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Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens

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  • Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS USM compatible with Filter Size - 52mm (L type lens)

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  • Item Weight: 3.9 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 11 Kg
  • Item model number: 2532A010AA
  • ASIN: B00007EE8T
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 Jun. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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This is an EF lens 500mm 4.0L IS USM.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Theodore Mattas on 13 July 2010
This is probably the best lens for wildlife photographers (and sports photographers as well). Tack sharp even in widest aperture (f/4), fast and accurate autofocus, "creamy" background (BOKEH) are some of it's "achievements".
This is a lens which gives you the ability to take a photo af any situation no matter how unpredictable or fast that might be in absolutely stunning quality.
The image stabilizer system helps tremendeously in low light conditions, while the focus pre-set feature is a welcomed luxury, especially for sports photographers.
There is literally no image degradation when used with a 1.4 X teleconverter. You lose one stop (f/5.6) but still retain the autofocus ability, the sharpness, clarity and overall image quality....things though get noticeably worse when used with a 2X teleconverter.
Although some people claim that they can handhold this lens (even for short periods of time) the truth is that you certainly need a good tripod or a monopod to support it's weight (the lens itself weighs almost 4kg). A good tripod (carbon fibre Gitzo model), combined with a Wimberley II head provide the ultimate support system. The lens and camera body are balanced in panning and tilt axis...which means that the whole system can be moved with the tip of your finger...it becomes literally weightless!!!
In summary this lens is an optical and mechanical masterpiece...no wonder why numerous of pro sports and wildlife photographers (among them myself) have added it to their "arsenal"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian L on 19 Feb. 2012
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I adore my Canon EF 500mm f4L IS USM super-telephoto lens. It's the perfect lens for wildlife photography. The 500mm focal length, equivalent to 800mm when mounted on a cropped-frame body, delivers decent-sized images of distant subjects, while the f4 maximum aperture allows you to isolate them with a very shallow depth-of-field. The build and optical quality are excellent. If your really serious about your wildlife images then this is the lens to save up for!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. E. Willson on 13 Jun. 2009
I love this lens.It is fast focusing,and always produces sharp results even with a Canon 1.4x extender attached.
It's big and heavy-ish if you are not use to super telephoto lenses,but stick it on a decent tripod and a gimbal type head and it is perfect.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SLW on 12 Jan. 2012
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But it takes a while to get used to. There are numerous controls, some of of which you may never use after initially experimenting with them. And make no mistake, this is quite a heavy lens. After you've walked a few miles with it, you know you're carrying it.
I've had mine for several months; before that, I used a Canon 100-400 zoom, which was pretty good, a lot lighter, but without the reach of the 500mm.
When coupled with a 1.4x extender, you get a 700mm lens. I use a Canon Mk II, and it works fine, but it's at its best when there's plenty of light. There is a small trade off in image sharpness, but as long as it's a bright day, it's acceptable.
Would I recommend this lens? Emphatically YES. Just take some time to learn how to use it.
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