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

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

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

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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
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Canon 300mm f/2.8 overview

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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.
UPC: 013803122169

Canon 300mm f/2.8 specs

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
Optical Design 16 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 15.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.5 x 15.2 x 15.0"

Canon 300mm f/2.8 reviews

EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 80.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great 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.
Date published: 2013-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! If you own this lens, you need no introduction, if you are considering it...really consider it. Ultimately you need to think about what you are getting this lens for. I shoot sports, so it was between this and the Canon 400 f2.8 II. Considering the 300mm is the sharpest lens ever tested, I figured cropping another 100mm would still give great performance, and that is indeed the case. For extra reach, I use the 1.4 and 2.0X extenders. The softness they cause is generally offset by the incredible resolving power of the Canon 300mm. It's also a fairly light lens, all things considered. It's expensive, but it is arguably the finest lens ever made. I'd get it again for sure.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens I recently used this lens at an indoor gymnastics meet. The lighting was poor and the meet was crowded. No good shooting positions. The lens was able to focus well across the entire gym on backlit gymnasts against a white wall. The lens controlled the flare from the wall better than any lens I've owned and the photos exceeded my expectations. The resolving power of the lens is also at the top of my lens list. The focus speed on the lens is fast and I found the Mode-3 IS setting worked much better than Mode-1 IS when tracking fast/erratic moving gymnasts. I was able to use the lens without support while shooting floor routines.
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Lens Purchased the lens a couple of weeks ago. Went from the 300 2.8 non IS to new 300 2.8IS II. My original 300 lasted 18 years great year. Was my all-time favorite lens. I tested the new one with my Mark IV on a couple of NHL preseason game, 1 youth hockey game and came away amazed. The images were tack sharp, focusing speed is fantastic. The image quality is great. I also used it with a 1.4 version II, with almost no drop off in focusing speed or image quality. It was time to replace some of my old glass. The price was hard to justify, went back and forth in my decision. In the end, Canon has nailed it with this lens...
Date published: 2011-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as it gets 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.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prime Prime! This is a prime lens that offers tack sharp images. It is versatile, that is, I am able to capture DIII football photos and render sharp images with a reasonable crop (I use a 1D Mk III camera.), yet I still am able to use it on a high school gymnasium floor for basketball and get some remarkably tight captures. It's best on a monopod, yet can be hand-held if needed. It's Image Stabilization 3 setting seems to be a marked improvement from its predecessor. Canon has also lightened the weight of the lens, made some improvements on the hood cover, and has included the Portrait/Landscape click alignment (I believe they're called 90 detents.) I also like the new carrying case for the lens.
Date published: 2011-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maybe the best lens ever! I have the big brother to this (500mm f4 IS II) and thought it was the best lens if ever used. The 300 is SO much lighter and since it can go to f2.8, opens up a lot more possibilities such as indoor and low light. The IQ is jaw dropping on this lens even wide open. Sharp in the corners and color rendering is spot on! It's only slightly heavier than my 70-200 f2.8 IS II and with the mode 3 IS makes handholding for long periods easy! It takes the 1.4 and 2.0 TC III's very well with little difference in IQ and I can't feel any speed change with the AF. So that means its a very light and useable 600mm f5.6!!! Highly recommend for birding, aviation, sports
Date published: 2013-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Sharp 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.
Date published: 2013-08-29
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