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About Canon 600mm F/4L

Featuring Fluorite optics that deliver sharper images with less chromatic aberration, the new large-diameter EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM super telephoto lens also takes advantage of magnesium and titanium construction for a lighter weight and a Fluorine coating that keeps soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum.

Because image stabilization technology in super telephoto lenses may inadvertently over-compensate and interfere with composing and framing distant or moving subjects, the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM includes an advanced third Image Stabilization mode (Mode 3) that activates IS only when the shutter button is fully pressed. This allows users to pan fast-moving subjects and then activate IS only when it is precisely required.

Because all three IS modes give the equivalent effect of up to four extra stops of performance, and because plus the Power Focus mode enables smooth focus change when shooting video, the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM is ideal for capturing rapid-fire action.

Other improvements such as better dust- and waterproofing make the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM super telephoto lens an ultra high-performance Digital Age tool combining Canon hallmarks of superb ease-of-use with excellent durability.

The Canon 600mm F/4L is commonly used for Sports/action, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 600mm F/4L is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon 600mm F/4L is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 600mm F/4L: Consistent output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (9),Strong construction (8),Consistent output (7),Durable (5),Lightweight (5),Nice bokeh (5),Rugged (4)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (9),Sports/action (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5)

Canon 600mm F/4L Features

  • Ultimate optical performance by adopting 2x fluorite element for improved optical quality and reduced chromatic aberration.
  • Drastic weight reduction from 5,360g (11.82lb.) to 3,920g (8.64lb.).
  • Image Stabilizer up to an equivalent of approximately 4 full shutter speeds.
  • Improvement of durability and operability, all-use environment that meets the demands of the professional photographer.

Canon 600mm F/4L Specifications

Construction
16 elements in 12 groups (Including drop-in rear filter, Fluorite: G2 and G4, UD Lens: None)
Angle of view
4°10'
Focus Adjustment
Inner focusing system, with focusing cam
Closest Focusing Distance
4.5m / 14.77 ft.
Filter Size
52mm Drop-In
Dimensions (Diameter x Length)
6.6" x 17.6" / 168 x 448mm
Weight
138.3 oz. / 3920g
Mfr #
5125B002
SKU
CA60042U

Canon 600mm F/4L Reviews

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5

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

perfect wildlife/avian lens

I rented both the 500mm f4 II and 600mm f4 II for a week before deciding on the 600mm. They are both excellent lenses in every respect and I carefully 'weighed' this choice. The decision maker for me was the extra reach with the 600 and the fact that (at that time) newer canon bodies would only AF at a minimum of f5.6. This eliminated adding the 2XIII and having AF, which is just about essential for lenses of this focal length when shooting moving subjects (e.g. - birds). The other factor I w...

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I rented both the 500mm f4 II and 600mm f4 II for a week before deciding on the 600mm. They are both excellent lenses in every respect and I carefully 'weighed' this choice. The decision maker for me was the extra reach with the 600 and the fact that (at that time) newer canon bodies would only AF at a minimum of f5.6. This eliminated adding the 2XIII and having AF, which is just about essential for lenses of this focal length when shooting moving subjects (e.g. - birds). The other factor I weighed was the mass of the lens (not that funny, but true). The 500 is the right choice if you can't heft the 600 around on a tripod with a solid gimbal head - it really feels much lighter. After trying the 600, I was satisfied that I could manage the weight. Both of these lenses give excellent sharpness alone and with the 1.4XIII, but I found the 840mm focal length with the 600 + 1.4X just about perfect for small perching birds and handheld action shots of hummers. For small birds you just need the extra focal length. I use the lens frequently w/o a converter for high school sports and larger wildlife (deer etc...) and I'm delighted with the sharpness and contrast at all apertures - though I shoot wide open 90% of the time w or w/o the converter. If you invest in one of these super tele's and do not already have a solid tripod and a gimbal head, I would strongly encourage you to budget for one. While I can handhold the lens in certain situations when I need maximum tracking mobility, a tripod or monopod with a gimbal head enables a full day of shooting w/o risking your back. I really don't have a negative thing to say about the performance of this lens - the AF is super fast even w tele's, the extra choices of focus distance limiters really helps when shooting birds in trees (even a great AF system is challenged here), the IS modes are super (I get good images at 1/100 sec handheld most of the time and 1/30 occasionally on a monopod), weather sealed, nice hood, solid case. The price is a bit of a shock, but I can't see a better value if you love avian & wildlife photography. My wish list for the next generation of super teles (if I live that long) is a built in 1.4X like the planned 200-400 f4 zoom. It would be wonderful to quickly swing that in and out of the optics w/o fiddling around - there just isn't time w wildlife. The added weight and cost would be OK w me.

