Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM review by Invertalon
2 weeks ago
Summary: This lens is simply phenomenal. This is my first step into the â€œbig whitesâ€� and I am sure will be in my collection for many years to come. Optically, it is practically flawless. The sharpness is out of this world and unlike any other lens I have had the pleasure to use and own (such lenses as the 24-70 II, 70-200 II, 35L, 85L, 135L, 300 f/4L, 400 5.6Lâ€¦. And many more). The 300mm f/2.8L II is in a league all its own.
Pros: Image Quality, Mode 3 IS, Build Quality, Sharpness With Extenders, Colors/Contrast, AF Performance, Weight Balance
Conclusion: I bought this as an upgrade for my current f4.5 EF 300. I wanted betterr magnification than the old 300 (or my 200-400 zoom). Ideally I would like a 600mm f2.8 that was as light as this lens. I'm a bird photographer and am always reaching for more distance without having to lug huge lenses around. This lens with a 2x extender is the perfect compromise for me. The only downside is that now my lens is better than my camera body and I want to upgrade that too.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, lighter than the older model
Conclusion: Since this is my fourth Canon 300mm f/2.8 lens, I'm very aware of its evolution over the last 30 years. Each model has come with improvements both optically, and mechanically, but secrectly I've always longed for the size/weight of my original, the new FD 300mm f/2.8L. The first two EF's manufactured were both great lenses, but their weight/size were just a tad bulky for consistant hand holding, even having added IS on the second version.
Conclusion: Ridiculous was an adjective used by someone I know, when other superlatives were too weak in their description. There are a couple of lenses in my arsenal that are considered by many to be reference standards. But this one even leaves those behind and has no peer - in many different aspects. The image quality will blow you away, words are useless here, the pictures you get will astound you. Razor sharp across the entire(!) frame and bokeh that is crazy delicious.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images
Summary: What can be written about the latest incarnation of the 300 f/22.8 that haven't been done elsewhere? I bought one of the 1st lenses in Germany (reason for the high price tag) and use it ever since almost purely was a walk around lens. Either in Venice or for wildlife on my FF camera. The image quality easily outperforms all Canon zooms and that tells a lot.
Pros: â€¢ excellent sharpness; â€¢ comparably lightweight; â€¢ more shallow DOF compare to the 70-200 f/2.8; â€¢ more concentration on the subject; â€¢ built like a tank; â€¢ fits in my photo (air cabin) bag opposite to the 600 and 600 ds
Cons: â€¢ none (the lens is perfectly matching my expectations in every respect)