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

Bring distant scenes closer and give your subject a front row seat thanks to brilliant 100-500mm pulling power and outstanding versatility from a zoom that delivers detail, clarity and an exceptional telephoto performance.


Ultimate reach. Built for extremes.

With a 100-500mm focal length range, plus 5-stop image stabilisation and L-series build quality, the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM offers performance and image quality like no other thanks to UD lens elements and ASC coatings for unrivalled contrast and sharpness.

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

The telephoto zoom with extra power

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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.

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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.

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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 the lens anywhere

At 1530g with tripod mount, and 207mm when retracted, the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM is a go-anywhere telephoto zoom. Dust and water seals plus a heat shield coating ensure its durability.

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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.

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Great lens for...


100-500mm focal length

For superior telephoto power and versatility

5-stop Image Stabilisation

For ultimate handheld control even in low light

Super UD and UD elements

For exceptionally sharp images

Dual Nano USM motor

For smooth, fast and near-silent operation

Heat shield coating

For consistent operation in high temperatures

ASC (Air Sphere Coating)

To prevent flare and ghosting

Lens control ring

For extra control over ISO, aperture and shutter speed

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RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Specs
RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Front Angled

What’s in the box

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

Lens Hood ET-83F (WIII)

Lens Cap E-77 II

Lens Dust Cap RF

Lens Case LZ1328

Tripod Mount Ring F (WIII)

Comparison with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

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

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

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM




Focal length

100-500 mm

100-400 mm

Maximum aperture



Minimum aperture



Minimum focusing distance

0.9 m -1.2 m

0.98 m

Maximum magnification

0.33 x

0.31 x

Lens construction

20 elements in 14 groups

21 elements in 16 groups

Special low dispersion glass

One Super UD, six UD

One Fluorite, one Super UD

Special coating

ASC, fluorine coating

ASC, fluorine coating




Aperture blades

9 (circular)

9 (circular)

IS (CIPA standard correction effect)

Yes, 5-stops (6-stops combined with IBIS with EOS R5 & EOS R6)

Yes (4-stops)

Filter diameter

Φ77 mm

Φ77 mm

Maximum diameter and length

Approx. 93.8 mm x 207.6 mm

Approx. 94 mm x 193 mm


Approx. 1,370 g
(tripod mount separate)

Approx. 1,570 g
(tripod mount separate)

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