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Canon EF 500mm f/4.5 L USM : Specifications and Opinions


Canon EF 500mm f/4.5 L USM

The Canon EF 500mm f/4.5 L USM is a supertele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 1992 to 1999 (discontinued). The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 3000 €;
15 users have given it an average vote of 9.0 out of 10.


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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   500 mm
 Angle of view   5°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4.5
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   8 elements in 7 groups
 Min. focus distance   5.00 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.11x

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   48 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   3000 g
 Dimensions   130 x 390 mm
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avatarsupporter
sent on December 21, 2018

Pros: To be a 500mm is quite light weight, weighs less than the newer, very fast AF, excellent image quality and good resistance to flare

Cons: It is not stabilized, huge and heavy lens hood, we hope that there are no problems, because of spare parts repairs are very unlikely

Opinion: I found it used for about a month at a very good price, it was love at first sight, the first joy was discovering that I can shoot freehand with excellent results, the handle of transport helps not little in the movements, I have not yet managed to post photos Because of the fog and the various commitments, but as soon as possible I will. I conclude by saying that it is very good even with the multiplier 1.4 x, in short I recommend it to those who can not afford the new. Rated 9.5.

avatarjunior
sent on October 06, 2018

Pros: Sharpness-very Fast AF-weight-price Used.

Cons: Canon politics on old but high class L pieces no more spare parts/revisions

Opinion: I took this lens used year 1992 maybe one of the first specimens... but in good condition because the 300mm F4 is was a bit too short.... short for the photos I currently do. What about a whole other lens, a whole other way to photograph because the angle of the field is only 5 ° but once you take the hand becomes easier. Compared to newer specimens the weight of this 500mm is the lightest, I use this lens even without tripod and the weight is not a problem because when I go around I put the tripod collar between the strap of the "trousers" and the weight becomes ZERO. As for is that there is no this is not a problem because the shutter speed that I usually use is very fast-used for photos of (birds in Flight-sport motorcycles etc.). I tried this lens with 1DX and 6d MkII and AF in both cases it is very fast... Spectacular. The biggest problem is that if you have problems you can not lead to a center Canon this because they do not dare even remotely revise it or if by chance you break fix it.... a real pity.... good is that you can find at a really low price 1500 /2000 Euro. I recommend it to everyone especially if one is not really convinced to spend 3000/4000 euros for a 500mm "used" although newer.

avatarsupporter
sent on August 02, 2015

Pros: Classical Canon super telephoto with first fluorite lens: 5.6 great sharpness and contrast; high color quality, thanks to the optical scheme of only 8 lenses. Weighing only 3 kg well distributed, with moderate imbalance forward: perfect for use freehand without shoulder. Excellent duplication with 1.4 III. Speed ??and accuracy of focus: the speed of af is not smaller than that of the later models.

Cons: Soft at full aperture. Lens without stabilizer. Hood unusable freehand (it weighs almost 700 grams).

Opinion: I took one of the last products, practically never used by the previous owner. The sharpness and f do not regret later models. The photos have the most beautiful colors and vibrant 300 II is duplicated. The af 7 II provides with a very high percentage of photos in focus (birds in flight). In this type of photography using very fast shutter speeds, which do not need stabilization. I paid this lens almost four times less of the latter type, and given the quality of the photos, they are very happy with the purchase. I recommend it to those who want to photograph birds in flight free hand.

avatarsenior
sent on March 08, 2014

Pros: I always use good lens with 1.4x without any problems, in the passerines shots I always use it with the diaphragm 10 -11 yield is also excellent with aperture 6.3 with 1.4 is great at good prices is very light weight the series is only 3kg weighs 3,850-series is 2 weighs 3180

Cons: perhaps in strong backlight suffers is with the tripod is not very necessary especially if you shoot with a 4.5 times higher being 1.4 becomes 6.3 with many cameras canon reads up to 5.6 but with the series and now 1d 5d mk3 is fine and at least with my 1DSMK III is quite fast even though the law only the central point for the spare parts we hope that will not break

Opinion: say that I use it for 3 years now has not given me problems ever one thing that bothers me is the lens hood when I used the 500 fd pull the hood was very practical in both the lens is put in place the hood you can also do some hand-held shots before the weight is felt without 1.4 is very bright and fast especially with my camera

avatarsenior
sent on November 15, 2013

Pros: Lightness, clarity, detachment of the plans, the possibility of using freehand for short periods.

Cons: No spare parts if it breaks, no stabilizer

Opinion: I have about a week this wonderful lens that I was lucky to find them for sale here on Juza. rnEra just what I wanted. A 500 that did not cost a fortune but it was equally clear and also lighter than its successori.rnrnNe are really excited about it. The quality is excellent even with a 1.4x (I use the Kenko DGX). Excellent speed of focus. Perfect separation from the fund. I find it very three-dimensional compared to what I get with the 300.




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