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The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM features 500mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4. The lens construction has 16 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 5 degrees. Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system, with focusing cam, Closest focusing distance at 3.7m / 12.14 ft. and has a filter size of 52mm Drop-In. The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens weighs 3190g/112.5 oz. and it measures 5.7″/146mm in diameter and 15.1″/383mm in long.
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The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and writes;
“Like the 600 L IS II, the 500 L IS II is an incredible lens, featuring outstanding image quality, extremely fast and accurate AF, impressive IS performance and superb build quality.”
SLRGear reviews the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and writes;
“Canon has clearly spent a lot of time on the design of this lens: on the full-frame 1Ds Mark III, there is absolutely no distortion.. The 500mm ƒ/4 II focuses extremely fast, and also very quietly.”
Cameralabs reviews the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and writes;
“With the aperture opened to f4, the depth-of-field becomes razor-thin, allowing you to achieve beautiful effects where anything immediately behind or in front of the subject becomes rendered into a silky smooth blurred effect. Coupled with the flattened perspective of a super-telephoto lens, the effect is both pleasing and flattering.”
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM User Reviews
Making a Masterpiece even better
“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.” – By Jason Holzworth
“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.” – By Birdman
A fine piece of glass
“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.” – By Keith
“This lens has a fluoride lens element that corrects the chromatic abberation. It has Image Stabilization and Auto-Focus. This lens is incredible. It’s fairly light because of the magnesium and titanium construction. It has a case and a strap. I had to buy a 52mm filter holder because the one that came with it only holds gelatin filters. It really is good to have a circular polarizing filter inside the lens.” – By Paul M. Provencher
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Sample Photos
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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM User Manual
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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Specifications
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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