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

09.07.2020 the Canon Lens RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens was officially introduced, the development of which was announced yet 12.02.2020.

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

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

Basic properties

  • Lens for Canon EOS R: for full-frame mirrorless cameras Canon EOS with RF mount
  • Professional L-Series Lens
  • Relative hole: from 1:4.5-7.1 (SEVEN AND ONE) to 1: 32-54
  • Focal Length: 100-500 mm
  • Built-in Image Stabilizer 5 steps, three modes of operation of the stabilizer
  • MDF: 0.9 meters per 100 mm and 1.2 meters per 500 mm
  • Maximum magnification ratio 1:3.33 by 500 mm, 1: 8.33 by 100 mm
  • Optical design: 20 elements in 14 groups, 6 elements of UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion), 1 element Super UD
  • Enlightenment: Air Sphere Coating
  • Number of aperture blades: 9 pieces
  • Motor Focusing Dual nano usm, which consists of one USM and one STM, continuous manual focus control available
  • Filter Diameter: 77 mm
  • Programmable control ring
  • Protected housing + additional protective enlightenment of the front and rear lenses
  • Window in the hood for access to the filter
  • Tripod support
  • Weight: 1365 grams (without tripod foot), tripod foot weighs 160 grams
  • Support for teleconverters RF1.4x and RF2x
  • Price: about 2.700 dollars, AliExpress


An accurate and complete list of all Canon RF lenses:


  1. Canon Lens RF 5.2 mm F2.8 L DUAL FISHEYE [October 2021]
  2. Canon Lens RF 16 mm F2.8 STM [September 2021, AliExpress]
  3. Canon Lens RF 24 mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM [July 2022, AliExpress]
  4. Canon Lens RF 28 mm F2.8 STM [May 2023]
  5. Canon Lens RF 35 mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM [September 2018, AliExpress]
  6. Canon Lens RF 50 mm F1.8 STM [November 2020, AliExpress]
  7. Canon Lens RF 50 mm F1.2 L USM [September 2018, AliExpress]
  8. Canon Lens RF 85 mm F1.2 L USM [May 2019, AliExpress]
  9. Canon Lens RF 85 mm F1.2 L USM DS (DEFOCUS SMOOTHING) [October 2019]
  10. Canon Lens RF 85 mm F2 MACRO IS STM [July 2020, AliExpress]
  11. Canon Lens RF 100 mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM SA CONTROL [April 2021, AliExpress]
  12. Canon Lens RF 135 mm F1.8 L IS USM [November 2022]
  13. Canon Lens RF 400 mm F2.8 L IS USM [April 2021]
  14. Canon Lens RF 600 mm F11 IS STM [July 2020, AliExpress]
  15. Canon Lens RF 600 mm F4 L IS USM [April 2021]
  16. Canon Lens RF 800 mm F11 IS STM [July 2020, AliExpress]
  17. Canon Lens RF 800 mm F8 L IS USM [February 2022]
  18. Canon Lens RF 1200 mm F8 L IS USM [February 2022]


  1. Canon Lens RF 10-20 mm F4 L IS STM [October 2023]
  2. Canon Lens RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM [June 2021, AliExpress]
  3. Canon Lens RF 15-30mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM [July 2022, AliExpress]
  4. Canon Lens RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM [August 2019, AliExpress]
  5. Canon Lens RF 24-50 mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM [February 2023, AliExpress]
  6. Canon Lens RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM [August 2019, AliExpress]
  7. Canon Lens RF 24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z [October 2023]
  8. Canon Lens RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM [September 2018, AliExpress]
  9. Canon Lens RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM [February 2020, AliExpress]
  10. Canon Lens RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM [July 2019, AliExpress]
  11. Canon Lens RF 28-70mm F2 L USM [September 2018, AliExpress]
  12. Canon Lens RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM [November 2020, AliExpress]
  13. Canon Lens RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM [October 2019, AliExpress]
  14. Canon Lens RF 100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM [April 2023]
  15. Canon Lens RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM [September 2021, AliExpress]
  16. Canon Lens RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM [July 2020, AliExpress]
  17. Canon Lens RF 200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM [November 2023]

