This lens is ideal for sports and wildlife photography. The newly designed optical system has one fluorite element and two UD-glass elements to obtain high resolution and high contrast. Also, the minimum focusing distance was reduced to 18 ft. (5.5m). Extender EF 2x II can be attached to increase the focal length to 1200mm while retaining AF (at the center focusing point with the EOS-1v and EOS-3).
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I purchased this lens soon after it became available in the USA. I have been a Canon user for many years. My primary use is animal photos, usually from a rather large distance., and this lens is the best I have ever used. It's not for everyone, it's big and heavy and costly, but the performancy is fantastic! I highly recomend this lens if you need a lens of this length. Only suggestion to improve it would be changes to the tripod mount. The 1/4 " hole is way too far back, making the lens nose...View full Review
I purchased this lens soon after it became available in the USA. I have been a Canon user for many years. My primary use is animal photos, usually from a rather large distance., and this lens is the best I have ever used. It's not for everyone, it's big and heavy and costly, but the performancy is fantastic! I highly recomend this lens if you need a lens of this length. Only suggestion to improve it would be changes to the tripod mount. The 1/4 " hole is way too far back, making the lens nose heavy, otherwise it's the best!
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I got this lens as a gift from my mother. It is the best gift ever. It is very heavy and you need a tripod to use with it. I tried using a mono-pod, but had better results/luck on a tripod. I am not sure Arnold Schwarzenegger could hand-hold this one for long, even in his youth! There is a learning curve and some adjusting to get used to it, but it is a great lens for wildlife. I was lucky and got this as a gift, but if you have the $$$, it is a great lens.
Resolution has always been my highest priority and this lens certainly is the best. The auto-focus features are superb. After using the 600mm f/4 L lens for years trading it in for the 800 was the best trade I've ever made. It is lighter, a longer focal length and the stabilizing features are excellent. Would recommend a gimbal tripod head, with one the system can be manipulated with ease.
I am a very armature photographer and the shot's I got with this lens makes me look like a pro.
ITS GREAT...I LOVE IT... ITS GREAT FOR SPORTS OR TRAVELING
I have been taking wild life photos for 30 years with canon lenses and the new 800 is a great improvment over the old FD 800 , if the picture is a thousand word it speeks for it self
I can't beleive you can actually hand-hold a 600! The IS is that good. The flip-side is that you can't do that very long. It's a great lens & I'd buy it again. But if you plan to carry & hand-hold don't excede the 500. (This is based on owning an IS 300 f4 & 1.4x converter.)
The Canon EF600MMF4L IS USM lens is unbelievable. I wish I could upload just one image I have taken with it. Also I had the EF500MMF4L for 4 days and returned it for this lens. The only complaint is the draw string for the lens cap, which came apart, then the plastic adjuster broke. Also it is long enough that is interferes with the mounting shoe when the sun shade is in the reverse position. But it is one heck of a lens. Plus I'll have arms like Arnold by the end of the summer.
I already have 9 Canon " L " Lenses and 5 regular Canon Lenses--This Lens 600 MM. F/ 4.0 L IS USM are the best Canon Lens that I ever have-Super Fast in AF. and Great AI servo AF, -Super Sharp in Details, Great / Beautiful contrast of Colors and Great Shallow DOF. for Bird Photography. Yes, I just have this babe for 2 weeks and fell in love with her all over again and again. Yes, This Babe is worth every pennies that I spend.
I finally got my 800mm after waiting for one to be built for me. 3 months wait, but it was worth it. I bought this lens to photograph eagles this upcoming winter, but have shot pics of the moon with a 2x and a 7d (2560mm), man what unbelievable pictures. With this set up, you can just barely get the whole moon in the shot. Craters and seas jump right out at you. I would strongly suggest a gimball head set up. I am using an Induro set up, and love it. My Monfrotto ball head would support it ok, but when you losen it up to move it, you better have a good grip on the lens. I am so impressed with the quickness of the autofocus on this lense with out the 2x. It is as fast as any of my other L series lenses, and I own quite a few, and faster than my older ones. All in all, if you are looking for a fantastic super telephoto with unbelievable quality and speed, this is the lens. You may have to trade your first born for it, but it might be worth it.
I have used the 800 to shoot the worlds fastest motorcycles on the Bonneville Salt Flats. In five days I shoot over 7500 images. I hand hold the 800mm to shoot at 1/500 to 1/640 late in the day and use a mono-pod to rest it in between shots. Images of motorcycles going between 200 and 350 mph are crisp and the auot-focus is perfect for this type of work. I really enjoy working with this lens and would highly recomend this setup for anyone doing similar work.