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

(based on 64 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (49)
  • Strong construction (45)
  • Nice bokeh (40)
  • Consistent output (35)
  • Rugged (35)

Cons

  • Heavy (9)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (53)
  • Wildlife photos (47)
  • Low light (21)
  • Landscape/scenery (13)
  • Night photography (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (26), Pro photographer (21), Photo enthusiast (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

It will not disappoint !!

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Simply one of the best lenes that Canon produces. Tack sharp and super fast auto-focus. It will not disappoint!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent!!!

By JB in ATl

from Atlanta, Ga

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

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens

By J. Warren

from Chicago suburbs

Verified Buyer

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

My go to lens for hand held bird photography. I recently took over 1000 flying photos at a feeding frenzy at Merritt Island with this lense and a Canon 5ds ( frames/second) with over 500 images sharpe and printable to at least 16x20,

 
5.0

Great product !

By Teleman

from Minnesota

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    As expected and as it should be, extremely sharp lens. I've waited for this lens for years and finally decided to take the plunge and buy it...

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Canon 300mm F/2.8L IS II USM = Optical Perfection!

    By Ezra

    from New York, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • 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:

      This is my review of the Canon EF 300mm F/2.8L IS II USM. This lens is considered Canon's latest premiere telephoto lens released in August 2011.

      BUILD QUALITY
      The 300mm F/2.8 is a fixed focal length telephoto lens that provides higher magnification for long distance photography. This lens is made out of extremely solid and quality magnesium and titanium materials that is both water and dust-resistant. (Use common sense and don't submerge in dirt nor water) The glass itself is made out of the most advanced fluoride materials to increase sharpness of image quality and eliminate any chromatic aberrations (green and purple lines along subject or object lines in images). Weighing in at a little over 5 pounds, this lens is built like a tank and there is absolutely no compromise about the sturdiness, the structure, and the materials used to design this lens. This is a telephoto lens and is meant for long-range sports, photojournalism, wildlife, and other events where the photographer is unable to get up close to the subject. The 300mm F/2.8 is the ideal telephoto lens that allows the photographer to hand hold with a camera without excessive strain on arms and hands. Any other lens with higher focal lengths will weigh too much and will most likely require a tripod or monopod.

      FUNCTIONALITY
      The 300mm F/2.8 uses the most advanced lens technology in the world. This lens provides the following functionalities: extremely fast autofocusing system, three modes of image stabilization, focus preset modes, wide 2.8 aperture (allows more light in lens for cleaner images in low light environments), and has a very quiet ultrasonic motor.

      REAL LIFE TESTING
      So how does this lens really work in the real world. I can honestly say that using the 300mm F/2.8 is a blast to use and it is fun to work with. Image quality with the use of this lens is extremely razor sharp and that is no exaggeration. If you use an image editing software to view and develop pictures. You will immediately notice the difference between this lens and other less non-professional lenses. It is simple to use this lens while providing profound results with numerous technological advances working in the background while shooting.

      For such a fairly big lens, it would have been nice if this lens allowed variable zoom the EF 70-200 mm F/2.8L IS II USM. However, I'm okay with a fixed focal length of 300mm because it provides a sweet spot for telephoto lens photography. For example, at a basketball game, if I was a shoot with the 70-200mm at the further end of the court, it would be difficult to get a good clean shot at 200mm max. A 400mm lens would provide or produce too much focal length at your subject at the other end of the court. 300mm provides the most balanced and right focal length for many common sports, photojournalist and wildlife events. In addition, this telephoto lens allows the photographer to increase the lens focal length to 420mm with a 1.4x tele converter and 600 millimeters with a 2.0x tele converter on a full frame camera. If you have a more common APS - C DSLR camera, you can increase the focal length of a 300mm F/2.8 to 672mm with a 1.4x tele converter and 960mm with a 2.0x tele converter respectively. Just be warned, the use of tele converters degrade the image quality significantly especially with the 2.0x converter. however, with this particular lens the use of the 1.4 X tele converter does not degrade image quality that much because the sharpness of this lens is really superb natively. Also remember that your aperture decreases (low aperture = wide, high aperture = narrow) from 2.8 to 4.0 with a 1.4x converter and 5.6 with a 2.0x tele converter, which means that you will have less light and possibly noisier images through your lens with a tele converter is attached

      Since this lens is light enough to hand hold while shooting, I always shoot without the tripod collar on because I find that it is obstructing and distracting to my hands. Unless there's a lot of sun outside or rain I also do not use the lens hood; I like the weight of this lens but I don't like my lens to look too long because the hood itself provides an additional 5 & 1/2 inches of length. It's also very cool that this lens has two side hooks that you can attach a strap to and place over your shoulders so that it's easy to walk around with without actually holding it in your hands when not in use. The value of this lens is so high that depreciation can be minimal after many years of use in mint condition.

      In summary, the Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM is the most professional telephoto lens that is close to optical image quality perfection. It provides the best balance based on high quality construction, advanced lens technology, weight and long distance shooting. Any lens longer than this just weighs too much, and a less professional version does not provide enough light and sharp glass.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great telephoto!

      By Dave

      from Central Florida

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

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

      I use the EF 300mm f/2.8 IS II lens for sports action and equestrian photography. It is extremely sharp and quick to focus. It can be hand held, but I prefer to support the weight with my Canon 1DX on a monopod. I have a 1.4 III extender and the images with it are still spot on with sharpness. This is an incredible lens.

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Near to Professional

      By Sonny Le

      from Clovis, California

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

      The best lens in mount of my lenses. I have no words to describe the quality and accuracy of it. So easy to control and use it. You don't need to be real professional to use, everything just automatic, especially the third IS & AF so helpful. Thanks to the Canon, you did it. I would recommend to anyone either amateur or professional.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great low light wildlife lens

      By Arvid

      from Kent WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      This lens works well with the 2.0 converter also, making it a 5.6 when attached. It focuses a little slower with that on but gives great pictures.

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      • No

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM a must for sports and portraits

      By TVSTAFF

      from New York, NY and Palm Beach Aruba

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Better Handle As Add On

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action

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

      I shoot professional sports and this is my go to lens when the action is fast and I need to hand hold. The weight is fine for long sports competitions. I shoot water sports and the lens is built to resist the conditions I work in with water and sand. The lens is fast to focus on my 1DX, sharp and even across the entire frame. I also use this lens for stunning portraits and fashion. KissMyKite was smart to purchase this for Int'l coverage of all beach and water sports.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great mid range lens

      By Fish

      from Wisconsin

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

      I bought this lens to shoot college basketball games and allow myself to capture the other end of the court. This lens with the 70-200 2.8 allows me to capture the game completely. Plus did I mention it's tack sharp!

      (54 of 58 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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        • No

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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          • No
           
          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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            • No

            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (34 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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