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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens USA

B&H # CA30028LIS2 Mfr # 4411B002
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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • Fluorite Optics for Sharper Images
  • Three Mode Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Power Focus Mode and Focus Preset
  • Autofocus Stop Button Feature
  • Dust & Moisture Proof & Fluorine Coating
  • Security Slot for Wire-Type Locks

The EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens from Canon is the perfect choice for nature, wildlife and sports photographers.

Using the three mode Optical Image Stabilization allows you to shoot at shutter speeds 4 stops slower, and the advanced third IS mode activates only when the shutter button is fully pressed, so you can pan with fast-moving subjects without the IS function interfering with composition and framing. An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) enables smooth, fast and quiet autofocus and a Power Focus mode allows smooth focus change which is especially important while shooting video. A focus preset function allows you to store focusing positions and return to them in an instant when needed. An AF stop button will pause autofocus with just a touch and manual focus override allows precise manual focus even in AF mode.

Image sharpness is enhanced with fluorite optics that deliver reduced chromatic aberration and SWC (SubWavelength structure Coating) reduces flare and ghosting. A circular aperture design helps to produce pleasing out of focus areas.

Dust and water sealing keeps the lens functioning even in less than ideal conditions and magnesium and titanium construction elements make it lighter than its predecessor. Fluorine coating on the front and rear lens surfaces allows dirt to be removed easily and an attachment slot is provided for a wire-type security lock. The EF 300mm f/2.8L is compatible with Canon's EF1.4x III and EF2x III extenders and this lens includes a lens hood, 52mm drop-in gelatin filter holder, a detachable tripod collar and a hard travel case.

Fluorite optics for sharper images and less chromatic aberration.
Lighter weight due to magnesium and titanium construction elements.
Three IS (Image Stabilization) modes offer a 4-stop shutter speed advantage.
Advanced image stabilization Mode 3 activates only when shutter button is fully pressed, allowing for panning to follow fast-moving subjects.
Ultrasonic autofocus motor and inner focus system enable fast, smooth and silent AF action.
Power Focus mode allows smooth focus change when shooting video.
Focus preset allows you to establish focus points and return to them quickly when needed.
Focusing distance range can be selected with a switch on the lens barrel. By setting a suitable focusing distance range, actual autofocus time can be shortened. The three focusing ranges are 6.6-19.7', 19.7' to infinity and Full range.
An AF Stop Button allows you to immediately pause autofocus action with a touch of a button on the lens barrel.
Dust and water sealing for shooting in the most challenging environments.
Detachable lens hood, a detachable, rotatable tripod collar, drop-in gelatin filter holder and hard travel case are supplied with the 300mm f/2.8L lens.
Performance
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
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 6.6' (2 m)
Magnification 0.18x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 16/12
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Rear:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 5.0 x 9.8" (12.70 x 24.89 cm)
Weight 5.17 lb (2.35 kg)

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CanonEF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
 
5.0

(based on 54 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (45)
  • Strong construction (40)
  • Nice bokeh (36)
  • Consistent output (31)
  • Rugged (31)

Cons

  • Heavy (8)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (49)
  • Wildlife photos (43)
  • Low light (18)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Night photography (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (23), Pro photographer (20), Photo enthusiast (8)
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5.0

A Great Lightweight, Handheld Lens

By Eddie Bird Photographer

from New York

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive - Relatively

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

My focus is on a specific question: how does it perform with the Canon Extender EF 2x III as a 600mm f5.6 lightweight, handheld bird and wildlife photography lens? We all know this lens is one of the best lenses ever made by Canon…..lightning-fast AF, top-of-the-line build quality, superb image quality. It works perfectly with the 1.4x II or 1.4x III, it's hard to tell the 1.4x is there with the lens in regards to CA, contrast and most importantly AF. There are many good reviews on this lens with 1.4x TC combo, but very few reviews with outdoor sample shots about the performance with the 2x III TC. I am posting this series of sample shots about the performance of Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L II IS + Canon Extender EF 2x III combo on a Canon 1D Mark IV body. As you see the below sample shots below, adding the 2x III creates a very impressive 600mm f5.6 lightweight, handheadable bird and wildlife photography lens. Sharpness, color, contrast are very good. AF speed is not as fast as without tc but still pretty fast.I am able to use AI Servo to track BIF. Please see my below sample shots of this combo.

