Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
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7 May 2014
Excerpt: This is truly a great lens. Together with the 5DMIII and 1.4x TE III, I am already getting good results for wild bird photography despite the fact that I still have a lot to learn about long lens technique and working with gimbal heads. Results are sharp wide open: stopping down doesn't appear to be necessary unless more depth of field is needed. Bokeh, AF speed, weight and construction quality leave nothing to be desired.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: Just an awesome lens; a true beast - but lighter than its predecessor. Possibly the only issue at this spectacular price is whether the 200-400 (with teleconverter built in to allow 560mm at 5.6) is a better purchase. The 200-400 is easier to hand hold and allows focal distance flexibility. The 500mm is better as a prime lens but the ability to use a lighter lens with more range is appealing.
Conclusion: I had wanted the original 500 for a long time. Finally was able to buy the new model. Not cheap, but it has already has allowed me to take pictures that were not feasible before. Very pleased.
Excerpt: I shoot birds and was reluctant to sell my old 500mm IS which is the best toy I have ever owned. However, time has rendered my shoulders less sturdy than they once were. Many critics have said the 500II is not worth the difference, but the lens is noticeable lighter and should extend your ability to use it if your body is starting to talk back. The performance is what you would expect.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Summary: This lens is very sharp even while it is wide open (f4). However, I have yet to see a super-telephoto lens that is comparable to my Canon 800mm. Compared to 800mm the photos are sharp but lack the vibrancy that 800mm offers. I have this lens and 300mm f2.8 ii. They both are extremely sharp lenses, but both fall behind in picture quality when compared to my 800mm.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: If your serious about wildlife photography, this is a must have lens. I have spent 6 months now with the 500mmf4ii, and this lens delivers. My Canon 300 f2.8 IS is an amazing lens, however I was immediately blown away with the IQ of the 500mmf4ii over the 300mm. I only handhold, so weight was an important factor in choosing this lens over the 600 f4 II. I am able to stableized handhold the 500mm and 1.4x lens for more than 20 seconds which meet my needs.