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Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS USM

For wildlife shooting this is my pride and joy. Fast focusing and incredibly sharp wide open at f/4 or with a 1.4 TC shooting at 700mm f/5.6.

In the never-ending debate on the best lens for wildlife and birds I chose the 500 f/4. Its significantly lighter than the 600 f/4 or 400 f/2.8, the 400mm f/4 is too short on focal length and the 800 is too long on focal length (there are many times when 500mm is all the focal length I need).

I shoot mine with the Gitzo G-1227 carbon fiber tripod, Arcratech ball head with a Wimberly side-kick. This makes for a lightweight easy to manage and transport set-up.

Here are a few pictures taken primarily wide open at 500mm or 700mm.
500 f'4 Sri Lankan Leopard.jpg
500 f'4 Sri Lankan Leopard.jpg
500mm f'4 Nothern Gannets.jpg
500mm f'4 Nothern Gannets.jpg
500mm f4 - Gannets.jpg
500mm f4 - Gannets.jpg
500mm f4.5 - Canada goose.jpg
500mm f4.5 - Canada goose.jpg
500mm f5.6 Northern Gannets
500mm f5.6 Northern Gannets
700mm f5.6 - Canada goose.jpg
700mm f5.6 - Canada goose.jpg
700mm f6.3 Sambar and Egret.jpg
700mm f6.3 Sambar and Egret.jpg
700mm f7.1 Rose-ringed Parakeet.jpg
700mm f7.1 Rose-ringed Parakeet.jpg