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Canon 300 f/4L Non-IS First Impressions

A street on the west side of downtown Spokane, Wash., is photographed, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (Young Kwak)

A street on the west side of downtown Spokane, Wash., is photographed, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (Young Kwak)

I purchased a used Canon 300 f/4L, the non-IS version, which was manufactured in the early to mid 1990s. I read some nice reviews and comments on different websites about this particular lens, which was discontinued in 1997, when Canon released an IS version of the lens.

Supposedly, the non-IS version beats out the IS version in focus speed and sharpness according to some reviews and comments on different websites. But, I don’t have an IS version of the lens to compare it to. But, I know what the non-IS version can do on its own.

I took some test shots around town. The images are sharp, even wide open at f/4. Also, focus is quick and snappy. For me, mobility is very important. So, the fact that it is light weight is a huge plus. So far, I am  happy with this lens.

A neighborhood in the west side of downtown Spokane, Wash., is photographed, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (Young Kwak)

A neighborhood in the west side of downtown Spokane, Wash., is photographed, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (Young Kwak)

Sunday Night Thunderstorm

I sat outside and filmed a thunderstorm racing by last night. This storm moved quickly through the area and was gone as quickly as it came.

This storm had a little bit of everything. There was the dust storm, which knocked a large branch off one of my maples. Then, there was a little light rain. There was no sign of the thunderstorm at that point. Then, just as I thought there might not be any lightning, off in the distance, the sky lit up.

I raced inside my house to get a camera and set up under an overhang. The storm lasted maybe 20 minutes total. I was able to get some shots before the storm disappeared off in the distance.