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

October 6, 2020 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

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The Canon RF 100-500mm is a superb addition to the rapidly expanding range of RF-mount lenses for Canon's EOS R-series cameras. It combines Canon's legendary L-series build quality with premium optical performance that's up there with the very best Canon zoom lenses we've tested. The only real drawback (apart from the hefty price tag) is you’ll need to shoot with this lens mounted on an EOS R5 or R6 to get the fastest AF performance.
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The RF 100-500mm continues Canon’s approach of adding something new to classic EF lenses rather than simply rebuilding them with a similar spec and a native mount. The RF 100-500 reaches further than the EF 100-400 while occupying much the same space in your bag and actually weighing a bit less. In my tests it delivered sharp results across the frame, throughout the focal range and with the aperture wide-open.
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It was only a matter of time. A telephoto zoom lens with long focal lengths is a staple in many kits, and Canon's first such lens in the RF mount was anxiously awaited. The RF lens series is being filled with ultra-high performing models, and the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens, getting the L-series designation, is another stellar performer, a must-have lens for many kits.
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