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Jun 02, 2017 07:12 |  #1

Hello, I've been considering getting the 300mm f/4. Anyone tried it for sports? Results?


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Jun 02, 2017 08:43 |  #2

Lots of examples in this thread ;-)a

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Jun 02, 2017 09:46 as a reply to EOS_Fan's post |  #3

Yes! Thank you. I currently have the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II but I'd like a bit more reach for sports / action. I've considered picking up the 1.4 extender III. But wasn't sure how it would compare wit the 300mm. If the 300 f4 isn't sharp wide open then I am not interested. I'd save a few more pennies and get the 100-400 II.


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Jun 02, 2017 10:39 |  #4

I've used my 300L non-IS once at one of my daughter's softball games and it performed wonderfully. The only drawback is that it's fixed at 300mm which made it very limited in the shots I was able to take. I've found the 100-400L much more versatile in that regard.
But the 300 is a fantastic lens. AF is fast and it's very sharp. F/4 means you need to have pretty good light.
I would imagine if you were in a fixed location and there was not too much variation in the subject's location, it would work fine. Tennis comes to mind. Or, if you had a second body with a shorter zoom to cover closer action shots.


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Jun 02, 2017 14:32 |  #5

Here are a couple of mine, both taken at Donington Park

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Jun 03, 2017 17:12 |  #6

I had this lens and it is a top performer but if you can afford the new 100-400 that lens is a far better choice with new coatings, great IS, and you can zoom for baseball, soccer, etc where the action is in different locations.


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Jun 04, 2017 10:17 |  #7

I bought a s/h 300mm f/4 IS L and it is a good lens. I too use a 70-200mm f/2.8. I use it a f/4 and it seems fine, but I don't tend to use it in poor light. Pic here
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Jun 04, 2017 15:34 |  #8

I'll probably rent it for an up coming motocross race. I'll post my thoughts / images then.


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Jun 15, 2017 06:47 |  #9

I ended up buying this lens used for our friends at B&H. I need to work on my technique though. I'm not used to hand holding longer lenses.

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Jun 15, 2017 06:49 |  #10

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Jun 15, 2017 09:15 |  #11

Great progression in your technique!

The second to last shot especially. I love how you can see the focus in the eye!


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