Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM

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EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM

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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM

Professional image quality meets high magnification

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.

  • 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

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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 use of the Canon Extender EF 2.0x III while retaining AF on EOS-1 series cameras.

Fast, quiet auto focus

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.

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 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.

Accessories

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 (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 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

Accessories & Supplies

Extender EF 1.4x III

Ideal for press, sports and nature photography, this compact extender increases the focal length of Canon L-series telephoto or telephoto zoom lens’ by a factor of 1.4x, with higher AF accuracy and improved communication between camera and lens.

Extender EF 2x III

Ideal for press, sports and nature photography, the extender increases the focal length of Canon L-series telephoto or telephoto zoom lens’ by a factor of 2x, with higher AF accuracy and improved communication between camera and lens

Extension Tube EF 12 II

When used with selected lenses, this 12mm extension tube allows much closer focusing.

Extension Tube EF 25 II

When used with selected lenses, this 25mm extension tube allows much closer focusing.

Lens hood ET-138 (WII)

Prevent stray light from entering a lens, keeping unwanted glare from affecting your photos.

Dust Cap E

Protects your Canon lens when it's not being used.

Drop-in filter PL-C 52mm

Circular polarising filter for Canon super-telephoto lenses.

Drop-in filter PL-C 52mm (WII)

Circular polarising filter for Canon super-telephoto lenses.

Drop-in screw filter holder 52mm

Allows 52mm diamater filters to be used in Canon super-telephoto lenses that take drop-in filters.

Drop-in screw filter holder 52mm (WII)

Allows 52mm diamater filters to be used in Canon super-telephoto lenses that take drop-in filters.

Drop-in gelatin filter holder 52mm (WII)

Allows gelatin filters to be used in Canon super-telephoto lenses that take drop-in filters.

Lens Wide Strap B

A comfortable wide neck strap for super telephoto lenses.

Camera rain cover ERC-E4L

Protects your camera and lens from the weather, and lets you keep shooting. Large size.

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