Vancouver Photographer, Morten Byskov - Commercial, Portrait and Editorial Photography


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EF 300 2.8L IS - Lens Review

I first set out to get the Canon EF 300mm 2.8L IS back in 1992. I had actually ordered it and before it shipped I got cold feet and went for the f/4 version instead. Clearly I had wanted this lens for quite some time before I acquired back in November 2007.

5D II + 1.4x extender, 1/1250, f/6.3, ISO 100

First of all I debated between the 400 and 300 as I shoot a bunch of soccer. The weight and not at least the price made the decision quite easy though. I’d have to say I am glad I went with the 300 as it is very versatile. The 300 2.8 is lighter than I had expected – especially if you take the  tripod collar and lens hood off and shoot on a 5D II. I’ve used it like that for a few cross-country ski races where I find myself running all over the place. For soccer I use the 1D III mostly and stick the combination on a monopod.

1D III, 1/2000, f/3.5, ISO 100

The 300 2.8L IS is everything I knew it would be. Great color, great bokeh, focuses fast, it’s sharp and a delight to use. I rarely leave for a shoot without it. I’ve shot a variety of sports, theatre, landscapes, birds and more.

5D II + 1.4x extender, 1/60, f/5.6, ISO 400

5D, 1/400, f/5.0, ISO 100

Feel free to check out some of my shots in this EF 300mm 2.8L IS Gallery