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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- Lens not zoomable
- Digitally-optimized, circular fisheye auto-focus lens
- Produces circular images with an angle of view of 180-degrees when attached to a full-frame digital or 35mm film SLR camera
- Maximum aperture of F3.5, a minimum focusing distance of 5.5 inches, and a maximum magnification of 4.6x
- Super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting
- Gelatin filter holder at the rear
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||Built-in retractable hood|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Image Stabilization||2 stops|
|Included Components||Case, Hood, Lens Caps, Tripod Collar|
|Item Dimensions||3.54 x 3.54 x 8.7 inches|
|Item Weight||2.62 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.50 m|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||15|
|Number of Groups||11|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||6.85 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||4.1 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
From the Manufacturer
- Focal length: 300mm
- Maximum aperture: f/4L
- Lens construction: 15 elements in 11 groups
- Angle of view: 8 degrees @ 15 feet
- Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
- Closest focusing distance: 4.9 feet
- Filter size: 77mm
- Dimensions: 3.7 inches in diameter and 8.7 inches long
- Weight: 2.6 pounds
- 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
The Image Stabilization seems to work very well, although be sure to turn it off if you're using a tripod--I've found that it can reduce image quality if you forget to turn it off in that application.
For shots where you'll be standing around a lot with the lens to your eye, ready for a shot, it gets kind of heavy to carry. If you're shooting sports, you might want to consider a monopod. For other applications, its weight is low enough not to be too big of a problem.
It comes with a canvas-like case that includes a loop you can use to attach it to your belt. I've found this works pretty well out in the field, particularly when combined with a photo-vest. The case also can be carried with a neck strap, but this gets in the way of your camera strap and is also thin, so it kind of cuts into your shoulder.
As I write this, the Amazon site has a link for 58mm filters for this lens. It takes 77mm filters.
Having previouly used the 75-300 IS zoom, I was leary of getting another 300mm prime, because I may miss the 70-300 range of shooting. But the clarity and colors are so true for this 300 prime, I don't look back.
Easy to handle, not so bulky. Fast, impressive photos. Even when I add a 1.4 teleconverter shooting in the 500mm range on my 20D. I use the f4 alot, no problem, great clarity. Awesome lens for the price.
Back to my comparison: The 70-300mm lens was sharper than the 70-200mm w/1.4x wide open, but the results were reversed when stopping these two combinations down. the 70-200 and the 300mm here have better color than the 70-300 zoom I tested. The issue with the 70-200mm w/1.4 extender is, I was unhappy with the bokeh (background blur) using the extender. I'd hate to see how bad this is with the 2x extender. In my opinion, and I admittedly pixel-peep, but if you are wanting to shoot at 300mm, and find yourself zooming as far as you can, this lens will deliver the goods. Everyone else basically says this lens beats the 100-400mm L zoom, and although I've yet to test one of those, I hear that the 100-400mm L zoom is not "L" sharp at anything above 300mm unless you stop it down. However, I understand that the 100-400mm L zoom is sharper at 400mm wide open, than the 300mm L w/1.4 extender.Read more ›
I was a little concerned at first because the "IS" makes a little humming noise when in operation. I thought it was an issue at first due to the fact that my other "IS" lenses don't make the same noise, but found out it is completely normal for it to make the little humming noise that it does. I tested it out by turning off the "IS" and focusing in on a subject while hand holding my Canon 30D and I was moving around all over the place. Then I turned on the "IS" and it immediately made the image through the viewfinder much more steady and controled. It's nothing short of amazing.
The focus is quiet and quick, what more could you ask for? It provides crystal clear shots as long as your shutter speed is over 1/30th (hand held with IS on). If you combine a tripod and this lens in "IS" mode, you will lose image quality, so ensure you turn off the "IS" if you are using a tripod.
With the 1.4x teleconverter, it works great. Taking the 300mm and converting it to 420mm gives you a serious amount of "reach" for under $300 for the 1.4x teleconverter. The IS and the Autofocus work great with the 1.4x teleconverter, but I did notice the focus seemed to take just a touch longer, but it's so minor that most individuals probably wouldn't even notice. Combined with the 1.4x teleconverter, your F4 lens will convert to a F5.6 lens.
With the 2.0x teleconverter, you get range that you wouldn't be able to get unless you paid huge $$$ for a 600mm prime. The IS works well with the 2.0x but you lose the option for Autofocus. So if you stack this 300mm lens with a 2.0x teleconverter you will be manually focusing all your shots. Combined with the 2.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding lens.. Fits right in between the Canon 70-200 and the 400mmPublished 21 days ago by John Hardison
This is a very good lens from Canon, but it's in need of a Mark II update.
Unless you need the wider F4 aperture at 300mm or better sharpness on the edges/corners, I... Read more
I shoot youth sports and the is great lens for me to get sharp pictures I am looking for.Published 4 months ago by Dennis
I bought this lens because I love the sharpness of prime lenses and L series. I have other L series lenses and they have never disappointed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Winnie
I've now used this lens extensively for a couple of years and am very pleased. I later bought a longer zoom lens (150-500mm) and tried it for a couple of months, but have switched... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sam Arak
i got this lens specifically for shooting sports (soccer mostly), and I'm completely impressed! Most of the games are in the daytime, or in well-lit stadiums so the f4 was a great... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kasey E. Buckner