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AeroSmith
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 11:15
What's the first thing I do with my new EF 300 f4L IS?

Yeah, of course, I use it to shoot at subjects 1.5 meters away. :rolleyes:

f11; 1/250s; ISO 200.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66409661-L-1.jpg


Canon actually calls the close focus ditance on this lens "macro" in the manual. And the phrase "MACRO 1.5m/4.9ft" is printed on the lens tube next to the distance window. The actual maximum magnification is 1:4.2. While I guess this isn't strictly macro one of the lens' big selling points is certainly its close focusing distance.

This is also my first IS lens. It seems to do its job. But do all IS mechanisms sound so clunky?

AeroSmith
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 11:29
f11; 1/200s; ISO 200.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66413666-L-1.jpg

morehtml
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 11:36
Those look GREAT! IS should make a hmmm sound. Try it handheld down to 1/125th or less since it's you're first IS.

AeroSmith
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 11:41
Those look GREAT! IS should make a hmmm sound. Try it handheld down to 1/125th or less since it's you're first IS.

Many thanks. :)

OK, I promise, this is the last one for now.

f11; 1/200s; ISO 200
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66414820-L-1.jpg

Double Negative
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 11:42
Dang. That's SHARP.

stupot
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 11:43
What's the first thing I do with my new EF 300 f4L IS?

give it to me?! grr i am wanting that lens right now...!

ajbalazic
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 11:47
Great quality stuff here! Congrats!

Juan Zas
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 12:01
Arghhhhh .......

:p :p :p I am still have to wait one week to get one of these :) :) :)

Congratulations !!!!

Lotto
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 12:14
I love these shots, the bokeh is unreal. Congrats!

m3incorp
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 12:43
Wow! super clean......

AeroSmith
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 12:49
Thank you all so much for your kind words. I can already tell this is going to be a really fun lens. This afternoon I get to try it out at the kids' swim practice.

Here are two 100% crops from the third shot. All of these shots were shot JPEG large/fine. I'll be making the switch to RAW sometime in the near future.

http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66421464-O.jpg

http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66422580-O.jpg

exerda
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 13:02
Canon actually calls the close focus ditance on this lens "macro" in the manual. And the phrase "MACRO 1.5m/4.9ft" is printed on the lens tube next to the distance window. The actual maximum magnification is 1:4.2. While I guess this isn't strictly macro one of the lens' big selling points is certainly its close focusing distance.

This is also my first IS lens. It seems to do its job. But do all IS mechanisms sound so clunky?

I like "macro" photography with my 300 f4 as well, even given its less than life-size magnification--the close focusing distance + long telephoto can really serve to isolate flower blooms, etc. in the picture. I haven't tried it with an extension tube or two, but I do wonder what the results would be...

As for the IS sounds... well, the IS on the 300 f4 is supposedly "louder" than others and definitely makes a quiet but still solid "clunk" when it disengages.

AeroSmith
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 13:05
I haven't tried it with an extension tube or two, but I do wonder what the results would be...

As for the IS sounds... well, the IS on the 300 f4 is supposedly "louder" than others and definitely makes a quiet but still solid "clunk" when it disengages.

Thanks, that's what my IS sounds like. I guess that's normal.

I also just picked up a set of Kenko extension tubes. I'll try to get a chance to fiddle around with those and the 300 in the next day or two.

GyRob
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 13:06
i agree the is does clunk a bit on my 300f4is.
nice shots.
Rob.

wazmunstr
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 13:49
those are some seriously sharp pictures.

AeroSmith
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 14:12
Mike (In2Photos) requests that others please post their EF 300 f4L IS shots in this thread.

He will be linking this thread in his sample pictures sticky thread (woo hoo).

AeroSmith
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 14:12
those are some seriously sharp pictures.

Thanks! :D

DavidEB
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 14:21
like you, I was so overjoyed when I first got my 300 f4 that I also posted an "I got mine..." thread..... here (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=94476)

your orchid shots are great. I'd have repositioned the twisty ties, though. congrats.

and, yes, this lens is fabulous with about 60mm of extension tubes.

In2Photos
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 14:48
Mike (In2Photos) requests that others please post their EF 300 f4L IS shots in this thread.

He will be linking this thread in his sample pictures sticky thread (woo hoo).

This has been added to the lens archive so others please post your shots.

Thanks David for the thread and pics.

AeroSmith
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 19:55
f11; 1/400s; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66461405-L.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66467292-L.jpg

f11; 1/400s; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66461292-L-1.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66461393-L.jpg

AeroSmith
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 20:02
The sign and the fellow fishing on the wall are a little under one mile away. The ship is about 3-4 miles away. The power plant stacks in the second 100% crop are almost 10 miles from where I'm standing.
Man, am I stuck on f11 or what?

f11; 1/200s; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66457528-L.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66457544-L.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66457553-L.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66457537-L.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66457540-L.jpg

AeroSmith
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 20:04
f11; 1/200s; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66458789-L.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66458868-L.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66474574-L.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66474588-L.jpg

AeroSmith
26th of April 2006 (Wed), 20:07
Finally, one that isn't f11. At 1/125 I reckon this shot gave the IS a pretty good test.

f16; 1/125s; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66460213-L-1.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66460283-L.jpg

Juan Zas
27th of April 2006 (Thu), 02:23
(Upper photo)

The bird seems say: "Yoo Hoo I am here !! ; come on, I am boring waiting ......"

calicokat
27th of April 2006 (Thu), 04:31
Congrats on a great lens, and very nice, sharp pics. We should call you the prime king based on your love of primes :)

twisted pixels
27th of April 2006 (Thu), 06:39
Yep you sure gotta be happy with those results!
Very sharp! Good stuff!

exerda
27th of April 2006 (Thu), 10:42
Mike (In2Photos) requests that others please post their EF 300 f4L IS shots in this thread.

