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

BH #CA30028LIS2 • MFR #4411B002
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Two Fluorite Elements
  • Sub Wavelength Coating
Versatile due to its mid-telephoto focal length and bright maximum aperture, the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM is also distinguished by its high-speed performance and intuitive handling to suit its use in a wide variety of working conditions. As an L-series lens, this tele prime of course features an advanced optical design; two fluorite elements are used to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity and color accuracy and a Sub Wavelength Coating has been applied to individual elements to suppress flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color neutrality when working in backlit conditions. The fast f/2.8 maximum aperture also enables extensive control over depth of field for isolating subjects using selective focus, and it also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions.
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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Overview

Versatile due to its mid-telephoto focal length and bright maximum aperture, the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM is also distinguished by its high-speed performance and intuitive handling to suit its use in a wide variety of working conditions. As an L-series lens, this tele prime of course features an advanced optical design; two fluorite elements are used to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity and color accuracy and a Sub Wavelength Coating has been applied to individual elements to suppress flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color neutrality when working in backlit conditions. The fast f/2.8 maximum aperture also enables extensive control over depth of field for isolating subjects using selective focus, and it also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions.

Beyond the optical layout, this 300mm f/2.8 is also characterized by its four stop-effective Image Stabilizer system, which has three separate stabilization modes to suit various shooting applications. Also complementing handling is a sophisticated ring-type USM, which provides quick, quiet, and accurate autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. Additionally, this lens is weather-sealed for use in trying environmental conditions and it has a removable rotating tripod collar to benefit working atop a tripod or monopod.

Super telephoto prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 480mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords significant control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques.
Two fluorite elements are used to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to achieve greater clarity and color accuracy.
A Sub Wavelength Coating has been applied to individual elements to control lens flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. Three distinct IS modes are available: standard single-shot mode, a panning-optimized mode, and a mode that only activates the Image Stabilizer during the exposure.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with optimized focusing algorithms and a high-speed CPU, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Focus Preset function is available to quickly recall a programmed focusing position.
Focus Limiter switch lets you constrain the focusing to three different ranges to suit different applications.
A Power Focus setting is available, and allows you to electronically and smoothly adjust your focus position to suit video recording. This setting utilizes a dedicated ring in front of the main focusing ring and allows you to use one of two different focusing speeds.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens is sealed against dust and moisture for working in inclement environmental conditions.
Removable rotating tripod collar is included and benefits working with the lens atop a tripod or monopod.
Compatible with optional EF 1.4X and EF 2X teleconverters.
UPC: 013803122169

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

Focal Length300mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View8° 15'
Minimum Focus Distance6.56' / 2 m
Maximum Magnification0.18x
Optical Design16 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size52 mm (Drop-In)
Dimensions (ø x L)5.04 x 9.76" / 128 x 248 mm
Weight5.29 lb / 2.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight15.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19.5 x 15.2 x 15"

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

PHENOMENAL!

By Donald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-29

Wasn't happy with pics of my grandson playing soccer until I finally sprung for this beast! Threw it on my Canon M4 and WHALA! Love the results. Too heavy to handhold, but piece of cake on a monopod! Not a lens you would use real often, but, you only live once! This is one MAGNIFICENT piece of glass!

Creme de la Creme

By omidsolo studio
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-09

Sharpest lens on the globe! Don't believe me? Go to dxomark and sort by sharpness among all tested lenses, comes first, I just rented one, and am still excited about it, I just think that possible to have cheaper zooms with this quality someday? BTW, it was an unforgettable experience, try it at least once.

Absolutely Love this Lens!

By Franklin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-05

Granted this lens was made for sports and wildlife photography, I use it for the complete opposite ( sigh I know)... I use this lens 90% for fashion photography - mostly dancers.  Love the compression and 2.8 aperture! make the background a complete and total dream.  Please see the attached photos that I capture with this lens with and without the use of flash. This lens is definitely expensive and heavy. I go to the gym 6 times a week, and do hardcore workouts, and still, after about 5-10 mins of continuous shooting I must rest my arms. I dont like Monopods, as they tend to get in my way. long story short: I certainly recommend this lens!! use it as you se fit. the sample photos were taken in numerous places and under different light conditions. NOTE: b&H only allows photos sizes of 5mb and under...so if you still like the sample photos, image the originals!!

Best Sports Lens Ever

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-11-24

I shoot sports is some of the most demanding and rough environments in the world. Sand, wind, saltwater and hard knocks. The Canon f/2.8 300mm IS USM II has never failed me. I shoot waist deep in seawater for KissMyKite and the proof is in the. In AI Servo attached to my 1DXMKII it is a speed demon with over a crazy capture rate on shots most people would not dream of capturing. Chief Photographer KissMyKite

Amazing lens, Highly recommended for Nature Photography

By Raghav
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-02

I use this lens to take pictures of butterflies, hummingbirds, birds, and mammals; standalone as well as with the extension tubes (EF 12, EF 25), and teleconverters (1.4X, 2X). According to me, the key advantages of this lens are:  (i) Super sharp - I don't apply any sharpening on the photos anymore.  (ii) Great colors & contrast - If my exposure is correct, no post processing needed. The pictures are beautiful. (iii) MFD (min. focus distance) and Magnification - I can't stress this advantage enough. When I am in cramped spaces, and the wildlife comes in close, this is the lens I typically reach for to get tight portrait shots. The subject magnification (and detail) with the 2x coupled to an EF 25 extension tube is mind-blowing. (Iv) Weight - I find this much easier to hand hold vs. my 500mm f4 for long periods of time, very useful in situations where a tripod use is not possible.

Great lens

By Harlie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-03

I like to photography wildlife. The lens is great, but it a little heavy to follow birds flying. It can be done. The pictures are so sharp that they can be cropped without loss of sharpness.

The Queen of Telephotos!

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-20

I purchased this lens way back in early 2012 when it was very hard to find due to the 2011 Japanese tsunami disaster. This closed Canon's lens factory for some time, and I was only able to find it at a small dealer in the midwest, so I did not purchase this one at B&H due to the circumstances. In fact, the model I own is one of the first 100 manufactured, so I think it was built prior to the disaster striking Japan. Back to the review. What more can be said about such an amazing lens as this one is. It truly is superb! Having owned all of the Canon 300mm f/2.8's since the FD 300mm f/2.8L, I know that Canon put their best foot forward when designing this darling. I've also used/owned the first two EF versions, and found nearly as much delight in those models as this model. The first versions weakness was having no IS, the second versions was the removable t-pod collar. I did not like its sloppy design, and that it had no 90 degree click stops. But this lens fixed all of that! It is slightly sharper than the older designs, has 4 stop IS correction, and it is even as light as the manual focus one I owned back in the 80's. It also works much better with teleconverters. Sharper, and faster focus are the key advantages of using this lens with the series III teleconverters. I call it Canon's queen now, since the 400mm f/2.8 has replaced it as the go to lens for most of its former users. But I still prefer the size of this lens over the 400mm, and for what I shoot, prefer the focal length too. It is slightly better optically than the 400's, and I can easily handhold it in a crowd without all of the glitz.  Anyway, nothing about lens reviews make any sense without pictures, so take a look at my samples. Enough said... well done, Canon!

After 7 years still tack sharp

By Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-16

An essential lightweight lens that's a must for ANY serious sports photographer

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