Old pops Canon EF300mm f/2.8 IS USM goes to the DXO mark party, ends up with a retirement plaque and a nice watch.

15 years in lens years, how much does it make in human years? Never mind, the guys in Boulogne-Billancourt are impressed:

"Taking a lens launched in 1999 and testing it against more current models is always going to be an interesting exercise. Fortunately for the EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM, the test data backs up what users have known for years – it really is very good. If you’ve got one and have been considering an upgrade to the Mark II version, you will find improved optical performance, though not by much. The main benefits will be in the reduction in weight (2,550g vs 2,400g) and the . . . read more

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens Review @ The-Digital-Picture

"As illustrated in the above picture, thin DOF (at f/2.8) combined with 300mm telephoto compression can produce a beautiful OOF (Out of Focus) background - easily separating your subject from an otherwise distracting background. Bokeh (background/foreground blur quality) is very good - an 8-blade aperture helps in this regard. 

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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM reviw at SLR Gear

"The Canon 300mm ƒ/2.8 is one of the sharpest lenses we've ever tested. This is a lens designed to be used wide open at ƒ/2.8, and it shows in the test results. On a subframe 20D at ƒ/2.8, the far right edge of the frame barely reaches 1.5 blur units, and the rest of the frame edges just above 1 blur unit. This . . . read more

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Lens Discontinued (replaced by the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM II )
 

A classic professional telephoto lens that delivers

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