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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

ef300mmf_28_1_
Review Date: Aug 26, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, contrast, focus speed, IS, bokeh, build
Cons:
The diddly little make up case that comes with it standard :)

There aren't many things I'd give perfect 10s to. Even the price here gets a ten. This lens could probably sell for more; it's that good.

I was skeptical at first, wondering just how much better it'd have to be to other sharp lenses to warrant such a following. So I took the gamble and made the purchase. And boy were those stories right! Everything is perfect straight out of the camera. Focus speed is amazing. Locking onto moving subjects is a breeze. And wait until you see the DoF @ 300mm, with f/2.8! It's so razor thin. If you've seen the 200 f/2, you'll understand what a shallow DoF is.

It took a while for me to get used to the features of this lens (focus limiting, etc), but I'm getting into the swing of it, and if you get it right, the focus speed actually increases (as with all Canon super teles)

I've added the Advantage Max4 lens coat to this lens. It's now my "wildlife" lens. With a Kenko 1.4 TC, it's as if there is no discernible difference in IQ. Focus speed is still super quick. I rarely, if ever, use my 100-400 now.
I've also been using a 70-200 2.8 IS and this combination is just slick. Low light photography is suddenly easy.