Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM vs Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Full Comparison

Image properties

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USMCanon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USMCanon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USMCanon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Max Format size
Full-frame (35mm)
Full-frame (35mm)
Focal length
70, 200
70, 300
Maximum magnification
0.21
0.26
Image stabilisation
yesYes
yesYes

Aperture

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Aperture max
4
4-5.6
Aperture min
32
32-45
Aperture ring
noNo
noNo
Number of diaphragm blades
8
8
Aperture features
Rounded diaphragm
Rounded diaphragm

Optics

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Elements
20
15
Groups
15
10
Special elements / coatings
1 Fluorite element, 2 UD elements
1 UD element
Zoom method
Internal
Expanding

Focus

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Focus method
Internal
Extending front
Autofocus
yesYes
yesYes
Autofocus motor type
Ring Type Ultrasonic
Micro Type Ultrasonic
Full-time Manual focusing
yesYes
noNo
Closest focusing distance
47.24 in
59.06 in
Distance scale
yesYes
noNo
Depth of field (DoF) scale
noNo
noNo

Dimensions

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Lens type
Telephoto
Telephoto
Lens mount
Canon EF
Canon EF
Body materials
Metal
Plastic, Metal
Weight
1.68 lb
1.39 lb
Diameter
2.99 in
3.03 in
Length
6.77 in
5.63 in
Filter size
2.64 in
2.28 in
Sealing
yesYes
noNo
Hood supplied
yesYes
noNo
Zoom lock
noNo
yesYes
Optional accessories
Soft Case LP1224
Lens Hood ET-65B, Soft Case LP1222

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