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Published on: 19 February 2018
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The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM is a high-magnification, super-telephoto lens featuring integrated Image Stabilizer technology. The perfect solution for wildlife, nature and sports photographers working in the field.
The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM features a lightweight magnesium alloy and titanium construction, which reduces weight without compromising on strength and build quality.
A complex optical design that features fluorite and UD lens elements to tackle aberrations and distortions. A fast f/4 maximum aperture enables use of the Canon Extender EF 2.0x III while retaining AF on EOS-1 series cameras.
A ring USM (Ultrasonic motor) uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive extremely rapid auto focus with near-silent operation. A high-speed CPU and optimised AF algorithms contribute further to AF speed. Full time electronic manual focus override is available without having to switch out of AF.
Built-in Image Stabilizer technology enables hand-held shooting with shutter speeds up to four stops slower than normal without incurring camera shake. Multiple IS modes improve image quality when panning.
Ideally suited for all types of action photography especially those disciplines that require the utilisation of panning, the new IS mode 3 only activates the Image Stabilizer element during exposure.
Designed for use in digital photography, Canon's patented Subwavelength structure coating helps minimise the ghosting and flare caused by internal reflections. By eliminating the cause, the coating reduces reflections and helps to deliver crisp, clear images.
The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM's two-speed Power Focus mode allows focus to be adjusted at a smooth constant speed - perfect when shooting video.
The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, representing the best in precision-designed EF optics. L-series lenses combine superior performance with superlative handling, and are resistant to dust and moisture.
The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM is supplied with Lens Hood (ET-138 WII), Lens Cap (E-163B) and Lens case 500B.
|Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl)||4°, 2°45', 5°|
|Lens construction (elements/groups)||16/12|
|No. of diaphragm blades||9|
|Closest focusing distance (m)||3.7|
|Maximum magnification (x)||0.15|
|AF actuator||Ring USM¹|
|Filter diameter (mm)||52 Drop in|
|Max. diameter x length (mm)||146 x 383|
|Magnification - Extension Tube EF12 II||0.18-0.03|
|Magnification - Extension Tube EF25 II||0.22-0.06|
|Lens hood||ET-138 (WII)|
|Soft case||Lens Case 500B|
|G.F.Holder III (hood III*)||NC¹|
|G.F.Holder IV (hood IV*)||NC¹|
|Extenders EF1.4x II and EF2x II||Compatible|
¹ Full time Manual focus
G.F.Holder III (hood III*)
¹ Use 52mm drop in filter holder
G.F.Holder IV (hood IV*)
¹ Use 52mm drop in filter holder
*Maximum number of Hood III/IV attachable. In case of zoom lenses, the maximum number applies to the short focal length