He will be linking this thread in his sample pictures sticky thread (woo hoo).

Here are a couple I've taken, with the 1.4x TC attached (so 420mm f5.6 effective):

Jon
27th of April 2006 (Thu), 11:36
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66460283-L.jpgYou're chiming her chimp?

Double Negative
27th of April 2006 (Thu), 12:29
You're chiming her chimp?
Good one... :D

She's been "upchimped."

AeroSmith
27th of April 2006 (Thu), 13:55
f16; 1/125s; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66571552-L.jpg
100% Crop:
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66571560-L.jpg

AeroSmith
27th of April 2006 (Thu), 13:56
f16; 1/100s; ISO 200.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66570347-L.jpg
100% crops:
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66570373-M.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66570375-M.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66570380-M.jpg
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66570383-M.jpg

AeroSmith
27th of April 2006 (Thu), 14:06
Stuck on f16 today I guess.
f16; 1/320s; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66573136-L.jpg
100% crop:
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66573194-L.jpg

malla1962
27th of April 2006 (Thu), 14:07
Very nice.:D

morehtml
27th of April 2006 (Thu), 15:31
Looks like 1/125 was pushing it. But still ok. printed it still looks great I bet.

JohnTheLuck
27th of April 2006 (Thu), 22:51
Awesome lens and nice pictures. Which focus mode are you using?

JTL

AeroSmith
28th of April 2006 (Fri), 07:58
Awesome lens and nice pictures. Which focus mode are you using?

JTL

Thank you. I was using the One Shot mode for these pictures. Some were AF and some were MF.

AeroSmith
28th of April 2006 (Fri), 08:01
Looks like 1/125 was pushing it. But still ok. printed it still looks great I bet.

Yes, the 1/125 isn't that bad. I may use 1/125 as my lower limit with IS on this lens for now. The 1/100 shot is noticably less sharp as far as I can see. And the 1/320 shot seems to be the sharpest of the last three. 1/focal length lives, even with an IS lens I guess.

AeroSmith
3rd of May 2006 (Wed), 11:50
f11; 1/500s; ISO 320.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/67624134-L.jpg


f13; 1/400; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/67624143-L.jpg

100% crop from the first shot:
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/67625308-L.jpg

Carzee
3rd of May 2006 (Wed), 18:46
Really nice glass there. Very nice results on those candid portraits - can't see any overly obvious "flattened" effect that long glass can produce.

Hmmm

Lani Kai
3rd of May 2006 (Wed), 19:52
f16; 1/100s; ISO 200.

Clean your sensor! :eek:

I'll post some from my 300mm f/4L IS later when I have a little more time.

AeroSmith
3rd of May 2006 (Wed), 20:21
Clean your sensor! :eek:



Dude, that's not too bad for a 5D. ;)

AeroSmith
22nd of June 2006 (Thu), 16:47
There is a whole gallery of butterfly and flower shots taken with the EF 300 f/4L IS here:

http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/gallery/1569276

Cheers.

ianj
22nd of June 2006 (Thu), 16:59
Great shots with a great lens. The 300f4IS is currently my favourite. Use it with a 1.4TC and have a go at some birds, butterflies, dragonflies, etc

dkangel
22nd of June 2006 (Thu), 17:05
Absolutely beautiful lens.

ajbalazic
22nd of June 2006 (Thu), 18:31
Wonderful collection of images! Looks like you're making the most of this lens.

supermarvin76
25th of June 2006 (Sun), 21:54
This is also my first IS lens. It seems to do its job. But do all IS mechanisms sound so clunky?

As this is on my wish list, I have researched it extensivley. "Clunking" by the IS on this lens is just what it does. Something that you will have to get used to. I

If you don't like it I suppose I will trade you my 50mm f/1.8 for it. :)

DaveL
26th of June 2006 (Mon), 03:48
[

This is also my first IS lens. It seems to do its job. But do all IS mechanisms sound so clunky?[/QUOTE]

Hi, recently owned one and mine made that same
sound, I was pretty happy with it while I owned it...

AeroSmith
26th of June 2006 (Mon), 09:12
Dave, I'd be curious to know how the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 compares to the EF 300 f/4 in terms of IQ, bokeh, etc.

DaveL
26th of June 2006 (Mon), 10:26
Dave, I'd be curious to know how the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 compares to the EF 300 f/4 in terms of IQ, bokeh, etc.

I'm shooting mainly baseball and because our nice weather
is coinciding with when our local teams are on the road, I've only
used it a handful of times. I would say the 120-300 is great in
terms of it's low light capability and perhaps the IQ and bokeh
pop a little bit more. I am looking forward to trying it with the 1.4
TC which I'll be using for the first time tonight... the size is a
little bit of an issue for me, not so much weight wise but rather
the fact that it's not as easy to manuever around the park.

