Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM review

What price for perfection in a super-fast telephoto camera lens?

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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.


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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Fixed Focal Length300 mm
Lens Mount TypeCanon EF/EF-S
Brand NameCanon
Filter Attachment Diameter52 mm
Lens TypeSuper Telephoto
Depth248 mm
Product SeriesL

Canon EOS DSLR Cameras

ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model4411B005
Product Name4411B005 Lens
Product LineEF
Manufacturer Part Number4411B005
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

High-performance L-series super-telephoto lens, with 4 stop Image Stabilizer with 3 modes ideal for all types of action photography. The EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM delivers outstanding image quality in a robust lightweight construction.

Weight (Approximate)2.40 kg