Canon EF 100-300mm f/5.6L

Canon EF 100-300mm f/5.6L

Lens Summary

Brand: Canon

Also Known As: Canon EF 100-300mm f/5.6L

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Canon EF

Release Date: 1987-01-01

MSRP Price: N/A

Made in: Japan

Production Status: Discontinued

Canon EF 100-300mm f/5.6L Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length100-300mm
Mount TypeCanon EF
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm SLR
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio3x
Image Stabilizer (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/5.6
Minimum Aperturef/32
Optical Information
Lens Elements15
Lens Groups10
Diaphragm Blades8
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Minimum Focus Distance1.5m
Filter Information
Filter Size58mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

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Rashid Williams

I just got one and I’m loving it. I bought it for video as the vintage nature of the lens and flaring is beautiful. Colours are equally lovely. Using on a new R6 so the good low light and auto focus is great.
My new favourite lens!

Nilson Bazana

Outdated. Cumbersome. Clunky. You can give ears to all the hype out there they can throw at this forgotten jewel: it is all that; true, but the images it yields don’t put it to any kind of shame whatsoever if compared to the likes of 70-200mm f/4 or (I bet, as I’ve never owned it) the 70-300mm L: the images are tacky sharp, with chromatic aberration well under control – even for today’s standards as older wide angles (but much younger than the 100-300mm L) already show their age in regards to CA) – take the 17-40mm L, for instance.

I’d postponed buying this one for a good part of a decade – mainly due to the risk of their state being a shambles – but finally took the plunge last year and was lucky enough to find a mint condition sample, with spot on optics – I’ve never looked back!

It, along other unrelated, rare-to-find, discontinued items (that make up the bulk of my hobbies plethora), such as my Sennheiser HD-580 headphones and my Celestron SPC8 telescope, is sure to not be sold or parted with in the foreseeable future – for the simple reason I’d hate myself for selling later on.

So, for telephoto fanboys like myself, do grab a mint condition one of you like to possess a piece of Canon’s history that unfortunately belongs to a bygone time when beauty was in the eye of the beholder and quality mattered more.