Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS


The 300mm f/2.8L IS was for years arguably THE sharpest telephoto Canon makes. Its reasonable weight and fast aperture makes it a favorite of sports shooters. The reasonable size and excellent image stabilization allow it to be handheld (for a while) but is most often shot with a monopod or tripod. It remains quite sharp with 1.4x and even 2x teleconverters.

There is an updated version of this lens, the Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS II, which has taken the sharpest lens made title away (although just by a bit) and is significantly lighter weight and more expensive.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

Do you know the difference between a fairy tale and a Southern fairy tale? Well, a fairy tale starts “once upon a time.” A Southern fairy tale starts “Y’all aint gonna believe this S#@t!”. The 300mm f/2.8L IS is the Southern fairy tale of camera lenses.

Phenomenally sharp, lightning fast autofocus, and small enough (just barely) to handhold if needed. Plus it’s absolutely superb with either a 1.4x or 2x teleconverter.
January, 2013

Filter Size
6.0 lb
Minimum Focusing Distance
8.2 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
8 degrees
Zoom method
Image Stabilization
2.5 stop, tripod sensing, panning mode
Focusing System
Internal focus, Full time active, USM motor, focus limiting switch
Aperture Blades
8, curved, octagonal
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Flare resistance
Moderate ghosting, moderate contrast loss
  • Lens
  • Hood
  • Tripod Ring
  • Soft lens cover
  • Padded case or hard case

LensRentals.com offers rentals ranging in length from 1 to 90 days. The shopping cart will automatically update the quoted price as you adjust the length of your rental. Our most common rental periods are shown below:

Rental Period Waiver Price Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $20.00 $129.00 $149.00 $49.67
4 days $21.00 $138.00 $159.00 $39.75
7 days $28.00 $184.00 $212.00 $30.29
10 days $38.00 $248.00 $286.00 $28.60
14 days $49.00 $322.00 $371.00 $26.50
21 days $66.00 $432.00 $498.00 $23.71
30 days $83.00 $543.00 $626.00 $20.87
45 days $108.00 $708.00 $816.00 $18.13
60 days $126.00 $828.00 $954.00 $15.90
90 days $162.00 $1067.00 $1229.00 $13.66
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $129.00 $43.00
4 days $138.00 $34.50
7 days $184.00 $26.29
10 days $248.00 $24.80
14 days $322.00 $23.00
21 days $432.00 $20.57
30 days $543.00 $18.10
45 days $708.00 $15.73
60 days $828.00 $13.80
90 days $1067.00 $11.86

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