Canon 500mm f/4L IS II

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The Canon 500mm f/4L IS II is the updated version of the highly popular Canon 500mm f/4L IS. It offers increased image sharpness and reduced chromatic aberration thanks to the redesigned fluorite optics. It features an improved, 4-stop IS system that has a 3rd IS mode that only activates when the shutter button is fully pressed (useful for panning with fast moving subjects). Additionally, it gains Canon’s Power Focus mode which serves as an electronic follow focus.

Canon has managed to shed 1.5 lbs from the 500mm f/4L IS II, while improving dust and water sealing, and repositioning buttons and switches for improved ergonomics and operation.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

OK, so what we’re gonna do is take the best all-around supertelephoto lens made (the original Canon 500mm f/4L IS) and make it a little sharper. Then we’ll fill it with helium or something to make it 20% lighter while we do that. Let’s put in an extra stop or so of image stabilization while we’re mucking about. Oh, and we’ll design it so it loses almost no image quality with the 1.4X III teleconverters.

Did they pull it off? Yep, absolutely. Is it better than the previous version? Yep, absolutely. Although in this case the differences are small and subtle. Is it worth the price difference? I’m not certain if it is in your case. For me? Well, all I can say is the weight difference is the difference in “I can handhold this with no problem if the light’s good” and “I can handhold this long enough to mount it to my tripod”. Sure, I should shoot it mounted to a nice sturdy tripod. But there’s nothing quite as sweet as walking up to someone straining to mount their lens on their tripod, pulling this up to my shoulder, taking a few shots and giving them that “poor girly-man weakling” look.
January, 2013

Filter Size
7.03 lb
Minimum Focusing Distance
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
Zoom method
Image Stabilization
4 stop, tripod sensing, panning mode
Focusing System
Internal focus, Full time active, USM motor, focus limiting switch
Aperture Blades
9, curved
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Flare resistance
Canon Sub Wavelength Coating
Canon EF
Crop, Full frame
  • Hood
  • Tripod foot
  • Soft lens cover
  • Padded soft case


  • Canon 500mm f/4L IS II  Diagram
  • Canon 500mm f/4L IS II  Diagram

LensRentals.com offers rentals ranging in length from 1 to 90 days. The shopping cart will automatically update the quoted price as you adjust the length of your rental. Our most common rental periods are shown below:

Rental Period Lenscap+ Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $67.00 $281.00 $348.00 $116.00
4 days $72.00 $301.00 $373.00 $93.25
7 days $96.00 $401.00 $497.00 $71.00
10 days $130.00 $541.00 $671.00 $67.10
14 days $168.00 $702.00 $870.00 $62.14
21 days $226.00 $942.00 $1168.00 $55.62
30 days $283.00 $1183.00 $1466.00 $48.87
45 days $370.00 $1544.00 $1914.00 $42.53
60 days $432.00 $1805.00 $2237.00 $37.28
90 days $557.00 $2326.00 $2883.00 $32.03
Rental Period Lenscap Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $42.00 $281.00 $323.00 $107.67
4 days $45.00 $301.00 $346.00 $86.50
7 days $60.00 $401.00 $461.00 $65.86
10 days $81.00 $541.00 $622.00 $62.20
14 days $105.00 $702.00 $807.00 $57.64
21 days $141.00 $942.00 $1083.00 $51.57
30 days $177.00 $1183.00 $1360.00 $45.33
45 days $231.00 $1544.00 $1775.00 $39.44
60 days $270.00 $1805.00 $2075.00 $34.58
90 days $348.00 $2326.00 $2674.00 $29.71
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $281.00 $93.67
4 days $301.00 $75.25
7 days $401.00 $57.29
10 days $541.00 $54.10
14 days $702.00 $50.14
21 days $942.00 $44.86
30 days $1183.00 $39.43
45 days $1544.00 $34.31
60 days $1805.00 $30.08
90 days $2326.00 $25.84

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