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

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  • EF Mount; telephoto lens
  • Ultra-low Dispersion glass with Fluorite elements; inner focusing ring; full-time manual focus; image stabilizer
  • Micro UltraSonic Motor (USM)
  • 500mm Focal length
  • f/4 Maximum aperture

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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens + Canon EF 1.4X III Telephoto Extender for Canon Super Telephoto Lenses + Canon EF 2.0X III Telephoto Extender for Canon Super Telephoto Lenses
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 5124B002
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Minimum focal length: 500 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 500 millimeters
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 15 x 6 inches ; 7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 25 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004M8SWB0
  • Item model number: 5124B002
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 6, 2011

Product Description

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Super Telephoto Lens

Worthy successor to the lauded Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM, the new EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM super telephoto lens features completely redesigned Fluorite optics that deliver sharper images with less chromatic aberration and has a lighter weight thanks to magnesium and titanium construction elements. Because image stabilization technology in super telephoto lenses may inadvertently over-compensate and interfere with composing and framing distant or moving subjects, the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM includes an advanced third Image Stabilization mode (Mode 3) that activates IS only when the shutter button is fully pressed. This allows users to pan fast-moving subjects and then activate IS only when it is precisely required. Additionally, all three IS modes give the equivalent effect of a shutter speed four stops faster, ideally positioning the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM for professional action photography, from sports to nature. The addition of the Power Focus mode enables smooth focus change when shooting video. Buttons and switches are redesigned for intuitive, deliberate operation, and dust and water sealing keeps the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM functioning flawlessly in even the most challenging environments.

Product Description

Worthy successor to the lauded Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM, the new EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM super telephoto lens features completely redesigned Fluorite optics that deliver sharper images with less chromatic aberration and has a lighter weight thanks to magnesium and titanium construction elements. Because image stabilization technology in super telephoto lenses may inadvertently over-compensate and interfere with composing and framing distant or moving subjects, the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM includes an advanced third Image Stabilization mode (Mode 3) that activates IS only when the shutter button is fully pressed. This allows users to pan fast-moving subjects and then activate IS only when it is precisely required. Additionally, all three IS modes give the equivalent effect of a shutter speed four stops faster, ideally positioning the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM for professional action photography, from sports to nature. The addition of the Power Focus mode enables smooth focus change when shooting video. Buttons and switches are redesigned for intuitive, deliberate operation, and dust and water sealing keeps the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM functioning flawlessly in even the most challenging environments.

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It has a case and a strap.
Paul M. Provencher
It is light enough to be usable for handheld shots for brief periods, especially with the third level of image stabilization.
Keith
The more I use this lens the more impressed I am with it's superb image quality and image stabilization.
Birdman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jason Holzworth on June 16, 2012
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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, and this is my observation and may not be yours.

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.

The price is the only negative, but in this day and age, things like this lens are not cheap.

If you are looking for one lens that can do it all; wildlife, birds, sports in semi decent light, a super telephoto to travel with....here it is, but it does come at a price.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Birdman on December 23, 2012
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I have had this lens for about six weeks now. It is absolutely flawless. The image quality is superb. The relatively light weight is almost miraculous. I have been able to hand hold it for sharp images down to 1/160 second, which speaks for how well the image stabilization works. I like the new mode 3 image stabilization because it works at the instant of exposure and does not cause image movement in the viewfinder.

The only thing I don't like is the high price. I just hope that they don't come out with a version 3 in a few months like the Ipad.

This a followup to my original review of this lens.

I have now used this for about 16 months now. The more I use this lens the more impressed I am with it's superb image quality and image stabilization. I was able to successfully hand hold this lens with a 1.4x series 3 Canon teleconverter on an air boat in Florida. This lens is absolutely great.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrei Duman on April 15, 2013
I did a ton of research before i bought this lens. It is not cheap and wanted to make sure that it would serve my needs. It is a massive lens, the hood on it also makes it a formidable weapon and scares little children. It comes in the Canon suitcase which is quite sturdy...a much needed accessory. I took this on a safari to 4 countries in Africa and that came in very handy. It has 2 handles and is just the right size to fit in on small planes. In terms of the lens quality it is quite simply brilliant. It is so sharp that when i was trying to photograph a lion that was in the tall grass i struggled as it would be focusing on the blades of grass and then the lion. I had to switch to manual zoom. It is super fast and the quality of the glass is probably the best in the Canon lineup. I also bought the 1.4ExIII which (although i wont do a review on this here) was a brilliant addition to the larger lenses. Canon has really stepped it on the Extenders (i had the 1.4ExII and the difference is very visible). I also have the 300 2.8L and the extra reach is very welcomed. It is a little heavy, even though it is a great deal lighter than the last version, so using a bean bag was massively welcomed. It can be handheld but you will get tired.

I would highly recommend this lens to anyone. Buy it....it is a lot but you will get awesome images and will have it for a long time. Simply flawless!!!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gary on June 29, 2013
I bought this lens from Fotofile in Thailand. I traded in my 500 IS on it. Was it worth it? In a word Yes. Quite possibly the best lens I have ever shot with. I also sold my 300 IS and bought the bought the new 300 II version. Which in a word is unbelievable. I only shoot birds and wildlife mostly in the jungle so my review is for that menu only.

The AF with out a T.C. is ok. If it has to hunt it can be very slow. From full front to infinity is brutally slow if a bird is waiting for you.... If close it hits very fast and accurate.

I am not a big fan of T.C.'s especially with this lens. The AF is slow with my IV and 7D. But more than that I have to use long lens technique. And it slows me down to a crawl compared to the bare lens. I use a 1.4 only with this lens. And sparingly.

IS is unreal. It really lets you hand hold this lens. (Wthout a t.c.) for extended periods and excels at every turn. Extremely sharp hand held photos are common place for this lens. The weight is lighter than the older 500, and IS is better. Just a joy to use for a run and gun shooter like myself.

Personally it has changed the way I shoot. Going from a tripod to hand held. The only time I use a tripod with this lens is when in a hide or using a T.C.. At that stage the IS is turned off unless at very slow shutter speeds.

It is a little back heavy with the IV mounted and I replaced the tripod mount with a RRS foot. I personally find it much better all the way around. I can mount a mono-pod directly to the foot and directly to my Wimbeley head in seconds.

After literally thousands of shots with this lens, it is my favorite birding lens by a long way. Easily beating the older IS lens if you want to hand hold and be mobile.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keith on December 18, 2012
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This lens is simply the best in class. Auto focus is very fast and the images are tack sharp. It is light enough to be usable for handheld shots for brief periods, especially with the third level of image stabilization. Better still, use a monopod or tripod for any extended shooting.
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