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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

the best lens ever

By Victor G.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-02

this is fantastic and so so so super sharp covers it all

RF 100-500, everything an L lens should be

By Timothy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-21

Sold my EF 100-400 rev 2 lens to help pay for the RF 100-500. I had read nothing but good reviews. Like many reviews suggest, I've taken off the tripod ring mount, and shoot handheld with an R5. With the image stabilization, I've had a great time shooting birds & BIF. Like several reviews mention, even with the friction ring on Tight, the lens still creeps out when held down. Takes a bit of getting used to, but is not a show stopper.

Excelent optics, poor build quality

By davidfromearth
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-19

Thought on paper f/7.1 at 500mm doesn't sound great, the optics are fantastic and paired with the R5, I get awesome pictures. However, it's just nowhere near as durable as past L-Series lenses. the EF 70-200, for example, is a total tank and in perfect condition after many years of abuse. This RF lens got dust inside the front and back element almost immediately. The lens mount also broke off and got stuck inside my R5 after just a small drop. I am positive any of my L-series EF lenses would have been fine. To repair the R5 and lens, Canon charged me like fifteen hundred bucks and of course I was without my camera and lens for a long time. The gear came back still in poor condition. The repair is warrantied, but now I have to send both the camera and lens back to Canon again. It's really not acceptable.

The extra 100mm is nice

By Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-16

I was using a 100-400 mm lens....and the extra reach with this one is nice

My Most-Used Lens

By Adrian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-10

After a year with this lens, I love everything about it, and have a hard time reminding myself to use other lenses on occasion. For what it is, it's incredibly portable and easy to handle. I carry it by flipping the tripod foot to the top of the lens and using that as a handle, which has allowed me to take this on regular 10-mile hikes in all seasons with no complaint. The weight and IS and capabilities of the R5 let you take pretty much any shot hand-held. People say it's dark or slow, and maybe it is for some high-end journalistic contexts, but for me, it's a non-issue in practice on almost every shot. You won't often want a shallow depth of field when you're chasing a moving target, and for static scenes, I find the bokeh surprisingly pleasant. The lens at 100mm has a very handsome projection, and can do thoughtful landscapes and even some macro or surface study shots. It's a tremendous item that I would recommend to anybody wanting to shoot outdoors.

Best in class

By guyr31
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

Excellent, very close to my 200-600 Sony. Smooth, light weight and sharp!

Absolutely outstanding lens. Expected nothing less

By Jeremy Fratkin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-23

I bought the 28-300L years ago. I loved it. It was an incredible lens. Then I moved to the 100-400, followed by the Mark II. The 100-400 II L was the best long zoom lens I've ever put on my camera. (Please read the full sentence, ZOOM, not fixed(prime)) Then technology changed, as did the prices of course, and the new toys came out. I've had a 5DIII since it launched. In fact I had two. Once I made the switch to dual R6's I figured it was only fair to upgrade the glass, despite the fairly hefty price mark up. The 100-500 is by no means inexpensive. Nothing Canon makes in the L range is inexpensive. However, if you're using top quality glass and the highest end full frame products, most who use them are professionals who make their money using the gear so the expensive part fades away quicker than for most. The photos are tack sharp. The extra 100mm is great, and the lens is lightweight. However, don't expect this lens to be small like the new RF 70-200. It's massive. It's as big as the 100-400 but feels a lot lighter. So far I've shot dance retcitals on it, and when the lighting is right, it allows for incredible closeups. I did buy this strictly to take to Alaska, so I will be shooting wildlife with it. If you have the money, purchase it. Think 100-400II plus less weight and even more quality improvement. I love all the features. I'm excited to toss on the new extender to see how that comes out.

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By RS PICS
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-21

wish it came with a manual instead of having to look on line for one. Otherwise it great.

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