Next-generation super telephoto L-series lens with an Image Stabilizer, it's one of the world's best lenses for wildlife and nature photography. The optical system is newly designed with a maximum aperture of f/4. One fluorite element and two UD-glass elements effectively correct aberrations resulting in sharp and excellent delineation.
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I have recently purchased a Canon EOS 1-D Mk111, and when combined with this lens, it has to be the fastest focussing combination I've ever struck in 37 years of photography! It works brilliantly with my wifes's EOS 30D, and particularly well with my old EOS 1V film body, too. It is sharp across the full range (even wide open), shows no image degradation when combined with the Canon 1.4x extender, and when mounted on a Wimberley WH-200 head and decent tripod, has to be the best bird photogr...View full Review
I have recently purchased a Canon EOS 1-D Mk111, and when combined with this lens, it has to be the fastest focussing combination I've ever struck in 37 years of photography! It works brilliantly with my wifes's EOS 30D, and particularly well with my old EOS 1V film body, too. It is sharp across the full range (even wide open), shows no image degradation when combined with the Canon 1.4x extender, and when mounted on a Wimberley WH-200 head and decent tripod, has to be the best bird photography setup available. I thought that the 300mm f2.8L was phenomenal, but this seems to take it up another peg! Fabulous bokeh!
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This is my second Super Tele, my first was a 300 2.8L and it has been rock solid. This one is just as nice but a bit heavier and took some getting used to. If not used to it,I would suggest a mono-pod to start out with and then graduate to hand hold if you wish. I have had this one for a couple years now and I highly recommend getting one! Great IQ and built to last and great for wildlife!
This is my go to lens for birds and wildlife. Spectacular image with wonderful detail, saturation and contrast!
I find getting fine detail on birds and wildlife important to my photos.
I am an avid bird photographer and this lens is the perfect combination of focal length and weight so that it can be hand held. IQ is unbelievable, this was a used unit when I purchased it but it is pristine, no visible flaws and it functions perfectly.
This lens does not get regular use, but is invaluable when I need it. I can get shots that others miss.
I bought my 500mm 3 years ago and have taken over 10,000 photos normally with my 1.4x attached. I hand carry the lens attached to a 7D using a Black Rapid R strap because I prefer to walk & stalk birds as opposed to setting up. I find using a tripod too constrictive. I'm 64 and not nearly as strong nowadays but still manage to get wonderfully sharp images because of the speed of the camera/lens combination. People are always amazed at seeing me walking along with my 500 on one shoulder and a 2nd 7D with a 100-400 slung across the other. My only complaint about the 500 is the minimum focus distance which is the primary reason I also carry the 100-400. Before I started carrying both I had to give up numerous close-up shot opportunities. It would also be nice if a new 500 comes out with the 3rd stabilization mode option because you never know when a bird will take off or fly by and you need to from mode 1 to mode 2 and then back to mode 1.
I purchased this lens about three months ago and used have used it extensively since then. I just returned from a trip to Yellowstone and came home with spectacular wildlife shots. This lens will give you extremely crystal clear shots under extreme conditions. While I normally have this lens on a tripod with a gimbal tripod head I had a couple of occasions to use it hand held. The IS is superb and even hand held yielded crystal clear shots of moving targets. Yes, this lens is heavy and it is expensive, but that is a very small price to pay for the quality shots you will get with this lens. Also, I almost exclusively use this lens with the 1.4 extender and it works perfectly coupled with my Canon 5D Mark II. My experience with this lens has been all positive. Honestly, I have found no flaws and no reason to not recommend this lens to any individual who loves to shoot wildlife.
This is my 4th L-series lens and the contrast and sharpness are well beyond the others. I started out shooting birds and animals with an EF 1.4x teleconverter attached. I'm using this with a very sturdy tripod and a gimbal head with excellent results. My "keeper rate" has gone up substantially from my EF 400mm f/5.6L. I've taken several thousand shots with this lens and the only question is usually, do I want the 1.4x extender or not. Lately I've been adding my 25mm extension tube and taking some amazing macros. It's wonderful to have a bumble bee or dragonfly fill the viewfinder at 12-feet and see ever last detail in sharp relief when I view the image full size. The cost of entry is high and it's a bear to lug around, since it's both hulky and heavy, but that's the price that we pay for such a fine, fast lens.
I use the lens for wildlife, almost exclusively birds, and does it ever do the job. Focus is instantaneous and the results are super sharp. Thought long and hard about spending this much money, but am I glad I did. Yes it is heavy, but I knew that when I bought it and for my use that is not a significant issue. I get such good color I have difficulty improving on it. Also super when used with the 1.4 Teleconverter. Focus is still very quick and accurate.
I absolutely love this lens. I thought after I bought it I would kick myself in the butt for spending this much money, but after taking a picture of an eagle sitting in a tree looking dead at me, it was so worth it. You could even see the eagle's tongue sticking out. I've gotten pictures of pileated woodpeckers, bumble bees, eagles, ospreys, dragonflies, and so on... One can only get so close with a regular lens. I can't wait to get my football pictures!!! The opportunities are endless!