Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM review

The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM is less of a ‘travel lens’, more of a juggernaut

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
(Image: © Canon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

So-called ‘superzoom’ lenses are generally very travel-friendly options, with a compact and lightweight build that makes them ideal for anything and everything from city walkabouts and countryside treks, to jetting around the world. This Canon has a fairly typical zoom range for a full-frame compatible superzoom, but the focus is on rock-solid build quality and performance, with no concession to trimming the size and weight. It’s a lot pricier to buy as well.


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    Supersized zoom range

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    Solid build and performance

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    Tripod mounting ring included


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    Comparatively big and heavy

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    Expensive to buy

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The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM is the company’s only Canon superzoom lens for full-frame rather than APS-C format DSLRs, and it’s a real heavyweight. Indeed, it’s about three times heavier than superzoom lenses, at 1,670g. As such, it looks and feels much more like a chunky telephoto lens and comes complete with Canon’s trademark off-white paint job and a tripod mounting ring. Launched back in 2004, it also matches the first edition of Canon’s EF 100-400mm IS USM lens in having a trombone-style push-pull zoom mechanism, rather than a more usual twist-action zoom ring, and comes complete with an adjustable friction damper.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.