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EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM
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8. A power focus mode enables smooth focus
Canon’s EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM are high-performance super-
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9. A focus preset function for advance storage telephoto lenses, for use with EOS cameras.
“IS” stands for Image Stabilizer.
of focusing positions in memory to allow instantaneous focusing.
“USM” stands for Ultrasonic Motor.
10. Circular aperture for producing beautiful softfocus images.
1. The Image Stabilizer gives the equivalent effect of a shutter speed four stops* faster.
Also, a third Image Stabilizer mode effective for shooting irregularly moving subjects.
2. Use of fluorite lens elements giving superior
3. SWC (Subwavelength Structure Coating) lock, located under the cover for the orientation locking knob.
13. Tight seal structure ensures excellent dustproof and drip-proof performance.
14. Designed for lighter weight with parts made of magnesium alloy.
reduces flare and ghosting.
4. Using a fluorine coating on the foremost and
11. Can be used with EF1.4× III/EF2× III extenders.
* Based on [1/focal length] second.
rearmost lens surfaces allows adhered dirt to be removed more easily than before.
Generally, it requires a shutter speed [1/focal length] second or faster to prevent camera shake.
5. Ultrasonic motor (USM) for fast, quiet autofocus.
6. Manual focusing is available after the subject comes into focus in autofocus mode (ONE
7. An AF stop button to pause autofocus whenever desired.
If the lens is taken from a cold environment into a warm one, condensation may develop on the lens
surface and internal parts. To prevent condensation in this case, first put the lens into an airtight plastic bag before taking it from a cold to warm environment. Then take out the lens after it has warmed gradually. Do the
Do not look at the sun or a bright light source
through the lens or camera. Doing so could result in loss of vision. Looking at the sun directly through the lens is especially hazardous.
Whether it is attached to the camera or not, do not leave the lens under the sun without the lens cap
attached. This is to prevent the lens from concentrating the sun’s rays, which could cause a fire.
O O same when taking the lens from a warm environment into a cold one.
Do not leave the lens in excessive heat such as in a car in direct sunlight.
High temperatures can cause the lens to malfunction.
Conventions used in this instruction
Warning to prevent lens or camera malfunction
O O or damage.
Supplementary notes on using the lens and taking pictures.
When the lens is mounted on a camera, be sure to also hold the camera by the lens, including when mounting
Y may also detach from its mount and fall, causing injury.
Do not use a strap attached to the camera. The mount may break, resulting in the lens falling off and causing injury or in scratches on the camera. Be sure to use the camera with a dedicated strap attached correctly to the strap mount on the lens.
Do not stand on top of the lens case. You may fall and injure yourself.
Do not pile lens cases on top of one another as they may fall and cause injury.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless otherwise specified in the instructions. If such changes or modifications should be made, you could be required to stop operation of the equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to part 15
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-
of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
COP occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
Y harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Hood mount (→ 14)
Focusing ring (→ 6)
Distance scale (→ 14)
Orientation locking knob (→ 17)
Security slot (covered) (→ 17)
Strap mount (→ 5)
Drop-in filter (→ 18)
AF stop button
Rubber ring (→ 5)
Image stabilizer mode selector switch (→ 11)
Image stabilizer switch (→ 11)
Focus preset button (→ 8)
Focus preset switch (→ 8)
Focus mode switch (→ 6)
Contacts (→ 5)
Lens mount index (→ 5)
Focusing distance range selector switch (→ 6)
Tripod mount (→ 17)
The illustrations used in the explanations in this manual show the EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, but the
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM is used in the same way.
For detailed information, reference page numbers are provided in parentheses (
1. Mounting and Detaching the Lens
See your camera’s instructions for details on mounting and detaching the lens.
The lens mount has a rubber ring for enhanced dust- and water-resistance. The rubber ring may cause slight abrasions around the camera’s lens mount, but this will not cause any problems. If the rubber ring becomes worn, it is replaceable by a
Canon Service Center at cost.
After detaching the lens, place the lens with the rear end up to prevent the lens surface and
Attaching the strap
Y contacts from getting scratched.
If the contacts get soiled, scratched, or have fingerprints on them, corrosion or faulty connections can result. The camera and lens
COP may not operate properly.
If the contacts get soiled or have fingerprints on them, clean them with a soft cloth.
