Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L II


The Mother of All Canon Lenses (TMOACL). The color, contrast and sheer image quality make this the best Canon lens in my opinion.


I rented this lens for a week long trip to eastern Oregon. It doesn’t have the reach of the 500mm or the 600mm, yet it is lighter with an an f/2.8 aperture.

Mr. McFurry

It takes the Canon 1.4x and 2x extenders with little image degradation. It’s very easy to handhold, and focus on my 5D Mark III was fast and accurate.

American avocet

I miss this lens already. It does have a few shortcomings though. It’s large and expensive.


I don’t have a have a practical reason to own this lens since I don’t shoot enough wildlife, sports or other fast action pursuits. I will rent it again though when the need arises.

western meadowlark

Hidden landscapes

puget sound

These landscapes are hidden, in the sense that they were buried away in my photo archives. I spent some face time with my computer during these short winter days to spelunk through my photos and see what I may have missed. The photo above was taken in Hansville last March. I captured this scene with the Canon 24mm TS-E II.

The image below is from a walk down the refuge road on the Malheur wildlife reservation in Oregon. The photo was taken with the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4. The color and rendering from this lens make it my favorite landscape lens.

malheur wildlife refuge

The image below is from a climb to the top of Boulder ridge in the Buckhorn wilderness. We had the pleasure of sleeping out under the stars and watching the world go by from an amazing vantage point. The left peak in the background is Mt. Mystery. A closer view of that area can be viewed in my Deception basin trip report.

eyes across the valley

I captured the scene below while loitering around Paradise, and trying to adjust to higher elevation before my Rainier climb.

paradise and tatoosh range

Lastly, I pulled this image of the Easton glacier out of my Mt. Baker folder. It is a good look at the “skeleton” of the glacier in late season. The image above and below were taken with my Canon 40mm pancake lens and Rebel T4i. This was my lightweight adventure kit for alpine climbs in 2013 (until it was stolen, but that’s another story).

raw ice

Happy New Year!

In the words of my home boy Thoreau. “We should go forth on the shortest walk, perchance, in the spirit of undying adventure, never to return; prepared to send back our embalmed hearts only, as relics to our desolate kingdoms.”