Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L IS USM


Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L IS USM


Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L IS USM
This is a prime lens manufactured by Canon and the model was launched 1999.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto prime lenses, a telephoto lens where you do not have the possibility to zoom in and out.
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Compability, auto focus and focal length
This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.
The ability to use auto focus is available for all cameras.
The lens has a focal length of 300 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.
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Read more about focal length and your field of view
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Lens brightness and image stabilizer
The lens brightness and aperture value is f/2,8.
This aperture value indicates that the lens is very bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues. Lenses with good aperture values and longer focal lengths, such as this lens, tend to be popular amongs sports and nature photographers.
Inside the lens there is an image stabilizer, which helps to fend off possible movements and tremors. This is very positive and can be of great help in situations and conditions where the light is inadequate and not enough for decent shutter speeds.
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Filter and Lens Hood
If you want to use filters on this lens the slot-in filters  (52 mm) would be the ones to use, which is very common at these larger telephoto lenses.
If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "ET-120".
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Tripod Mount
This lens is equipped with a tripod mount, which makes use of a tripod easier and more stable.
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Different versions of the lens
This lens has been replaced by a newer version. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.
Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L USM (1987)
Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L IS USM  (1999) << The lens you are currently viewing
Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L IS II USM (2010)
 
Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L IS USM
Sample pictures taken with Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L IS USM
 
Things to consider before buying
Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.
The lens brightness, f/2,8
Has a built-in image stabilizer
Works on all sensor types
A lens hood is included
A tripod mount is included
The lens is sealed against dust and moisture
This lens has been replaced by a newer version
Heavy (2550 gr)
The price
 
Specification
Product Name:Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L IS USM  (See dictionary)
Release date: 1999
Manufacturer:Canon
Type of lens: Telephoto Lens
Construction: Prime lens (no possibility to zoom)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
No Macro lens
Compability:
Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Auto focus:
Yes
Built-in auto focus (AF) motor:
Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/2,8
Focal Length 300 mm
Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  300 mmon Canon FF, Full frame
  390 mmon Canon APS-H
  480 mmon Canon APS-C
See list, camera for camera
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 17 elements / 13 groups
Image Stabilizer:
Yes, IS
Closest Focusing Distance:250 cm
Filter: Drop-in Filter, 52 mm
Lens Hood:
ET-120(included)
Tripod mount:
Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing:
Yes
Dimensions (diameter x length):128 x 252 mm
Vikt:2550 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD)4879 USD
 
 
Product Page (Canon):
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Text from Canon:"Telephoto lens newly equipped with an Image Stabilizer enabling hand-held shooting for easier movement. The fluorite element and two UD-glass elements effectively correct the chromatic aberrations prone to occur with telephoto lenses. With the EOS-1v and EOS-3, the AF speed becomes the world’s fastest. To reduce the overall weight and enhance portability, the lens barrel and many other exterior parts use a magnesium-alloy. Also, the detachable tripod collar revolves smoothly and locks securely.
Large-aperture telephoto L lens with a camera shake correction function, which is best suited to shooting by holding the camera with hands Developed as a successor to the EF300mm f/2.8L USM. A fluorite lens and two UD lenses are used in the optical system to assure very high picture quality. This lens has also a protection glass and a rear filter as standard, which are included in the number of lenses. The camera shake correction has an effect of approx. two stops* in terms of shutter speed. This lens has also ”camera shake correction mode 2” which corrects shaking of the viewfinder image when, for example, shooting a moving object, and a tripod can be used with the camera shake correction function ON. High-speed autofocusing is achieved by the weight reduction of the group of focusing lenses and improvement of the autofocusing drive algorithm. A new AF stop function, which stops autofocusing temporarily, is adopted. Manual focusing is performed mechanically to save power. Main components are made of a magnesium alloy to reduce the weight of the lens, including the optical system, making it much lighter than conventional lenses. Rubber parts are used as mount and switch components to achieve excellent dust- and drip-proofness. The tripod mount can be removed, and the drop-in filter 52 (standard), carbon fiber hood, and suitcase-type lens case are designed to be easy to use.

Telephoto lens newly equipped with an Image Stabilizer enabling hand-held shooting for easier movement. The fluorite element and two UD-glass elements effectively correct the chromatic aberrations prone to occur with telephoto lenses. With the EOS-1v and EOS-3, the AF speed becomes the world’s fastest. To reduce the overall weight and enhance portability, the lens barrel and many other exterior parts use a magnesium-alloy. Also, the detachable tripod collar revolves smoothly and locks securely."
 
Reviews
fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
 
colorfoto.de
http://www.colorfoto.de/testbericht/canon-ef-2-8-300-mm-l-is-usm-an-canon-7d-1036279,923.html
 
fredmiranda.com
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=38&sort=7&cat=2&page=2
 
juzaphoto.com
http://juzaphoto.com/eng/articles/canon_300_f4_vs_canon_300_2-8_teleconverters.htm
 
juzaphoto.com
http://www.juzaphoto.com/eng/articles/canon_300_2_8_l_is_usm_review.htm
 
juzaphoto.com
http://juzaphoto.com/eng/articles/canon_supertele_test_200-300-400-600.htm
 
lenstests.com
http://LensTests.com/reviews/canon-ef-300mm-f2.8l-is-usm
 
lenstests.de
http://LensTests.de/objektive/canon-ef-300mm-f2.8l-is-usm
 
shutterbug.com
http://shutterbug.com/equipmentreviews/lenses/0800sb_canon/
 
slrgear.com
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/164/cat/10
 
slrlensreview.com
http://slrlensreview.com/web/canon-slr-lenses-39/super-telephoto-slr-lenses-61/59-canon-ef-300mm-f28l-is-usm.html
 
sportsshooter.com
http://www.sportsshooter.com/gear_profile.html?id=168
 
the-digital-picture.com
http://the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-300mm-f-2.8-L-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
 
 
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L IS USM
Sample pictures taken with Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L IS USM
Different versions of this lens
1987 Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L USM
1999 Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L IS USM
2010 Canon EF 300mm f/2,8 L IS II USM

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