If you remove the lens, cover it with the dust cap.
To attach it properly, align the lens mount index and the index of the dust cap as shown in the diagram, and turn clockwise. To remove it, reverse the order.
Thread the end of the strap through the strap mount on the lens and then back through the clasp on the strap. Pull the strap tight and check that there is no slack in the clasp.
2. Setting the Focus Mode
3. Switching the Focusing
To shoot in autofocus (AF) mode, set the focus mode switch to AF.
To shoot in manual focus (MF) mode, set the focus mode switch to MF, and focus by turning the focusing ring. The focusing ring always works, regardless of the focus mode.
To shoot in power focus (PF) mode, set the focus mode switch to PF when the focus preset range, the actual autofocusing time will be
FULL switch (p. 8) is at OFF.
Operating the playback ring enables focus change at a set speed. This is a useful feature for changing focus when shooting movies.
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
3.7 m/12.14 ft. – 10 m/32.81 ft.
10 m/32.81 ft. – ∞
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM
4.5 m/14.76 ft. – 16 m/52.49 ft.
16 m/52.49 ft. – ∞
After autofocusing in ONE SHOT AF mode, focus manually by pressing the shutter button halfway and turning the focusing ring. (Full-time manual focus)
4. AF Stop Button
The AF stop function also works in AI Servo AF mode.
Angle positioning of the AF stop button is adjustable by a Canon Service Center at cost.
With the EOS 630/600, RT, A2/A2E/5, or 10S/10 set to the AI Servo AF mode and continuous shooting, AF will not resume even after you
During autofocus operation, you can press the
AF stop button to temporarily pause autofocus.
let go of the AF stop button. Press the shutter
If the shutter button is still pressed halfway when the AF stop button is released, autofocusing will continue as before.
O O release button halfway to resume AF.
Y let go of the AF stop button. Press the shutter release button halfway to resume AF.
You can change the functions of the AF stop button using the camera’s Custom Function. For details, please refer to the camera’s instructions.
5. Focus Preset
By presetting any focusing distance, you can instantly focus at that point even while you are shooting a different subject. This function operates in any of the AF, PF, and MF modes.
< How to Set >
Set the focus preset switch to ON or .
Press the shutter button
Press the focus preset button.
The focused distance will be
O O preset.
If the focus preset switch was set to , the beeper will sound once.
< How to Focus at the Preset Distance >
When turning the playback ring, keep your finger away from the shutter button. In One-Shot AF mode, the exposure will be locked when you press the shutter button halfway and focus is achieved. So if you press the shutter button
O O halfway while turning the playback ring, the exposure may not be correct.
When not using the focus preset, set the switch to OFF.
By turning the playback ring to the left or right, the focus shifts as far as the preset distance.
Focus will shift freely released of AF focusing while the playback ring is still turned.
If the focus preset switch was set to
, the beeper
In the following cases, the focusing distance scale
(p. 14) will move slightly. It will not affect the image.
• When you press the focus preset button.
• When you turn the playback ring.
will sound twice.
The focus preset function will not work while a
6. Power Focus (PF) Mode
Using the playback ring enables smooth focus change.
This is a useful feature for changing focus when shooting movies.
Rotate the playback ring to switch to PF.
change the focus.
When the playback ring is rotated in a certain direction, focus changes in the same direction as when the focusing ring is rotated.
You can make a 2-step change in focus shift speed depending on the angle that the playback ring is rotated to.
7. Image Stabilizer
You can use the image stabilizer in AF, PF, or MF mode.
Set the STABILIZER switch to ON.
If you are not going to use the image stabilizer function, set the switch to OFF.
MODE 1: Corrects vibrations in
MODE 2: Corrects vertical camera shake during following shots in a horizontal direction, and corrects horizontal camera shake during following shots in a vertical direction.
MODE 3: Corrects vibration only during exposure. During panning shots, corrects vibration during exposure only in one direction the same as MODE 2.
First press the shutter button down halfway, then press down all the way to take the picture.
MODE 1, 2: Press the shutter button down halfway
O O to stabilize the image in the viewfinder and enable stabilization.
MODE 3: Press the shutter down halfway to initiate computation of stabilization, then press down all the way to enable stabilization.
