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Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Full-Frame Lens (2020)

MSRP 2699 USDNeoscore 52%NEX score 85%

Product Overview

The Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM is a versatile super-telephoto zoom lens for the company's RF-mount MILC system.
Compact and lightweight, the RF 100-500mm features up to five stops of image stabilization with three different modes. Thanks to the dual Nano USM AF motors, the RF 100-500mm offers superior autofocus performance.
The lens hood of the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM features a side window that allows specialty filters to be adjusted when the lens hood is attached.
The lens is also compatible with the new 1.4x and 2x RF lens teleconverters from 300 to 500mm focal length.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 52% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very useful focal range
  • Quite lightweight for what it is
  • Optically stabilized
  • Weather-sealed
  • Compatible with teleconverters
  • Control for zoom resistance
Cons
  • Dark and variable maximum aperture

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 85% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fantastic image quality
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • Excellent image quality at all aperture and focal length settings
Cons
  • Slow autofocus
  • Lacks focus hold buttons
  • No lens case included
  • No IBIS
  • Only f5.6 at the long-end
  • Small f-stop
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
White
Form Factor
Super Telephoto Zoom Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Canon RF-mount
Material
Magnesium alloy
Motor
Nano ultrasonic
Optical Formula | Elements
20 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
14 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 Super UD + 6 UD elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
77 mm / 3.03 in
Size | Diameter
94 mm / 3.70 in
Size | Length
208 mm / 8.19 in
Weight
1365 g / 48.23 oz

Function

Angle Of View
24.4° Diagonal | 20.4° Horizontal | 13.7° Vertical (wide) ~ 5.0° Diagonal | 4.1° Horizontal | 2.7° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/4.5–7.1 ~ f/32–54
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
100 mm ~ 500 mm
Image Stabilization
Yes (4 stops)
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
External zoom

Performance

Max Magnification
0.33x
Min Focus Distance
900 mm / 35.43 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2020-07-09

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The RF 100-500 costs $2699 or 2899 pounds, making it $400 or 600 pounds more expensive than the earlier EF 100-400. There’s optical stabilisation, good for five stops or enhanced to six with the IBIS on the R5 and R6, and the Dual Nano USM focusing motors were swift and silent. The closest focusing distance is 90cm at 100mm or 1.2m at 500mm. It also works with the new RF teleconverters albeit only when set between 300 and 500mm which is inconvenient for transportation.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Long f4.5 aperture
  • Wide zoom ring
Cons
  • No IS wobble
  • Only f5.6 at the long-end

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM is a serious lens for enthusiasts and pros. Its resolution is excellent (4,500 lines) at 100mm, with crisp results from center to edge. It's not a bright F2.8 or F4 prime, but you can still get plenty of background blur.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • High-quality build
  • Compact, compact design
Cons
  • Small f-stop
  • Lacks focus hold buttons

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L is a match made in action-photography heaven. Paired with the EOS R5, we found practically nothing to complain about. Images are remarkably sharp (even with the aperture fully open), with beautiful, true-to-life color rendition. Center sharpness is absolutely perfect throughout, with no evidence of pincushion distortion.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic image quality
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • Slow autofocus
  • No IBIS

digitalpicture[4]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The RF 100-500 comes with the white color matching ET-83F (WIII) lens hood. The push-button release makes installation and removal smooth and easy. A door is provided on the side of this lens hood for filter rotation access. This lens is rather expensive, and the price will represent a hurdle for non-serious photographers.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality at all aperture and focal length settings
  • Excellent build quality
  • Compatible with all Canon EOS R-series cameras
Cons
  • No lens case included

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1L review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/canon-rf-100-500mm-f4-5-7-1l-is-usm-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/canon-rf-100-500mm-f45-71-l-is-usm. 2021-07-09. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
3. ^ Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/canon-rf-100-500mm-f45-71l-is-usm. 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-RF-100-500mm-F4.5-7.1-L-IS-USM-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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