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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM

Worthy successor to the lauded Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM, the n Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM

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Overall 10
10

Wow is all I can say for the headline.

James, B&H Photo
8 December 2014
  • 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. Very Very pleased with the lens and how B&H handles every order I have done with them. Great place to buy your equipment. I have no issues.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Expensive
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Overall 10
10

Lightweight + IS = Super SuperTelephoto

Ramsey Botelho, B&H Photo
6 December 2014
  • 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. For some field testing I slung my rig over my shoulder with the included lens strap, walked quite a bit along my favorite trails and photographed a robin about 45 feet away at 1/320 of a second, with IS on, while...
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
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Overall 10
10

Simply Great

Hereugo, B&H Photo
28 November 2014
  • 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
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Overall 8
8.0

You get what you pay for

Canadian Chris, B&H Photo
16 September 2014
  • 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. The 500mm has been vastly reviewed, and its really good to read the comparisons out there. In the end the 600mm has 44% more pixels on target, which is reason enough to go with the 600mm.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
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Overall 10
10

Exceeds Expectations

Hookem, B&H Photo
8 August 2014
  • 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. I bought the RRS replacement to address this issue. Great lens!
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy, Ridiculously Expensive
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Overall 10
10

Great Lens

Krazy Kajun, B&H Photo
3 August 2014
  • Excerpt: Nature Photography Tack sharp focus Must use some type of support wioth the 2.0 extender
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 10
10

Astonishing quality

KermittheHermit, B&H Photo
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
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Overall 10
10

really really sharp and fast

MN from LA, Amazon
25 March 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Still Great Quality with Improvements

newphoto, B&H Photo
19 February 2014
  • Excerpt: I am a wildlife photographer and had used the old version 500 since it came out in 1999. I replaced the old one with the version II a couple of months ago, along with a 1.4X III. How does it compare to the old 500? It is equal to the excellent sharpness of the old version, but the IS is much improved - quieter, faster, and the new Mode 3 I use all the time. More importantly for me, the new version is a almost 1.5 LBs lighter.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 10
10
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 10
10
Performance 10
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Overall quality 10
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Excellent!

wd, Canon
5 February 2014
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