martinbrasg's reviews

  • Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    One of the sharpest prime lenses I've used
    Heavy as heck. Needs a good support

    I am a wildlife and bird photographer from South Africa. I have been using the Canon 100-400 Mark ii lens with a 1.4x Mark iii extender on my 5D MKiv for ages. This was a great combo until I borrowed a friend's 500. WOW! Was I gobsmacked. There is definitely a huge difference from zoom to prime lenses.

    I was now hooked, but being semi retired, I just could not afford a new 500 L ii lens. So I started hunting for a good, clean used one. And lo and behold I found just that. An elderly lady had one in mint condition. She told me she has to let it go as it is just too heavy for her to lift any more. Was I in luck.

    This lens looks like it has only been used on a Sunday to go to the shops and back. Not a mark anywhere and the case is mint.
    Unfortunately with COVID 19 Lockdown, I have not been able to put it through its paces, but I have managed to get some incredible shots of the birds in my garden. I have found a winner here. Now can't wait to get back into the African bush.

    reviewed June 20th, 2020 (purchased for $2,000)