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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
8.2 out of 10

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM

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Overall 10
10

This is a big lens ...

DocKayT, Amazon
12 December 2009
  • Summary: I ordered this lens via Amazon from Calumet and it arrived ahead of schedule and was perfectly wrapped. I have not had a chance yet to shoot in the field but "tested" the lens in the backyard. Image quality is what I expected after having read a lot of reviews here and elsewhere.
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Overall 10
10

Just fantastic, no other words can describe it

Digital Wizard, Amazon
18 November 2008
  • Summary: This lens is simply to die for. Yes, it's big, heavy and expensive, but it does the job incredibly well. If you've never shot with a super-tele the heft and reach take some getting used to at first but once you are comfortable with it be prepared for stunning images.
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Overall 10
10

You get what you pay for

Marsha Elder, Amazon
18 November 2008
  • Summary: I don't know what I could say that has't already been said but here goes. This is an absolute beast of a lens in quality, price and weight. It's 8.6 lbs put it just on the edge of being handholdable, which I've managed to do on a two hour boat wildlife safari (with breaks of course).
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Overall 10
10

Great lens for the price/weight!

Bryan Matthew, Amazon
18 November 2008
  • Summary: Deciding between this lens and the 600/4L IS was indeed a chore - but I convinced myself that if I were to buy the 600/4, I would not even bother taking it on hikes due to the extreme weight. I would also need to upgrade my tripod to a heavy , and get a full proper Wimberly II Gimbal Head.
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Overall 10
10

WOW! A game changer

Don Sausa, Amazon
18 November 2008
  • Summary: I wanted to show this lens being unboxed. The video will show the contents of this lens package, plus a comparison shot between this lens and the Canon 300mm f/4L IS. OVERALL PERFORMANCE: This is an awesome lens, expensive but worth every penny.
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Overall 10
10

Una obra maestra al servicio de la naturaleza

Rafael Arvelo, Amazon
18 November 2008
  • Summary: Este lente es lo máximo en calidad, precisión, precio/valor, puedes hacer zoom a una foto hasta el final sin perder calidad en lo absoluto. Es un dineral, pero lo vale dolar por dolar. Lo compre, los resultados son magnificos y estoy feliz con mi 500 de Canon.
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Overall 10
10

Awesome lens

C. D. McKelroy, Amazon
18 November 2008
  • Summary: This is an increadable lens. I bought it for wildlife and bird photography. It is a little heavy, but with some practice I got to where I could hand hold it to shoot birds in flight. I added a 1.4x teleconverter for a little extra reach. This was an upgrade from a 400mm f/5.6.
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Overall 10
10

What an upgrade from the 100-400mm

Jon F. Lutz, Amazon
18 November 2008
  • Summary: I purchased this lense as an upgrade from the 100-400mm zoom lense I had been using for bird photography. I now use the 500mm lense in combination with a 1.4x extender for most of my shots (with a 7D camera).
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Overall 10
10

A workhorse

Emmanuel, Amazon
18 November 2008
  • Summary: Buying a 500mm is always a commitment, weather you are a professional or not. You really got to need the extra 100mm for deciding to go for the 500mm instead of a considerably cheaper 100-400. However, once you get it, you realized why prime telephotos are so unique.
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Overall 10
10

So good it feels like I'm cheating

David C. Stephens, Amazon
18 November 2008
  • Summary: I only got deep into bird and wildlife last summer when I purchased Canon's EF 400mm f/5.6L. That's a fine lens and I thought that the image quality was very good, but I longed for more "reach" and a faster aperture that would autofocus with my 1.4 teleconverter.
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