8. Tips on Using the Image Stabilizer
The image stabilizer for this lens is effective for hand-held shots in the following conditions.
In semi-darkened areas such as indoors or outdoors at night.
In locations where flash photography is prohibited, such as art museums and theater
O O stages.
In situations where your footing is uncertain.
In situations where fast shutter settings cannot be used.
When panning subjects in motion.
Since camera shake is stabilized only during exposure, following a subject is easier such as when shooting a fast and irregularly moving player during sports photography.
Tips on Using the Image Stabilizer
The Image Stabilizer cannot compensate for a blurred shot caused by a subject that moved.
Set the STABILIZER switch to OFF when you are taking pictures using the Bulb setting (long exposures). If the STABILIZER switch is set to ON, the image stabilizer function may introduce errors.
The Image Stabilizer might not be fully effective in the following cases:
• You shoot from a violently moving vehicle.
• You move the camera dramatically for a panning
HS/RS, 3, ELAN 7E/ELAN 7/30/33, ELAN 7NE/
ELAN 7N/30V/33V, ELAN II/ELAN IIE/50/50E,
REBEL X/REBEL XS/500, REBEL G/500N, REBEL
2000/300, REBEL Ti/300V, REBEL T2/300X, REBEL
K2/3000V, IX, IX Lite/IX7, 3000/88, 5000/888
With the EOS-1V/HS, 3, ELAN 7E/ELAN 7/30/33,
ELAN 7NE/ELAN 7N/30V/33V, ELAN II/ELAN II
E/50/50E, REBEL 2000/300, IX, IX Lite/IX7, and
D30, the Image Stabilizer will not work during selftimer operation.
shot in Mode 1.
The Image Stabilizer consumes more power than normal shooting, so fewer shots can be taken if you use the function.
The image stabilizer operates for about two seconds even when your finger is off the shutter button.
Do not remove the lens while the stabilizer is in operation. This will cause a malfunction.
With Extender EF2× II attached to the lens, the
Image Stabilizer will work with the following cameras:
EOS-1D X, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark II,
EOS-1Ds, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS-1D Mark III,
Y shooting conditions, sometimes it may be better to turn off the Image Stabilizer function.
The stabilizer is equally effective for hand-held photography and photography with a monopod. The
Image Stabilizer effect may be reduced, however, depending on the shooting environment.
The Image Stabilizer also operates when the lens is used with extension tube EF12 II or EF25 II or the
EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D,
EOS 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 5D, 7D, 60D, 50D,
40D, 30D, 20D, 20Da, 10D, REBEL T3i/600D,
REBEL T2i/550D, REBEL T1i/500D, DIGITAL REBEL
O O extender EF1.4× III or EF2× III.
Depending on the camera there may be image shake, such as after releasing the shutter. However, this does not affect shooting.
XSi/450D, REBEL T3/1100D, DIGITAL REBEL
XS/1000D, DIGITAL REBEL XTi/400D DIGITAL,
DIGITAL REBEL XT/350D DIGITAL, DIGITAL
REBEL/300D DIGITAL, D60, D30, EOS DCS1,
If you set the camera’s Custom Function to change the assigned button to operate the AF, the Image
Stabilizer will operate when you press the newly assigned AF button.
DCS3, D2000, D6000, EOS-1V/HS, EOS-1N/DP/
9. Infinity Compensation
Infinity compensation mark
Distance index The special hoods that come with all these
To compensate for shifting of the infinity focus point that results from changes in temperature.
The infinity position at normal temperature is the point at which the vertical line of the distance scale L mark is aligned with the distance index.
For accurate focusing in MF on subjects at infinity lenses cut out unwanted light and protect the
To attach the hood, loosen the hood lock knob
Y by turning it counterclockwise. Fit the hood onto reverse, to remove the hood.
distance, look through the viewfinder while rotating the focusing ring.
11. Fitting the Lens Cap
Reverse the lens hood, slip it over the lens, and tighten the lock knob to fix it in place.
Lift the hook and loop fastener, and fit the cap so that the lock knob rides up the slot in the cap.
With the lock knob at the opening in the cap, close the fastener to fix the cap in place as shown.
Can also be attached to the front of the hood when using the lens.
Put the lens away as follows.
Reverse the lens hood, slip it over the lens, and attach the lens cap.
