Telephoto lens newly equipped with an Image Stabilizer enabling hand-held shooting for easier movement. The fluorite element and two UD-glass elements effectively correct the chromatic aberrations prone to occur with telephoto lenses. With the EOS-1v and EOS-3, the AF speed becomes the world's fastest. To reduce the overall weight and enhance portability, the lens barrel and many other exterior parts use magnesium-alloy. Also, the detachable tripod collar revolves smoothly and locks securely.
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I owned several Canon glasses. Just had to drop some bucks on this lens which is arguably Canons sharpest and fastest AF. Amazing sports use and in my case w/two daughters, dance recitals are no problem with a f/2.8 @ ISO 1600 with my 5D Mark II in a dark auditorium. Simply amazing contrast, corner to corner sharpness, and AF which is the fastest I have ever seen (even on my 5D Mark II whose AF is outdated compared to the Mark III and 1Ds. Lens case looks and feels expensive. Looks durable en...View full Review
I owned several Canon glasses. Just had to drop some bucks on this lens which is arguably Canons sharpest and fastest AF. Amazing sports use and in my case w/two daughters, dance recitals are no problem with a f/2.8 @ ISO 1600 with my 5D Mark II in a dark auditorium. Simply amazing contrast, corner to corner sharpness, and AF which is the fastest I have ever seen (even on my 5D Mark II whose AF is outdated compared to the Mark III and 1Ds. Lens case looks and feels expensive. Looks durable enough to drop from a plane and is well padded although it does not allow for anything addional except the carry strap that comes with lens and keys to lock the case. Room for a 1.4x or 2.0 extender would be nice. 1.4 converter is almost a must with this lens. I can not see any reduction in photo quality and numerous other users report the same. Appears to be the one Canon glass which does not lose quality with converters which is a dream come true. Pick up an additional 120mm for a fraction of the price of the lens. also has several cool features such as the preset focal point, which is recalled at will by turning a small ring behing front element, and AF disable buttons located around front element to disable AF on the fly if need be. This lens is BIG. Of course not the size of the 500 or 600mm. I bought it with full intention of hand holding as I am 215 lbs and athletic build. Nice try on my part. Wobbly arms after 20 minutes of handholding. If you buy this, set aside some cabbage to buy a sturdy tripod head or a Wimberly gimbal head such as I did for use on my monopod. Best investment I have made from Canon. Check online auctions too see how well this thing holds its value...very impressive.
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I have bought most of my camera equipment from Adorama and have been wanting this lens for some time now, but just couldn't afford it. So i decided to check out the used equipment and was thrilled that this one was available. Had a long talk to Jason at the store, who assured me that the lens was in great condition and that everyone he had sold to had never had a problem. So I went ahead and bought this and so happy that I did. It is an excellent lens, somewhat heavy and yes, you really need support either with a beanbag, tripod or whatever, but the images so far have been fantastic and it is all that I expected and more of Canon products. I am also happy that I bought this and will do so again without worry. Worth the wait and the expense.
Use it mostly to take pictures of eagles on the Hudson River. It still automatically focuses with a 2x extender which is great for those action shots. The only negative thing is that it is heavy. Your arms get tired after awhile especially when taking over your head flying shots. My husband and I both have this lens and are extremely happy with it.
fine quality glass, great photos used with 5D markLL Canon body,longer reach with C sensor type body. needs to be mounted for best results.
I use this lens mostly for birding and sports it always gives sharp images.
I live in Anchorage, Alaska, and use this lens a lot in the Winter. It must work and focus down to -20 degrees. I pretty much only have "L" lenses because of this fact of where I live. The lens is obviously "fast" for a 300mm but what sets this lens apart, for me, is the remarkable image quality. I've taken some shots with this lens that seem to have an almost translucent quality... just remarkably clean and crystal clear. This is an expensive lens but I have never regretted spending the money. I feel exactly the same way with the Canon 500mm f4 I bought... and, again, have never regretted it for one moment. Hope this helps... Douglas Brown.
It took me awhile to finally pull the trigger on this lens, because of the price. It's my primary lens for wildlife shooting, and works surprisingly well with the Canon 1.4X & 2X teleconverters.
Another "L" lens, what more could be said? Well, after seeing results from this "Beauty", I was blown away. Now to try and come up with some new adjectives to describe this lens. Even after owning and using other L series lenses, this 300 mm f/2.8L won over my heart to a deeper appreciation for Canon glass. Another example of Canon's precision engineering, leading edge quality and clearly one excellent product.
The canon 300mm 2.8 IS is the best. I am not disappointed with all hype on the web about this lense. It outstanding and lives up to all glowing reviews. Sharp, fast focaus. Do not wait, get one. Holding the lense for 90 minutes and 400 shots of a soccer game, it gets heavy. I recommend a monoopod to allow the image stablization to shine and follow actions sports.
I've used the non-IS Canon EF 300mm f2.8L USM lens in my wildlife photography for almost twenty years and have always been pleased with it's performance and handling. I expected the IS version to outperform but the surprise has been how much it outperforms. It's been a revelation to see the crisp output from this lens using very low shutter speeds and frequently hand held in challenging conditions. If the photographer makes any reasonable effort to hold up his end this lens will more than do it's part. And when the conditions are optimal it will deliver a significant extra level of resolution and color fidelity over the previous version. Just a splendid lens in every respect and the slight weight advantage can also be felt. Guess I shouldn't have waited so long!
An excellent lens for low light situations, portraits, wildlife. night scenes and video work. This Canon 300mm f/2.8 delivers awesome results with tripod or mono pod, yet is light enough to hand hold.