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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM review

What price for perfection in a super-fast telephoto camera lens?

Our Verdict

For

  • Spectacular optical performance
  • Great build quality
  • Super-fast and accurate autofocus
  • Power Focus and Focus Preset modes
  • Image Stabiliser lives up to 4-stop claims

Against

  • A bit heavy for prolonged handheld use
  • Expensive to buy

Canon ef 300mm f/2.8l is usm

Build quality of the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM is everything you'd expect at the price, befitting a professional super-telephoto lens designed for the rugged outdoors.

Environmental seals guard against the ingress of dust and moisture, complete with a rubber O-ring in the mounting plate where the lens fixes to the camera.

The use of expensive fluorite lens elements aims to maximise image quality, while the front and rear elements have fluorine coatings on their outer surfaces to enable easier cleaning.

Canon's SWC (SubWavelength Coating) is also used to reduce ghosting and flare.

Not-so-little extras include a whopping lens hood, a soft fabric wraparound lens cap and a custom-made 300B hard case, which is similarly well made and nicely padded.

Switches and control rings all have a high-precision feel to them and handling is excellent, despite the size and weight of the lens.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Fixed Focal Length300 mm
Lens Mount TypeCanon EF/EF-S
Brand NameCanon
Filter Attachment Diameter52 mm
Lens TypeSuper Telephoto
Application/UsageCamera
Minimum Focus Distance2 m
Minimum Aperture32
Diameter128 mm
Depth248 mm
Product SeriesL
Compatibility

Canon EOS DSLR Cameras

Magnification0.18x
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model4411B005
Product Name4411B005 Lens
Product LineEF
Manufacturer Part Number4411B005
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

High-performance L-series super-telephoto lens, with 4 stop Image Stabilizer with 3 modes ideal for all types of action photography. The EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM delivers outstanding image quality in a robust lightweight construction.

Weight (Approximate)2.40 kg