AeroSmith
1st of August 2006 (Tue), 13:12
Dave, thanks for your reply. The Sigma EX 120-300 f/2.8 still tempts me; though I have yet to add a single zoom to my collection. It could be the first. My other thought is to get a second body and use an 85 or 100 with the 300.


Here are a few non-macro shots taken with the EF 300 f/4L IS and my 5D.


f/5.6; 1/125s; ISO 200.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/82244349-L.jpg



f/5.6; 1/125s; ISO 200
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/82244350-L.jpg




f/8; 1/250s; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/82249910-L.jpg



f/8; 1/125s; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/82138002-L.jpg



f/8; 1/1000s; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/82129977-L.jpg




f/8; 1/125s; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/82138004-L.jpg

Benandbobbi
1st of August 2006 (Tue), 15:02
Arghhhhh .......

:p :p :p I am still have to wait one week to get one of these :) :) :)

Congratulations !!!!

Shame on you putting it in your signature before you get it. Shame shame. :o

AeroSmith
10th of August 2006 (Thu), 10:46
I have been collecting shots of various cranes working in the area.

This is one of the first that I've taken with the 300/4 and the 1.4x combined on my 5D. It seems that the 300/4 takes the 1.4x rather well. Shot was taken handheld. There was a bit of red fringe that I corrected in RAW Converter.


420mm: f/16; 1/320s; ISO 400.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/87261479-L.jpg



100% Crop.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/87261480-L.jpg



100% Crop.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/87263590-L.jpg

Lani Kai
25th of August 2006 (Fri), 04:02
Tv: 1/1000s, Av: 1/5.6, ISO: 200
http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/3184/img3441zc4.jpg
Tv: 1/400s, Av: 1/5.6, ISO: 200
http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/2036/img3467us3.jpg

Doctor Diesel
25th of August 2006 (Fri), 04:30
Great pictures...mine pales into insignificance compared to the shots in this thread but here it is anyway....my first "macro" attempt with the 300 'great white'

Salleke
25th of August 2006 (Fri), 05:41
Many thanks. :)

OK, I promise, this is the last one for now.

f11; 1/200s; ISO 200

Sorry but you must post a duckshot wit every new L lens.
So it can not be your last post of pictures taken with this lens.

Good luck ... :D ;)

AeroSmith
25th of August 2006 (Fri), 06:33
Lanai Kai and Doctor Diesel, thanks for posting your 300 f/4L IS images! :D

Did someone say ducks?
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/gallery/1769971

Lightstream
25th of August 2006 (Fri), 06:36
mmmmm duck.

http://pix.lightrefineries.org/albums/photos/acq.sized.jpg

300 f/4L IS at f/4.5.


And "long necked duck" http://pix.lightrefineries.org/img/crackup.gif

http://pix.lightrefineries.org/albums/photos/acp.sized.jpg

Lani Kai
25th of August 2006 (Fri), 06:57
Not that these pictures are any good, but here are some ducks, then
http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/9913/img4425kq7.jpg

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9018/img0121yu5.jpg

DavidEB
4th of September 2006 (Mon), 09:40
one more... a butterfly (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?p=1940901#post1940901)

Lani Kai
4th of October 2006 (Wed), 03:19
Tv: 1/640s, Av: f/5.6
http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/2425/img3582sx8.jpg

Tv: 1/250s, Av: f/5.6
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/963/img0147hr9.jpg

Lester Wareham
4th of October 2006 (Wed), 10:36
What's the first thing I do with my new EF 300 f4L IS?

Yeah, of course, I use it to shoot at subjects 1.5 meters away. :rolleyes:

f11; 1/250s; ISO 200.
http://aerosmith.smugmug.com/photos/66409661-L-1.jpg


Canon actually calls the close focus ditance on this lens "macro" in the manual. And the phrase "MACRO 1.5m/4.9ft" is printed on the lens tube next to the distance window. The actual maximum magnification is 1:4.2. While I guess this isn't strictly macro one of the lens' big selling points is certainly its close focusing distance.

This is also my first IS lens. It seems to do its job. But do all IS mechanisms sound so clunky?

Interestingly this lens is often used for flower shots, good focus isolation without having to tread on other flowers near by.

Yes, my one's IS is clunky too, don't worry this is normal, the only other IS lens I have is the 24-105 and that is very quiet.

Next steps: Get some tubes, great combination for damsel and dragonflies.
Get the EF 1.4X II and EF 2X II, works very well with both. You do loose AF on a non 1 series body with the 2X but mine still gives sharp results.

dputz
4th of October 2006 (Wed), 10:52
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m172/dputz1/CRW_23871.jpg
1/640 @ f/5.6

shot yesterday with my 300 f4 IS...1.4x TC comes Thursday or Friday... :)

RgB
12th of November 2006 (Sun), 20:47
AeroSmith where are your shots with the extension tubes?

Margie
2nd of December 2006 (Sat), 20:45
Wonderful thread and photos...
Here are a few of my first photos that I took last evening...handheld with flash...I am thrilled with the sharpness...I haven't tried out the IS yet or tired it on a tripod...So much to learn!
Margie
http://www.freeassociationblog.com/margie/6805copy.jpg

http://www.freeassociationblog.com/margie/6802copy.jpg

Margie
2nd of December 2006 (Sat), 20:50
Can anyone tell me how to attach the lens tripod collar to a tripod/monopod?

I am sure it is easy once you know how...but I have no idea!

