Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens

The 300 f/2.8 is too big for one video. Check out Part 1 and meet us in the lobby at the intermission.

This might be the best lens Canon makes (the only possible contender being the 200mm f/2.0).  Note that there are now three versions of the 300m – the f/2.8 IS USM reviewed here, a similar lens updated with second generation image stablization (IS II) and a significantly less expensive f/4 version.  Aside from its slower aperture, the f/4.0 differs from the f/2.8 in that it is lighter (though the f/2.8’s weight doesn’t stop Shadi from hand-holding it!) features a built-in lens hood, and uses traditional screw-on filters rather than the specialized filters that slide into the back of the 2.8 lens (demonstrated by Shadi in Part II).

The 300mm is a sports photographer’s dream lens because, in addition to its length and sharpness, it features an autofocus motor that’s about as fast as they come.  (Shadi’s shot of the bleeding boxer looks so sharp you’d think it was staged, but it wasn’t – it’s a live action shot.)

In Part II of the video, Shadi demonstrates some of the lens’s advanced features and shows Marc a couple of his favorite 300mm shots.

From Canon USA:

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.

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 300mm 1:2.8
Lens Construction 17 elements in 13 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 8° 15′
Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system with USM
Closest Focusing Distance 2.5m / 8.2 ft.
Filter Size 52mm Drop-in
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 5.0″ x 9.9″, 5.6 lbs. / 128.0 x 252.0mm, 2550g (lens only)