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5.0

Canon EF 300mm f2.8 IS II

By Peak Image Photographer

from Scottsdale, AZ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

    I had been renting a 300mm previous generation. I was surprised at how lightweight this new version was once I got it. Shot some high school football outside on a monopod and then took it inside a week later to shoot some hand-held volleyball. Was very easy to handle and gave that extra reach over my 70-200mm. I think I'm gonna be very happy with this new edition. Super sharp images and fast focusing.

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    5.0

    A Great Lightweight, Handheld Lens

    By Eddie Bird Photographer

    from New York

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Expensive - Relatively

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

    My focus is on a specific question: how does it perform with the Canon Extender EF 2x III as a 600mm f5.6 lightweight, handheld bird and wildlife photography lens? We all know this lens is one of the best lenses ever made by Canon…..lightning-fast AF, top-of-the-line build quality, superb image quality. It works perfectly with the 1.4x II or 1.4x III, it's hard to tell the 1.4x is there with the lens in regards to CA, contrast and most importantly AF. There are many good reviews on this lens with 1.4x TC combo, but very few reviews with outdoor sample shots about the performance with the 2x III TC. I am posting this series of sample shots about the performance of Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L II IS + Canon Extender EF 2x III combo on a Canon 1D Mark IV body. As you see the below sample shots below, adding the 2x III creates a very impressive 600mm f5.6 lightweight, handheadable bird and wildlife photography lens. Sharpness, color, contrast are very good. AF speed is not as fast as without tc but still pretty fast. I am able to use AI Servo to track BIF. Please see my previous sample shots of this combo. ----------------

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    5.0

    very sharp, not too heavy

    By Michael

    from Denver

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

      Very sharp, not too heavy for a super telephoto. It is hand holdable with a high shutter speed (more than 1/300 in my experience, even with IS). Wish the lens hood was smaller (from an ease of use standpoint). Amazing lens and don't regret the purchase.

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      5.0

      Fantastic Lens

      By Brian

      from Irvine, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

        I bought this lens to shoot high school football games, and I absolutely love it. The AF performance is amazing, and the image quality is fantastic.During day football games where the 2.8 aperture is not critical, I add a 1.4 TC to make it a 420 mm f/4 lens.

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        5.0

        As good as it gets

        By Vucyns

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

        The main reason I bought this lens is because recently I inherited some money. I would not be able to buy it otherwise. This lens is insanely expensive. I used it on several occasions shooting sports, portraits and landscape. Every picture comes out really beautiful. No matter where you point this lens - the result is sharp and at the same time dreamy, creamy, painterly. You need some kind of support for this lens - monopod at the very least, because it is too heavy to hand hold. I am very happy I get a chance to own this lens and I realize that most people will not get that chance - the price makes this lens quite unaffordable.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Love it

        By Steve

        from Appleton, Wi

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

        Glad I bought the glass for sports photography

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        5.0

        EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens by Canon

        By Photos By Toto

        from Illinois

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

          Use for Dog Agility, great in low light. Light weight compared to other 300mm

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          4.0

          Great lens - but not as an upgrade

          By Maiaibing

          from Afghanistan

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Expensive
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

          I have had my new EF 300mm f/2.8 IS L ii for six months now. This review will focus on a specific question; should current owners of the EF 300mm f/2.8 IS L "upgrade" to the mark ii version?

          The short answer is "no". But there are other reasons than "upgrading" to consider, and a special case for those who shoot film. So read on.

