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Canon 300mm F/4L: Picture 1 regular $1,299.00

About Canon 300mm F/4L

This Canon 300mm F/4L Bundle comes with $92.90 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic 77mm Filter Kit, Adorama Cleaning Kit and a New Leaf PLUS 1yr Lens Warranty and Shipping is free!

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

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
Mfr #
2530A004
SKU
CA3004ISU

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4.6

(based on 65 reviews)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Have used this for years - great lens !

I 'm a female photographer and want to encourage other women to be bold and get into the field of wildlife work. I bought this lens when I first started wildife photography in 2000. I researched for months before buying. I wanted to photograph birds particularly. I'm a stickler about sharpness so I don't settle on my equipment. I love the hood, the scratch resistant coating and the sturdiness. I was once out in the field changing lenses on a picnic table. This lens rolled off and hit the grou

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I 'm a female photographer and want to encourage other women to be bold and get into the field of wildlife work. I bought this lens when I first started wildife photography in 2000. I researched for months before buying. I wanted to photograph birds particularly. I'm a stickler about sharpness so I don't settle on my equipment. I love the hood, the scratch resistant coating and the sturdiness. I was once out in the field changing lenses on a picnic table. This lens rolled off and hit the ground. I was afraid it was damaged, but it didn't suffer. I have gotten some terrific shots of bighorn sheep and larger birds. The sharpness is fantastic. You can have great success photographing small birds if you're in a blind. I built myself one and have amazing photos of mourning doves and California Quail to name a few. If I don't have my macro lens with me and I have enough working room to get back from the subject, I can get wonderful macro close-up shots of bees on sunflowers with this lens. For increased distance, add a 1.4X Canon teleconverter. I find image quality doesn't suffer. But with a 2X, slight sharpness is lost. I did my homework on this one before buying and I'm glad I did. I have never regretted this purchase. Of course, I wish the cost had been lower and once in a while the focus gets confused in a multi-subject shot, but overall this is an amazing piece of equipment. I really don't feel the need to always have the tripod with me and that's worth a lot to me. I feel this is probably one of the best fixed telephoto lenses on the market. I find Canon equipment to be awesome overall. Good luck and happy shooting!

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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 65 customers

 
5.0

neato

By

i purchase this lens from canon website they ship it fast i receive it only 2 days after purchase. the auto focus is loud and eats battery but works very well im super happy.

 
4.0

Clear glass

By

Bought this lens used from adorama . Rating was spot on , glass is perfect body is excellent. it was a very good deal.

 
5.0

I may as well weld this to my 5D3

By

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.

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4.0

Great as a close-up lens

By

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

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

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.

By

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

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

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

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

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Steven S  Will this lens work with a Canon 40D?
KATHARINE S  Yes, it is compatible.
Steven S  Thank you Katharine.
Shopper  Can it be used with a 2x extender?
CHARLIE V  Yes, you can but the auto focus is very slow under low light.
Richard C  I want to trade my Canon 400 5.6 L lens on this. (Canon EF 300mm f4.0L IS USM Autofocus Lens USA) I will gain image stabilization and a fixed f4. I will be able to use my Canon 1.4 extender and still achieve auto focus. I do wildlife photography. I also have a Canon 100-400 5.6 L. lens. Your thoughts on my trade? Thanks Richard
PAUL P  Hi, Can't speak to the 400/300 comparison. Can tell you that I'm *very* happy with the (remarkably light) 300 for the reasons you mention. Works great with the 1.4 extender, with just a little sharpness lost at the edges...though for wildlife, the edges often get cropped anyway. given the IS with f4, hummingbirds are easy. I use the 300 a lot. If you already have the 100-400, seems like an easy call to me. Hard to see what you lose, easy to see what you gain.
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