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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Overall 6
6.0

Quality lens

Albe9, B&H Photo
3 April 2014
  • Excerpt: I read a lot about the loud noise of the IS however, to be honest with you, it doesn't bother it, it just reminds me that it's on and working. Other than not being a true hand held lens to work with, even with the IS, I was a little disappointed with the image quality. Perhaps I expected it to be similar to that of the 70-200, but then I have to remember, it's not a 2.8 and it costs less than even the non-IS 70-200. So, with what the lens costs, it's a great value.
  • Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Mixed bag

staler, B&H Photo
20 March 2014
  • Excerpt: Before I get into the details, I want to note that other reviewers (such as photozone.de) have reported on significant differences between samples and likely this is what I saw. I own the 200mm F/2.8 L and 400mm F/5.6 L and wanted something in between and with IS. First field tests indicated a sharp image, even wide open, very comparable to my other tele primes. But immediately, I was not impressed by the IS.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 6
6.0

A little soft in focusing

JAM PICS, Adorama
21 May 2013
  • Excerpt: Have been using this lens with a 1.4 extender and have found that it is a little slow to focus in low light. Have been able to take some good photos with it.
  • Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Not sharp as they use to be....

choclodite46, Ebay
15 May 2013
  • Summary: I found my copy of this lens unacceptable...Soft wide open. The imaging stabilizing was very clunky as well (IS) -- I use to use these lenses back when I was shooting news and they were always decent....this one was sent back...
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Overall 6
6.0

Pretty Good

The Picture Guy, B&H Photo
3 April 2013
  • Excerpt: Bought this to replace 400mm f/5.6. Wanted IS and f/4. Not really that impressed. IS seems just OK and I get sharper pics with 400mm f/5.6. Have to correct for abertations in Lightroom. I think of this as the poormans's 300mm. It is light and small enough for handholding and serves a useful niche in my bag. I had a 300mm f/2.8 and I just think you can't go backwards.
  • Pros: Lightweight, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

Just an Average Lens

Ahvaio, Adorama
11 May 2012
  • Excerpt: This lens gets sharper past f5.6. Its not great for low light sports. Its focus is a bit slow compared to other L glass and hunts in low light.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy, Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Still not sold on it

Tom, B&H Photo
25 March 2012
  • Excerpt: I use the lens for bird photographs with a 1.4x extender. It is lighter in weight than my previous lens.
  • Pros: Durable, Lightweight, Rugged
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 10
10
Performance 6
6.0
Overall quality 8
8.0

A bit of a disappointment for me

Woodgrain, Canon
11 December 2011
  • Conclusion: I recently sold my 2011 300mm f4 IS lens after about six months of ownership. It was the perfect size and weight for a 300mm prime, and the short minimum focus distance was ideal for a variety of subjects. It had an excellent sliding lens hood and a nice soft case was supplied at no additional cost. I really wanted to like the 300mm f4, but at the end of the day image quality is all that really matters, and in this regard the lens was a disappointment for me.
  • Cons: ordinary image quality
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Features 10
10
Performance 6
6.0
Overall quality 8
8.0

It's no substitute for an EF300 2.8L IS USM

Canon
7 August 2009
  • Conclusion: I've owned three of these over the years looking for the lens some people say they have. These lenses have been a disappointment to me in terms of pure sharpness and contrast compared with my old EF 300 2.8L. When comparing price, handy size and weight the EF 300 4L IS USM is clearly a very desirable lens but for pure optical and focusing performance the old EF 300 2.8L clearly beats the EF 300 4L IS USM both on film (EOS 1N's and 1N-RS) and EOS 1D and EOS 1Ds bodies I...
  • Pros: Superior build quality, Fast auto-focus, dual mode is, relatively small and light
  • Cons: image quality no match for old ef 300 2.8l
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Overall 6
6.0

Flawed interface with 20D

Anonymous, B&H Photo
13 November 2006
  • Excerpt: This lens causes the my 20D to hang up during shooting. Auto-focus ceases to work and the camera stops functioning. The only way to correct the situation is to remove the battery and re-insert. This problem only occurs with the 300 L; all other canon lenses work fine with the 20D. Lens works fine on my 5D. 20D users beware.
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