Nikon 600mm f/4G ED AF-S Vibration Reduction (VR II) Nikkor Lens (Black) - U.S.A. Warranty


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About Nikon 600mm f/4G ED-S VR II

The Nikon 600mm f/4G ED-S VR II is commonly used for Wildlife photos and more.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Consistent output (3),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Nice bokeh (3),Rugged (3),Strong construction (3)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (3)

Nikon 600mm f/4G ED-S VR II Features

  • High-powered, Super Telephoto lens optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX (23.9 x 36mm) and DX-format image sensors
  • Vibration Reduction (VR II) minimizes the effects of camera shake allowing photographers to shoot at as many as four shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images
  • New Tripod Detection mode reduces vibration that may occur due to shutter release when mounted on a tripod
  • Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful, super-quiet operation
  • Exclusive Nano Crystal Coat and a meniscus protective glass element combine to further reduce ghosting and flare for even greater image clarity
  • Three ED (Extra-low dispersion) elements control chromatic aberrations while enhancing color, sharpness and contrast, even at the widest aperture settings
  • Rugged, reliable, lightweight construction features a magnesium die-cast barrel and professional-grade dust and moisture resistance
  • New A/M focus mode provides fast, secure switching between Auto and Manual focusoperation

Nikon 600mm f/4G ED-S VR II Specifications

12 Groups/ 15 Elements
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of view
4 degrees 10 minutes (2 degrees 40 minutes with DX-format)
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
Maximum Magnification
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
17.5 x 6.5"
11.2 lb
Mfr #

Nikon 600mm f/4G ED-S VR II Reviews

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(based on 19 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


The best I have ever seen

I am a veterinarian and love to photograph wildlife especially in Yellowstone. The required distance to stay from the animals necessitates a long lens. It is heavy but it is sharp and easy to use with the proper support. I am in love with nano coating and this lens. Please go to my website to see some of my first attempts that are unedited from an amateur. This lens took pictures of the OSU/Purdue football game last year when the Boi...

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I am a veterinarian and love to photograph wildlife especially in Yellowstone. The required distance to stay from the animals necessitates a long lens. It is heavy but it is sharp and easy to use with the proper support. I am in love with nano coating and this lens. Please go to my website to see some of my first attempts that are unedited from an amateur. This lens took pictures of the OSU/Purdue football game last year when the Boilermakers became the new Spoilermakers. This lens as I said "Is the best camera lens I have seen and I have owned Nikons since 1966. It is a major expense and I am only sorry that I am up in years and have not had it for my whole life. My kids will probably cherish the lens as much as I after I go that great park in the sky. As a Nikon salesperson told me years ago, "A Nikon camera is not a hobby it is an addiction". This camera gives me hope that I will get that photo of a lifetime. If you can afford it, get it.

Reviewed by 19 customers


Grand Lens!


from Anchorage, Alaska  -  Pro Photographer

I use this lens shooting wildlife. Heavy and sturdy, the lens can take a fair beating without getting bollixed up. With a D4s or D800 on the end it performs flawlessly, fast focusing and sharp. Balances nicely witha heavy body attached. I have hand held when absolulety required to. I try not to use teles and when necessary go to crop mode for added reach. It performs flawlessly.


It's a Nikon


from Anchorage, AK USA

After 2 months+ use I can say that this piece of glass is everything it should be. Sharp and well built, it is a heavy weight. But, just to prove that I could, I have shot it hand-held on a D4s. VR works! I've used the lens at near and below zero F temps without problem.


Practice first-perfection latter!


from Chicago, IL, USA

Great lens for wildlife, but is does take some getting use to. I spent time in the back yard and forest preserve just getting the hang of it and it did really pay off. Simple issues such as going to manual focus, framing shots and even how your mounting equipment behaves changes when jumping to this monster lens. I even took to upgrading my tripod and mounting head because there will be some drift with lesser products. All that being said, its sharp and brings one so much closer to the subject, as expected when going from a 200mm even with a 2.0x teleconverter. Its heavy to carry around, and I would recommend getting a soft hood that packs so much easier into a back pack when traveling and hiking out in the wilderness. Bottom line, take the jump, practice and surround the lens with crew of quality supporting equipment and you'll be happy you did.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Crazy sharp lens!


from Top End, NT Australia.

