Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens USA

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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/4-32
  • Two UD Lens Elements
  • Two Mode Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Focus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 4.9'
  • Detachable Tripod Collar
  • Fits Extenders EF1.4X II and EF2X II
  • 77mm Filter Diameter

The EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens from Canon is a telephoto prime lens with two-mode optical image stabilization which compensates for camera shake up the equivalent of two shutter speed stops. Stabilizer Mode 1 corrects vibrations in all directions and is mainly effective for shooting still subjects and Stabilizer Mode 2 steadies the image when panning vertically or horizontally.

An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) enables fast, smooth and silent autofocus and fulltime manual override allows for precise manual focus even in autofocus mode. Two ultra-low dispersion (UD) glass elements reduce aberrations and provide clear images and accurate color. The minimum focus distance for this lens is 4.9'.

The lens features a built-in lens hood and a removable, rotatable tripod collar for stable and secure tripod mounting, the lens is compatible with Canon 1.4x and 2.0x extenders.

Compact L-series Telephoto lens with two-mode image stabilization. Mode 1 is best used on still subjects while mode two is designed for image stabilization while panning.
Two UD elements reduce chromatic aberration
Two-stage image stabilization; dual-axis camera shake correction or vertical axis only (for panning)
Full-time manual focus override
Built-in lens hood and included rotatable tripod collar
Performance
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 8° 15'
Minimum Focus Distance 4.92' (1.50 m)
Magnification 0.24x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 15/11
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.5 x 8.7" (8.89 x 22.10 cm)
Weight 2.62 lb (1.19 kg)
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens
  • E-77U 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • LZ1128 Lens Case
  • Tripod Mount Ring
  • Strap for Case
  • Built-In Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 226 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (175)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (44)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (167)
    • Strong construction (138)
    • Consistent output (128)
    • Durable (119)
    • Lightweight (94)

    Cons

    • Heavy (30)
    • Poor in low light (18)
    • Slow focus (15)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (134)
    • Sports/action (124)
    • Landscape/scenery (49)
    • Wildlife (40)
    • Macro photography (29)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (84), Semi-pro photographer (54), Enthusiast (24), Pro photographer (14), Semi-professional (13)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (122), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A great lens at a great price!

    The best way to judge this lens is to see
    the photos it produces on photo sharing sites.

    you can search under cannon 300mm f/4L is,
    make sure their not...Read complete review

    The best way to judge this lens is to see
    the photos it produces on photo sharing sites.

    you can search under cannon 300mm f/4L is,
    make sure their not using teleconverters
    as it will soften the image.

    it's very sharp! A great all around lens and easy to hand hold.

    Some have said it is noisy.It's only slightly,I tried it 12 feet away from some doves and cardinals they didn't hear it, so not to worry.

    I also have the 70-200 f/4 is, so when I need more reach I now have the 300 F/4 is, the nice thing about the 300 f/4, is the settings i'm used to using on the 200 work just as well on the 300, so no need to learn all over again to get those great shots i'm used to getting!

    To get some fantastic shots from this lens
    try these settings, low light (is on) 100th of a second shutter speed,F4, iso 200. Great for birds in the shadow.

    Good light, 4000th of a second shutter speed,F4
    if it's a white bird iso 200, if a darker bird 400-800.
    You may have to ajust to your personal lighting conditions and taste.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Quality lens

    I read a lot about the loud noise of the IS however, to be honest with you, it doesn't bother it, it just reminds me that it's on and working. Other than not...Read complete review

    I read a lot about the loud noise of the IS however, to be honest with you, it doesn't bother it, it just reminds me that it's on and working. Other than not being a true hand held lens to work with, even with the IS, I was a little disappointed with the image quality. Perhaps I expected it to be similar to that of the 70-200, but then I have to remember, it's not a 2.8 and it costs less than even the non-IS 70-200. So, with what the lens costs, it's a great value. Put if on a tripod and you'll be fine.

