Review Lens: Canon EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM

Lens Overview - Canon EF 500mm F/4

Well-suited for sports and wildlife photography, the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM is a Canon L-series super telephoto lens that blends long reach with fast performance and intuitive handling. Using a pair of fluorite elements, along with four aspherical elements, both chromatic and spherical aberrations are kept to a minimum in order to realize sharp, clear image quality with accurate rendering and color fidelity. A Sub Wavelength Coating also contributes to color accuracy and helps to control flare and ghosting when working in backlit and harsh lighting conditions.

In addition to its optical merits, the 500mm f/4 is also characterized by its advanced four stop-effective Image Stabilizer system, which has three separate stabilization modes to suit various shooting applications. Also complementing handling is a sophisticated ring-type USM, which provides quick, quiet, and accurate autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. Additionally, this lens is weather-sealed for use in trying environmental conditions and it has a removable rotating tripod collar to benefit working atop a tripod or monopod.

Super telephoto prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides an 800mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/4 maximum aperture affords control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques.
Two fluorite elements are used to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to achieve greater clarity and color accuracy.
Four aspherical elements help to limit spherical aberrations and distortion for greater sharpness and accurate rendering.
A Sub Wavelength Coating has been applied to individual elements to control lens flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. Three distinct IS modes are available: standard single-shot mode, a panning-optimized mode, and a mode that only activates the Image Stabilizer during the exposure.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with optimized focusing algorithms and a high-speed CPU, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Focus Preset function is available to quickly recall a programmed focusing position.
Focus Limiter switch lets you constrain the focusing to three different ranges to suit different applications: 12.1-32.8', 12.1'-infinity, or 32.8'-infinity.
A Power Focus setting is available, and allows you to electronically and smoothly adjust your focus position to suit video recording. This setting utilizes a dedicated ring in front of the main focusing ring and allows you to use one of two different focusing speeds.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens is sealed against dust and moisture for working in inclement environmental conditions.
Fluorine-coating on exposed elements affords protection to the optical system, resists smudging and fingerprints, and is easier to clean.
Removable rotating tripod collar is included and benefits working with the lens atop a tripod or monopod.
Compatible with optional EF 1.4X and EF 2X teleconverters.
UPC: 013803134124

Canon EF 500mm F/4 Latest Price



Focal Length500mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountCanon EF
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance12.14' / 3.7 m
Maximum Magnification0.15x
Optical Design16 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size52 mm (Drop-In)
Dimensions (ø x L)5.75 x 15.08" / 146 x 383 mm
Weight7.02 lb / 3.18 kg

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Lens Technical

500mm F/4L IS II USMPanasonic Lumix S 24-105mm F4 Macro O.I.S.Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM
Name Canon EF 500mm F/4L IS II USMPanasonic Lumix S 24-105mm F4 Macro O.I.S.Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM
Max Aperture At Min Focal f/4f/4f/4
Year 201120192019
Mount Type Canon EFLeica LCanon RF
Lens Type Lens SupertelephotoLens Wide,lens Medium,lens TelephotoLens Wide,lens Medium,lens Telephoto,lens Supertelephoto
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $9499$1300
Lens Zoom PrimeZoomZoom
Lens Range 5002424
Global 31.1633
Effective Mega Pixel 31.1117
Distorsion 0.016
Vignetting -1.03499
Tstop 4.4793
Ac 2.913
Vignetting Ranking 7615
Tstop Ranking 8347
Ac Ranking 661
Pixel Depth 50.6
Price Sensor 3900
Sensor Raw 51.16
Sensor Format Sensor Fullframe
Type SemiProDSLR
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Feb. 2011Feb. 2019Feb. 2019
Brand CanonPanasonicCanon


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