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Give Him a Canon EOS Telephoto Lens for Christmas!

Updated on June 24, 2015

Welcome to my Holiday Gift Guide!

Canon's EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM telephoto zoom lens has been developed to meet the high-performance standards that today's photographers demand. Improved Image Stabilizer Technology provides up to three stops of "shake" correction, and the "Mode 2" option stabilizes images while panning with a moving subject.

Compared to the original Canon EF 75-300mm IS zoom lens (which I also own), this telephoto lens has faster autofocus, and overall the lens is lighter and has a smaller diameter than the original. The zoom ring can be locked at the 70mm position, making this powerful lens easy to transport, too.

Those are just some of the reasons that this has become my favorite lens. It's light, it's fast, and it produces amazing portraits!

A Canon EOS Telephoto Lens

puts YOU in the Directors Chair

Telephoto (or "zoom") lenses allow you to capture details normally missed by the naked eye. They can capture distant sports action or zoom in for an intimate portrait with a blurred (bokeh - see below) background. The unique property of these lenses to compress images allows you to create a variety of impressive photographs.

Bokeh

The Art of the Blur

Canon's EF 70-300mm telephoto lens can blur an image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, as these photos demonstrate. Some lenses enhance overall image quality by producing more subjectively pleasing out-of-focus areas, and the Canon EF 70-300mm is one of them. Good bokeh is especially important for large-aperture lenses, macro lenses, and long telephoto lenses because they are typically used with a shallow depth of field.

A Rose By Any Other Name...

What makes portrait shots like this one interesting is the overwhelming focus on the subject caused by the Bokeh effect. This photo was taken with my original Canon EF 70-300mm.

Price Verses Image Quality

This Canon Telephoto lens is optimized for light weight and low cost, and won't be as high in optical quality as the more costly Professional models, which can cost thousands of dollars. EF-S lenses are designed for Canon's small-sensor digital cameras, such my camera, the Digital Rebel, shown on the right.

The "EF" in "EF-S" is the standard Canon EOS "Electro-Focus" mount, introduced in 1987. The "-S" stands for "short back focus" and means that the lens design protrudes more deeply into the camera body.

To put the issue of price vrs. image quality in perspective, consider the lens shown on the right, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM. It sells for about $1,300, while the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, which I recommend here as an ideal gift, is available for less than half that price.

Let me know what you think!

Have you used the Canon EF 70-300mm lens? - Happy holidays!

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