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Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens

BH #CA100500LRF • MFR #4112C002
Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens
Key Features
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5-7.1 to f/32-54
  • One Super UD Element, Six UD Elements
  • Dual Nano USM AF System
Covering a variety of telephoto focal lengths, the Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM spans a short- to super-telephoto range within a sleek and portable form factor. The modest maximum aperture enables a relatively portable design that is well-suited to handheld, walkaround use and optical image stabilization also helps to steady photos and videos by up to five stops when working in difficult lighting conditions. This lens is also characterized by its advanced optical design, which includes a series of Super UD and UD elements to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing throughout the zoom range for a degree of clarity and color accuracy.
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Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM Overview

Covering a variety of telephoto focal lengths, the Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM spans a short- to super-telephoto range within a sleek and portable form factor. The modest maximum aperture enables a relatively portable design that is well-suited to handheld, walkaround use and optical image stabilization also helps to steady photos and videos by up to five stops when working in difficult lighting conditions. This lens is also characterized by its advanced optical design, which includes a series of Super UD and UD elements to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing throughout the zoom range for a degree of clarity and color accuracy.

Balancing the distinguished optical assets is the Dual Nano USM focus system, which delivers fast, nearly silent autofocus performance with full-time manual focus override. A unique Control Ring is also integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself and the rotating zoom ring also feature torque adjustment for fine-tuning the feel of the lens. Additionally, this 100-500mm is weather-sealed and has a fluorine coating to protect the front and rear elements.

Versatile telephoto zoom lens is designed for use with full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless cameras.
Six UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion) elements and one Super UD element help to minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing in order to provide greater clarity and color accuracy.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by five stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. Three distinct IS modes are available: standard single-shot mode, a panning-optimized mode, and a mode that only activates the Image Stabilizer during the exposure.
Dual Nano USM system utilizes both a ring type USM and an STM mechanism to realize quick and accurate focusing that is also smooth and nearly silent to suit both photography and video applications. This focusing system also affords full-time manual focus control when working in the one-shot AF mode.
Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.
Protective fluorine coating has been applied to the front and rear element to resist fingerprints and smudges and to make cleaning these elements significantly easier.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens has a weather-resistant design that protects against dust and moisture to enable its use in inclement conditions.
Rotation-type zoom ring features torque adjustment capabilities to fine-tune the handling of the lens or to prevent the lens from accidentally extending.
Included lens hood features a side window to allow for easier adjustment of specialized rotating filters, such as polarizers, while the lens hood is attached.
Compatible with optional Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x teleconverters, when used within the 300-500mm range of the lens, to further extend the effective focal length range.
UPC: 013803330458

Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM Specs

Focal Length100 to 500mm
Maximum Aperturef/4.5 to 7.1
Minimum Aperturef/32 to 54
Lens MountCanon RF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View24° to 5°
Minimum Focus Distance2.95' / 90 cm
Maximum Magnification0.33x
Optical Design20 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.69 x 8.17" / 93.8 x 207.6 mm
Length at Maximum Extension8.19" / 208 mm
Weight3 lb / 1365 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.07 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.7 x 8 x 6.9"

Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM Reviews

Better than EF 100-400 II

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-20

I was reluctant to replace my much loved 100-400 but the prospect of lighter weight, an extra 100mm, and maybe better IQ won out. I use it on a R5 and shoot mainly birds with it. I am picky about precise AF and noticed right away the AF performs better, especially on BIF. I also noticed smoother bokeh and more vibrant color. All in all, a good, if expensive, upgrade.

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By James
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-13

Based unlimited use very happy with resolution and IS. Less happy with the fact that with 1.4 extender it can't be used at less than 300 mm.

Don't stress over the 7.1, it's a great lens

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-12

I was a bit skeptical paying this much for a lens that ends up at f/7.1, but those concerns were alleviated after reviewing my images. With a modern camera like the R5, speed and image quality are still fantastic even at f/7.1. If you frame your shot correctly, you can still get great BOKEH with this lens.

Really, really impressive!

By Ivan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-11

Paired with an R5, this lens is a game changer in hand held wildlife and sports photography. The winning combination of the multi-stop stabilization from the lens and camera and the incredibly fast eye reorganization of the camera has brought my birding photography to a different level of accuracy, speed and ease. The lens is crazy sharp compared to my previous 100-400 L, and the IS is very quiet. Overall, a winner in my books and an absolute keeper.

Impressed with sharpness even at a distance

By Jamie H
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-09

I borrowed this lens from a friend when I visited Wyoming. I am so impressed with the images even up to 200 yards! (Added those to those review). Quickly focuses, super sharp- completely in love! Ordered for myself!

Doesn't work!

By Gregory
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-09

I brought my brand new RF100-500 with me on my annual trip to Yellowstone. All I can say is I am glad I already own one as I ruined several hundred images as the new one photographs soft. I tested it over and over again, with several r5 bodies, against two good lenses - my own and a friend's. It is coming back as soon as I am home from the trip. Terribly disappointed!

a fantastic lens!

By Lisa
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-20

it works really good with the Canon R5 mirrorless.

I love it!

By Stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-18

So much more functional than a 500mm prime, and a fraction of the cost. I love the versatility it gives me to zoom in and out to better compose my image. I am surprised and disappointed that the focusing ring is located so far back on the lens. This makes it very hard to focus on the fly when needed (which is admittedly infrequent). Quality is excellent after nearly 2 months of frequent use.

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