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Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM

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Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 500 mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Angle of view o
Closest focusing distance 4.5 m
Maximum magnification 1:8.33
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type USM
Lens Construction 17 elements / 13 groups
Filter diameter 52 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 146 x 387 mm
Weight 3870 g
Additional information Marketed July 1999
Average rating (7 owners reviews)
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4.90 Good
Owners reviews (7)
  1. Bob
    Bob 7 January 2017, 09:55
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    IP 80.3.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $5000
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: A lens that needs to be on a tripod/monopod if used all day due to weight. Not supplied with a bag but a hardcase. Bag would be more useful. Bought a Manfrotto pro light TLB-600 which holds body on lens perfectly. Expensive lens to buy but much cheaper than Mk11 version.

    Pros: Build quality, sharpness/contrast all excellent, easy to use. Delivers stunning pictures that are pin sharp.

    Summary: Used mainly for motorsport and occasional wildlife. Used on a 7D Mk2 gives me 800mm or my 5D Mk2 straight or with 1.4 x extender 700mm, all give excellent results. Maybe me, but can't yet get the same results with a 2.0 x extender. If you can afford this lens go for it, have other excellent lenses but this one's brilliant !!

  2. Aljoscha
    Aljoscha 5 December 2015, 01:48
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    IP 193.158.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 5600$
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Heavy Expensive (you get what you pay for) Slight imbalance (front heavy), tripod collar should be positioned more to the front of the lens

    Pros: Very good image quality wide open Fast autofocus Excellent build quality Very good image stabilizer Useful with tele-extenders Really nice functions: AF stop buttons, Focus memory & limiter

    Summary: An excellent super-telephoto lens with great image quality, very good IS, fast autofocus and excellent build quality, quite heavy though and pretty expensive (but version 2 costs almost twice as much).

  3. Edgar
    Edgar 19 October 2013, 22:58
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    IP 84.90.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: $6900
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: quite heavy.

    Pros: razor-sharp wide open, very sharp and excellent contrast with 1.4 extender

    Summary: fantastic lens for wildlife photography

  4. Miuigel
    Miuigel 19 October 2013, 22:53
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    IP 84.90.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
    Price: $6500
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Heavy.

    Pros: Quick and contrast.

    Summary: Fantastic

  5. Victor
    Victor 19 October 2013, 22:48
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    IP 84.90.x.x
    Owner since: 7 years
    Price: $6800
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Heavy.

    Pros: Fast focus

    Summary: Excellent lens

  6. henrique
    henrique 19 October 2013, 22:46
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    IP 84.90.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price: $7000
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Quite heavy

    Pros: Very sharp and very good contrast.

    Summary: Fantastic lens for wildlife, 5 ********

  7. FS
    FS 12 March 2012, 16:58
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    IP 81.243.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: quite heavy, tripod or other kind of support (beanbag, monopod, ...) is a necessity at all times

    Pros: razorsharp wide open, very sharp and good contrast with 1.4 extender and usable with 2x extender

    Summary: fantastic lens for wildlife photography