Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Lens Summary

Brand: Canon

Also Known As: Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Canon EF

Release Date: 1999-07-01

MSRP Price: $7099

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Good

Production Status: Discontinued

Lens Description: Telephoto lens newly equipped with an Image Stabilizer enabling hand-held shooting for easier movement. The fluorite element and two UD-glass elements effectively correct the chromatic aberrations prone to occur with telephoto lenses. With the EOS-1v and EOS-3, the AF speed becomes the world’s fastest. To reduce the overall weight and enhance portability, the lens barrel and many other exterior parts use a magnesium-alloy. Also, the detachable tripod collar revolves smoothly and locks securely.

Photography Life Review Summary: It might be an almost two-decade old design by now, but the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS continues to be an amazing lens. Optically, the 300mm ƒ/2.8L IS produces extremely sharp images, almost free from chromatic aberration, distortion and corner shading. Its performance with teleconverters is very good, through not quite as good as Canon’s latest telephoto lenses. The lens also focuses very fast and accurately, has amazing bokeh and handles very well. The reality is that this lens is still one of the best fast aperture telephoto lenses available today and considering its current street price, I feel that giving the EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM my highest recommendation is a no-brainer. Read the full Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Review by Photography Life.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length300mm
Mount TypeCanon EF
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor Canon (APS-C)
Compatible with TeleconvertersYes
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1:7.6
Image Stabilizer (Image Stabilization)Yes
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/32
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)8° 15'
Optical Information
Lens Elements17
Lens Groups13
Diaphragm Blades8
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements1 fluorite lens 2 UD lenses
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
UltraSonic Motor (USM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance2.50m
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size52mm
Accepts Filter TypeDrop-in
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Tripod CollarYes
Dimensions128mm x 252mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsGrey and Black

Lens Construction

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM diagram


Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM Chart

Image Samples

Canon EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM Image Sample (22) Canon EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM Image Sample (19) Canon EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM Image Sample (9)

Photographing Wildlife in Yellowstone (11) Canon EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM Image Sample (8) Canon EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM Image Sample (5)


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