Position the tripod mount towards you as shown and place it in the case.
Place so that the hood’s lock knob rests in the slot near you.
Fold the strap and fit it into the space near the case hinges.
Fasten the lens securely with the strap.
Close the lid, and then push the lever while holding the lid from above to lock.
Do not sit on top of the lens case.
Place the lens in the position intended for it.
13. Using the Tripod
14. Security Slot
A tripod or monopod attaches to the tripod mount on the lens.
Adjusting the Tripod Mount
By loosening the orientation locking knob on the tripod mount you can rotate the camera to set the image for any vertical or horizontal position.
Replacing the Tripod Mount
Replacement with the included monopod mount can be done at a Canon Service Center at cost.
Since the mount requires special fastening, as a safety precaution, do not replace the mount yourself.
An attachment slot is provided for a wire-type
A wire-type security lock can be purchased separately.
15. Drop-In Filters
A 52(WII)-series drop-in gelatin filter holder with a glass filter is included with the lens. The dropin filter holder can be used fitted with a gelatin filter (sold separately).
<Using a Gelatin Filter>
<Installing and Removing>
To remove the drop-in filter, press in the left and right lock buttons and pull the filter holder straight up out of the slot.
Lift up the holder’s retaining plate.
Cut the gelatin filter as shown and mount it in the holder.
To install the drop-in filter, push the filter holder
Return the retaining plate to its closed position.
straight down into the slot until it clicks into place.
The Drop-In Screw-Type Filter Holder 52(WII) and
The filter holder can be installed facing either forwards or backwards.
Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter PL-C52(WII) are also available (sold separately).
Because the lens optics are designed to include a glass filter, you must always install the filter holder, even if no gelatin filter is fitted.
16. Extenders (Sold Separately)
Lens specifications when using extender EF1.4× II/III or EF2× II/III are as follows.
Focal length (mm)
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
EF1.4× II/III EF2× II/III
700 f/5.6 – 45
1000 f/8 – 64
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM
EF1.4× II/III EF2× II/III
840 f/5.6 – 45
1200 f/8 – 64
Angle of view
Maximum magnification (×)
Errors may occur if you attach the extender to the camera first.
With Extender EF2× II/III attached to the lens, only manual focus is possible. However, with the EOS-1Ds
II, EOS-1D, EOS-1V/HS camera, autofocusing with the center focusing point is possible.
When shooting with EOS A2/A2E/5 fitted with either the EF500mm f/4L IS II USM or EF600mm f/4L IS II
USM, use –0.5 step exposure compensation when using extender EF1.4× II, and use –1 step exposure when using extender EF2× II.
Extenders cannot be used more than one at a time.
Autofocusing is still enabled with extender EF1.4× II/III attached.
When an extender is attached, the AF speed will become slower to retain proper control.
17. Extension Tubes
You can attach extension tube EF12 II or EF25
II for magnified shots. The shooting distance and magnification are shown below.
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
Focusing Distance Range (mm) Magnification (×)
Close distance Long distance Close distance Long distance
EF12 II 3265 20570 0.18
2904 9917 0.22
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM
Focusing Distance Range (mm)
3619 13941 0.20
MF mode is recommended for accurate focusing.
Angle of View
Min. Focusing Distance
Field of View
Max. Diameter and Length
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM EF600mm f/4L IS II USM
12 groups, 16 elements f/32
Vertical: 2° 45’
3.7 m/12.14 ft.
12 groups, 16 elements f/32
Diagonal: 4° 10’
Vertical: 2° 20’
Horizontal: 3° 30’
4.5 m/14.76 ft.
Approx. 159 × 238 mm/
Approx. 163 × 245 mm/
6.42 × 9.65 inch (at 4.5 m/14.76 ft.)
Any 52(WII)-series drop-in filter
168 × 448 mm/6.61 × 17.64 inch 146 × 383 mm/5.75 × 15.08 inch
Approx. 3920 g/138.3 oz
Lens case 500B Lens case 600C
The lens length is measured from the mount surface to the front end of the lens. Add 26.5 mm when including the lens cap and dust cap.
The size and weight listed are for the lens only, except as indicated.
The Close-up Lenses 250D and 500D cannot be attached.
Aperture settings are specified on the camera.
All data listed is measured according to Canon standards.
Product specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.
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