|EF||Autofocus lens designed both for Canon full frame and APS-C SLR cameras.|
|L||Professional lens with high quality optics and robust build. Meets the highest standards and provides excellent performance and flawless image quality unachievable with traditional optical technologies.|
|IS||The lens is equipped with optical image stabilizer. The stabilizer allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without stabilizer you will have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.|
|USM||The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor to provide very fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|Position in the lineup|
|Canon EF 300mm F/4L IS USM||Mar 1997||⊗|
|Canon EF 300mm F/4L USM||Dec 1991||⊗|
|Canon FDn 300mm F/4L||May 1980||⊗|
|Canon FD 300mm F/4L||Dec 1978||⊗|
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|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||8.2° (35mm full frame)
6.5° (Canon APS-H)
5.2° (Canon APS-C)
|Lens construction:||15 elements in 11 groups, including 2 UD|
|Closest focusing distance:||150 cm|
|Number of diaphragm blades:||8|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Ultrasonic (Canon EF)
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Stabilizer features:||Mode 1
|Stabilizer efficiency:||up to 2 stops|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø90 x 221 mm|
|Materials:||Metallic barrel, metallic mount|
|Weather sealing:||Dust-proof and water-resistant housing|
|Filter size:||77 mm|
Design and Features
The lens is a part of Canon’s series of Luxury lenses notable for their excellent build quality and robust design. The lens barrel is large, heavy, dust-proof and water-resistant, made of metal. The lens mount is metallic.
The lens features AF/MF focus mode switch.
|AF||Autofocus mode with Full-Time Manual Focus.|
|MF||Manual focus mode.|
The lens features focusing distance range limiter which allows to choose between the following focusing distance ranges:
|1.5 m - ∞||Full range of focusing distances.|
|3 m - ∞||Range of focusing distances suitable for shooting distant subjects.|
By setting the suitable focusing distance range, the actual autofocusing time can be shorter.
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 77 mm which are easy to find. However, filters of such size are more expensive and mainly used with professional lenses.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor, the autofocus is virtually silent and very fast.
The lens features optical image stabilizer, which, according to the manufacturer, compensates up to 2 stops of shutter speed. Theoretically it allows to capture sharp images of static subjects at shutter speeds down to 1/75 second(*). That is not impressive at all by today's standards.
* without the need to increase ISO sensitivity and/or use a tripod, at the same lighting conditions and at the same aperture
At the choice of the photographer the image stabilizer can operate in one of the following modes:
|Mode 1||Corrects vertical and horizontal camera shake. Mainly effective for shooting still subjects.|
|Mode 2||Corrects vertical camera shake during following shots in a horizontal direction. Corrects horizontal camera shake during following shots in a vertical direction.|
|Camera||Canon EOS 5D mark II|
|Sensor size||36×24 mm|
|Vignetting at F/4.0||-0.61 EV|
Landscape photography1)▪Travel photography▪Wild nature photography1) Distant landscapes with perspective compression effect
|User Manual. English, Adobe PDF, 363 KB|
|User Manual. Русский, Adobe PDF, 342 KB|
|Prime lenses for Canon EOS DSLR cameras|
Alternatives (AF, 264..336 mm)
|Canon EF 300mm F/4L USM||1991||⊗|