Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
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Saved a long time for this lens...it was worth it!
20 December 2015
Excerpt: I don't think there is a lens out there to replace this, already won an Audubon award and truly know its because of this lens...it GETS YOU THERE!! The "definition and crispness" is beyond anything I have worked with.
Excerpt: I've been shooting the Series I version of this lens for over five-years and was looking forward to the improved IS and much reduced weight. Those are huge pluses, but the image quality unexpectedly blew me away.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Incomparable Image Qualit, Lightweight
Excerpt: I shoot a lot of wildlife as a hobby. I have a 400mm F5.6 Canon, but I have had this lens for one week now and it is amazing. I have been shooting free hand and not too long, but it is sharp. I had been putting getting one for some time now, but I had the chance and done it.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: The combination of being a light lens with excellent IS (Image Stabilization) really impressed me. From the specs I knew it was just over 7 lbs, but until one uses it in practice one doesn't realize how light it actually is for a prime super-telephoto.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: This lens is very very good. Fast AF, great IQ. I use it with a 1.4x and it is still fast and the IQ does not suffer noticeably. I little big to lug around but it is very useable on a monopod or even handheld for a quick shot.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: I spent a great deal of time researching this purchase. The dealbreaker between the 500mm and the 600mm was the size. You can get the 500mm into a Pelican carry-on case in standard overhead bins on airplanes, but the 600mm is too big. It would have to go into checked baggage. Yikes.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Finally bit the bullet and bought this incredible lens. Outstanding IQ and very fast focus. I love everything about it but the price, which I thought was ridiculous. I wish Canon had furnished the lens with a tripod foot that would balance on a Wimberly mount when I use the 1.4x.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
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.
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.