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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, reviewed by Lester Wareham

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Dec 02, 2014 12:38 |  #1

Used mostly in conjunction with the 1.4xII this has been my main wildlife and birding lens for many years. Very sharp even with the 1.4X. The close focus capability makes it a good choice for the smaller wildlife subjects.
Has good manual focus control whilst maintain fast AF. For best AF with subjects outside the close focus zone use the focus limiter.
Mode 1 and 2 IS for panning but does not auto detect a tripod.

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Feb 08, 2015 18:14 |  #2

I own one too, and I find it very versatile. The close focus makes it a really nice portrait lens. Thanks for taking the time to write a review!


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Mar 11, 2015 10:13 |  #3

I have one but it is seeing little action. Since I bought a sigma 120-300. Love the fact that you can hand hold the 300f4 more comfortably and easier.




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Mar 11, 2015 18:39 |  #4

In my opinion the 300 F4 L IS is one of the best "Bang for Buck" lenses in any manufacturer's range. Whilst not quite perfect it offers a good focal length and aperture, very good IQ, IS, pretty quick AF in a small light package. I sold mine to help fund my purchase of the Canon 300 F2.8 L IS - but I do miss the compact size and close focus of the 300 F4.
It is simply a VERY good lens that is compact, light and relatively cheap for the quality it produces. Not much more that one could ask really!


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Mar 15, 2015 05:37 |  #5

I bought mine used fairly cheap from a POTN member and use it for baseball outfield shots. Great IQ and focus is great for a long lens. Nice review, thanks!


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Sep 28, 2015 00:18 |  #6

Hi there,

I am considering buying one of these lenses used.

I have heard that adding a 2x Tele converter will deactivate the AF. I have a 60D, and wonder if this is the case.

Thanks in advance

Parm


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Sep 28, 2015 00:28 |  #7

Parmcat wrote in post #17724371 (external link)
Hi there,

I am considering buying one of these lenses used.

I have heard that adding a 2x Tele converter will deactivate the AF. I have a 60D, and wonder if this is the case.

Thanks in advance

Parm

The AF is a body function, using a 2x make the max aperture f/8, so a standard Canon body like your 60D will only AF to f/5.6 (1.4x converter).

A 7DII. 5DIII etc give the centre point AF f/8 however. Even then AF performance (speed and accuracy) is not so good so it would only be an Emergancy feature I think.

If you really want 600mm I would recommend the Tamron 150-600mm, this is what I am using now for birding and wildlife.


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Sep 28, 2015 08:02 as a reply to Lester Wareham's post |  #8

Just curious on th AF speed? I want the lens to shoot HS football, so the AF should be quick

Also will consider the 1.4 Tele to go with it

Thanks in advance


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Sep 28, 2015 10:03 |  #9

Parmcat wrote in post #17724658 (external link)
Just curious on th AF speed? I want the lens to shoot HS football, so the AF should be quick

Also will consider the 1.4 Tele to go with it

Thanks in advance

The naked lens is fast, specially with the focus limited on. It has quite close focus a pseudo macro mode, so for best speed you want to keep the lens out of that region.

The 1.4 does slow it down but I would think it is ok for sports, could be faster for bird in flight.

For sport I would have thought even 300mm is long but I am not an expert, might be worth talking to other sports shooters to see what they use. A 70-200 or 70-300 might better suit if the subject distance is changing a lot.


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Nov 19, 2015 11:52 |  #10

I had this lense, love it, unfortunately had to sell it, but I miss it, maybe ill buy another one, it has very good sharpness


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