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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- EF mount; telephoto lens
- Ultra-low Dispersion glass with Fluorite elements; inner focusing ring; full-time manual focus; image stabilizer
- 300mm focal length
- f/2.8 maximum aperture
- Ring UltraSonic Motor (USM)
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|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Included Components||Case, ET-120 Hood, Wide Strap, 52mm Drop-In Gel|
|Item Dimensions||12 x 14 x 17 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2,350 grams|
|Item Weight||6 pounds|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||300|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Shipping Weight||15.34 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
- Focal length: 300mm
- Maximum aperture: f/2.8
- Lens construction: 17 elements in 13 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 8 degrees at 15 feet
- Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
- Closest focusing distance: 8.2 feet
- Filter size: 52mm drop-in
- Dimensions: 5 inches in diameter and 9.9 inches long
- Weight: 90 ounces
- Warranty: 1 year
Long and Fast
A telephoto lens is essential to any serious photographer. For sports action, you will need a fast shutter speed and a long focal length. A large maximum aperture allows a faster shutter speed. In this telephoto lens line-up, the focal lengths range from 135mm to 300mm. If you want compactness, choose a lens with a smaller maximum aperture.
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Top Customer Reviews
I've shot with a variety of Nikon and Canon lenses for about 25 years. The 300 f/2.8L IS is without a doubt the sharpest lens I've ever had, and it is unbelievably consistent across every aperture. With the 1.4X Canon extender - other its becoming an f/4 lens - I could not see any appreciable change in its performance. Unbelievable.
I got my introduction to image stabilization on the 70-200 f/2.8L IS, and it is even more useful on the 300. I handheld consistently crisp shots at 1/60 and sometimes at 1/30. With my old Nikon 300 mm, anything below 1/250 was out of the question and 1/500 was a good idea. The whirring of the IS is a bit louder on the 300 than the 70-200.
When shooting action in AI Servo mode, the autofocus was as fast as on my shorter prime lenses.
In some forums, people swear by third party long lenses that they say produce as good an image at less than half the cost. All I can say is that their experience probably reflects the limitations of their skills rather than the comparability of the lenses.
With the 1.4X extender and my 1D Mark IIN's 1.3X FOVCF, this becomes a 546 mm lens. On a 1.6X FOVCF camera it's a whopping 672 mm.
Here are some other Canon alternatives and why you might want to go with them instead of the 300 f/2.8L IS:
- Canon 300 f/4L IS - less than half the price; it is lighter and has a built-in lens hood that doesn't require assembly; you lose a stop, and while a very sharp lens, not in same class at the f/2.8. good choice if you don't have the money for the f/2.8 or want to spread it among other lenses.
- Canon 400 f/2.Read more ›
This is an expensive lens, so if you think you will use it only occasionally, then I advice you not to buy it, otherwise it worth the price.
I just can't believe how sharp this lens is even wide open. The weight can take some getting used to and having a grip on your body helps out with the balance of it.
One word of warning though, if your a hobbyist and decide it's to expensive to buy, never rent one. If you do, chances are you may not be satisfied with any of the other offerings once you see the results from this lens.
Even so, this is a pretty heavy lens. It may be hand-holdable for some, but not for me. I almost always use a tripod or monopod, or brace it against something. With a monopod, it's easy to handle; I routinely use it to photograph 3-hour baseball games, and don't get tired.
Because it's so heavy and bulky, it's not the kind of lens you bring with you casually. But I've found myself using it for a lot more than sports. Photographing flowers, say, to get that beautiful bokeh. I got some nice photos of the moon with it during the last eclipse.
The sheer size of this lens does attract attention. People are always coming up to me and asking if I'm a reporter. The results are worth it, though. You'll get shots that are simply impossible with a lesser lens.
(I have not had any problem taking this lens, with monopod, into spring training games and minor league baseball games. They will hassle you at some major league stadiums. If you want to photograph big league games, the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras might be a more practical choice. It's much smaller and lighter. No image stabilization, but is far easier to hand-hold.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very sharp. Quick focus. Heavy but can be hand held for quick photos. Needs tripod or monopod for longer use.Published 9 months ago by Bruce Johnstone
I could give it a 5 but nothing is perfect. The EF 300 is still a heavy lens although you can handhold it in good light. This lens is very sharp and you won't be disappointed. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by ccb3
I'm a professional photographer and using this lens to give me some extra power for outdoor game photography. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Christopher S. Peele
Love the Mark 2 version of this lens. 'Sweet' ain't the word folks.
Tack sharp image. Ultra-fast precision focus.
Totally hand-holdable, even with a gripped DSLR. Read more
Let's get this out of the way at the beginning. This lens is huge, heavy, and VERY expensive. The price is very hard to stomach, but when you take a while to realize the... Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by J. Howell
This lens is about cramming in as much light as possible without sacrificing (serious) loss of quality when fully open. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Jonathan D
This is my upgrade lens. I used the 100-400L IS lens for birding before this lens. I use this lens on 7D with or without TC's. Read morePublished on February 12, 2011 by Manny V
Very sharp, and with intangibly better feel of the images compared to the cheap telephoto lenses. This copy has a dead-on focus, which is expected here, but rarely happens with... Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by AboveClouds