the middle of the prototype, which falls slightly towards the edge. I will try to run tests to see if this is due to the curvature of the field or simply to a drop in resolution. Fine details are discernible even at open discontinuity, at f / viii the state of affairs becomes even better, a rather strong vignette disappears, but naturally, the image cannot be compared in sharpness with modern 50-lenses. Do not forget that with a focal length of 300 mm on MDF, the depth of field fifty-fifty with a fully open lens is only ane cm, so the usual “pseudo-macro” flowers are difficult to brand completely sharp, peculiarly taking into account the drop in sharpness to the border – this is still not a macro lens with its equally sharp field of view. And to cover upward to 8-11 due to the lack of a stabilizer, you demand a wink.

In backlight, the lens loses contrast like all old lenses, and when the dominicus enters the frame, it is quite possible to get red and light-green highlights. With some effort, these shortcomings can be turned into advantages, given the nature of the blur, even such frames look original.
Chromatic aberrations expressed insignificantly, mayhap, for the entire time of filming, I managed to grab them just in the bare branches of trees against the groundwork of a knocked out sky.

This lens cannot be used with standard Canon teleconverters; information technology does not have additional contacts for this. To ameliorate macro capabilities, instead of macro rings, it is better to use macro lenses (such equally Raynox DCR-250), simply it’due south worth considering all that was said about the lack of stabilization and uneven field sharpness. The lens is very lite, therefore, tripod rings are not provided for it, a full-frame photographic camera will not “nod” even when mounted on a tripod.

It may appear that the lens has some disadvantages. Simply he has the master advantage, which makes yous put upward with all the features. This is a picture. The image of this lens is an astonishing combination of the technology of its fourth dimension (information technology is still an L-lens) and some peculiar beauty of the quondam technology, which in many reviews is called “illustration”. The picture is quite sharp and contrasting, the bokeh is soft, caramel-smoky, the lens “washes” the background well despite the low aperture. The color rendering is very interesting, it seems that in improver to a adept contrast in brightness, the lens likewise increases the contrast of colors, in most cases the picture requires minimal correction exposure, black and white points, and rarely when she needs an increase in saturation – the colors are quite saturated correct away. I would not take information technology as the main telephoto lens for serious shooting or on a tourist trip, on the ingather I prefer the more than reliable, fast and stabilized EF-South 55-250, which has about the same dimensions. Merely every bit a “just in case” telephoto for portraits or for walking with some old 5D / 5D Mark II full-frame camera or just as a upkeep autofocus telephoto – it is quite worth the money.

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