I have been saving up the hard earned pennies for a while now and had my sights set on the Canon 300mm f2.8 is ii USM.
I purchased mine in "near mint" condition but with a reasonable 2nd hand price tag of £4400, expensive enough I hear you shout and I couldn't agree more. So what do you get for the price of a family holiday or a run around for my teenage daughters who are learning to drive ?
The answer as a photographer is simple.... The most amazing bit of glassware I have in my kit and worth every penny !!
I first got my hands on one of these during the 2016 MotoGP season when a good photography pal let me borrow his for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, The 300mm ƒ/2.8 II focuses extremely fast, and is quieter than I anticipated, the detail captured ( example - Jorge pic ) is incredible ( I used my 7d markii with this lens ) I used it again at Cadwell Park during The British Superbike Championship races.
The 300mm is dust and weather resistant, built with great attention to detail. The lens ships in a hard case with a protective interior. ( my kids thought it was a mini fridge )
Canon improved the image stabilization which is now 4 stops instead of 2.
A third IS mode has also been added to assist when switching between subjects when the IS is only activated during exposure. The lens is also 200g lighter. I hand held for most of the weekend with pretty good results.
This weekend I played around with the lense in the back garden combining my 7D mark ii + 300mm with the 1.4x extender which creates a 420mm f/4.0 lens. I was pleased with the results shooting the local wildlife ( see below ) and this should give me plenty of scope when I begin shooting sports again soon.
I cannot recommend this lens highly enough, I am amazed with its all round performance... it's a truly breathtaking state of the art lense.