Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Image Stabilizer AutoFocus Telephoto Lens - USA

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This Canon 300mm F/4L Bundle comes with $62.95 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 77mm, and a Adorama Cleaning Kit and Shipping is free! . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey. Test 1

Compact L-series telephoto lens with an Image Stabilizer which compensates for camera shake with the equivalent effect of a shutter speed two stops faster. Two Image Stabilizer modes are provided: Stabilizer Mode 1 (the same mode featured on the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM) and the new Stabilizer Mode 2 which steadies the image during horizontal or vertical panning. Mode 2 detects the panning direction automatically. The closest focusing distance is 4.9 feet (1.5 m).

The Canon 300mm F/4L is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Macro photography, Sports/action, Travel, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 300mm F/4L is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 300mm F/4L is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 300mm F/4L: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Simple controls, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (35),Strong construction (35),Consistent output (23),Durable (23),Lightweight (21),Rugged (21),Easily interchangeable (18),Nice bokeh (13),Superior build quality (13),Fast auto-focus (10),Super-sharp images (9),Simple controls (7) Easily mounted (5),Clear glass (4),Image stabilization (4) View All
Cons:
Heavy (7),Poor in low light (6),Slow focus (4)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (23),Sports/action (20),Wildlife (14),Landscape/scenery (8),Macro photography (5),Travel (5),Documentary (3),General purpose (3),Photojournalism (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (11),Photo enthusiast (10),Enthusiast (8),Semi-professional (5),Pro photographer (4),Professional (3)

Canon 300mm F/4L Specifications

Construction
11 groups /15 elements
Angle of view
8° 15'
F stop range
4-32
Closest Focusing Distance
1.5m / 4.9 ft.
Maximum Magnification
1:4.2
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
8.7" x 3.5" / 221.0 x 90.0mm
Weight
2.6 lbs. / 1,190g

Canon 300mm F/4L Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 63 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

a lot of bang for the buck

One of the best values for a telephoto. Easy to hand hold. If you can't afford to buy the big glass @ f-2.8 ; go for this. The glass is sharp,focus is fast. A friend who is an NFL photographer referred this lens to me. Good advise!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's no substitute for an EF300 2.8L IS USM

I've owned three of these over the years looking for the lens some people say they have. These lenses have been a disappointment to me in terms of pure sharpness and contrast compared with my old EF 300 2.8L. When comparing price, handy size and weight the EF 300 4L IS USM is clearly a very desirable lens but for pure optical and focusing performance the old EF 300 2.8L clearly beats the EF 300 4L IS USM both on film (EOS 1N's and 1N-RS) and EOS 1D and EOS 1Ds bodies I had at the time of comp...

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I've owned three of these over the years looking for the lens some people say they have. These lenses have been a disappointment to me in terms of pure sharpness and contrast compared with my old EF 300 2.8L. When comparing price, handy size and weight the EF 300 4L IS USM is clearly a very desirable lens but for pure optical and focusing performance the old EF 300 2.8L clearly beats the EF 300 4L IS USM both on film (EOS 1N's and 1N-RS) and EOS 1D and EOS 1Ds bodies I had at the time of comparison. I had read a few online reviews from new owners when these first came out many years ago about how sharp the images they were getting out of these lens. So me being curious and wanting to save the significant weight difference between the EF 300 4L IS USM and my old EF 300 2.8L USM I bought one. I shot it for a few months and came to the conclusion that the trade off in terms of weight, size and cost are simply not there because the image quality was no match of my EF 300 2.8L USM. I've owned a couple of different EF 300 2.8L USM lenses over the years and they were both absolutely outstanding lenses. So I sold that one off and a few months go by and I have an assignment where I think the EF 300 4L IS USM will be an advantage due to it's much handier size and weight so I bought another new EF 300 4L IS USM and went on the shoot. I started to notice a pattern developing once I got the chromes back from the lab. Even with IS working on the deck of a large racing sailboat the EF 300 2.8L USM images were sharper and had much more pop than the images shot with the EF 300 4L IS USM. So I sold that lens a few months later to a friend of mine who I showed the chromes to fully disclosing my issues with the EF 300 4L IS USM lens. He still has that lens and it works fine for him shooting his kids playing soccer and tennis. A couple of years later I thought I would try yet another EF 300 4L IS USM on my now digital EOS bodies. At the time I was shooting with both EOS 1D and EOS 1Ds bodies and by now I also had purchased another EF 300 2.8L having lost the first one in 600feet of ocean while attached to an EOS 1N w/booster. After many more months of shooting with them side by side the EF 300 2.8L was still the clear winner of the image quality race though I liked the smaller size and lower weight of the EF 300 4L IS USM I'm a quality geek so I sold yet another EF 300 4L IS USM to some lucky guy to shoot his kids playing soccer.

Reviewed by 63 customers

 
5.0

I may as well weld this to my 5D3

By

from Dallas, TX

I have owned this lens for eight months and it, together with an EF 1.4x III, stay on my 5D Mark III more than 90% of the time. I absolutely love this lens, and picked it out to get a bit more reach over my EF 200 f/2.8L II (also a superb lens). The autofocus is fast, dead accurate, and the color and contrast are outstanding. With the teleconverter image quality is still excellent. I shoot wildlife, birds large and small, flying and still, turtles, dragonflies, and it handles them all superbly. The detail rendered by this lens is astonishing, and the bokeh is beautifully creamy as you would expect from a lens of this length. The image stabilization works also very well. For the price you can't beat this lens if you want fantastic quality in the 300-400mm range.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great as a close-up lens

