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

Product Description

Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens Enjoy stunning performance up to 500mm With a 100-500mm zoom range in a compact and portable body, the lens is ideal for travel and wildlife and will go even further thanks to optional 1.4x and 2x extenders. Achieve excellent contrast and sharpness See... read more

Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens 

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Enjoy stunning performance up to 500mm

With a 100-500mm zoom range in a compact and portable body, the lens is ideal for travel and wildlife and will go even further thanks to optional 1.4x and 2x extenders.

Achieve excellent contrast and sharpness 

See a difference in your images across the zoom range thanks to L-series image quality with a Super UD lens and six UD lenses, plus 5-stop IS for shake-free results.

Fast, smooth, near silent AF

Dual Nano USM motors enable fast, smooth and near silent AF while a floating lens group also improves versatility with a close minimum focus distance of 0.9m.

Take this Canon lens anywhere 

At 1525g with tripod mount, and 207mm when retracted, the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1L IS USM is a go-anywhere telephoto zoom. Dust and water seals plus a heat shield coating ensure its durability.

Never take your eye off the subject 

Maintain concentration on capturing your moment thanks to the Lens Control Ring which allows you to change various camera settings such as aperture or shutter speed.

5-Stop Image Stabilizer

The RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1L IS USM features a new Image Stabilizer offering 5-stops compensation. The combination of this technology and high-speed RF communication means that performance of this lens surpasses the best technology in the EF range, allowing photographers to choose longer exposures without camera shake affecting the resulting image. And when combined with in-body stabilisation on the EOS R5 and EOS R6, even greater levels of stability are possible.

Dual Nano USM focusing motor

The RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1L IS USM features dual focus motors. Using two Nano USM AF motors helps drive the lightweight optical elements with speed, precision and control making it ideal for video usage. To ensure high speed focusing, a more compact lens design and improve close focusing, a floating lens group system was used which required two focus motors. One Nano USM is used for the conventional focusing group and the other for the floating focus group.

Advanced optics and Canon lens coatings

Due to the design of the RF lens mount and the short back focus and large diameter, the Canon lens designers have been able achieve both higher image quality and a compact optical system. The lens features a combination of ultra-low dispersion (UD) elements to provide stunning image quality and to tackle any possible lens aberrations. Advanced lens coatings such as Air Sphere (ASC) provide a new benchmark in ultimate image quality and sharpness. 

9-blade aperture

The RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1L IS USM aperture system uses 9 aperture blades to produce a round aperture, producing smoother out of focus areas to help the main subject stand out even better against the background.

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MPN: 4112C005

Barcode: 4549292168037

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

  • Focal Length: 100 to 500mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/4.5 to 7.1
  • Minimum Aperture: f/32 to 54
  • Lens Mount: Canon RF
  • Format Compatibility: Full-Frame
  • Angle of View: 24° to 5°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.95' / 90 cm
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.12 to 0.33x
  • Optical Design: 20 Elements in 14 Groups
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9, Rounded
  • Focus Type: Autofocus
  • Image Stabilisation: Yes
  • Tripod Collar: Removable and Rotating
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 9.38 x 20.76 cm
  • Weight: 1365 g

What's in the Box?

  • Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens
  • Lens Cap E-77 II
  • Lens Dust Cap RF
  • Lens Case LZ1328
  • Lens Hood ET-83F (WIII)