          Picture Quality
          Stunning. But not anymore than its predecessor. Frankly, you would be hard pressed to see the difference. It's there. And I know some tell-tale signs pixel peepers can look for. But no one can seriously argue that's its worth an upgrade for the picture IQ.

          Autofocus speed
          Same thing as before. I've seen claims the new lens is faster. Well, mine is not. Definitely not. I shoot a lot of tracking shots, and just as before I take 3 to make sure 1 is spot on. That's still pretty fast. And its quite impressive for all the glass that needs to move around - just not lightning fast.

          IS
          Here you get a noticeable upgrade. At least one stop. Also it settles faster. There is a new setting type "3" mode IS, which I personally prefer for most sports type shots. But remember that if the shutter speed is high enough its even better to turn off the IS. Finally, its somewhat less noisy than the original, which could be an important reason for film makers to upgrade.

          1.4x
          A slight advantage for the newer model. If I shot birds for a living maybe a consideration. But then I would certainly go with a 400mm - so not sure how important this is (YMMV). I do not use 2.0x so no comments on that except to note that several reviews mention the mark ii as a slight upgrade.

          Handling & design
          This is where I feel I got the most from the upgrade. Its only a little lighter, but its just that much lighter to make a difference when you are hauling it for several hours. Also, the recessed buttons are so much better. I hated it when the old ones got pushed accidentally - and it happened too often to me. The new focus function is highly useful for filming. Pre-focussing is the same, and I'm personally not a big fan of Canon's implementation now or then. I disliked the new foot design when I first used the 200mm f/2.0 IS L ii, but on the EF 300mm f/2.8 IS L ii it feels "right" because I always use it with the foot on. I also use the 90 degree clicks to position the lens, a nice, practical design detail. The hood is slightly different and handles better, but there still that awful knob to contend with.

          Conclusion
          As an upgrade the better IS implementation and improved handling does not match the significant price differential between the original and the mark ii. At least not for photography. If using extenders is very important to you - than just maybe. Maybe. However, if you're shooting film - go for it if you can.

          The market place seems to confirm this answer. Judging from review counts on the net and the flickr pool for this lens not that many EF 300mm f/2.8 IS L ii's are flying off the shelves. I also seldom see any of these in the wild - not even at sports events. Probably a side effect of the brutal cost cuts in the traditional news industry.

          But there is more to the story. The original EF 300mm f/2.8 IS L is getting older every day. Some are still relatively new, but a lot are getting ready for their 10.th anniversary. With the very good used prices you can still get for your original lens and factoring in the cost of one major repair such as the IS will bridge a lot of the gap. In addition one day Canon will not repair these anymore - just ask 200L IS L f/1.8 owners about that sad scenario. And you get a short but welcome guarantee period that could be useful.

          Remember that not even Canon lenses last forever. And IS lenses simply tend to fail more than non-IS lenses.

          There is still some time for current owners to enjoy their original lens. Just remember to check the market place so you are not caught off guard and miss the boat when used prices begin to drop faster. If Sigma pulls off a great 300mm f/2.8 OS with three years warranty as they have just announced - that could hurt the old used lens prices a lot.

          It looses one star for missing out on value. Optically its still a five for sure.

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          5.0

          Fantastic Glass

          By aks

          from Bahrain

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

            Sports and event photography.

            Light being a super telephoto lens, rugged, razer sharp and fast autofocus.

            Yet to observe the things thar aren't great.

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            5.0

            Love it!!

            By malrite

            from Long Island, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

              Awesome lens!! Super sharp, and light enough to handhold. A must for the professional sports photographer

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              5.0

              Love it.

              By malrite

              from Bayside, Queens

              Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

              Awesome lens. Super sharp and light enough to hand hold.

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              5.0

              EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM- gateway lens

              By Scott

              from Trophy Club, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

                The buying experience from B&H was a breeze as usual.

