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The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a high-performance L-series super-telephoto lens, with 4 stop Image Stabilizer with 3 modes ideal for sports and action photography. It delivers outstanding image quality in a lightweight design using magnesium alloy and titanium. It further features improved handheld and lowlight shooting thanks to 4 stop Image. The SWC coating minimises ghosting and flare which enhances the image quality. It also features 3 mode Image Stabilizer ideally suited to sports and action photography and a 9 blade circular aperture for beautiful background blur. This lens will only accept the Canon 52mm drop in filters (not included, available separately). More
High performance super-telephoto lens
With a large aperture of f/2.8, the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a high performance super-telephoto lens delivering exceptional image quality in a durable and lightweight design.
The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, representing the best in precision-designed EF optics. L-series lenses combine superior performance with superlative handling, and are highly resistant to dust and moisture.
4-stop Image Stabilizer
A 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer – specially designed for the lens’ specific focal length range – works to counteract image blur, which can occur during handheld shooting, or at slow shutter speeds. Automatic panning detection ensures effective performance when tracking moving subjects and, as the IS system is based in the lens, results are visible through the viewfinder during framing.
Enhanced image quality with SWC coating
Designed for use in digital photography, Canon’s patented Subwavelength structure coating helps minimise the ghosting and flare caused by internal reflections. By eliminating the cause, the coating reduces reflections and helps to deliver crisp, clear images.
3 IS Modes
Ideally suited for all types of action photography especially those disciplines that require the utilization of panning, the new IS mode 3 only activates the image stabilizer element during exposure.
Fast, quiet auto focus
A ring USM (Ultrasonic motor) uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive extremely rapid auto focus with near-silent operation. A high-speed CPU and optimised AF algorithms contribute to fast AF performance. Full time electronic manual focus override is available without having to switch out of AF mode.
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Comments about Canon EF 300mm f2.8 L IS II USM Lens:
The best lens that I have ever owned by far, it is so sharp that you can almost cut yourself on the results, used with a Canon 2x Mk 3 extender it gives a 600 mm lens at f5.6 with very little degradation of the image. Lightweight, hand holdable and pin sharp what more could you ask for.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Particularly sharp prime lens
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One of the sharpest Canon lenses but, inevitably, a prime lens is far less flexible than the zoom options which have now become hugely improved to almost match this. This is probably the most useful of the primes for quick shooting as it is relatively easy to manipulate and handle. This has become rather a specialist tool therefore. The new 100-400L may well be preferred by many for general use and it, too, is impressively sharp
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The lens was recommended by a friend.
Almost a permanent lens fitted to my Canon 5D Mk3. Although I find that to ensure a perfect sharp image of distant subjects the camera is best fitted to a good tripod.
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Just buy it - you won't regret it.
This is truly an amazing lens. I own 11 Canon L Series lenses and this is definitely the most extraordinary. I've wanted to own this lens since the early days of using Canon but could never justify the price. Having owned this now for about 6 months, I would never give it up and am always finding new uses for it including events, landscapes, and even group photos! It's not just a sports lens.
In a league of its own
By Bob the bower
This lens does most of the job for you. If you get most of the shot right, this will pick up the pieces and turn it into a belter. If your set up is well prepared, you get the most stunning pictures. AF is almost ahead of you and the 3rd IS setting is probably this lens' ace up its sleeve. Best lens I've ever used.
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By Full frame
If used correctly will deliver tack sharp images. Auto focus with a 1DX is super fast!
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Canon 300mm 2.8L IS MKII USM
from Milton Keynes
Having once hired the lens a year ago i managed to save all of my sheckles to make the purchase. As it happens Canon at the time of writing are offering £425 Cashback which was also a great incentive.As a perfet lens for my needs of fast action/ sports along with fashion catwalk shows, the versitility of the lens is spot on.Used with the 1.4MKIII TC you get a F4 420mm focal legnth with almost no loss of Iq or AF Speed. Used with the 2XMKIII again, almost no loss in IQ/AF and a F5.6 lens at 600mm. The only thing you cant do is stack th new MKIII TC's.To compliment the lens also i purchased the kirk bracket which aligns perfectly with my Arca/Swiss heads and replaces the origial foot with ease. Some would argue that the Kirk plate is better balanced however mounted or not the flexibility is thereI also purchased a drop in circular ploriser filter as a lot of the time te lens is pointed to the sky and into strong light sources.Finaly, as i like to keep the kit in A1 condition as best i can i purchased a neoprene camo set to cover the lens and extenders.To sum up, a dream lens which is a pleasure to use and look at the results!!
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Its better than Christmas....
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from North Lincolnshire
More than pleased with this purchase. The cost is outweighed by the performance.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
High expectations exceeded
By Mr Fug
Sole use wildlife - use with 1.4 converter to give 420mm for birds, but also for butterflies, and, amazingly, works well with extension tubs for butterflies and even hoverflies! So it's more versatile than I expected.It's heavy of course, but not as heavy as I feared, and on a monopod it's a breeze to carry around, using the pod as a shoulder rest.But the main point is the sheer quality of the image and speed of the lens; it's stunning - only word for it.So if wildlife's your thing, take a deep breath and buy one!
(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
Probably best optic on the planet.
By The Lonely Lemon
The most optically stunning lens ive ever used.I have used probably most of the best Canon L primes over the years including the MKI version of this lens.The sharpness of this lens is just obscene; the difference between 2.8 and 5.6 is practically 0, IE comparing both images at 200% in DPP with zero sharpening look identical!.utterly amazing lens.My copy is almost as good as the native lens with the inclusion of the 2x TC III wide open! Seriously! this 600mm f/5.6 L IS lens wide open is possibly the second sharpest L ive used at any aperture!It's expensive, yes, but TBH it is proportional to the quality which is world class.If you want a fantastic 300mm and an equally fantastic 600mm both of which i never stop down get this lens! Its just fantastic.
Included Accessories: Front and rear caps, ET-120(WII) hood, 300B case
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