XNUMXrd Party Autofocus Full Frame Canon RF Mount Lenses

List of all mirrorless cameras with Canon RF mount

  1. Canon EOS [September 2018, NO IBIS.30MP AliExpress]
  2. Canon EOS Ra [November 2019, NO IBIS, 30MP]
  3. Canon EOSRP [February 2019, NO IBIS.26MP AliExpress]
  4. Canon EOS-R3 [April 2021, IBIS.24MP AliExpress]
  5. Canon EOS-R5 [July 2020, IBIS.45MP AliExpress]
  6. Canon EOS R5C [January 2022, NO IBIS, 45MP]
  7. Canon EOS-R6 [July 2020, IBIS.20MP AliExpress]
  8. Canon EOS R6 MARK II [November 2022, IBIS, 24MP]
  9. Canon EOS-R8 [February 2023, NO IBIS, 24MP]

Materials on the topic

  1. Full frame mirrorless systems... Discussion, choice, recommendations.
  2. Cropped mirrorless systems... Discussion, choice, recommendations.
  3. Cropped mirrorless systems that have stopped or are no longer developing
  4. Digital SLR systems that have stopped or are no longer developing
  5. JVI or EVI (an important article that answers the question 'DSLR or mirrorless')
  6. About mirrorless batteries
  7. Simple and clear medium format
  8. High-speed solutions from Chinese brands
  9. All fastest autofocus zoom lenses
  10. All fastest AF prime lenses
  11. Mirrored full frame on mirrorless medium format
  12. Autofocus Speed ​​Boosters
  13. One lens to rule the world
  14. The impact of smartphones on the photography market
  15. What's next (smartphone supremacy)?
  16. All announcements and novelties of lenses and cameras

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Comments: 28, on the topic: Announcement: Canon Lens RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

  • notapic

    Another dark zoom with horse price tag? What kind of mod went to do for the BZK first zooms with 6.3 (Nikkor Z 16-50 / 3.5-6.3 VR), now 7.1? On the street in 2020, and the aperture is lower and lower. But you could already create something more logical.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fashion started back on Sony in 2015 with the release of Sony FE 3.5-6.3 / 24-240 OSS.
      And Nikkor Z 16-50 / 3.5-6.3 VR is generally a crop lens, there too Sony was a pioneer with the Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS back in 2010 (10 years ago).

      • Serhiy Todoriuk

        f7.1 at 500mm is far from the worst aperture, the size of the front lens will be 500 / 7,1 = 70mm which is pretty impressive. You can also recall MTO500 which, with horse size, has f8, and given its essence, it is even darker in reality.

        • Michael

          Well, you can still remember the tsarist times) And so, the same ancient sigma 150-500 has 6.3 at the long end

          • Serhii

            The Canon 100-400 at the long end has 5.6 which corresponds to the same 71mm aperture. Just with 100-500 focal points added.

            • Michael

              Things are a little more complicated. It is also unknown what the aperture will be at 400mm. Plus the 100-400 lens isn't very new. On the same canon r, it is already 30 megapixels - the open aperture is close to the diffraction limit, but what will happen next?

  • Anton

    pick up!

    • Iskander

      nibibe! And then he will take you! Almost Nietzsche :-)

  • Roman

    Also 67 mm, judging by the proportions? If so, then the extra 100 mm at the far end in comparison with the 100-400 price of smaller sizes are justified.

    An interesting trend and clearly makes sense. In the past, dark lenses were limited to autofocus performance. Now that there are clear improvements in this parameter, plus it is possible to adjust the exposure compensation to see the image, so to speak, in the true exposure ... I am starting to feel.

  • Ololoyev

    Arkady, confused by the wording of "full-frame mirrorless lens".
    Perhaps something like “a lens for a full-frame mirrorless system…” would be correct?

  • koba

    Interestingly, did the fluorite glass leave it removed?

  • Michael

    f / 7.1 is now a tradition and a new standard?)) So you can get to the classification of bright zooms 70-200 4-5.6)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      For super telephoto, a small aperture at the long end is common. This is not 24-105 / 4-7,1, but still 100-500

      • Michael

        In the mirrored segment at 500 mm 5.6-6.3 the norm was

        • Roman

          86 mm filter

  • Alexander

    The developers considered that with the current photosensitivity of the sensors, the f7.1 aperture would not be a problem.