Thank-you, Margie

blonde
2nd of December 2006 (Sat), 20:59
well, if you don't have a head on your monopod, you will screw the monopod into the tripod foot. if you do have a head on the monopod or the tripod, does it have a quick release platform? you know what, can you please post pics of your tripod and monopod? this should help us understand what we are dealing with here.

Margie
2nd of December 2006 (Sat), 21:20
Not a clear photo...but this is my tripod, it has a removable plate that is on the camera...I have the same head for the monopod...right now the head is off the tripod and it has just a screw exposed...

http://www.freeassociationblog.com/margie/tripodcopy.jpg

blonde
2nd of December 2006 (Sat), 21:22
oh ok. you will need to buy another removable plate just like the one you have on your camera and screw it into the tripod collar. if you want, take off the plate from the camera body right now and screw it into the lens tripod collar and you will see what i mean.

blonde
2nd of December 2006 (Sat), 21:23
the plate you are looking for btw is manfrotto RC2 plate..

Margie
2nd of December 2006 (Sat), 21:30
oh ok. you will need to buy another removable plate just like the one you have on your camera and screw it into the tripod collar. if you want, take off the plate from the camera body right now and screw it into the lens tripod collar and you will see what i mean.

Oh, I get it...I do have an extra plate. I just screw it into the tripod collar on the lens and it is just like putting my camera on the tripod!
Thank you so much...I couldn't figure it out!

blonde
2nd of December 2006 (Sat), 21:33
you go it!!! :)

NBEast
2nd of December 2006 (Sat), 22:54
Not that these pictures are any good, but here are some ducks, then

Here's my 300mm f4.0L IS duck shot. I agree, this is a simply awsome lens!
http://FLASHME.smugmug.com/photos/113001315-L.jpg

MikeLoesch
28th of December 2006 (Thu), 13:02
Here are a few I have taken with this lens I love it

http://photos.imageevent.com/ekimzark/texasairfiesta/websize/IMG_0236.JPG

http://photos.imageevent.com/ekimzark/mf06f1/websize/IMG_0905.JPG

http://photos.imageevent.com/ekimzark/nhraennis2006/websize/IMG_5809.JPG

Mr. Clean
29th of January 2007 (Mon), 22:52
Need more pics from 20/30D's!

W3C
31st of January 2007 (Wed), 01:51
awesome pics. Im thinking to get this lens... hmmm

Richtherookie
31st of January 2007 (Wed), 09:37
I am thinking of getting this lens for outdoor shots. IE Deer in a field, Would this lens be good for a shot lets say 100 yards away at sun set and for sports things like boat raceing. This link is making me want this lens, even though i'll need to save some more money. (i am at $800.00 now) It is up between 200mm f2.8 II usm, 300mm f4.0 IS usm and the 400mm f5.6 usm. I am headed towards the 300 f4.0 IS. Am i headed the in right direction? By the over all pictures here, close up of flowers, great shot of jet and crashing boat, i think this lens is for me. Oh ya I use a Rebel XT. Any help would be great. Also if you tell me to save even more ($1300.00) to get a better lens I will try. But the kit lens is killing me.


EDIT: i just took the time to look at all of the posted pictures and i saw the picture of the ship and fisherman, so the answer to the 100 yard question is surley YES.

NBEast
31st of January 2007 (Wed), 15:49
Let's see, Kit lens or 300 f4.0L IS?

I guess if you foot-zoomed about 80 of those 100 yards.

Hmmmm, 100 yards. So that's like standing at the goal line and getting shots of a goal at the other end. Yeah; that would be a decent FOV for a deer, and quality would be there.

This (http://FLASHME.smugmug.com/photos/101036811-L.jpg) is about 25 yards off.
Here, (http://FLASHME.smugmug.com/photos/72780207-L.jpg) the goal post net is about 60 yards off.
So 100 yards would be OK, but not exactly like slapping a 2.0TC on it and going manual focus (because at f8 it won't AF). Or even a 1.4TC for f5.6.

Also; the AF is slow (but consistant) and that can impact it's usefulness some.




I am thinking of getting this lens for outdoor shots. IE Deer in a field, Would this lens be good for a shot lets say 100 yards away at sun set and for sports things like boat raceing. This link is making me want this lens, even though i'll need to save some more money. (i am at $800.00 now) It is up between 200mm f2.8 II usm, 300mm f4.0 IS usm and the 400mm f5.6 usm. I am headed towards the 300 f4.0 IS. Am i headed the in right direction? By the over all pictures here, close up of flowers, great shot of jet and crashing boat, i think this lens is for me. Oh ya I use a Rebel XT. Any help would be great. Also if you tell me to save even more ($1300.00) to get a better lens I will try. But the kit lens is killing me.


EDIT: i just took the time to look at all of the posted pictures and i saw the picture of the ship and fisherman, so the answer to the 100 yard question is surley YES.

anomie
7th of February 2007 (Wed), 12:22
I have the opportunity to purchase this lens second hand (but in near mint condition) from someone I work with for about $600.00 with a 1.2x and 2x converter. Sounds like a good deal to me. What do you all think?

From all the photos I've seen on this thread and other forums, this lens is really nice. He had previously used it for bird photography. While I'm not into birding, it's something I've thought about pursuing. Maybe even some photos of my niece playing softball.

ajbalazic
7th of February 2007 (Wed), 13:23
I have the opportunity to purchase this lens second hand (but in near mint condition) from someone I work with for about $600.00 with a 1.2x and 2x converter. Sounds like a good deal to me. What do you all think?