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    5.0

    Beautiful glass

    By Phil

    from NC

    Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

    I am new to Canon (also shoot Leica M) and I am extremely impressed with the sharpness.

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    4.0

    Great for close-ups

    By Quietsolopursuits

    from Grand Rapids, MI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

    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.

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    5.0

    Excellent lense - Light and handheld

    By HFB

    from santa rosa, ca

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

      I bought the 1.4 extender to go with my 70-200 F2.8 . It bring the focal length to 280mm. But i wasn't happy with it because it wasn't too clear , not sharp. I lost alot of sharpeness.
      So i decided to get this one. I do wedding photography for a living and some places such as churchs are very strict and make you stay in a particular place and cannot move around much . So that why i needed a little reach more than my current 200 mm. This lense is sharp & lighter than my 70-200 . It's handable , and I'm able to shoot it at 1/160s. It's slow in focus but i guess it's because i'm at 300mm. The bokeh is really nice. Look different than the 70-200's bokeh. I love prime lense so i couldn't resist when Canon had $100 off as a rebate.

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      5.0

      SO FAR SO GOOD

      By BOOM BOOM

      from STOW, OHIO

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Noisy auto focus

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

      I only have one prime lens and it is the Canon 100mm IS Macro lens. It is probably my favorite lens. I very seldom get a bad shot with it. That being said, I decided to buy another prime lens that would reach a little farther. I decided on this lens because I can also use the 1.4 Canon extender lens and still have auto focus. I have used it for a couple of days now and am very pleased with the results. I'm able to take birds and dragonfly pictures from a little further away. It seems to be clear and I am able to hand hold the lens. It is a heavy lens, but I would expect that. I was aware that the auto focus was a little noisy so I wasn't shocked when I heard some noises while auto focusing. I think this lens is going to be a valuable piece of equipment for my photo arsenal.

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Birdwatcher

      from Maine

      About Me Casual Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

      Using this lens to take pictures of birds in the field. So far the photos have been great.

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      3.0

      Quality lens

      By Albe9

      from Santa Clarita, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

      I read a lot about the loud noise of the IS however, to be honest with you, it doesn't bother it, it just reminds me that it's on and working. Other than not being a true hand held lens to work with, even with the IS, I was a little disappointed with the image quality. Perhaps I expected it to be similar to that of the 70-200, but then I have to remember, it's not a 2.8 and it costs less than even the non-IS 70-200. So, with what the lens costs, it's a great value. Put if on a tripod and you'll be fine.

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      4.0

      finally a prime lens

      By lulu48

      from Seattle WA

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        Would be a five except that I know the 2.8 is even better but I most certainly cannot afford one. I've used this only briefly but so far the auto focus is great and the results are clear and crisp.

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        5.0

        Great Lens!!

        By N/A

        from Florida

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          Cons

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              Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

              IS works really well, it takes great shots hand held. Definitely worth the price paid. The lens is Sharper than my other L series telephoto zooms. About as sharp as my 100MM 2.8 L is Macro lens.
              Light weight, it is great for carrying in the half the day. The built in lens hood is brilliant!.
              Works well with 1.4x extender.
              Only negative is that autofocus can sometimes be little slow and no rubber weatherproof gasket.

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              4.0

              Canon EF 300mm f/4L Lens

              By BB

              from SF Bay Area

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              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                Pluses: 1) relatively light for telephoto lens
                2) easy to handle - works well on monopod
                3) telescoping lens hood is very handy
                4) so far, image quality is very good --
                IS works as advertised

                Minuses: 1) auto focus is a bit noisy

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                3.0

                Mixed bag

                By staler

                from Denver, CO

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                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                Before I get into the details, I want to note that other reviewers (such as photozone.de) have reported on significant differences between samples and likely this is what I saw.

