Canon 300mm 2.8L IS

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Igor Sotelo Contributing Member • Posts: 923
Canon 300mm 2.8L IS

Was thinking why I don’t use much this lens, initially though it’s because it’s too heavy, but checking the specs, at 2.5 kg it’s not bad at all. Other brand 300/2.8 and 200/2 are significantly heavier.

It seems the problem may be the design of the foot, that doesn’t allow to comfortably pass the hand under and with the additional arca Swiss plate it hurts the supporting hand while trying not to move the focus ring.

It was difficult to find an replacement for the foot, but it seems Hejnar still makes them:

Any idea if this foot will work better? It adds some 214 grams to the weight, but it’s also a longer arca Swiss plate.

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BlueRay2 Forum Pro • Posts: 14,816
Re: Canon 300mm 2.8L IS

Igor Sotelo wrote:

Was thinking why I don’t use much this lens, initially though it’s because it’s too heavy, but checking the specs, at 2.5 kg it’s not bad at all. Other brand 300/2.8 and 200/2 are significantly heavier.

It seems the problem may be the design of the foot, that doesn’t allow to comfortably pass the hand under and with the additional arca Swiss plate it hurts the supporting hand while trying not to move the focus ring.

It was difficult to find an replacement for the foot, but it seems Hejnar still makes them:

Any idea if this foot will work better? It adds some 214 grams to the weight, but it’s also a longer arca Swiss plate.

i can't say anything about other brands but i use RRS L foot on my canon 300 f2.8 II and 600 f4 II and they work perfect. RRS uses a special alloy metal that is light weight and very durable. so, if budget is not too tight, i'd give RRS a try.

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OP Igor Sotelo Contributing Member • Posts: 923
Re: Canon 300mm 2.8L IS

BlueRay2 wrote:

Igor Sotelo wrote:

Was thinking why I don’t use much this lens, initially though it’s because it’s too heavy, but checking the specs, at 2.5 kg it’s not bad at all. Other brand 300/2.8 and 200/2 are significantly heavier.

It seems the problem may be the design of the foot, that doesn’t allow to comfortably pass the hand under and with the additional arca Swiss plate it hurts the supporting hand while trying not to move the focus ring.

It was difficult to find an replacement for the foot, but it seems Hejnar still makes them:

Any idea if this foot will work better? It adds some 214 grams to the weight, but it’s also a longer arca Swiss plate.

i can't say anything about other brands but i use RRS L foot on my canon 300 f2.8 II and 600 f4 II and they work perfect. RRS uses a special alloy metal that is light weight and very durable. so, if budget is not too tight, i'd give RRS a try.

I have an Wimberly foot on a Nikkor AF-S 500mm 4.0D II and it seems much easier to carry or support than the Canon which is much lighter and smaller lens.

Unfortunately RRS, Wimberly and Kirk have long discontinued their foots for the 300mm 2.8L IS. I have a ground tripod from RRS and the quality is really good.

It seems Hejnar is the only option. It’s US based, should be good quality.

I’m just not sure if it has enough space between the lens and the foot to hold the lens and camera comfortably.

There are dimensions on their web site, maybe is a good idea to disassemble the Canon foot, measure and weight it.

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John Crowe
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Perhaps I am missing something.

When I handhold I rotate the foot to the top of the lens.  When I use it mounted to a monopod or tripod I have no reason to get my hand near the foot.  Even if I am manually focusing I don't recall the foot getting in the way.  I have used at least five lenses with tripod mounts without a problem.

Forgive me if I am missing something.

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BirdShooter7 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,954
Re: Canon 300mm 2.8L IS

I don’t believe this foot would work for the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM as the foot is integrated with the collar.

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jcr67
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Igor Sotelo wrote:

Was thinking why I don’t use much this lens, initially though it’s because it’s too heavy, but checking the specs, at 2.5 kg it’s not bad at all. Other brand 300/2.8 and 200/2 are significantly heavier.

It seems the problem may be the design of the foot, that doesn’t allow to comfortably pass the hand under and with the additional arca Swiss plate it hurts the supporting hand while trying not to move the focus ring.

It was difficult to find an replacement for the foot, but it seems Hejnar still makes them:

Any idea if this foot will work better? It adds some 214 grams to the weight, but it’s also a longer arca Swiss plate.

I purchased one for my 300 2.8L non I.S. It is well made, fits well and makes a great handle for carrying camera/lens combo. There is one major design flaw though. The channel machined into the sides to mount on arca swiss platform is not well thought out. It does no go the full length of the foot, therefore I can't center the camera and lens on a gimbal to balance naturally. I really like the quality, wish this issue didn't exist though. If you will be using it on a monopod it should be ok.

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