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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM 35mm Primes

4.88 star rating
                      4.88 / 5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $4900.00


  • MPN4960999214139
    Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length300mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/32
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Closest Focusing Distance98.4 in
    Picture Angle8 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size52 mm
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Groups / Elements17 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diameter5 in
    Length9.9 in
    Weight89.59 oz
    UPC082966214134
    Product ID20724549

Product Description

The lens to have for sports photographers. The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM sets the standard with light weight, great balance, and particularly its optical Image Stabilization. In addition, the tripod collar can be removed for even more weight reduction and hand-holding comfort.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Frans a Casual

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2008

Strengths:    Best contrast and resolution lens I have ever used
Very well made
Weather sealed
Very fast focus
Servo tracking work extremely well
IS is the best I have ever used
Flaring is very well controlled.


Weaknesses:    Lens cap is a pain to use.
Sticks out like a sore thumb
Could be too heavy and too big for over night hiking trips
Looks expensive, both the lens and the lens container


Bottom Line:   
This is the sharpest and has the highest contrast of any lens I have used. The EF 85 F1.2L, 70-200mm 2.8L, EF 100-400mm 4.5L a EF 35 f1.4L just doesn't match in contrast or resolution of the EF300 IS 2.8L. This is particularly noticeable on the human face. This lens displays every detail, imperfections and all. The facial and head hair are as crisp as if I was looking directly at the person. The only other lenses that I have seen that are of the same calibra are those used medium and large format cameras. This lens has excellent resolution starting at F2.8 and only improves very slightly by f4.0. With the 1.4 Extender there is a slight degrading of the image quality and the focus slows a little but it is still far better than the EF100-400. The other features, like the image stabilization and servo focus are the best I have ever come across. I have used the IS to shoot consistently at a 1/40 of a second with excellent results. This, I was not able to do with the EF70-300mm DO IS or the EF100-400mm IS at 300mm.

There are however some drawbacks with this lens, that is, it stick out like a sore thumb even when the large sun shade is removed. People are forever commenting, ”are you from the news paper”, or saying, “what a big lens you have!”. It is relatively heavy and doesn't fit well in my camera bag although I have walked around with it all day without filling too tired. It come in a small car fridge type container that is made very rugged and well sealed from the weather. The lens cap looks more like a leader hat than a cap and is a pain the use. The lens comes with its own strap that I use to carry it around with. I am afraid the the weight of the lens maybe too much for my 5D to contend with and may damage it if I use the 5D's carry strap to support the lens.

The front of the EF 300mm IS f2.8 has no facilities for a protective filter and is possibly too big for any filter that I know of, measuring 11.5cm (4.25inches). The front lens is protected by a glass plate that can be replace by Canon if it gets damage. The optional filters are placed into the lens using a special filter draw located at the rear of the lens. The problem here is with polarizers, it would mean opening the draw, rotating polarizer, closing the draw and checking if it was adjusted correctly.

Overall I am very impressed with its capabilities and only wish that my other lenses could provide such results. It makes me appreciate that I too can get image quality of a medium format digital camera at Canon prices.


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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Similar Products Used:   EF 100-400
EF 70-300 DO




Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kirk1 a Professional

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2008

Strengths:    Sharpness, image quality, bokeh

Weaknesses:    None that I can see

Bottom Line:   
I have had three copies of this lens and all three have been absolutely brilliant.
It is Fast to focus, actually extremely fast and from 2.8 up it is tack sharp.
The IS is a bonus for this focal-length, it really helps when you need to hand hold for shots. As far as weight goes, I am not a big bloke but I manage to hold this lens all day long.
It takes converters extremely well, both 1.4 and 2x and stacked.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   BH

Similar Products Used:   120-300 sigma

Type of photography:   Sports


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BLS439 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2006

Strengths:    300mm @ f2.8 is great!
Superb sharpness!
Using my 1.4x I get a 420 f4
Using my 2x I get a 600 f5.6


Weaknesses:    Price, but you definitely get what you pay for.
Draws some serious attention.


Bottom Line:   
What more can you say about this lens than what has already been plastered on the net? It's white, it's "L" glass, and it really is tack sharp!

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $3999.00

Purchased At:   Calumet

Similar Products Used:   70-200 f2.8 with 1.4x and 2x TC's

Type of photography:   Sports


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a Intermediate from Oklahoma

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2003

Strengths:    light weight and compact for a super telephoto. Superior sharpness.

Weaknesses:    price, you do need the teleconverters for wildlife photography, not long enough for birds (except big tame waterbirds).

Bottom Line:   
This lens is a compromise, which is not a bad thing. Especially since it is a very, very, good compromise. It is light enough to carry and hike with, small enough to go in your carry-on on a regular airliner, long enough for many (not all) wildlife photography tasks, and fast enough to function well in low light, or to keep functioning reasonably well with teleconverters.
I find it an especially good "big gun" to take when traveling by air. Picture quality is excellent, even with teleconverters. I do use it with teleconverters a great deal of the time, and many photographers argue that this means the lens is too short for me. I don't agree.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   non-IS version of the same lens, Canon 100-400L zoom.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark1958 a Intermediate from stanford

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2002

Strengths:    Sharp images wide open at 2.8.

Weaknesses:    The only weakness is the weight. Although one can handhold this lens, it is difficult to do for more than a few minutes at a time.

Bottom Line:   
This is probably the sharpest mid-telephoto lens I have ever used. THe optics are outstanding. Specifically, the sharpness, colors and contrast are unbeatable. The images are similar from f2.8 to f11. I have used this lens alone and with the 1.4x TC. THere is little if any loss of image quality with the TC. I have compared the images from this lens and the 400mmDO and this lens even with a TC is the clear winner. I highly recommend this lens.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $4100.00

Purchased At:   Alkit

Similar Products Used:   400mm DO, 70-200LIS, 100-400L IS

Type of photography:   Outdoor



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