From all the photos I've seen on this thread and other forums, this lens is really nice. He had previously used it for bird photography. While I'm not into birding, it's something I've thought about pursuing. Maybe even some photos of my niece playing softball.

What are you waiting for!?!?!?!? $600!!! Even if you don't want the lens you could turn it around for a handsome profit. Go get the money out of the bank and give it to him tonight.

anomie
7th of February 2007 (Wed), 14:27
What are you waiting for!?!?!?!? $600!!! Even if you don't want the lens you could turn it around for a handsome profit. Go get the money out of the bank and give it to him tonight.

Actually he just told me he wants $800 not $600, that's still a good deal. Hmm.

NBEast
7th of February 2007 (Wed), 15:22
Actually he just told me he wants $800 not $600, that's still a good deal. Hmm.For $600 I'd be a little afraid of receiving stolen goods. Or that it's not the IS version or has mold inside.

I paid $1000 used about 6 months ago - waited for a week but no better deals at the time. I've seen it as low as $850 since then. $800 is a screaming deal as long as it's in good working order and wasn't manhandled by The Hulk or anything.

anomie
8th of February 2007 (Thu), 08:01
He's bringing it in next week and I'll have a chance to use it for a few days if I wish. I'll have a better idea by then its condition and whether it'll suit my needs. If it doesn't, I'll instead save up the money toward the 70-200 f/4 IS, which I'm thinking is more logical for my shooting needs.

Bushplane Ken
8th of February 2007 (Thu), 10:31
I purchased the 300 f4L IS about 2 months before I went on an Alaskan cruise in August of 2006. Right from the moment I boarded the ship in Vancouver, the 'air show' started. I have included two photos from Ketchikan.

I am very pleased with the results and glad that I added it to my 'arsenal'.

Ken

ChrisBlaze
24th of February 2007 (Sat), 16:17
with a 1.4x tele

http://chrisblaze.smugmug.com/photos/131815556-L.jpg

http://chrisblaze.smugmug.com/photos/131819796-L.jpg

jtsull
25th of February 2007 (Sun), 13:21
Here are a few w/1.4x converter attached

http://hvdc.us/BIF1-800.jpg

http://hvdc.us/Vultures-800.jpg

http://hvdc.us/Two-Hawks-800.jpg

PhotoGeek
7th of March 2007 (Wed), 13:41
20D, 300 f4L

Borderfox
16th of March 2007 (Fri), 20:34
Whats the AF speed like on this lens. I am considering it at the moment for showjumping (outdoor) and Polo. Probably a bit of ball sports too.

ghms421
31st of March 2007 (Sat), 18:08
This is from the non IS version:
http://grahamschiffphotography.smugmug.com/photos/139382619-M.jpg

ChrisBlaze
31st of March 2007 (Sat), 18:21
http://chrisblaze.smugmug.com/photos/140001108-L.jpg

ChrisBlaze
31st of March 2007 (Sat), 18:21
Whats the AF speed like on this lens. I am considering it at the moment for showjumping (outdoor) and Polo. Probably a bit of ball sports too.

So far its been pretty fast to me.

pepperoni
31st of March 2007 (Sat), 23:53
Here's a few...

http://jellybeanracing.com/John/Misc./Canon%2010D/Baseball/6045smal.jpg

http://jellybeanracing.com/John/Misc./Canon%2010D/Baseball/6126smal.jpg

http://jellybeanracing.com/John/Misc./Canon%2010D/300mm5520.jpg

http://jellybeanracing.com/John/Misc./Canon%2010D/300mm5485.jpg

http://jellybeanracing.com/John/Misc./Canon%2010D/300mm5534.jpg

http://jellybeanracing.com/John/Misc./Canon%2010D/300mm5527.jpg

freddyco
2nd of April 2007 (Mon), 05:06
Here's a few...

Nice shots. hmmm, rain, and umbrella, a ferry... must be near Seattle.

fWord
2nd of April 2007 (Mon), 05:44
Thought to post a few from my recent New Zealand vacation:

Aoraki/ Mt. Cook at Sunset
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v51/s1ckpuppy/New%20Zealand/FABE6534-1.jpg

A House Seated Amongst the Mountains
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v51/s1ckpuppy/New%20Zealand/FABE7091.jpg

Altar at the Church of the Good Shepherd
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v51/s1ckpuppy/New%20Zealand/FABE6464.jpg

Church of the Good Shepherd from afar
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v51/s1ckpuppy/New%20Zealand/FABE6421.jpg

DonG
12th of April 2007 (Thu), 13:04
Some great shots here, I love my 300 f/4 IS, here's a few of mine shot with 20D

ISO 100, 1/250 @ f/5.6 AV
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f302/amtphoto/Flowers/Cornflower-02Echinaceapurpureacopy.jpg

ISO 200, 1/500 @ f/8 with Canon Extender 1.4x II AV
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f302/amtphoto/Flowers/fungus-01.jpg

ISO 100, 1/400 @ f/5.6 AV
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f302/amtphoto/Wildlife/CabbageWhite-Artogeiarapaebutter-1.jpg

ISO 800, 1/180 @ f/11 TV with Canon 1.4x II extender
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f302/amtphoto/Wildlife/damsel-03-01a.jpg

