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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM

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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
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  • Two UD lens elements 
  • One fluorite lens elements
  • Up to 2-stops Image Stabilizer (IS) technology
  • Super Spectra coatings
  • Dust and moisture resistant
  • 9 blade aperture
  • Metal mount
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens construction
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Overview

Description by Canon:

Lens Discontinued (replaced by  Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM)

The EF 500mm f/4L IS USM is a high-magnification, super-telephoto lens with integrated Image Stabilizer technology, The perfect solution for wildlife and nature photographers in the field.

Features

  • L-series construction and optics
  • Super telephoto lens
  • Two UD and one fluorite lens elements
  • Fast, quiet USM autofocus
  • Super Spectra coatings
  • 52 mm Rear drop-in filter
  • Hard case and lens hood

A professional super-telephoto lens boasting high magnification and excellent image quality.

Excellence in optical design
This wide-aperture 500mm telephoto has a complex optical design incorporating one fluorite element and two UD elements to eliminate aberrations and distortions. A maximum aperture of f/4 permits the use of an Extender EF 2x without loosing autofocus, when using EOS-1 series cameras.

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.

Ultrasonic focusing
A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.

Image stabilization
The built-in Image Stabilizer offers a two-stop advantage, enabling the use of slower shutter speeds than normal without incurring camera shake.

Super Spectra coating
Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.

Accessories
The lens comes supplied with a lens hood and a hard case.

Reviews

"I was laughing when I took the picture, but I have gotten many more laughs from the online discussions that have occurred over this picture. Just to set the record straight ... 1. I did not use the 500 to tie the girl down. 2. I did not make her carry it for me. 3. My wife is just outside of the picture to the left - there was NO CHANCE my 500 was going to hit the floor. Thanks for the laughs! 

Post date: 05/02/2012 - 16:09

Specifications

Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
USM
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
500mm
Angle of view: 
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.1x
Lens construction: 
17 elements in 13 groups (Two UD and one fluorite lens elements)
Diaphragm Blades: 
8 aperture blades
Maximum Aperture: 
f/4.0
Minimum Aperture: 
f/32.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
4.50m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system details: 
Up to 2-stops Image Stabilizer (IS) technology
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
146.0mm
Length: 
387.0mm
Body material: 
Metal
Weather sealing details: 
Dust and moisture resistant
Filter Diameter: 
52mm Drop-in
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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