Canon EF 500mm f4.0L USM IS II Lens

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The big gun. This Canon EF 500mm f4 L is the choice of professional wildlife, nature and sports photographers working in the field all over the globe. Integrated IS, a lightweight magnesium alloy body, power focus, fluorite elements, and UD lens elements work to get you as close as possible while maintaining impeccable image quality. 

Includes Lens Hood - ET138 (WII), Lens Case 500B, compatible with Filter Size - 52mm Drop-In (L type lens)

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Why buy the Canon EF 500mm f4.0L USM IS II Lens?

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.

What are the key features?

  • High-performance 500mm lens
  • Fluorite and UD lens elements
  • Fast f/4 max aperture
  • Ring-type USM for fast AF
  • 4-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Protective fluorine coating on front and rear elements
  • 3.7m min focus
  • 9 blade aperture
  • Power focus for video
  • Dust and moisture resistant

Professional image quality meets high magnification

Compact lightweight super-telephoto

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.

Sophisticated optical design

A complex optical design that features fluorite and UD lens elements to tackle aberrations and distortions. A fast f/4 maximum aperture enables the use of the Canon Extender EF 2.0x III while retaining AF on EOS-1 series cameras.

Fast, quiet autofocus

A ring USM (Ultrasonic motor) uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive extremely rapid autofocus with near-silent operation. A high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms contribute further to AF speed. Full time electronic manual focus override is available without having to switch out of AF.

Image Stabilizer

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.

IS Mode 3

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.

Enhanced image quality with SWC coating

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.

Power focusing

The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM's two-speed Power Focus mode allows the focus to be adjusted at a smooth constant speed - perfect when shooting video.

L-series quality

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.

Product Specification

Angle of view (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) 4°, 2°45', 5°
Lens construction (elements/groups) 16/12
No. of diaphragm blades 9
Minimum aperture 32
Closest focusing distance (m) 3.7
Maximum magnification (x) 0.15
Distance information Provided
Image stabilizer 4-stops
AF actuator Ring USM¹
Dust/moisture resistance Yes
Filter diameter (mm) 52 Drop-in
Max. diameter x length (mm) 146 x 383
Weight (g) 3190
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

AF actuator

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


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10 out of 10


Crawley GB Don't hesitate,buy it!
Light weight, quick auto focus, imaging quality.
Confirmed purchase: 22 November 2017
Published on: 02 December 2017
9 out of 10


GB Keen amateur nature photographer
Excellent quality photographs.
A solid piece of equipment.
For me, it is heavy which means I don't use it when I'm just out and about.
Confirmed purchase: 11 April 2017
Published on: 26 April 2017
10 out of 10


GB Enthusiast trying to improve
Superb quality images from first use, wonderful lens.
Can't fault it!
Confirmed purchase: 11 May 2016
Published on: 25 May 2016
10 out of 10


Lincolnshire GB
Image quality is fantastic even with 2x extender mkIII.
You cannot leave the Wimberley quick release plate on while you store the lens in its case.
Confirmed purchase: 08 October 2015
Published on: 15 January 2016

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