ISO 800, 1/500 @ f/5.6 TV with Canon 1.4x II extender

ISO 200, 1/750 @ f/4 AV
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f302/amtphoto/Portsmouth%20NH%20July%204%202006/_MG_7003.jpg

Hank E
12th of April 2007 (Thu), 15:19
DonG, Great stuff. I love the image of the dragonfly.

inthedeck
12th of April 2007 (Thu), 15:48
Here's one I took...from a recent visit to Nashville. You can check the thread here... (http://www.photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=301856) There's another picture in the thread.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/inthedeck/IMG_2185.jpg

Lani Kai
1st of May 2007 (Tue), 00:09
http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/6019/duckkk8.jpg
100% crop at f/5.6

pepperoni
1st of May 2007 (Tue), 00:22
http://jellybeanracing.com/John/NWR-SCCA%204-28-07/0822.jpg

With 1.4x TC..
http://jellybeanracing.com/John/NWR-SCCA%204-28-07/Webgallery/images/0744_jpg.jpg

Ospi
1st of May 2007 (Tue), 01:33
^^ nice.

took this with it on sunday.

http://ospi.smugmug.com/photos/148202716-O.jpg

michael_
1st of May 2007 (Tue), 05:52
http://jellybeanracing.com/John/NWR-SCCA%204-28-07/0822.jpg

With 1.4x TC..
http://jellybeanracing.com/John/NWR-SCCA%204-28-07/Webgallery/images/0744_jpg.jpg

you just sold me on this lens pep, i wanted to see how it was for motorsport and i think its a winner, price v the 2.8 v quality its hard to go past the f4.

George Chew
1st of May 2007 (Tue), 07:15
Greetings,
My take at a cycling event. Enjoy...

Nikolas
1st of May 2007 (Tue), 07:33
I love the tight perspective of that cycling shot.
Great capture.

Pete-eos
1st of May 2007 (Tue), 11:09
Thought to post a few from my recent New Zealand vacation:

Church of the Good Shepherd from afar
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v51/s1ckpuppy/New%20Zealand/FABE6421.jpg

Ahhhh the blue waters in NZ are immensely beautiful! Tis a nice church to :D

TMR Design
2nd of May 2007 (Wed), 17:42
I just spent some time looking at all the beautiful images here. I do wish that there weren't so many broken links. Although there is some loss it would be great is more people attached images rather than linked to them.

Anyway, I have been thinking about what I'm going to do to get beyond the 70-200 I have now and for now I'm going to get a Kenko 1.4x TC but I've been reading amazing things about this lens and the images really show it off nicely. I think I'm sold on it. It will be some time before I actually do anything about it but this lens is a killer and I think it's next in line for me.

sonnyc
2nd of May 2007 (Wed), 17:49
you just sold me on this lens pep, i wanted to see how it was for motorsport and i think its a winner, price v the 2.8 v quality its hard to go past the f4.

Some more motorsport shots.

http://www.sonnycao.com/gallery/albums/ferrari_challenge2007/IMG_8489.jpg

http://www.sonnycao.com/gallery/albums/ferrari_challenge2007/IMG_8652.jpg


http://www.sonnycao.com/gallery/albums/ferrari_challenge2007/IMG_8550.jpg

HoRnYTuRbO
7th of May 2007 (Mon), 19:23
man.. i want this lens any more with a 1.4x?

AeroSmith
7th of May 2007 (Mon), 19:31
Wow, nice shots everyone!

I'm ashamed that the starter of this thread sold this lens. I miss it. Best butterfly lens in the world.

cjm
7th of May 2007 (Mon), 22:57
Can't believe I have not contributed to this thread yet. Here are a few of mine.

1. Boheim Waxwing
2. Chickadee

cjm
7th of May 2007 (Mon), 22:58
1. Duck in a park flapping its wings.
2. Geranium Flower

cjm
7th of May 2007 (Mon), 23:00
Lastly a very close up of a bird on a bird feeder called a Pine Grossbeak.

_aravena
7th of May 2007 (Mon), 23:02
Great...now looking through this thread, I wanna skip the 24-70 and get this! It' one of 2 primes that I'd even consider.

jjcharity
8th of May 2007 (Tue), 05:36
Haven't had the 300f/4L IS but a short while. this was taken from my car.

420mm
http://i.pbase.com/g6/10/608810/2/77878274.adU0b277.jpg

alexwise
8th of May 2007 (Tue), 05:50
http://www.alexwise.************.com/ocau/17th1.jpg

Taken with a 1.4 extender at f 7

tophatter
21st of May 2007 (Mon), 07:45
Some more motorsport shots.


and some more....

Unfortunately I'd only hired the lens for the weekend but here's a few of my shots 1st time out using it.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/dave_horn/Motorcycling/CalCrutchlow2007BSB.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/dave_horn/Motorcycling/HudsonKennaugh2007BSB.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/dave_horn/Motorcycling/StewartFinlay2007125gp.jpg

Dave

michael_
21st of May 2007 (Mon), 23:36
woohoo cant wait, placed an order a few days ago.

sebmour
24th of May 2007 (Thu), 09:35
No sharpening just conversion from Raw to straight Jpegs.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a270/sebmour/rond.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a270/sebmour/oiseau-2.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a270/sebmour/oiseau_1.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a270/sebmour/cureuil.jpg

Sydor25
24th of May 2007 (Thu), 21:17
http://sydor25.com/Pictures/Nature_5.23.07-085.jpg


http://sydor25.com/Pictures/Nature_5.23.07-089.jpg


http://sydor25.com/Pictures/Nature_5.23.07-094.jpg

pepperoni
29th of May 2007 (Tue), 21:44
man.. i want this lens any more with a 1.4x?

