Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1L IS USM Lens

CanonSKU: 4549292168037

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Product Description

Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1L IS USM Lens

Covering a variety of telephoto focal lengths, the Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM spans a short- to super-telephoto range within a sleek and portable form factor. The modest maximum aperture enables a relatively portable design that is well-suited to handheld, and walkaround use and optical image stabilization also helps to steady photos and videos by up to five stops when working in difficult lighting conditions. This lens is also characterized by its advanced optical design, which includes a series of Super UD and UD elements to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations and colour fringing throughout the zoom range for a degree of clarity and colour accuracy.

Balancing the distinguished optical assets is the Dual Nano USM focus system, which delivers fast, nearly silent autofocus performance with full-time manual focus override. A unique Control Ring is also integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself and the rotating zoom ring also features torque adjustment for fine-tuning the feel of the lens. Additionally, this 100-500mm is weather-sealed and has a fluorine coating to protect the front and rear elements.

The versatile telephoto zoom lens is designed for use with full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless cameras.

Six UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion) elements and one Super UD element help to minimize chromatic aberrations and colour fringing in order to provide greater clarity and colour accuracy.

An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by five stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. Three distinct IS modes are available: standard single-shot mode, a panning-optimized mode, and a mode that only activates the Image Stabilizer during the exposure.

Dual Nano USM system utilizes both a ring type USM and an STM mechanism to realize quick and accurate focusing that is also smooth and nearly silent to suit both photography and video applications. This focusing system also affords full-time manual focus control when working in the one-shot AF mode.

Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.

A protective fluorine coating has been applied to the front and rear elements to resist fingerprints and smudges and to make cleaning these elements significantly easier.

As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens has a weather-resistant design that protects against dust and moisture to enable its use in inclement conditions.

Rotation-type zoom rings feature torque adjustment capabilities to fine-tune the handling of the lens or to prevent the lens from accidentally extending.

The included lens hood features a side window to allow for easier adjustment of specialized rotating filters, such as polarizers, while the lens hood is attached.

Compatible with optional Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x teleconverters, when used within the 300-500mm range of the lens, to further extend the effective focal length range.

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Key Features:

  1. Dual Nano USM Focus System:

    • Swift, nearly silent autofocus performance.
    • Full-time manual focus override for precise control.
  2. Unique Control Ring:

    • Intuitive control over exposure settings directly from the lens.
    • Rotating zoom ring with torque adjustment for enhanced handling.
  3. Exceptional Optical Design:

    • Six UD elements and one Super UD element minimize chromatic aberrations.
    • Ensures greater clarity and colour accuracy.
  4. Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS):

    • Minimizes camera shake by up to five stops.
    • Enables shooting in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds.
  5. Dual Nano USM Focusing System:

    • Combines ring-type USM and STM mechanisms for rapid, precise focusing.
    • Smooth and virtually silent operation for both photography and videography.
  6. Configurable Control Ring:

    • Adjust aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation with ease.
  7. Fluorine Coating:

    • Protects front and rear elements from fingerprints and smudges.
    • Simplifies the cleaning process.
  8. Weather-Resistant Design:

    • L-series build ensures durability against dust and moisture.
    • Reliable performance in adverse weather conditions.
  9. Rotation-Type Zoom Ring:

    • Features torque adjustment capabilities for fine-tuned handling.
    • Prevents accidental extension.
  10. Included Lens Hood:

    • Side window for convenient adjustment of rotating filters.
  11. Compatibility with Extender RF Teleconverters:

    • Extend effective focal length range with optional Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x.


Discover the unparalleled performance and versatility of the Canon RF 100-500mm telephoto zoom lens. Boasting a range of cutting-edge features, this lens is designed to meet the demands of professional photographers seeking exceptional image quality and precise control in diverse shooting scenarios. From swift autofocus to advanced optical stabilization, every aspect of this lens is engineered to elevate your photography experience. Enjoy the confidence of shooting in challenging conditions with its weather-resistant design and extend your creative possibilities with optional teleconverters. Experience the pinnacle of telephoto performance with the Canon RF 100-500mm lens.

Optical Features / Specifications
Image Size Full Frame
Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 20° - 4°,
14° - 2° 45',
24° - 5°
Lens construction (elements/groups) 20/14
No. of diaphragm blades 9
Minimum aperture f/32 @ 100mm / f/54 @ 500mm
Closest focusing distance (m) 0.90 at 100mm / 1.2m at 500mm
Maximum magnification (x) 0.33x
Distance Information Yes
Image stabilizer 5 stops
AF actuator Dual Nano USM
Physical Features
Dust/moisture resistance Yes
Filter diameter (mm) 77
Max. diameter x length (mm) 93.8 x 207.6
Weight (g) 1530
Lens cap E-77 II
Lens hood ET-83F (WIII)
Lens case/pouch LZ1328
Rear End Cap Lens Dust Cap RF
Magnification with Extension Tube EF12 II Not compatible
Magnification with Extension Tube EF25 II Not compatible
Extender Compatibility Compatible with RF Extender only
Other Accessories TRIPOD MOUNT RING F (WIII) (supplied)
Specifications with 1.4x Extender
Focal length 420mm - 700mm
Maximum Aperture f/8 - f/10
Maximum Magnification 0.46
AF Possible Yes
IS Yes
Specifications with 2x Extender
Focal length 600mm - 1000mm
Maximum Aperture f/11 - f/14
Maximum Magnification 0.66
AF Possible Yes
IS Yes


Understanding: Aperture

Aperture is the opening in a camera lens that controls how much light enters the camera. It's measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/8. Lower f-stop numbers mean wider openings, letting in more light and creating a shallow depth of field (blurry background). Higher f-stop numbers mean smaller openings, letting in less light and creating a larger depth of field (more of the scene in focus). Aperture also affects the quality of out-of-focus areas in the image (bokeh).

Understanding: Lens Types

Different lenses have different purposes to achieve different styles of images, some popular ones include:
Prime Lens: Fixed focal length, sharp images, great for portraits and dark settings.
Zoom Lens: Variable focal length, versatile for different shots and everyday use..
Wide-Angle Lens: Captures wide scenes like landscapes.
Telephoto Lens: Magnifies distant subjects, ideal for sports & wildlife.
Macro Lens: Perfect for close-up photography of small subjects.
Fisheye Lens: Ultra-wide perspective, creates unique images.

Understanding: Lens Mounts

Different camera brands use different lens mounts, which are like connectors that attach lenses to camera bodies. Each mount is specific to a particular brand and camera series. For example, Canon uses the EF and RF mounts, Nikon uses the F mount, Sony uses the E mount for its mirrorless cameras. These mounts dictate which lenses are compatible with which cameras. Some brands offer adapters to use lenses from other systems, but it's essential to ensure compatibility for proper functionality and autofocus performance.

Understanding: Manual and Autofocus

Manual focus and autofocus are two ways to adjust the sharpness of a camera lens. With manual focus, you turn a ring on the lens to bring the subject into focus yourself, giving you full control over what appears sharp in the image. Autofocus, on the other hand, relies on the camera's built-in technology to automatically adjust the focus for you, usually by detecting contrast or phase differences in the scene. Autofocus can be convenient, especially for fast-moving subjects or when you need to capture a quick shot, whereas manual focus allows for precise adjustments and creative control over the final image.

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