Along with the 300mm f/2.8, the Canon 500mm f/4 has for years been considered one of the best telephoto lenses made.
Its reasonable size (considering its reach) and superb Image Stabilization system make this the lens of choice for wildlife and birding photography and the occasional choice for sports photographers. While some large photographers claim to handhold this lens, at least for a few shots, we strongly recommend a good tripod, preferably with a gimbal head or Wimberley Sidekick. This lens is still remarkably sharp even with a 2x teleconverter.
There is a updated version of this lens, the Canon 500mm f/4 IS II, that we now have available for rent.
This is the “all around” supertelephoto. It’s a significantly smaller and easier to handle lens than the Canon 600mm f/4 or Canon 400mm f/2.8. It can be shot from a sturdy ball head while the larger lenses really require a gimbal head, and it can be shot handheld for at least a few shots before your arm gives out.
And now, it’s been replaced by the new 500mm f/4 IS MkII. But while supplies last, this gives you a really good supertelephoto lens at a much lower price than the new version.
- Filter Size
- 8.53 lb
- Minimum Focusing Distance
- 14.8 feet
- Maximum Magnification
- Angle of view: (full frame)
- 5 degrees
- Zoom method
- Image Stabilization
- 2 stop, tripod sensing, panning mode
- Focusing System
- Internal focus, Full time active, USM motor, focus limiting switch
- Aperture Blades
- 8, curved, octagonal
- Low Dispersion Elements
- Fluorite Elements
- Aspherical Elements
- Weather Resistant
- Flare resistance
- Moderate ghosting, moderate contrast loss
- Tripod Ring
- Soft lens cover
- Padded case or hard case
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