                I own the 200mm F/2.8 L and 400mm F/5.6 L and wanted something in between and with IS. First field tests indicated a sharp image, even wide open, very comparable to my other tele primes. But immediately, I was not impressed by the IS. While very noisy, it did not really improve my keeper rate for handhelds at 1/400 sec or 1/250 sec based on multiple sets of 10 shots each. I even suspected IS was broken, but you could see some stabilization through the view finder. Just not at the same level that my only other IS lens (24-105mm L) does it. Given that the IS made the lens quite heavy (compared to my non IS lenses), I expected more.
                The final blow came when shooting star images at night. Such images are quite demanding on a lens and so far I only have had the best experience with Canon lenses (great lenses for astrophotos: 50mm F/1.8, 100mm F/2.8 Macro (non IS), 135mm F/2.0 L, 200mm F/2.8 L, and 400mm F/5.6 L). This lens, however, showed siginificant coma and a severe centering issue (you'd expect stars in the middle of the frame to be round and getting 'distorted' towards the corners, but here stars on the left edge were round...). It was actually suprising that daylight field tests turned out well, given this dismal performance. IS lenses are more prone to centering issues (hey, IS requires some elements to move), but you'd expect that alignment is fairly centered with IS off. On the plus side were the short focusing distance for 300mm focal length and a very pleasant bokeh.

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                5.0

                Great lens, Very Sharp!!

                By Hooffoto

                from Bradenton FL

                Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                Got this as an inexpensive back up to my 300 f2.8. Lens is very sharp and performs well overall. This may become my travel 300 as it is light weight and compact (about the size of a 70-200 f2.8).

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                5.0

                Great fun

                By Creative Grampa

                from Montrose Co

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                  Gives me more reach than my awesome 70-200f4 and work really good with 1.4 extender

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                  5.0

                  My first ever prime- wonderfully sharp

                  By Janthina

                  from Ft Lauderdale, FL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                  I have used my new lens just twice and can already see the difference between the sharpness at 300mm on my 70-300mm zoom and this 300mm prime.I purchased the lens because I wanted to improve my performance at 300mm and had stellar comments on it from friends who use this lens and whose images I admire.

                  I wanted it primarily for bird photography. My first time out I made it hard on myself by chooing F4 quite late day with very active subjects. I had to learn that the DOF is shorter than I am used to at the same F stop as my other lenses. Second time out, armed with more info, more forgiving settings, and brief experience with it, I got results I was thrilled with that only make me want to go capture more images.

                  The only caviat for me is hand holding the lens steady enough. It is not really heavy but enough combined with the 7D I am using it with, to have to concentrate on it and exercise discipline when shooting.

                  I can hear the workings when it focuses more than I am used to sometimes, but that is not a down side as it does focus fast.

                  I love it so far and can only see the great potential it offers me for both wildlife photography and experimenting with still and macros.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic Telephoto Prime

                  By Goose

                  from Tucson, AZ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portrait photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                  I bought this lens and owned it only for a short time because it actually didn't suit my shooting style like I thought it would. It is a stellar piece of glass though. Great at separating the subject from the background, even only at a max of f/4. As you can imagine, low light performance is sub-par but that's to be expected. All-in-all a sharp lens that I may pick up again in the future.

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                  5.0

                  CANON IS QUALITY

                  By Bobcat

                  from Wichita, KS

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Photo Sharpness
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                  The 300mm f/4 is visibly sharper even with the 1.4 extender on the 7D than the 100-400mm it is now supplanting. The 4.9 foot close focus is perfect for butterfly photos. The 300mm with extender is several inches shorter than an extended 100-400mm. The 300mm even has a sliding lens shade which is so handy. The overall balance of lens and camera feels better as well.

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                  5.0

                  300 Horses

                  By Pomona Pilgram

                  from Southern California

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                    Love this lens. I had borrowed this lens from a friend and after viewing final images, I knew it would be my next purchase. Where the 70-200 lens is always short (more glass adding the 1.4 tele) and my 400 5.6 is too slow, this lens proves to be the right choice. Hand held shots with I.S. are clear and printable at 16x24 inches. The right lens for shooting wild horses. Love this lens.

