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Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS II USM : Specifications and Opinions




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

Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS II USM

Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS II USM



The Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS II USM is a supertele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2011. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 10000 €;
45 users have given it an average vote of 9.7 out of 10.


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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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 Review by JuzaPhoto   Review Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS II USM by Juza

 Specifications
 Focal lenght   500 mm
 Angle of view   5°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   16 elements in 12 groups
 Min. focus distance   3.70 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.15x

 Features
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   52 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   3190 g
 Dimensions   146 x 383 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on May 04, 2013

Pros: Outstanding sharpness & IQ, great build quality, IS is 4 stops

Cons: None

Opinion: I have this lens since 6 months, and what an awesome lens it has been. I have almost not touched the 100-400 L after I got this. It is in another league over the 100-400L. Its razor sharp, hand holdable and easy to carry around (I got a think tank glass limo back pack for it)I use it for birding and with the 7D crop factor I get a 800 f/4 IS lens!!!! IQ with the 1.4 X TC III is excellent. Highly recommended, if one can afford the steep price.

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avatarjunior
sent on June 22, 2019

Pros: Sharpness, AF speed, great even with 1.4 III

Cons: For now, no one, except slightly the weight.

Opinion: Like those who preceded me, I bought this lens thanks to a good opportunity, and not being young nor gymnast the use will be mainly with use of tripod or adequate support. For now used only in a few sessions, and even the freehand shots have largely satisfied me. The test of fire for me will be next week in Sardinia. After the purchase I proceeded to take a tour in CPS with the two machine bodies for a perfect pairing. Coupled with the 100/400 and two multipliers I am sure to cover my non-professional needs.

avatarsupporter
sent on April 17, 2019

Pros: Sharpness, AF, stabilizer, construction.

Cons: I Can't find any.

Opinion: And He finally joined my lenses!!! It'S been a long time around, yes... No... No.. And in the end, yes. Bought used but in excellent condition. Before the purchase I was frightened a bit ' weight since I would use it freehand. Weight that there is everything but that you can still manage (and in my case, despite the age...). Already used in different light conditions and the results have me more than satisfied. Crisp, fast AF, top stabilizer. With the EF 1.4 x III not affected by the AF ne for the sharpness, a nice 700 f 5.6. I had to buy a bigger backpack to be able to get us 2 5D4 with BG, the 100-400 L II, the 500 and the two multipliers, bottle of water and a sandwich... Here, let's say a 10kg of things... I'm glad I don't have to go. With this 500 and the 100-400 I'm covered to the top for what, as an amateur, I do.

avataradmin
sent on May 06, 2016

Pros: crystal clear, very low weight (for a 500 f4), af, stabilizzore, construction

Cons: nobody

Opinion: Excellent lens from all points of view! compared to the previous model, it is much lighter - 3.2 kg are very few for a 500mm f / 4 and make it usable enough freehand, thanks to the excellent image stabilizer. The autofocus is lightning-fast and can be made even faster by using the focus limiter. The build quality is at the highest level and of course is weather sealed. In terms of sharpness, it is still better than the previous model using no multipliers both are perfect, but with the 1.4x multiplier 500 f / 4 II has a certain advantage, in particular on cameras with more dense sensor, and with the 2x advantage becomes evident. The new 500 + 2x is usable even at full aperture (f / 8), while with the previous version (2x + TC) had to close at least f / 11 to obtain a good sharpness. A good buy (although very expensive) for those dedicated to the photography of birds; the only dubOrganic may be the choice between the 500 and the 600 II II, which has the same characteristics of quality and strength but a slightly higher magnification (however, size and weight are higher).

avatarsupporter
sent on May 03, 2016

Pros: Splendid optical quality optimized at full aperture with both a smooth lens and 1.4 x and 2x. Well distributed and reduced weight of 700 g compared to the previous version that allows the use freehand even with 1.4 x and 2x. With FF's latest generation fast and extremely precise autofocus with smooth lens and with both teleconverters.

Cons: With Canon 7DmkII The autofocus slows down appreciably with 2x even if third generation. With 1DXmkII or with 5DmkIV there is no slowdown. Like all Supertele is II also in this lens the focus ring does not allow disabling during auto focus, which would be preferable.

Opinion: After using a 300 2.8 for 25 years with the two dedicated multipliers, I switched to the 500 4.5 old and then to this second stabilized version: The weight is felt in prolonged use freehand, but the stabilizer helps and the number of sharp photos of birds in flight It is significantly higher than the duplicate 300 and also of the 500 4.5 old. The price is worth the expense considering that the sharpness is spectacular even with 2XIII at full opening: The results confirm the excellence of this optics in nature photography in our country, where hunting disorder and wild urbanization are among the most Invasive in the world.




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