Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM a perfect gift for photography lovers. You must have gone through many lenses of different company's and even of canon also but this Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM lens is one of the finest lenses available in the market made by canon or any other company.This is a light weight, sharp and compact, image-stabilized lens that packs a lot of performance into a relatively affordable package. This lens is worth its price as compared to other models available in the market.Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM contains most of the features available in the more expensive models in the market of canon as well as of other companies. The L, in Canon's 'L'-series lenses, stands for "luxury" which signifies its solid built and exceptional quality whereas USM stands for ultrasonic motor which is quite silent and fast in its work. You can't even hear the sounds made when the lens gets focused.
As compared to other lenses it has got many advantages and little disadvantages. Disadvantages are not very big but some of its features lack in comparison with other lenses slightly. Lets first look at the positives of Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM. First of all it produces a very sharp image of the objects that you take picture of.. Secondly, its very light weight and is compact so you can carry it wherever you want.Fits easily in a smallish camera bag. Thirdly, it has got good hand-holdable performance at slow shutter speeds because of image stabilization so you can take pictures quite easily.This also which compensates for camera shake with the equivalent effect of a shutter speed two stops faster. It has got 2 image stabilizer modes- mode-1 is the same as in EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and mode-2 steadies the image during horizontal or vertical panning and also mode-2 detects the panning direction automatically. The closest focusing distance is 4.9 feet (1.5 m). Other than that it is very cheap as compared to f/2.8 version and other models. According to me this is one of the finest lenses you can get at such a cheap price. You can also use it with EF 1.4x extender or EF 2x extender to make it a more better 420mm or higher lens. But have heard that it won't work with 2x extender. It also provides a much better color and contrast. Image quality is the most important factor for me, and this lens really delivers. As the image quality of this lens is so good, you can crop images quite heavily without a significant reduction in quality. As far as i m considered it does not have much of negatives but still in comparison with f/2.8 lens it gives a diffusely blurred out of focus background. Rest all other features are great with this lens and makes it one of the best choices among the available lenses in the market. Other then this it has got very fast auto focus and as said earlier a very good image stabilization.
Thus, it is a very good lens worth the investment of your money. It is a valuable substitute for the EF 300mm f/2.8 L when weight, cost restrict you. This lens is a joy to use and I would have no hesitation in telling people to make a purchase of this great lens which will give you a life like picture quality.
Mon, 20 Apr 2009 08:30:56 +0000
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