                I just received the lens yesterday used it today at first light before work to capture some images of waterfowl with aperture wide open using my 5DIII.

                Out of the box, the lens performed as you have read. Sharp, excellent color, pleasing backbround blur, contrast, no CA. All without any AFMA.

                The lens is well balanced, and easy to shoot with. I am new to the 3rd IS mode and will have to learn about that.

                However, initial impressions are that this is an awesome lens, focuses quickly and responsively. It produces excellent images from edge to edge. It is costly, and large, but easy to hold (not sure if I could do it all day however). It will be great for sports and wildlife, though longer reach will be needed for smaller birds.

                My big concern for this lens will be transport on trips. It will take up a lot of room in my pack, and may be a concern where weight limitiations are severe. Otherwise, this is a versitile must have lens, especially with a 1.4 III tc. Can't wait to get more experience with it.

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                5.0

                Just Like the Big Boys...

                By Gil the Canonman

                from Ontario, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

                  I couldn't be more pleased with this lens. As a professional sports photographer, I can attest that there is no better lens for stop-action, crisp images in low-light conditions than this lens. I was worried that it would be very heavy, but the version II is surprisingly lightweight. It's actually about the same weight as my 70-200mm IS f/2.8 L glass.

                  I wholeheartely recommend this lens. The case is lockable and solid enough to prevent damage in shipping and carrying from event to event.

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                  5.0

                  Incredibly Sharp Lens

                  By WARNER Photography

                  from Takoma Park, MD

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                  • Cost

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

                    This lens is amazingly sharp. Definitely the sharpest Canon L lens I have used to date. Although I photograph wildlife primarily with my Canon 500mm F/4L on a tripod, using this lens with the Canon 2X EF Extender III gives me an extremely sharp 600mm hand holdable lens. Some of my best flight photography has been done with this lens.

                    I strongly recommend this lens as extremely sharp with both the 1.4X and 2X Canon EF Extender III's. Also, it has the fastest autofocus of any lens I have used.

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                    5.0

                    Amazing

                    By Jeremy Blake Photography

                    from Huntington, WV

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

                      Amazingly sharp, great in low light, the contrast is almost perfect. I hardly do ANY post processing with this lens. It's expensive, but worth every penny. I had the 300 f/4 L lens, and while good for the price, it cannot in any way compare to this lens. I highly, highly recommend this lens to everyone.

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                      5.0

                      Simply the Best...

                      By Mama Shaff

                      from DC Metropolitan Area

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

                        I am a semi-professional sports photographer specializing in high school and youth sports. I saved for over three years to afford this beauty and I am over the moon with its performance.

                        The auto-focus is amazingly fast and accurate and the images are tack sharp. The heft of the lens takes some getting used to but I try to use it wiht a monopod when possible.

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                        5.0

                        Best lens ever made

                        By Pierangelo

                        from Bermuda

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

                          Hand handling of this beast is really the best thing money can buy

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                          5.0

                          Pleasantly Surprised

                          By Joel

                          from San Antonio, TX

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

                            I am very pleased with the performance and sharpness of this lens. I was surprised at how light it feels though my point of reference is my 600mm f/4. I've been using it handheld but for all day tournaments I've been using it with a monopod.

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                            5.0

                            A great Lens

                            By Martin the Bird

                            from Ormond Beach, Fl

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Excellent Clarrity
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Cost

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

                            I use this lens either by itself or with Canonx TC III. The sharpness is fantastic even with 2x TC III. It weghs just 7lbs with the TC and camera so it can be hand held for catching birds in flight. I have also a Canon 800mm which is a little too heavy for hand holding, but this one with TC gives me the opportunity to capture the subjects far away and still gives tack sharp images. The image stablilizer in mode 3 is great but I think a little overrated. I have taken photos in both mode 1 and 3 with unpredictable subject movement, and both work great and as good. If you need a lens with versatile range, I recommend this with 1.4 III and 2x III TCs.

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