Here you go.
I've done nothing to the image other than resize. This is straight off the 1dmk2n.

http://jellybeanracing.com/John/Misc./1DMK2N/6451_resize.jpg

100% crops
http://jellybeanracing.com/John/Misc./1DMK2N/6451_100crop.jpg

http://jellybeanracing.com/John/Misc./1DMK2N/6451_100crop2.jpg

michael_
30th of May 2007 (Wed), 06:54
picked mine up today, not as big as i had thought, but i do love the IS and how it shifts a little when on and how much it helps stabilisation WOW!! very impressive.

however i just read in the manual that with a 2xTC AF is lost on anything other than a 1D series body, i was positive people said it wasnt :( can anyone with say a 20/30D confirm this? i may just have to get used to Manual but am thinking that will be a major issue with motorsport stuff.

fWord
30th of May 2007 (Wed), 07:02
however i just read in the manual that with a 2xTC AF is lost on anything other than a 1D series body...

Yes, this is true. That is because the lens would have a maximum effective aperture of f/8 with the 2X TC attached. Bodies like the 20D and 30D will only AF with a lens that has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or larger.

There are supposedly some teleconverters available that will allow AF with the taping of some of its contact pins, but therein lies the risk of getting tape stuck all over your mirror box if it comes off the TC.

Even if it works, AF will probably be slow and liable to hunt, not to mention the loss of IQ because of the TC. I've used the 300mm with a 1.4X TC with great results, but even then it appears that there is already some reduction in contrast.

Borderfox
30th of May 2007 (Wed), 07:09
Fraid so no af with a 2x and f4. Try a 1.4x and stack a 2x on top of it, it will only report the first one?

michael_
30th of May 2007 (Wed), 07:28
ahah interesing idea fox :P

guess ill have to get the 1.4 sooner than i had expected and then wait for the 1D body.

michael_
1st of June 2007 (Fri), 19:04
so anyone with this lens use it with a 2xTC for motorsport? how do you find Manually focusing?

cjm
1st of June 2007 (Fri), 19:29
Here are a couple nice examples from last week.

To shoot birds with this lens, I found it is best to shoot in P mode, IS OFF and AF Servo. With the IS on, I found that the IS costs a precious focus moment and ends up ruining the pictures more then not.

Ospi
1st of June 2007 (Fri), 19:46
Some racing shots with it:
http://ospi.smugmug.com/photos/156592176-O.jpg

http://ospi.smugmug.com/photos/156594153-O.jpg

Avey
2nd of June 2007 (Sat), 00:16
I also posed this in the bird forum a few weeks back.

http://gnorton.zenfolio.com/img/v0/p729620739-4.jpg

Camera model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Focal length: 300 mm
Exposure: 1/1600 at f/5.6
ISO speed: ISO 200

SunTsu
2nd of June 2007 (Sat), 17:20
Wow. Those are sure nice. I'd love to see some 100% crops if someone wouldln't mind. :)

michael_
3rd of June 2007 (Sun), 01:37
i tried it out today for a little, might just be me but it took mea little to get used to both IS and the lens, it seemed weird, and with the 2xTC forget it, manually focusing sucks, ohh well ill wait till i get my 1D to use the 2xTC, otherwise nailing 1/60s is pretty damn cool

Lester Wareham
3rd of June 2007 (Sun), 03:18
i tried it out today for a little, might just be me but it took mea little to get used to both IS and the lens, it seemed weird, and with the 2xTC forget it, manually focusing sucks, ohh well ill wait till i get my 1D to use the 2xTC, otherwise nailing 1/60s is pretty damn cool

No try it, it is hard but you can get excellent results. I have two shots in the POTN book with the 300/4 IS and the EF 2X both manual focus on a 20D and handheld (for my sins).

michael_
3rd of June 2007 (Sun), 04:48
link me lester.

you using a monopod?

Lester Wareham
3rd of June 2007 (Sun), 11:50
link me lester.

you using a monopod?

No, both handheld :oops: , the first because it was a 10 second grab opportunity, support would have been good as the light levels were not good but the opportunity would have been gone. 20D EF 300/f IS + EF 2X II 1/320 f8 (Wide open) ISO 3200 + Handcrafted NR, not as sharp as it could be but at least I got the shot.

http://www.zen20934.zen.co.uk/photography/GalleryPics/Photos/Birds/General/Tits%20and%20Allies/Wildlife%20Birds%20Bluetit%20005%20201006.jpg

The second, I was not expecting to have to use 600mm but the subject was much more skittish than the average dragon; I normally use a 200 or 300mm lens and tubes for these. Like a chump I forgot to take my monopod although at least the light levels were better. 20D EF 300/f IS + EF 2X II 1/1000 f8 (Wide Open again) ISO 800. Sharpness is much more respectable on this one due to a less desperate shutter speed. :)

http://www.zen20934.zen.co.uk/photography/GalleryPics/Photos/Arthropods/Dragonflies/Insects%20Dragonfly%20109.jpg

So I don't recommend handholding but you can do the job. On that second one I was shooting for quite a while and the rig was getting heavy. I have an old back injury and was in quite a bad way towards the end, god I wish I had remembered the monopod. :rolleyes:

michael_
3rd of June 2007 (Sun), 15:19
nice grabs, anything motorsport related with the 2xTC?