  • TSerg

    Yes, it looks like Kenon will have a new standard for zooms on mirrorless cameras. Everything fits in with those who are dark, cheap and simple, but not light-powerful. And pіpl z "іst і also. Well, the price that will drink will be peace))

    • Roman

      And bright zooms are big and heavy. Bigger and heavier than light fixes. Because the laws of optics. And Canon would be happy, but only few wanting for some reason.

  • Roman

    Hm. I tried several times to repost and do not see my comments.

    This is, in fact, a "refinement" of the lens 100-400 / 4.5 - 5.6, quite popular and good for the RF mount. In order to keep the size of the filter at 77 mm in width, the aperture cannot exceed 7.1. And due to the smaller flange distance, you can add an extra 100 mm and keep the same lens length (well, it may increase slightly). That is, in fact, we get the same 100-400 with a focal length increased by 100 mm. But this lens was already used quite often with the 1.4 teleconverter, which turns it into 140-560 / 6.3-8, and this did not bother anyone. Here you have everything the same, no teleconverter, 4.5 at the wide end, 7.1 at the long end and still not so ...

  • Roman

    Damn, Arkady, why some of my comments do not pass?

  • Roman

    I read Kanonspletni, they promise interesting things this year:

    10-24 / 4L is even cooler than 11-24 / 4L. I suspect it's about as expensive :)

    50 / 1.8 IS STM Macro - it's already interesting
    85 / 1.8 IS STM - and that.

    That is, we improve what we have (we turn 100-400 into 100-500, 11-24 into 10-24, we attached it to 50 macro with a stub, 85 just a stub), and we clearly divide the budget line and pro.

  • Nicholas

    Hello everybody. I read the comments, and as I understand, all the commentators did not hold this lens in their hands. And reasoning, especially negative, is above the roof. I am a Nikon. For more than a year I have had a nikon 200-500 with F / 5/6 along its entire length. Happy as an elephant. The 7.1 is not too bad for the new lens. Did any of the commentators try to calculate the depth of field at 500mm and 10 meters - like a piece of paper and you think to hit the eye? haha 3 times. Also, my fool has a 92mm front lens and it weighs a lot. A 7.1 comfort and convenience. On a good carcass, you can always increase the ISO. Go for it, don't whine.
    PS The laws of physics (optics) have not been canceled yet. Otherwise, IFONE is in your hands.

    • B. R. P.

      A kind man, no one has ever held him in his hands. Read carefully the title of the article: "ANNOUNCEMENT: DEVELOPMENT, etc." Thanks for showing off your lens.

      • Nicholas

        Dear B.R.P. - You are always welcome. It's not about “bragging” - I've lived through it a long time ago, and one should brag about pictures, not equipment. I wanted to convey the idea that no one has yet succeeded in surpassing the laws of optics, and if you want a big hole with a large focal length, you will have to pay for it and not only with money - the size of the front lens is one, the weight is two, the total size - three. My question was - do YOU ​​need it ???. And of course the money - Sigma 500 F / 2.8 - $ 25,999.00 on bhphotovideo right now? How do you like it? Ready?
        Using my lens, I covered the diaphragm, and then, from about a hundred shots, I came to sharpness, where I wanted to be maybe 15-20 times, the birds didn’t want to pose, they were very bright. I doubt very much that you can achieve more. And for a photo of stationary objects, this is not important at all.
        Good luck with your research.

        • B. R. P.

          ))) Gracias Y buena suerte con tus esfuerzos. )))

        • Alex

          And what is wrong with the DOF at 10 meters at f / 5.6 at 500mm? Or are you shooting dragons?
          The fact that the phase sensors of the camera are mistaken, as a result of which we get the front, back, shift focus, we forget. Similar lenses on the BZK lack of depth of field and hit exactly in the eye.

          • Nicholas

            In theory, Alekh, you are right - 13cm. Look at nuthatch - photo 1.
            Birdie 5-7 centimeters. DOF is clearly visible on a stump.
            The next picture shows the Black-necked toadstool. The whole “dragon” did not enter the IPF. His eye, unfortunately, is not in the center of the body.

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Today, the lens was officially announced, the data has been updated.

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