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Dec 16, 2008 17:46 |  #1

I was thinking about the the Canon 300mm 2.8 IS but it's 4 grand. This is one grand, only F/4 tho. Any reviews/likes/dislikes​? I mainly do portraits and weddings so this lens is useless for both. Could some wildlife/birding be possible with a 1.4 extender? I don't wanna shoot sports, in fact I hate shooting sports.

Also, it would look nice next to my 70-200mm 2.8 IS

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Dec 16, 2008 17:49 |  #2

I have it and use it with a 1.4x TC...it has been really sharp for wildlife pics and birds....no complaints from me yet.




  
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Dec 16, 2008 18:02 as a reply to  @ harv3589's post |  #3

If the light's good enough then the 400/5.6 is a better option for birds but here in the UK I have to resort to the 300/4 and T/C when it's duller. I recently picked up the 300/2.8 but will still keep the 300/4 for its excellent close focussing abilty.
In short, it's a very good option at the price.

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Dec 16, 2008 18:13 |  #4

Over the past couple of years I have seen several Tokina 300mm f/2.8 lenses sold/selling for $1200. It's the only way I could afford a 300mm f2.8 lens.



  
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Dec 16, 2008 18:40 |  #5

I just added this comparison to a recent test http://www.pbase.com/l​ightrules/300speed3 (external link) . It includes crops of the lenses you are thinking about. In short though, the 300 IS lenses are terrific and if you can do with f4, it's a cracker of a lens! :lol:

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I was thinking about the the Canon 300mm 2.8 IS but it's 4 grand. This is one grand, only F/4 tho. Any reviews/likes/dislikes​? I mainly do portraits and weddings so this lens is useless for both. Could some wildlife/birding be possible with a 1.4 extender? I don't wanna shoot sports, in fact I hate shooting sports.

Also, it would look nice next to my 70-200mm 2.8 IS

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Dec 16, 2008 19:38 |  #6

Oh stop with this 300 prime talk. I'm finally moving up from my 70-200 to a 100-400 and you tempt me with the BIG GUNS!


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Dec 16, 2008 19:41 |  #7

One of the best tele's I've owned, very sharp and contrasty.....I know the IS is old but mine worked nicely.....It's one lens I will own again.


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Dec 16, 2008 20:09 |  #8

I currently have the 300 F4 non- IS. I love it. I keep it on at all times- cause I'd prefer to shoot with it (well actually it's the only way my daily stuff fits in my bag.) Really though it's a great lens. I have a steady hand so didn't care about IS. I am now struggling with the next step though... 300 2.8 or 400 2.8? MTB, swimming, BMX, corporate events with lot's of presentations... Is the 400 too long? I don't even care. I want it and will find a way to use it.


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Dec 16, 2008 20:39 |  #9

thatkatmat wrote in post #6892159 (external link)
One of the best tele's I've owned, very sharp and contrasty.....I know the IS is old but mine worked nicely.....It's one lens I will own again.

Does the IS work as good as current versions? I have read that the IS is noisy, which is ok with me, as long as it works and isn't broken.


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Dec 16, 2008 20:52 |  #10

turbo212003 wrote in post #6892480 (external link)
Does the IS work as good as current versions? I have read that the IS is noisy, which is ok with me, as long as it works and isn't broken.

no. current IS is 3 or 4-stop and the 300L is 2-stop.

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Dec 16, 2008 20:53 |  #11

It seems to work about the same as my 70-200/2.8IS, it does "ker-plunk" a little when it's engaged and you can hear it a little but it works great (not 70-400/4IS or 200/2IS good but was good enough for me) I think it's a 2 stop IS whereas the new versions are 4-stop.


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Dec 16, 2008 21:24 |  #12

Glad I saw this thread. I decided to check the date code on my 300 f4 IS - I bought it used and though I should say something if it's an old copy. Date code is UW0502. That's 2008! I bought if locally off craigslist in June. I though it was 3-4 years old. No wonder it's in such good condition.

Anyway, I really like mine, and it takes the Canon 1.4 very well.

I posted some 1.4 crops in June. Here: https://photography-on-the.net …?t=519702&highl​ight=300mm


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Dec 16, 2008 23:39 |  #13

300 F4 L is a very good lens, mine was a very sharp copy and i just loved the results.
with 1.4 x converter the quality is degraded but can be fixed a bit by doing one stop down.

I still wanna own it again as it is the best handy lens for wildlife and outdoors


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Dec 17, 2008 00:58 |  #14

I mainly do portraits and weddings so this lens is useless for both. 
I do! Both indoors and out! No need to narrow down the possibilities of this lens.
OK granted for a picture of a complete person you need to go way back, but IMHO there is no substitute for portrait. For instance you never have to wonder about the bokeh.
I once saw a wedding album with all pictures taken with a 24-70mm lens. Each of them were great but they all looked alike and it was so boring. A bit diversity in choise of lens does a better job. For weddings you can really nail down situations. Speaks fot itself that you only can use this lens in the "free" wedding time window. For the official part this lens is obviously too long.
Next to the 2,8 version this F/4 version is a lightweight tele and can be handhold for several houres. No need to say that I'm a big fan of this lens hey. Good luck.
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Dec 17, 2008 01:04 as a reply to  @ Lenty007's post |  #15

Great lens on Full frame. No issues with 1.4 TC. Just alow a bit of lead in time to lock focus.

This is my 3rd 300 prime. Have had the older 300F4, 300F2.8 and now 300F4IS
This one is a keeper.


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