Adi7r
3rd of June 2007 (Sun), 16:19
Here's a few taken with it

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u207/Adi7r_photos/Motor%20Sport/Superbikes/BSB%20Silverstone%2027th%20April%202007/2006BSBChampion.jpg

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u207/Adi7r_photos/Motor%20Sport/Superbikes/BSB%20Silverstone%2027th%20April%202007/_MG_4006us.jpg

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u207/Adi7r_photos/Motor%20Sport/Superbikes/BSB%20Silverstone%2027th%20April%202007/_MG_3914.jpg

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u207/Adi7r_photos/Motor%20Sport/Superbikes/BSB%20Silverstone%2027th%20April%202007/_MG_3963.jpg

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u207/Adi7r_photos/Motor%20Sport/Superbikes/BSB%20Silverstone%2027th%20April%202007/_MG_3925unsahrpened.jpg

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u207/Adi7r_photos/Motor%20Sport/Superbikes/BSB%20Silverstone%2027th%20April%202007/_MG_3872.jpg

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u207/Adi7r_photos/Motor%20Sport/Superbikes/BSB%20Silverstone%2027th%20April%202007/_MG_4015.jpg

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u207/Adi7r_photos/Motor%20Sport/Superbikes/BSB%20Silverstone%2027th%20April%202007/_MG_3974ushpndcr.jpg

Sydor25
3rd of June 2007 (Sun), 16:52
Here's another 20D with 2xTC (manual focus - 1/640s @ f/8 (ISO 400))

http://sydor25.com/Pictures/Birds_6.2.07-039.jpg

michael_
3rd of June 2007 (Sun), 18:53
ok here are mine including a 100% crop of _7026_ with no sharpening applied just cropped, border watermark.

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/2747-2/_MG_6977.jpg

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/2751-2/_MG_6987.jpg

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/2754-2/_MG_7018.jpg

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/2757-2/_MG_7025.jpg

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/2760-2/_MG_7026.jpg

100% crop of above image

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/2763-2/_MG_7026_100_.jpg

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/2766-2/_MG_7044.jpg

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/2769-2/_MG_7052.jpg

Lani Kai
3rd of June 2007 (Sun), 23:10
http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/7269/nn4d4378fq2.jpg
f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 100, handheld

Sydor25
4th of June 2007 (Mon), 20:51
300m f/4L + 2x TC (Manual focus, 1/400s @ f/8 (ISO 400))

http://sydor25.com/Pictures/Spider_6.2.07-010.jpg

I love this lens! Can't wait to try it out with the Mark III!

PetKal
4th of June 2007 (Mon), 21:08
The 300 f/4 IS is one of the best BIF lenses out there.

Sydor25
6th of June 2007 (Wed), 00:39
With 1.4x TC:
http://sydor25.com/Pictures/Birds_6.5.07-020.jpg

Sydor25
8th of June 2007 (Fri), 00:25
I love this lens:

http://sydor25.com/Pictures/Nature_6.7.07_135.jpg

colinradford
8th of June 2007 (Fri), 04:05
I love this lens:

Thats a remarkable shot given that most people say not to use a 2x on this lens! ISO3200 on the 1D III looks promising too.....

michael_
12th of June 2007 (Tue), 02:03
all with 300mm+2xTC at 600mm, i set my focal point with a wide ap just to keep it safe :) non cropped little usm (100/1/0/1), mighty impressed, cannot wait till my 1D comes in and i have AF

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/4436-1/_MG_7523.jpg

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/4427-1/_MG_7507.jpg

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/4547-1/_MG_7766.jpg

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/4565-1/_MG_7796.jpg

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/4601-1/_MG_7916.jpg

http://gallery.mvettasphotography.com/main.php/d/4679-1/_MG_8028.jpg

Cap0ne
13th of June 2007 (Wed), 08:55
Yummiii :D

http://www.fototarget.ro/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27462

michael_
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 17:52
few from yesterday at a private porsche owners club day, mind the sensor sludge

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1142/549435054_5d8bf36b37_o.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1095/549536859_ddbb15d776_o.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1396/549536333_0c6563c23e_o.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1382/549535821_4b7fad87ac_o.jpg

AeroSmith
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 19:06
Nice shots, Cider...Porsche/Audi...now we're talking my language!

cjm
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 19:15
Everytime I consider selling this lens, I look at this thread and buy it back from myself. Amazing how good this lens is. :)

michael_
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 20:41
tell me about it chris, for those that cannot afford the 2.8 this is an unbelieveable lens, quality is superb and i am nothing but impressed, i let a fellow canon user use it yesterday and he bought one today :)

Sydor25
18th of June 2007 (Mon), 23:08
The IS on this lens is a little "clunky", but it gets the job done:

http://sydor25.com/Pictures/Test_Shots_0792.jpg

cookie99
19th of June 2007 (Tue), 01:04
A great and versatile lens.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v651/cookie99/HarvardCRRZ1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v651/cookie99/PittCRRz.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v651/cookie99/FlowerRS.jpg

Sydor25
19th of June 2007 (Tue), 11:38
Here is another with the 2x TC, too bad about the tree leaves, but I was only able to get 2 shots before he flew off. :(