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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

ef300mmf_28_1_
Review Date: Sep 12, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality! Image quality! Image quality!
Cons:
It's so great you don't to use any other lens.

I've owned this lens for two months. I just came back from a 10 day trip to Southern Botswana (wildlife photography workshop) and the northern part of the Kruger Natl Park in South Africa. Although I brought two camera bodies, one with a 100-400LIS and the other with this lens, I used this lens almost exclusively. I attached a 1.4 or a 2.0 TC depending on the situation. Yes there is a noticeable degradation of IQ with the latter but IMO it is quite acceptable. Captures I took of raptors and even small birds are exceptional. I was able to take close up shots if the Big 5. The workshop instructor who uses a different brand was very impressed. I used it on a monopod even though I was prepared to mount it on a tripod with a ballhead. Bouncing around in an open Rover, this set-up is emminently more manageable than using a tripod with a Gimbal head.