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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
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Initial Price: 
$6000
  • Up to 2-stops Image Stabilizer (IS) technology
  • One fluorite element
  • Two UD-glass elements
  • Dust and moisture resistant
  • 8 aperture blades
  • Metal mount
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Overview

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

A classic professional telephoto lens that delivers in all situations.

A favourite lens of many professional sports and wildlife photographers. The EF 300mm 2.8L IS USM lens offers superb optical and AF performance and tough weather-proof construction.

Benefits

  • L-series construction and optics
  • Large f/2.8 aperture
  • Two UD and one fluorite lens elements
  • Fast, quiet USM autofocus
  • Super Spectra coatings
  • 52 mm rear drop-in filter
  • Hard case and lens hood

The benchmark telephoto lens for sport and wildlife
The wide-aperture EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM lens features two UD elements and one fluorite element. As such it offers very high image quality, both in terms of resolution and contrast. Image Stabilization enables hand-held photography at shutter speeds two stops lower than normal, maximizing low-light performance lens. The lens's super lightweight design includes a magnesium alloy lens barrel.

L-series quality
The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, representing the best in precision-designed EF optics. L-series lenses combine superior performance with superlative handling, and are resistant to dust and moisture.

Large f/2.8 aperture
A large f/2.8 maximum aperture provides outstanding shooting speed in low-light conditions, without the need for flash, and fine control over depth of field.

Ultrasonic focusing
A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.

Super Spectra coating
Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.

Integration with E-TTL II flash metering
The lens passes distance information back to a compatible EOS camera's E-TTL II flash system to ensure optimal flash metering.

Accessories
The lens comes supplied with a lens hood and a hard case.

Reviews

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

Post date: 18/01/2013 - 13:23

"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. 

Post date: 05/02/2012 - 16:52

"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

Post date: 13/03/2011 - 00:00

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$6000
Release Date: 
07/1999
Discontinued: 
Yes
DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
17.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
3.4 TStop
Distortion: 
0.10%
Vignetting: 
-1.0 EV
Chr. aberration: 
3.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
USM
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
300mm
Angle of view: 
8.25°
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.1x
Lens construction: 
17 Elements in 13 Groups ( 1 fluorite element, 2 UD-glass elements)
Diaphragm Blades: 
8 aperture blades
Maximum Aperture: 
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture: 
f/32.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
2.50m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system : 
Yes
Stabilization system details: 
Up to 2-stops Image Stabilizer (IS) technology
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
128.0mm
Length: 
252.0mm
Weight: 
2,550.0 g
Body material: 
Metal
Weather sealing: 
Yes
Weather sealing details: 
Dust and moisture resistant
Filter Diameter: 
52mm Drop-in
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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