The latest version of the Canon 300 2.8 L IS II replaces one of their sharpest lenses ever. Canon completely redesigned the 300mm 2.8 IS II. Many wondered why they felt compelled to do all that work when the old 300 2.8 was so good. One second with the version II and you'll understand why they decided to improve upon a good thing. The new lens is significantly lighter than the previous version, making this one easily hand-holdable. Honestly, when you first pick it up, it will feel fake; it almost feels empty. Once you get over the initial shock, you'll come to appreciate the weight that's been shaved from this lens.
If the weight savings alone weren't enough, they've reduced chromatic abberation (highlight fringing) and removed a lot of vignetting, particularly wide open. Canon also introduced a third IS mode which only operates the instant the shutter is fully pressed so you can get the 4-stop IS benefits without all the camera battery drain.
This lens is ideally suited for sports shooters who need a fast aperture for superior subject isolation and low light shooting situations. To say this lens only excells at sports would be doing it a disservice as there are lots of applications for big game wildlife shooting. Beyond that, fashion & portait shooters will appreciate the compression effect and shallow depth of field. Wedding shooters will appreciate the extra reach in those dark churches where f/2.8 is a must. Get up close without getting in the way. Put your walking shoes on, back up and make room for this awesome lens!
Unlike our other lenses, the super telephoto lenses will be shipped in soft cases which can be used to transport the lens during your rental period. These lenses can be very rough on camera bodies due to their size. Its best to always support the lens rather than the camera body so as not to stress your lens mount.
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|Focal Length & Maximum Aperture||300mm 1:2.8|
|Lens Construction||16 elements in 12 groups (Including drop-in rear filter, Fluorite: G2 and G4, UD Lens: None)|
|Diagonal Angle of View||8° 15'|
|Focus Adjustment||Inner focusing system, with focusing cam|
|Closest Focusing Distance||2.0m / 6.6ft.|
|Filter Size||52mm Drop-in|
|Max. Diameter x Length, Weight||5.0 x 9.8 in, 82.9 oz. / 128 x 248mm, 2350g