Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
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love this lens
14 July 2014
Excerpt: Use this with 5D3 for raptors and about everything else too. Couldn't even dream the optics to be better and the new image stabilization. I use this all the time with a 2X TCIII for birds in flight etc, and shots are still incredibly sharp and the autofocus is fast. Don't let anyone tell you this isn't true. And, most of my flight shots are handheld using stabilization 3. Really quite amazing.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: This lens has an image quality and build that is unmatched in my experience. I have used a good majority of the "L" lenses Canon offers outside of the “great white” super-telephoto and tilt-shift offerings. I thought the 24-70mm f/2.8L II and 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS were sharp, but this lens is an a whole new level. Wide open, the detail and clarity is stunning. Stopping down really does nothing but increase depth of field. It is just that sharp wide open.
Summary: I use this lens mostly for sports photography, but it's actually great for portraiture too. I've used it for a few senior sessions and the bokeh is amazing. Super smooth, super sharp, even wide open. Stop it down to f/4 and it's even sharper! For sports, I mostly shoot football, softball, and baseball with this lens, but you can actually shoot the far end of the court in basketball as well. I can't overstate how good this lens is.
Excerpt: This lens is simply phenomenal. This is my first step into the "big whites" 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 5.6L…. And many more). The 300mm f/2.8L II is in a league all its own.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Image quality, Indented Tripod Ring, Is Performance, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: You can count on this pro grade canon glass to get your money shots 99.9% of the time. I have 300mm is/vr lenses from both camps, and I would say that this canon IS II version takes the cake, as it is both lighter and IS mode 3 is an evolution of the IS system. The new front cap is great, as I no longer feel the need to buy a don zeck cap.
Summary: I can only enthusiastically agree with the other 5-star ratings here. It's an amazing lens. I considered the 400mm and rented it for a weekend to try it out, but it's just too big, too heavy, and much more expensive. I can actually hand-hold this lens with the 2.0 tele-extender attached and get razor-sharp images at 600mm/F5.6. I was worried that the autofocus would hunt in this configuration, but my 5DIII had no problem nailing it every time.
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