Canon 100-300mm Samples

First published on: Monday, 6 April 2009

Last update (Apr 06, 2009): Red-tailed hawk portrait by SouthernComfort with the Canon 40D.

This page is a collection of photo samples taken with the Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM Telephoto Zoom Lens, plus related image galleries, user pictures and other examples that I’ve come across in forums, online communities, blogs and related websites.

This should help in determining if the image quality of the 100-300/4.5-5.6 meets your expectations.

Bear in mind that the majority of these photos are re-sized, and may have gone through post-processing, retouching or other edits. I just thought that it would be interesting to see, at a glance, what Canon 100-300mm f4.5-5.6 owners and users are shooting with their lens.

Full-sized images, where available, will assist with judging the image quality.

Attribution is given by linking to the source and where available, the author’s homepage or photo gallery.

Red-tailed hawk portraits by SouthernComfort with the Canon 40D

SouthernComfort mounted the 100-300/4.5-5.6 on a Canon EOS 40D for this series of bird photos.

SouthernComfort called the lens “cheapo” in the post, but I think the results he obtained are outstanding, in terms of bokeh (creamy-snooth) and sharpness (have a look at the 100% crop).

Canon 100-300 samples on

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Some interesting pictures can be found there, for instance, these two portraiture photos (portrait 1, portrait 2), taken with a Canon XTi / 400D / Kiss X camera by Brian Magnusen, show you the kind of bokeh (which I think is pretty good) you can get with this lens.

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