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Re: Review - Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II
« Reply #30 on: May 16, 2013, 10:04:49 AM »
I already have the version I of this lens and have been thinking about selling it and upgrading. Is it worth it? I also have a 1.4x III and use it to get close enough to 400 that I don't think I can justify getting the 400 as a second lens. I would also love to have the new 200-400 but the cost is just ridiculous although it would be perfect for me - I shoot a lot of field sports (soccer, football, baseball, lacrosse . . . ). So again anybody that has upgraded for the version I of this lens, was it worth it?

Thanks,

Andy

Andy,

Since you have a 300 already and know how good it is I can't imagine dropping all that
coin for what would be a slight improvement. I have a 300 too and know it's incredible.

I consider guys like us lucky to have gotten in on this lens while the cost was still at a
manageable level. I paid for $4k, standard price. Now it's almost double that.

My advice is spend your money on some other addition to your kit. The kind of money
you're considering to spend could get you a 1DX... if you don't already have one. Lot's
of new toys out there :)

Rick
Austin, TX

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Re: Review - Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II
« Reply #31 on: May 17, 2013, 02:44:33 AM »
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A strange phenomenon I ran into was when the lens blurs out more detailed backgrounds, like shrubs without leaves. The pattern and lines left, while still very much out of focus, were still a bit distracting, though not as distracting as in-focus twigs.

@JVLphoto
Thanks a lot for the review, I really enjoyed it.
Could you please post some photos of that phenomenon. I noticed it with 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and would like to know if it's at the same level or better. Thank you very much.
« Last Edit: May 17, 2013, 02:47:39 AM by lukemike »

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Re: Review - Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II
« Reply #32 on: May 17, 2013, 08:38:47 AM »
It is more than a year after the the-digital-picture review for example and says less and gives less detail in more words. As for focal length, it says nothing about the performance with the 1.4x and 2xTCs, and doesn't even mention the latter. It says that one con is the weight, but it weighs far less than the 400, 500 and 600mm f/2.8 - f/4 primes and gives IQs not much worse than them with the TCs. The reviewer just doesn't realise that the high quality 300-600mm range in a relatively light package is what this lens is all about.

I have to say I somewhat agree with this. I was quite excited to see that a new review of this lens had been posted (though let's be honest we all know what the conclusion is going to be), and wow those pictures of the owls - amazing! But it was written (as he readily admits) by someone that does not really need, or use that focal length on a regular basis. This is a very expensive lens, though still much cheaper than 400 f/2.8 II, so really the amount of people who are "wondering" whether a 300 f/2.8 is what they need are going to be few and far between, as it is so specialised.

I think the reviewer would have been much better off writing about the 70-300L f/4.5-5.6 IS, because they are focal lengths where he seems to spend more of his time, and as it is much more affordable and versatile it has a much broader potential market base.

When I read it, I found this last part of the conclusion very interesting:

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And while my curiosity was piqued, I think for the more specialized super-telephoto focal lengths, I should step aside and let someone else handle those reviews.

I agree wholeheartedly.

Reviews are tricky things and my favourites are tdp when it comes to lenses. I do think a lens review should only be written by someone that uses the focal length in question frequently rather than someone who is wondering about the extra reach.

I, for example, am saving for the 400 f/2.8 ii but of course have my eyes open for new reviews on the 300 (hey it's a lot cheaper) and the new 200-400 1.4x (but that is not f/2.8 so I doubt it is a realistic option).

Did I say I love the pictures of the owls! Awesome shots.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II
« Reply #33 on: June 12, 2013, 12:25:50 AM »
It is more than a year after the the-digital-picture review for example and says less and gives less detail in more words. As for focal length, it says nothing about the performance with the 1.4x and 2xTCs, and doesn't even mention the latter. It says that one con is the weight, but it weighs far less than the 400, 500 and 600mm f/2.8 - f/4 primes and gives IQs not much worse than them with the TCs. The reviewer just doesn't realise that the high quality 300-600mm range in a relatively light package is what this lens is all about.

I have to say I somewhat agree with this. I was quite excited to see that a new review of this lens had been posted (though let's be honest we all know what the conclusion is going to be), and wow those pictures of the owls - amazing! But it was written (as he readily admits) by someone that does not really need, or use that focal length on a regular basis. This is a very expensive lens, though still much cheaper than 400 f/2.8 II, so really the amount of people who are "wondering" whether a 300 f/2.8 is what they need are going to be few and far between, as it is so specialised.

I think the reviewer would have been much better off writing about the 70-300L f/4.5-5.6 IS, because they are focal lengths where he seems to spend more of his time, and as it is much more affordable and versatile it has a much broader potential market base.

When I read it, I found this last part of the conclusion very interesting:

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And while my curiosity was piqued, I think for the more specialized super-telephoto focal lengths, I should step aside and let someone else handle those reviews.

I agree wholeheartedly.

Reviews are tricky things and my favourites are tdp when it comes to lenses. I do think a lens review should only be written by someone that uses the focal length in question frequently rather than someone who is wondering about the extra reach.

I, for example, am saving for the 400 f/2.8 ii but of course have my eyes open for new reviews on the 300 (hey it's a lot cheaper) and the new 200-400 1.4x (but that is not f/2.8 so I doubt it is a realistic option).

Did I say I love the pictures of the owls! Awesome shots.

Yup, you'll find anything in that focal range covered by someone other than me... it took *that* lens to realize it, though, since I had been pretty good with everything up until then (including the Canon 200 f/2.0 L IS).  I'd love to have a look at Sigma's new 120-300 f/2.8 though, since, like I said, having the reach when necessary sure is handy.

Also, putting my money where my mouth is, I ended up buying a 1.4 teleconverter to have with me and stick onto my 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II.

Sorry the article didn't live up to your expectations, I struggled with it as it is, and you'll be in for a treat when the other telephoto reviews come in.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II
« Reply #34 on: July 02, 2013, 09:20:44 PM »
With all honesty, being a person who could not justify or really afford the 300 II, I am just thrilled to death with this lens and the two new converters.  Thanks to my dear parents for some inheritance.  It's hand holdability is a very big plus and I'm enjoying it at close range with 2X as a close-up lens.  My only worry is how to deal with it in countries that are prone to thefts.  I'd hate to leave it at home but ....!

I'll live with the extenders slight loss of IQ over going for the longer heavier lenses.  With the 6D, dropping to F5.6 for 600 reach is no problem at all.

If you love shooting nature you won't regret this lens!

Here's an example of what gives me a thrill when I get back to my computer,

Bee 300 X2.
Teal pair 300 X1.4
Dragonflies 300

Jack
6D  24-70 F4  70-200 F2.8 II  300 F2.8 II  1.4X III  2X III