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Canon EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM review – Giants in the range

By David Newton - Monday May 27 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Image quality performance | Canon EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM versus competition | Conclusion

Looking at the results of telephoto prime lenses tested on the EOS 5D Mark III, both the EF500mm II and EF600mm II are within the top 6 best overall score and image sharpness. Putting these two lenses beside the EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens that has also been through the labs, shows just what Canon have achieved with their Mark II super-telephoto lenses – they are as close to perfection as you can expect to get. Interestingly, the performance differences between the lenses are almost negligible and the only reason the EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM comes out on top is down to the fast maximum aperture and hence better transmission score.

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Of course you would not usually be selecting between these lenses as their focal lengths have very different uses, however, as a comparison of what the best telephoto lenses can currently do, they make an exciting trio, any of which would be a worthy addition to your kit.