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                    5.0

                    rugged lens

                    By MDI Bird Nerd

                    from Bar Harbor, Maine

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Slow Autofocus In Fog

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird photography
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                    I use this lens in all sorts of weather. Recently, I was on a 23-foot skiff in Head Harbor Passage between Maine and New Brunswick, calm seas but -11F, shooting seabirds through the sea smoke. This was my first real test of the lens. We were able to get close enough to Bonaparte's Gulls and Long-tailed ducks to take some of the best photos I ever shot. It was a tough choice between this lens with a 1.4x extender and a UV haze filter or a 100-400 zoom. Given the tightness of the lens, I was quite pleased with its performance in such cold. I did end up mostly shooting in manual mode.

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                    5.0

                    Was everything I had hoped for and more!

                    By Sylvia L

                    from Los Angeles, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                    I've started using prime lenses and wanted to use one for bird photography. This one fits the bill (pun intended!) and my budget. The image stabilizer helps and the images are amazing. I'm still practicing since I just got it last week. A little hefty to carry if you're not use to a big lens. I also have a 70-200mm 4f and this one is slightly heavier than the zoom. Must use higher ISO in low light but no major issues.

                    Love this lens and am very happy with this purchase.

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                    4.0

                    A Versatile Lens.

                    By The Ole Perfesser

                    from Lansdale, PA

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                      I bought this lens for it's versatility in capturing nature in general but wild birds in particular. I have owned it for two years and feel that I can offer a more informed review now. Because I have no plans for purchasing larger, more expensive lenses, I felt this lens offered the most reasonable compromise when compared to Canon's 400mm f5.6 or Canon's 100-400mm Zoom. Each of these lenses has strengths and weaknesses, so you have to accept some trade-offs no matter which you choose.

                      The versatility of the 300mm f4 is well illustrated by its ability to capture excellent images when used with a Canon 1.4x extender which gives you a 420mm f5.6 lens. While I have used this lens most often with the extender attached, I believe it has nonetheless been important to have a 300mm option when birds or other animals are closer. In fact, this lens's close focusing range (quite close for a telephoto lens) is another example of its versatility. Furthermore, adding a couple of Kenko extension tubes makes this a very good macro option as well.

                      I also own the Canon 2x Extender which I have used with this lens. While you need to focus manually, and you need a lot of light (as well as the time to focus), it is capable of capturing very good images as a 600mm f8 lens. However, I will concede that it is not easy. Consequently, I do not use this option very often.

                      My only mild disappointment with this lens concerns the image stabilization. I believe it is somewhat over-rated. There are only a few times that I can honestly say that the image stabilization really made a difference. Also, the lens hood ring near the bottom of the hood sometimes comes loose. I have taken great care with this lens, and do not think this should have happened after less that two years of use.

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                      4.0

                      EF300 Yes, the one for me

                      By PhotoGuy

                      from Colorado

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                        I have become an avid bird watcher, and recently have started working to combine watching with my photography. I opted for the 300 MM F4 L lens, and a 1.4X converter. This allows me to continue to use AF with the 7D camera. I considered the 400 MM F5.6, but the extra reach was not losing the AF. In good light the AF is fast and accurate. It is somewhat slow in lower light situations, but that was not the purpose of my purchase, so I don't lose anything on the birding side of things. It is quite sharp when used without the 1.4 TC, but does lose some sharpness with it. Not unexpected from what I have seen, but nothing that can't be sharpened back up in post editing.Overall I am quite pleased with the purchase, with the $ B&H discount, plus a $ dollar rebate, that helped a lot. Why 4 stars, as I stated it is a little slow on the AF when the light is lower, and not a lot lower, but that is with the TC on as well. a bit of a demerit in my book.Other lens options that I considered were completely out of my price range.

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                        Sensei -  77mm Clip-On Lens Cap
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                        Oben -  CT-3521 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-106T Ball Head
                        • Price: $379.95
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