300mm Lens

Today was our Photo Club picnic at Audubon.  We had great food, great conversation, and a chance to walk together to shoot.  Jeremy let me use his Canon 300mm F4 IS lens.

Eastern Pondhawk - 300mm Lens

It was a sweet lens!  It focused very fast and allowed me to reach out to critters without getting so close that I scared them.

This one wasn’t lit in an ideal way, but I shot it anyway!  Because I could!Red-spotted Purple 300mm lens

I shot dozens and dozens of a Monarch on the Joe Pye Weed.  I haven’t had time to look at all of the shots and analyze them and pick out the best… But here’s one of them, anyway:

Monarch on Joe Pye Weed 300 mm lens

As we turned the corner of the trail, I noticed a big darner.  It did us the courtesy of landing on some grass and sitting still for several shots.  Again, I haven’t analyzed them all, but here’s one:

Darner 300mm lens

And finally, a frog…  Seems like they usually jump before I can see them.  And even if they don’t, my lens has never allowed me to get close enough.  But today, a frog obliged me:

Green Frog 300mm lens

Jeremy told me that there is a lens out from Sigma… 50-500mm zoom…  Anybody out there have one?  How do you like it?

(yes, i’m still agonizing over what lens to get next…)

Thanks for the loan of your lens today, Jeremy.  All others, check out Jeremy’s work here:


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11 thoughts on “300mm Lens

  1. I look at these pictures and think, oh dear, maybe I should have gone with a DSLR. I just hate packing the darn things. Great shots. Great lens. Don’t dither too long!

  2. Great pictures! I have borrowed a friend’s DSLR and medium lens, but I found it heavy to carry on my neck when walking on the trails. But there is a huge difference in image quality when compared to high zoom point and click cameras.

  3. Great pictures Jennifer, I’m so glad you took the lens for a spin. That was Canon’s 300mm F4 IS lens. If I were to buy a lens today I would but this http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-150-500mm-Telephoto-Digital-Cameras/dp/B001542X6E/ref=pd_bbs_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1219022348&sr=8-3 the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3. There is also a 50-500mm Sigma lens, but the 150-500 has image stabilization, something I think you will want. I can not wait to see what new photo possibles a new lens will open up to you.

  4. Wow, I’m envious of what a lens like that can do! Now I really have to re-open the debate I often have with myself about a heavier and bulkier DSLR and the quality it offers over the smaller, lighter one I use and its lack of technical ability.

  5. When it comes to choice of lens ,I guess it depends on what value is placed on a real good,sharp, superior photo. Having used an Olympus SLR and lugged a heavy bag of various lenses, it was worth it because I could not get quality photos any other way. The trade- off of weight with superior quality photos verses convenience and good photos thus becomes a personal choice.
    Besides — one can always have a point and shoot model on the ready if needed. My advice — go for the best you can afford.

  6. Awesome photos Jennifer! I especially love seeing the colorful dragonflies.
    Do you do much editing of the photos with Photoshop, or did they just turn out this great right from the camera?

  7. Great shots – it’s amazing what the difference a long, fast lens can make. As for the Sigma 50-500mm, my wife had the Nikon version and liked it — although it is a monster lens and she had a few times where the contacts weren’t allowing for auto-focus.

  8. Yep, the 300mm f/4L IS is a great lens – it’s my go-to lens for all times when size/weight don’t matter. Sigma’s 50-500 gets pretty good reviews, and the price is certainly appealing, but it’s not in the same league as a “L” series prime lens. Although I haven’t used that particular Sigma, I’ve had mixed results with them. Their (cheap) 70-300 is pretty bad, but their 50mm EX macro is very good.

    One nice thing about the 300mm f/4L IS is the close focus – as you noticed, it’s great for butterflies and such. Many lenses in the 300mm range don’t focus close enough for this type of photography.

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