Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Lens Compared to the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

SpecificationsCanon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM LensCanon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
  Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Lens Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
Year Introduced19992011
Mounts OnFull-Frame, APS-CFull-Frame, APS-C
Lenses / Groups17/1316/12
Angle of View: Diagonal
Angle of View: Horizontal
Angle of View: Vertical2°45'2°45'
 
Aperture  
Aperture Range - Wide / Long f/4.0-32 f/4.0-32
Number of Aperture Blades 8 9
Rounded Aperture? Y
 
Weight  
Manufacturer Specification Weight 136.6 oz  (3870g) 112.6 oz  (3190g)
Actual Weight 141.7 oz  (4015g) 113.1 oz  (3205g)
Lens Hood Weight 8.6 oz  (245g) 7.6 oz  (215g)
In-Use Weight 150.4 oz  (4260g) 120.7 oz  (3420g)
 
Size  
Manufacturer Spec Size (DxL) 5.75 x 15.24”  (146 x 387mm) 5.75 x 15.08”  (146 x 383mm)
Measured Size (DxL) 5.74 x 15.61”  (146 x 396.5mm) 6.71 x 15.32”  (170.3 x 389mm)
Max Diameter at Tripod Ring 6.5”  (166mm) 6.7”  (170.3mm)
Max Length at Full Extension 15.61”  (396.5mm) 15.32”  (389mm)
Internal Focusing? / Extends with Focusing? Y / N Y / N
Lens Hood Size (DxL) 6.41 x 7.05”  (162.9 x 178.9mm) 6.87 x 7.02”  (174.5 x 178.3mm)
Lens Length with Hood (Min-Max) 21.61 - 21.61”  (548.9 - 548.9mm) 21.47 - 21.47”  (545.4 - 545.4mm)
Size of Rings: Focus / Zoom 3.35”  (85mm) 3.15”  (80mm)
Filter Size DI 52mm  UV ► CP ► DI 52mm  UV ► CP ►
Front Element (Filter Mount) Rotates N N
 
Focus  
AF Motor Type Ring USM Ring USM
Full Time Manual Focus Y Y
Focus Ring Rotation 240° 225°
Focus Limiter? / Focus Limiter Ranges Y /
Y /
12.1' (3.7m) - 33' (10m)
33' (10m) - ∞
12.1' (3.7m) - ∞
Distance Scale? / Type Y / Window Y / Window
 
Close Focus  
Specified Min Focus Distance 177.17”  (4500mm) 145.67”  (3700mm)
Tested Min Focus Distance (Wide / Long) 163.86”  (4162mm) 142.24”  (3613mm)
Maximum Magnification (MM) 0.12x 0.15x
Magnification Range with 12mm Ext Tube 0.15-0.03x 0.18-0.03x
Magnification Range with 25mm Ext Tube 0.18-0.05x 0.22-0.06x
 
Features  
Tripod Ring Included? / Removable? Y / N Y / N
Zoom Ring Lock Switch? N
Lens Hood Included / Model? Y / ET-138 Buy ► Y / ET-138WII Buy ►
Weather Sealed? / Filter Required? Y / N Y / N
Image Stabilization? / Stops? / Tripod Sensing? Y / 2 / Y Y / 4 / Y
Extender Compatible? Y Y
Case Included? / Type? Y / Lens Case 500 Buy ► Y / Lens Case 500B Buy ►
47.25" x 31.5" Subject Framing Distance 23.62" x 15.75" Target:
500mm = 28.70'
700mm = 38.48" (w/ 1.4x)
 
11.81" x 7.87" Target:
1000mm = 28.80' (w/ 2.0x)
23.62" x 15.75" Target:
500mm = 28.45'
700mm = 38.88' (w/ 1.4x)
 
11.81" x 7.87" Target:
1000mm = 28.44' (w/ 2.0x)
1200mm x 800mm Subject Framing Distance 600mm x 400mm Target:
500mm = 8749mm
700mm = 11728mm (w/ 1.4x)
 
300mm x 200mm Target:
1000mm = 8779 (w/ 2.0x)
600mm x 400mm Target:
500mm = 8671mm
700mm = 11850mm (w/ 1.4x)
 
300mm x 200mm Target:
1000mm = 8668 (w/ 2.0x)
 
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