Splash out the current selling price of around £5,590 on a DSLR lens and you expect fully professional quality. Even so, the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM is something rather special.

The wide-ranging features all work brilliantly, and build quality is excellent in every way.

Ultimately, however, image quality is the most important factor and it's here that the lens really excels.

We liked

Stunning image quality and top performance in every area, from super-fast autofocus to extremely efficient image stabilisation.

We disliked

It's a little heavy for handheld use over long periods of time.

Verdict

The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM super-telephoto lens amply demonstrates what Canon's current range of DSLR cameras are really capable of.