I have spent quite a few years as a passionate nature photographer and I can say that this is the best investment I have ever made towards my nature photography. This lens is one awesome piece of engineering. The optical quality of the lens is as good as it gets, bird feathers and details are razor sharp, so much in fact with the copy I own the that my images have taken on a new dimension of clarity, even when comparing to my 300mm f/2.8 lens, which is well known for it's incredible sharpness. The out of focus "bokeh" is rich, butter smooth and creamy and really isolates your subjects with spectacular "painted" backgrounds. It is also amazing with a 1.4x teleconverter and will still retain good results with a 2.0x teleconverter as a 1200mm f8 lens with manual focus and very good technique. I use this lens with my Nikon D700 and the AF system is very accurate, even in low light situations. This lens needs solid support and good technique to master. It is far from easy to carry around. Lugging this beast around will give you a good workout.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


A class apart


from Canada

The first images obtained with this lens, mounted on a Gimbal head and a massive tripod, were just marginally better than the ones that I usually get with the Nikon 80-400mm, which made me nervous at such a price point. I tried everything possible (higher shutter speeds, every VR mode, a RF remote control, mirror up, Lv mode) without significant improvement. After many tests, I ended up discovering that the lens is short sighted. It becomes outstanding at medium and short distances, where it is mostly used, but is soft near or at infinity, even in direct sunshine. This problem has been reported on other prime lenses, in particular the 200-400mm. Otherwise, AF is instantaneous (so fast that I wonder why someone would like to memorize a distance), and the bokeh is impressive. Overall, I am very satisfied with the lens, as I do not expect to use it at infinity.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Nikon 600mm - fantastic lens


from Orlando, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great for distant wildlife.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


The best 600 available


from San Diego, CA  -  Pro Photographer

Great lens lens shade is awkward adn clunky

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


The Gold standard in big glass


from California  -  Pro Photographer

I use for wildlife and sports -- BEST lens ever

(29 of 34 customers found this review helpful)


An outstanding piece of glass


from Lawton, MI 49065, USA

I have tried an after market brand lens in this class of lens and it it was just soft plain and simple, but I mounted this to my Really Right Stuff Full Gimbal head and tripod and instant success with sharp vivid focus thanks to the VR and fast Auto Focus this lens has teamed up with my D3x, I can't wait to try this out on the wild life this upcoming spring. Don't let the weight fool you, this is not a lens that can be carried all day by the average hobbyist, take care in planning your shooting trips with this lens and how you will pack it in and out of your shooting location and take care in selecting tripods and heads to mount this lens it will save you hours of grief in trashing photos because of unwanted shake usually caused by the shooter, but at faster shutter speeds above 1/125th it is a dream to use, not saying you cant shoot at slower shutter speeds, but a good support system and cable release will yield better results. But if you want to reach out and take in the wildlife at a safer distant and not put the critters under strain so they will allow you to stay within there presence much longer then this is the lens to buy.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


This lens is a dream.


from Aspen, Co

The Nikkor 600mm is a real workhorse....easy to use, pin-point sharp, and reliable. It's super fast and always delivers ! I also love the 500mm and the 200-400mm is amazing as well!


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Kevin H  The Nikon 600mm f4 has been back ordered for a long time. How long did it take for you to get yours from the time you tried ordering to delivery?
VINCENT M  It was about 6 months from the time I placed the order until it was delivered. I have heard about it taking some people 9 months to receive a model and other getting one in a month. They are hand made so I suspect the timing has to do with what time of year they are made and shipped to your area.

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