Refreshed Canon 500mm Super-telephoto Lens

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An Incredible Lens, Featuring
Outstanding Image Quality

Canon 500mm F/4L IS II USM Prime Telephoto Lens AngleRefreshed Canon 500mm super-telephoto lens The EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM features lighter weight and higher durability over it's predecessor. Two fluorite lens elements have been added that should also afford better quality of images over the previous version.

Additionally, the new lens offers a feature pointed at HDSLR photographers, which Canon labels "Power Focus". This function provides manual focusing to be smoothly operated by rotating a playback ring normally employed for the focusing preset mode. Both low and high-speed focusing shift are possible. These great improvements become available at a substantial cost though. and will be available, in May 2011. The 500mm F/4L will sell for $9,499.00

Succeeding the widely-respected EF 500mm F/4L IS USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS USM, the EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM are being developed for photographers who require high performance, fast aperture and a longer focal length. Redesigned, lightweight bodies will provide added mobility alongside enhanced protection against dust and water, making them ideal for the toughest shooting conditions.

Super Telephoto Lens
High Power telephoto lenses from 400 mm to 800 mm (APS-C 300 mm 500 mm) and longer are very expensive, even for the slower versions, but they provide the ultimate in telephoto photography. Deep pockets are needed for most lenses in this range, particularly the faster versions, as one lens can cost more than the average person may spend on photography in their life. A super-telephoto lens can reveal far-off objects barely visible to the human eye.
A professional-quality 400 mm /2.8 lens is the ultimate dream lens of many sports and wildlife photographers, which they may save for years to acquire. A 600 mm /4 lens is even more striking, but the 16-times magnification of an 800 mm /5.6 lens can also be used for astrophotography with clear, vivid results.

Professional photographers are the primary consumers of such magnificent lenses. A majority of the images we see in publications are shot with these lenses.


Superb Image Quality
17 Elements in 13 Groups
Fast Auto Focusing (AF)
52mm Drop-in Filter Size
Built-in Tripod Collar

Lens Includes

E-163 Lens Cap
Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
ET-138 Lens Hood
Carrying Case 500
52mm Drop-In Gel Filter Holder (with glass filter mounted)
Wide Strap
1-Year Warranty

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Lens stylePrime lens  
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length500 mm  
Stabilization type Yes (4 stops claimed)  
Camera mount Canon EF  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F4.0  
Smallest aperture opening F32.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Total Elements 16  
Number of Groups 12  
Coatings / special elements 2 fluorite elements  
Minimum focus distance 3.70 m (145.67")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.15 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Ring-type ultrasonic  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale No  
Physical features
Overall weight3190 g (7.03 lb)  
Lens diameter 146 mm (5.75")  
Overall length 383 mm (15.08")  
Construction materials Magnesium alloy barrel, metal mount  
Sealing Yes  
Lens color Black  
Filter thread size 52 mm  
Filter annotations rear drop-in  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code ET-138  
Tripod collar included Yes  
Optional accessories Lens Case 500



Canon 500mm F/4L IS II USM Prime Telephoto Lens Angle

Canon 500mm F/4L IS II USM Lens

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