Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

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Product Highlights

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/4-32
  • Fluorite Optics for Sharper Images
  • Three Mode Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Power Focus Mode and Focus Preset
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Dustproof and Moisture Proof Sealing
  • Magnesium/Titanium for Lighter Weight
  • Attachment Slot for Wire-type Lock
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Canon 500mm f/4.0 overview

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The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Canon has all the upgrades needed to make it the go-to super long telephoto lens for professional photographers and anyone who has the highest standards for the gear they use.

Using the three mode Optical Image Stabilization allows you to shoot at shutter speeds 4 stops slower, and the advanced third IS mode activates only when the shutter button is fully pressed, so you can pan with fast-moving subjects without the IS function interfering with composition and framing. An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) enables smooth, fast and quiet autofocus and a Power Focus mode allows smooth focus change which is especially important while shooting video. A focus preset function allows you to store focusing positions and return to them in an instant when needed. An AF stop button will pause autofocus with just a touch and manual focus override allows precise manual focus even in AF mode.

Image sharpness is enhanced with fluorite optics that deliver reduced chromatic aberration and SWC (Subwavelength Structure Coating) reduces flare and ghosting. A circular aperture design helps to produce pleasing out of focus areas.

Dust and water sealing keeps the lens functioning even in less than ideal conditions and magnesium and titanium construction elements make it lighter than its predecessor. Fluorine coating on the front and rear lens surfaces allows dirt to be removed easily and an attachment slot is provided for a wire-type security lock. The EF 500mm f/4L is compatible with Canon's EF1.4x III and EF2x III extenders and this lens includes a lens hood, 52mm drop-in gelatin filter holder, a detachable tripod collar and a hard travel case.

Fluorite optics for sharper images and less chromatic aberration.
Lighter weight due to magnesium and titanium construction elements.
Three IS (Image Stabilization) modes offer a 4-stop shutter speed advantage.
Advanced image stabilization Mode 3 activates only when shutter button is fully pressed, allowing for panning to follow fast-moving subjects.
Ultrasonic autofocus motor and inner focus system enable fast, smooth and silent AF action.
Power Focus mode allows smooth focus change when shooting video.
Focus preset allows you to establish focus points and return to them quickly when needed.
Focusing distance range can be selected with a switch on the lens barrel. By setting a suitable focusing distance range, actual autofocus time can be shortened. The two focusing ranges are 12.14 - 32.81' and 32.81' to infinity.
An AF Stop Button allows you to immediately pause autofocus action with a touch of a button on the lens barrel.
Dust and water sealing for shooting in the most challenging environments.
Detachable lens hood, a detachable, rotatable tripod collar, drop-in gelatin filter holder with glass filter and hard travel case are supplied with the 500mm f/4L lens.
UPC: 013803134124

Canon 500mm f/4.0 specs

Focal Length 500mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance 12.14' (3.7 m)
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 16 / 12
Diaphragm Blades 9
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Filter Thread Drop-In: 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 5.75 x 15.08" (146 x 383 mm)
Weight 7.03 lb (3.19 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 24.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 27.4 x 16.4 x 15.5"

Canon 500mm f/4.0 reviews

EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 41.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I Expected and More ! Simply put, this is THE lens for bird / wildlife photography. As a petite female, I previously shied away from the Big Glass due to the weight issues. Canon has taken that excuse away. This lens is more than manageable, and the results are just awesome. The controls are intuitive and easily accessible. Sharpness is incredibly consistent and I'm delighted at the quickness of the Autofocus. It easily is the sharpest and fastest of any of the lenses I currently own.I've actually captured images of some shy subjects previously impossible without the working distance of this lens! I can't think of any Con, except that I want to use it ALL the time !
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An optical masterpiece Incredibly sharp lens, quick, precise autofocus, and wonderfully balanced when on my camera. Saved for a year and luckily found a used one in perfect shape. Not a versatile lens, but what a gem when circumstances warrant its use. As with the earlier IS version, the silly sub-standard tightening system for the expensive lens hood could be improved. As is, when in the field it's still a clunky, slow, relatively fragile, aggravating mechanism (I had to order the replacement parts from Canon -- great service though) that leaves marks on the lens barrel grooves. . Heck, for field use, I'd even prefer a cheap, ugly black plastic lens hood that twists on. But, otherwise, I am thrilled by the wonderful optics of this lens.
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Great Quality with Improvements I am a wildlife photographer and had used the old version 500 since it came out in 1999. I replaced the old one with the version II a couple of months ago, along with a 1.4X III. How does it compare to the old 500? It is equal to the excellent sharpness of the old version, but the IS is much improved - quieter, faster, and the new Mode 3 I use all the time. More importantly for me, the new version is a almost 1.5 LBs lighter. It works great with the 1.4 extender as well and the autofocus is plenty fast enough for flying birds. This lens is close to the epitomy for modern day lens crafters.
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Lens - Ever After waiting 10 months for the unit to arrive I can only say it was worth the wait. I shoot wildlife and in the 2 weeks that I have the unit I have taken over 2,500 bird shots some at 500mm and some with the Canon 2x extender III and they are as sharp as can be. Some of the shots taken were so far away I would watch for a bird to land, I could not see the landed bird with my naked eye but scanned thru the lens and have taken beautiful shots. The weight is not bad and I have captured some hand held shots and they are fine, but I would not want to do this for a long time. I wish it were not so expensive but one gets what one pays for and this lens is clearly worth the price.
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Lens! Everything you have probably already heard about this lens is true. It's lighter than the previous version, the latest image stabilization is fantastic, the image quality is stellar, and you pretty much have the best optic of this focal length on the planet when you purchase this lens. Yes, the cost is a killer, but if you are serious about certain kinds of photography (I photograph birds) then there really are not many choices when it comes to great birding lenses. This is one of them. It should last a long time and if current trends are any indication, you may end up being able to sell it for close to what you paid for it years down the road. So look at it as in investment.
Date published: 2013-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly sharp, a marked upgrade The new 500 f/4 EF IS II USM is a marked upgrade on the version 1 of this lens, which I owned. It is noticibly lighter to hold and feels well balanced. It is sharper in the corners than the old version, and the image stabilization is noticibly better to me. Shooting birds as small objects in the field of view the focus also seems better to me, faster and more accurate. With a professional series body the mount on the lens is too far back on the lens and a foot such as that offered by Really Right Stuff works better to balance the rig on a gimbal head. The case is a monster and built like a tank. The new lens hood is an improvement but does not fit over a Lens Coat. This my favorite birds lens ever.
Date published: 2012-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superlight Super telephoto The canon 500mm II is a masterpiece. Version I was as well, but somehow, some way canon managed to shave 1.5 lbs off of this lens. For travel and hiking this lens cannot be beat. The lens seems to AF slower with the series III tele converters vs the series ii. So keep that in mind. The 4 stops of IS also helps with hand holding this lens, but so does the aforementioned weight savings. I am happy I have purchased the 500mm ii and it will be a nice companion to my 800mm L.
Date published: 2012-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishing quality This is truly a great lens. Together with the 5DMIII and 1.4x TE III, I am already getting good results for wild bird photography despite the fact that I still have a lot to learn about long lens technique and working with gimbal heads. Results are sharp wide open: stopping down doesn't appear to be necessary unless more depth of field is needed. Bokeh, AF speed, weight and construction quality leave nothing to be desired. While there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the stock foot, I will be swapping it out for an Arca-Swiss compatible model. A dream lens that will outlast me!
Date published: 2014-05-07
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