By

from Grand Rapids, MI

This is my second L series lens, and I've had the same problem with both of them, neither auto-focuses accurately on one of the 60 D bodies that I own. The problem may be with the one body, but all my other lenses, Canon or other brands, work well with that body. This is a great lens to use for near macro photography,for somewhat larger subjects such as butterflies, dragonflies, and larger flowers. It is extremely sharp, the colors are dead on, and it is much better than any of my other lenses in low light conditions when I shoot at higher ISO settings. This lens makes my 60 D body look good. However, for photos shot between 20 and 50 feet, the sharpness falls off, I believe that to be due to the auto-focus not being accurate in part. By stopping the lens down, I can get usable photos in that distance range, but I have another brand of telephoto zoom lens that does better. Past 50 feet or so, the sharpness returns, I've shot some super sharp photos of raptors and other large birds in flight using this lens. The auto-focus is relatively fast and quiet. The auto-focus has no problem keeping up with larger birds in flight, but it isn't fast enough for smaller songbirds. The Image stabilization works very well, but it is loud, and seems to drain my camera's battery much faster than any of my other lenses. I would tell any one looking for a lens for taking close-ups of flowers and insects that this lens is great. However, I wouldn't recommend it to any one looking for a lens for birding, there are better choices available for birding. I knew that when I purchased it from the other reviews that I read before making the purchase.

 
4.0

Excellent Wildlife Lens

By

from Sherwood, OR  -  Photo Enthusiast

Purchased for small boat cruise in Alaska and found the lens to be an excellent choice for capturing whales other distant wildlife.

 
5.0

Great lens

By

from West Covina, CA  -  Photography Student

Took this lens on a whale watching workshop and it performed awesomely. It is tack sharp and an amazing piece of equipment. Would recommend it to anyone that wants or needs a longer reach.

 
5.0

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens Used.

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from Naples, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Love this lens. Beautiful condition. Excellent price. I shoot birds and this prime has taken over from my 70-300 zoom and my 150-500 zoom. I shoot full frame. The IQ is so good that cropping to what my 500 would "see" far exceeds the 500 zoom in quality. For me, at age 80, it is also hand holdable and a natural for BIF. It would be nice to have the newer IS. However, I have not found a problem with this older version. I am a retired professional full time photographer who did studio and location work for advertising and magazines.

 
5.0

Advertised as USED. NOT gray market

By

from Naples, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Love this lens. Beautiful condition. Excellent price. ( is that because it was gray but not advertised as such ? ). I shoot birds and this prime has taken over from my 70-300 zoom and my 150-500 zoom. I shoot full frame. The IQ is so good that cropping to what my 500 would "see" far exceeds the 500 zoom in quality. For me, at age 80, it is hand holdable. It would be nice to have the newer generation of IS. However, this 2 stop version has not been a problem. I am a retired full time professional who did studio and location work for advertising agencies and magazines.

 
5.0

Great lens at a great price!

By

from Fort Collins, CO  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this lens for action shots or wildlife. The images are sharp and clear. If I need a little more reach I can slip the 1.4 in line and go up to 420mm @F5.6. The lens is lite-weight so it's easy to hike with or move around tracking birds or other wildlife.

 
5.0

Great lens!

By

from Undisclosed

I've had this lens for about 6 months now and I absolutely love it! Great buy! Even better price!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super L quality

By

from Utah

This is the second L lens I own, the first is the 70-200mm f4 L IS. After the first L, I just had to get another. The amazing quality that I've never had in any other lens, sets the L lens apart from all others. Smooth mechanism, great build and unbelievable sharpness! This lens is worth every penny I paid. The first time I saw an image at 100% on my monitor, I knew i had something special. Spot on auto focus, edge to edge sharpness...wide open. You can't go wrong with one if you need a long lens in this range! This prime won't disappoint!

 
5.0

Great lens at a significant savings

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I researched this lens thoroughly and a few others (notably the 70-200mm F2.8 lens). The latter was a whopping $2,400. I didn't want to pay more than about $1,000 or $1,100. I probably would have mostly used the zoom at the 200mm range. So, I figured, why not go with a 300mm telephoto instead. The rating was high, it was image stabilization and was far less expensive, at around $1,400. That was still more than I wanted to pay, but Adorama offered a used model in excellent condition for slightly over $1,100. I had some trepidation about buying a used lens, but when it arrived, there was absolutely no sign of wear and tear. If I didn't know it was used, I'd never have been able to tell. Of course, the real value was apparent immediately after I began using it. This lens is a great tool for any photographer looking for high quality images, especially if you want to get closer to your subject when shooting nature and sports. I'm thrilled with this lens and very impressed with Adorama.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
TRENT W  I needed reach. 70-200 lens isn't quite enough to shoot field sports when you can't get close to the subject. The 300 is nice! I love the ability to fill the lens with a subject, and the depth of field is nicely short.
Shopper  Can it be used with a 2x extender?
ALLAN O  Yes, if one has the right Canon camera.By adding the 2X extender one is now shooting at F8.The Canon 1Dx,MarkiV,Mark iii, Mark ii, also the5D Mark iii will allow you to shoot in the Auto Focus mode.Most of the other cheaper canon Cameras, will not be able to shoot with Auto Focus.I hope this info will help you. Al
Steven S  Will this lens work with a Canon 40D?
WAYNE E  Hi: I have found the Canon L Series 300 mm F4 lens to be very good.; I use it when I shoot butterflies and dragonflies and it allows me to get close to these creatures that are a bit sensitive. I often use a tube to allow even close use. Also, I shoot a lot of birds from a moving boat. The 300 with the 1.4 converter is a perfect match. If I use my 500 mm Canon lens, I have to be on tripod and the movement of the boat makes is impossible to get a good shot. The 300 is a good, if not great lens. Buy it. Wayne Easley
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