Reviewed by 12 customers

 
5.0

The Canon EF 600mm f/4L is a great sharp long lens

By

from Westminster, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I just got the lens and set it up on my tripod with a Wimberley head to do some test shops from my home. The lens is extremely sharp and easy to focus. Also, finding the subject was also fairly easy, for a long lens. The auto focus is very fast, with and without the 2X, after using the focus ring on the lens to get in the ballpark. I plan on using the lens to photo ocean subjects as well as nature subjects. I live close to the pacific coast which has a number of interesting subject off shore, in the surf, and at the wetlands.

 
5.0

Recommend my friends

By

from Bel air MD  -  Pro Photographer

Quick focus very sharpness give good detail Work very good with TC 1/4 and 2 x

 
5.0

Canon's best long lens

By

from Redmond, WA

So I decided long ago I'm not going to own every super telephoto for a number of reasons which are probably obvious to most people. Cost, weight, bulk, etc. I already had a 300mm f/2.8L and I have the "little" 400mm f/5.6L. So I decided I was only going to buy ONE lens larger than these. I looked at the 400, the 500, the 600, and the 800. I spent an entire year deciding. I wanted long reach, so having the 400 using with a 2x TC for 800/5.6 seemed a little crazy to me. For a little more money I could actually HAVE the 800, albeit with less versatility. In the end, I figured with the 600 f/4L I could use a 1.4x extender and i'm effectively at 840mm f/5.6. Also I come from an astronomy background where "it's all about the objective lens" and this one has the largest of all the super telephotos. So I get more reach than the 800 at f/5.6, very sharp with the 1.4x by the way and no noticeable focusing impact in decent light. Also I can use it without for 600mm, and I can use the 1.4x with the 300 to get 420mm f/4. Truthfully when I'm shooting soccer the 300 is long enough without the extender, and for wildlife the 600 is never too big. I bring along the 300 and 2nd body, or sometimes I'll shoot with 70-200 f/2.8. The reason I'm talking about all of these other lenses is that none of them are super telephoto. So in fact what I'm saying is for me the 600 is the one to buy. Maximum bang for the buck in terms of reach and autofocus / stabilization goodness. This is the holy grail of canon lenses, my friends. Don't let the 800 intimidate you; this objective is larger and with the 1.4x it outperforms the 800 in my humblest of opinions. I've also used this lens on manual focus with the 2x extender III for moon images and it does a ridiculously incredible job. 1200mm f/8 rivals some pretty serious refracting telescopes out there. Oh yeah, and it looks huge and intimidating but it's not all that heavy. In fact it's just a few pounds more than the 300. I'm totally happy with this beast!

 
5.0

Big Investment = Big Results

By

from Wisconsin  -  Semi-pro Photographer

What can you say other than STELLAR performance. Canon nailed this one!

 
5.0

Best Super Tele...Period!

By

from Maine

I have other Super Teles, including the 800mm. I traded up from the 600mm VI and unlike with my 400mm I can tell the difference in the Vi and VII! All around just a perfect lens, in every way, nothing else to say!

 
5.0

Amazing lens

By

from Salisbury, MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Coupled with the Canon 1DX body amazing results are obtained.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super Fast Accurate Auto-focus

By

from Oakland, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use 800mm f5.6 for local wildlife with tripod. Sometime, it did not move quick enough for me to shoot birds in flight. I have only 1 or 2 seconds re-act. So, I use 600mm for handhold to shoot birds in flight. I can move quicker and almost point and shoot.. The auto-focus is impressed all my friends.. How quick the the focus is. You get what you pay for.

