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aushalk
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p.1 #1 · Canon 300mm 2.8 MK II user experience


I am looking for some first hand, user experience/ feedback from those who own/use this lens.
Seriously thinking of buying one next week. I will use it primarily for bird photography. my questions/worries are

1. Is there significant difference in quality compared to the version I(the price is for sure )

2. Do you think the 4 stops IS improve your keeper rate/ bail you out in low light or fast action situations

3. Is it "too short". As a result do you end up using the 300mm less frequently to say your 500mm or end up with the 300mm attached to a teleconverter most of the time

4. Speaking of the converters, is there a significant quality different between MK II lens + MK III converters compared to MK I lens + MK II converters

5. Should I be still better off buying a used 500mm MK 1 or waiting for the 500mm MK II (that big auction site says "expected arrival in April" (if we do not consider the price/weight difference)

I do have to make up my mind over the next few days. All help is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance



Jan 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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p.1 #2 · Canon 300mm 2.8 MK II user experience




I have a non IS ver 20years old and a new mk2 image quality is the same could not tell the differance. Af speed is a tad faster on the mk2

Mk 2 four stop IS is amazing !!! taking shots at 1/8sec pin sharp.

I use MkII converters on both 300mm again no differance the image quality, but mk2 maybe a tad fast at locking on.

Have a look at some images on my site.

www.industryimage.com

these images all taken with 300mm

http://www.industryimage.com/new-year-stages-2012

Warren





Jan 26, 2012 at 09:03 AM
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p.1 #3 · Canon 300mm 2.8 MK II user experience


I have some sample on my flickr

Take at 1/80 F4 with the new 300mm and old 1.4xmkII converter




100% crop




Gas bottle taken at 1/8 handheld with new 300mm




100% crop



Hope that helps

Warren




Jan 26, 2012 at 09:18 AM
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p.1 #4 · Canon 300mm 2.8 MK II user experience


Hi Warren
Many thanks for the information.
Many thanks also for the images. The 4 stop IS is very impressive and the fact that it's not too heavy for hand holding. I did end up going for a mint used 500mm and a new TC. Eventually I will add a 300 as well when the prices are a bit more settled(hopefully)



Jan 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM





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