MPN: 4112C005

Barcode: 4549292168037

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Customer Reviews

By RBraddick on 22nd December 2023
"My second RF lens and a great addition. While the f-number is a little high at 500 mm the R6 mk.2 copes well with photographing rugby in dull winter conditions (1/800th up to 100 metres away). I’ve not had the chance to try the lens for wildlife yet, but I’m sure it’ll be great. "
Star Rating 5
By DuncanWalling on 29th August 2023
"What a stunning lens! Amazing Image stabilization - I love it."
Star Rating 5
By chriscplarchitecturecom on 10th June 2023
"This lens is excellent in combo with the R6 body. Massive reach with a 1x4 teleconverter and the 1:1.6 digital tele function. On its own - focal length of down to 0.9m is amazing for butterflies etc"
Star Rating 5
By suegregson on 27th April 2023
"So far I've been very pleased with the canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens. Time will tell if it matches the EF 100-400mm L I have just replaced, it's looking good at the moment. It certainly works well in combination with the R7."
By AndrewHolmes on 31st January 2023
"Excellent company to deal with, new lens arrived promptly and well packed. I had a couple of phone queries which were answered quickly and in a friendly, professional manner. I won't hesitate to use Castle Cameras again. "
Star Rating 5
By Martin on 14th November 2022
"I do a great deal of bird photography & used to have the 200-400x1.4. This lens I feel is as sharp, slightly faster at focusing, nice bokeh, half the weight (approx) and costs way less! Only minor critism is that it doesn't have a lens lock (yet the Rf 24-70 does!). No idea why. Shame. Thoroughly recommed. Rob from Castle Cameras was very helpful, professional and totally trustworthy. "
Star Rating 5
By CatherineLeeElliott on 25th October 2022
"Fantastic in store service. I was quickly helped to choose the correct product and accessories. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Great value. Thanks so much!"
Star Rating 5
By robertrousell on 17th September 2022
"The best lens I ever bought so sharp "
Star Rating 5
By DaleVile on 12th September 2022
"Extremely sharp and fast-focusing. Works well on both the R5 and R7. Was a little concerned about the f/7.1 max aperture at 500mm, but it has not been a problem for the bird photography I mostly do. It's a little unforgiving if you frame a subject against a busy background that's relatively close, but TBH that's something you naturally avoid as you gain experience with wildlife photography, and the increased depth of field is what you are looking for anyway in many situations. The newer Canon mirrorless bodies are so much better at handling noise, which means even with the smaller max aperture, you actually have more freedom to push the shutter speed compared to DSLRs like the 5D Mark IV and 7D Mark II that I was using before. In terms of handling and general experience, it's pretty similar to the trusty EF 100-400 L II (which I still use adapted), though I would say the IS is noticeably better and it's a tad sharper. One last point, I was amazed at how well this lens works with the RF 1.4x extender - unlike with the old EF extenders, you have to look very hard to perceive any loss in image quality, and AF is still very quick and accurate. Overall, this is not a cheap zoom lens, but it's so good I decided to sell my 500 f/4. The 100-500 so much nicer to use and pros in terms of weight and handling far outweigh the marginal (in most situations) IQ advantage of the bigger lens. Would definitely recommend."
Star Rating 5
By Lynne on 25th August 2022
"Having just replaced my 7d2 with the R7 I decided to upgrade the 100-400 lens with the 100-500 to save a bit more weight to carry round. I haven't noticed a significant improvement in quality yet as not used it a lot (roll on the air show!) but it's lighter, don't need the mount adapter and the tripod mount comes off completely so more portable combination and worthwhile replacement. "
Star Rating 5
By JohnLewis on 28th April 2021
"Castle Cameras gave me first class service as always and continually show how important that personal touch is. Both Hugh and Luke were very professional in my dealings with them."
Star Rating 5
By PaulWilson on 19th April 2021
"I am so happy to give a review for Castle Cameras, from the initialcontact to order to receiving my equipment I have been kept in the loop by very high qualities of customer care but more the communication has been super The Lens arrived well packed and in good condition and queries on delivery answered directly and with care thank you Castle Cameras the first time I have ever given a 10 out of 10 to any company ever well ompressed"
Star Rating 5
By AndyUpham on 13th April 2021
"Great service, ordered online, with the lens delivered securely 2 days later. Always a great shopping experience with Castle Cameras"
Star Rating 5
By BarryKnight on 3rd April 2021
"Purchased the lens for wildlife, particularly birds in flight, with fantastic results with the Canon RF autofocus. I am also very impressed how flexible it is for other uses with relative close focus and wide focal range. Relatively expensive but now I have used it for several weeks a worthwhile investment."
Star Rating 5

Customer Questions

By Doris on 28th March 2023
"Do you have this in stock?"
Kaz replied on 28th March 2023

The stock message near the add to basket button is the most accurate place to find out information about stock.  At the time of writing this it says 'Good Stock' in green text.  This means we have plenty of stock.


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Product Summary

  • Ultimate flexibility - An ideal lens for wildlife, close-up and long distance photography.  
  • Handhold with ease - 5 stops of optical image stabilisation make it easier to shoot handheld (6 stops with IBIS).  
  • Rugged - L-series build quality boasts outstanding weather sealing, ready for all shooting environments.  
  • Ready for action - Dual Nano USM motors offer blazingly fast focus speeds, making this a great lens for sports and wildlife photography.  
  • Unrivalled optics - UD lens elements and ASC coatings offer unbeatable sharpness.  
  • Lens Control Ring - Intuitive control ring allowing you to quickly access any chosen settings.  
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