(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

perfect wildlife/avian lens

By

from Undisclosed

I rented both the 500mm f4 II and 600mm f4 II for a week before deciding on the 600mm. They are both excellent lenses in every respect and I carefully 'weighed' this choice. The decision maker for me was the extra reach with the 600 and the fact that (at that time) newer canon bodies would only AF at a minimum of f5.6. This eliminated adding the 2XIII and having AF, which is just about essential for lenses of this focal length when shooting moving subjects (e.g. - birds). The other factor I weighed was the mass of the lens (not that funny, but true). The 500 is the right choice if you can't heft the 600 around on a tripod with a solid gimbal head - it really feels much lighter. After trying the 600, I was satisfied that I could manage the weight. Both of these lenses give excellent sharpness alone and with the 1.4XIII, but I found the 840mm focal length with the 600 + 1.4X just about perfect for small perching birds and handheld action shots of hummers. For small birds you just need the extra focal length. I use the lens frequently w/o a converter for high school sports and larger wildlife (deer etc...) and I'm delighted with the sharpness and contrast at all apertures - though I shoot wide open 90% of the time w or w/o the converter. If you invest in one of these super tele's and do not already have a solid tripod and a gimbal head, I would strongly encourage you to budget for one. While I can handhold the lens in certain situations when I need maximum tracking mobility, a tripod or monopod with a gimbal head enables a full day of shooting w/o risking your back. I really don't have a negative thing to say about the performance of this lens - the AF is super fast even w tele's, the extra choices of focus distance limiters really helps when shooting birds in trees (even a great AF system is challenged here), the IS modes are super (I get good images at 1/100 sec handheld most of the time and 1/30 occasionally on a monopod), weather sealed, nice hood, solid case. The price is a bit of a shock, but I can't see a better value if you love avian & wildlife photography. My wish list for the next generation of super teles (if I live that long) is a built in 1.4X like the planned 200-400 f4 zoom. It would be wonderful to quickly swing that in and out of the optics w/o fiddling around - there just isn't time w wildlife. The added weight and cost would be OK w me.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top Class Glass

By

from The Mountains, NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

Everything you'd expect from a Canon L lens and much more. Sharp in more ways than one. Resolution continues to amaze me. This is my first 600 so I can't say anything compared to the older model but this lens is light. The older 600 was famed for having lightning fast focus and this lens is also lightning fast, likely faster. Yes, you can shoot this handheld and get amazing results but even Chuck Norris couldn't do it for long - this is a big lens. If you are in the market for a bird/wildlife lens -look no further. With a Lenscoat and/or plate attached this lens will not fit into the included case. Plan on picking up a Loewpro Lens Trekker 600 AW II which is excellent for transporting and storage. If you do not already have a "Big Boy" tripod and gimbal, you'll want them too. In my opinion, The Really Right Stuff TVC-33 is perfect for this lens as is the Wimberly P50 6.5 plate. IQ using the 1.4 extender on this lens is a good reason to consider the 600 over the 800. The 1.4 extender and a 7D are a nice combination with this lens! The 2x extender shows the expected drop in IQ but I'm happy with the compliments I've received of images taken @1200mm.

 
5.0

Excellent Lens For Wildlife Photography

By

from Wellington, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am an advanced amateur photographer and use this lens for wildlife photography and motor sports photography. The new 600 is an exceptional lens and exceeds the high performance standards set by its predecessor. The resolution, color rendition, image quality, and bokeh of the new 600 are extraordinary. And its autofocus is laser quick when used bare or with teleconverters. Additionally, the new 600 is well balanced; very light in weight for a lens of this focal length; and well designed and sturdily built. The only nit I have about this lens is its price. However, after I made my first images of bald eagles with the new 600, my concerns about its price evaporated.

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Ken S  I`m sure it does , but. Does this lens come with the canon hard case ? Ken
JAMES M  Yes, this lens comes with the Canon 600B hard shell lens case.
Nancy L  Is this Lens and the 400mm f/4L compatible with the Canon Rebel 4Ti camera?
RICHARD S  Yes. With that camera you will have an effective 960mm and 640mm respectively - quite a bit of reach on the 600mm, - maybe more than you might really want?
Shopper  Can it be used with converter?
Andrew R  Yes, though for best performance the Canon extenders ( http://www.adorama.com/CA2XAF3U.html and http://www.adorama.com/CA14XAF2U.html ) are the recommended solution.
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