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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
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Astonishing quality

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
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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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Value for money 8
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Excellent!

wd, Canon
5 February 2014
  • 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.
  • Pros: excellent image quality
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Overall 10
10

Great!!!

Wayne, buydig.com
29 October 2013
  • Summary: Have wanted this lens (earlier version) for about 10 years. Finally got it. Very pleased.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus
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Overall 10
10

May be worth the Money

Ty, B&H Photo
20 September 2013
  • 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
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Overall 10
10

Fantastic Super-telephoto lens

Martin M. Pourkesali, Amazon
16 July 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 10
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500 II lens

Gary "Gary", Amazon
29 June 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Great Lens for birding, worth the money

B&H Photo
30 April 2013
  • Excerpt: fast focus, pictures are tack sharp, best if used with a 1x4 convertor.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
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Overall 10
10

Insanely Sharp, Stupidly amazing

Andrei Duman "Andrei Duman", Amazon
15 April 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 10
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Worlds best long lens?

Dalepa, Amazon
17 February 2013
  • 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.
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