Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
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7 July 2013
Summary: I could give it a 5 but nothing is perfect. The EF 300 is still a heavy lens although you can handhold it in good light. This lens is very sharp and you won't be disappointed. This lens works well with the Canon 1.4 and 2 x extenders so it gives you some options in terms of possible focal lengths. This lens is just incredibly sharp and if you can afford it, well worth the expense.
Summary: I'm a professional photographer and using this lens to give me some extra power for outdoor game photography. I often shoot from a standard sized football/soccer field from the end zone and can capture clear full-body sized action images when the players are in motion and from about 50 yards can capture good quality upper body/torso shots using the combination 1.4 extender with a 300mm 2.8 telephoto lens.
Summary: Well, I must start by sayingt hat this lens is amazing. I havent had the chance to compare it to the newer mark II but it takes really good images. I use it on a H sensor camera and the speed and lens combo is perfect. I get the 390mm at f 2.8 and there is no reason to use a higher f stop number. It is havy and i use it as a carry arowned lens for sports and wildlife. it works fine for me beeing an x triathlete but it gets to the heavy point at some times.
Great experience buying the lens on Ebay, just as advertised & had EBay ins
11 December 2011
Summary: I had read about the sharpness of pictures with this lens, as well as the overall quality and did lots of studying before making such a large lens purchase. I can tell you, it is well worth it. I primarily photograph wildlife, and it is unsurpassed in my estimation. It is light enough to use without a tripod, and I've gotten some great pics of birds flying with it, as well as quick point & shoot opportunities.
Summary: Let's get this out of the way at the beginning. This lens is huge, heavy, and VERY expensive. The price is very hard to stomach, but when you take a while to realize the technical brilliance and attention to perfection that went into designing and manufacturing this lens, it becomes apparent that it's worth it. I owned this lens for about two years and shot sporting events (football mainly) and weddings (ceremonies). It essentially has no optical weaknesses.
Summary: This lens is about cramming in as much light as possible without sacrificing (serious) loss of quality when fully open. It is just wonderful for wildlife or some sports photography in low lighting. I find it practical to hold and shoot over prolonged periods - and it doesn't absolutely need a gimbal/lens plate or heavy tripod (but both help). However many remark on its weight - especially if it is attached to a heavy EOS-1 body.
Summary: This lens is everything that they say it is. It does take a little getting used to, although I have to admit most of my blown shots are in low light and/or using a 2x teleconverter. The one day (so far) I went out with lens only and bright sun, autofocus was over 90%. I did a test shot with the 2x tele and a tripod. Had to lock the mirror up even though I have a good tripod. Seems that even the expensive lens mounts have some vibration in them.