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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens
 
4.9

(based on 49 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (44)
  • Strong construction (34)
  • Consistent output (26)
  • Durable (23)
  • Rugged (23)

Cons

  • Heavy (38)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (47)
  • Sports/action (30)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (21), Photo enthusiast (15), Pro photographer (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Do it

I overbought when I got this lens. As an accomplished photographer with 45 years of experience it was a huge investment and I really wasn't sure I'd be able to fully utilize the capabilities...Read complete review

I overbought when I got this lens. As an accomplished photographer with 45 years of experience it was a huge investment and I really wasn't sure I'd be able to fully utilize the capabilities of the lens. I'm not sure what percentage of utilization I'm getting, but what I am getting out of the lens is spectacular. I've had several images published and have consistently turned out a much higher level of work than ever before. In the hands of a wonky professional the lens would be one of the best in the world without question. I do wildlife, nature and some fast-breaking fire/police scenes. The lens just reaches right into whatever scene you are shooting and allows you to pick up much more than you may have realized was happening. If you are in a cold sweat about getting this lens and whether or not you are up to it, you are. Do it. You will not regret for a second the decision to purchase such a fine piece of glass.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too big and heavy for me

I returned this and got the Nikon 300mm 2.8 with a 2.0 teleconverter to achieve basically the same results. The lens is enormous and was just to heavy for a 5'4" woman...Read complete review

I returned this and got the Nikon 300mm 2.8 with a 2.0 teleconverter to achieve basically the same results. The lens is enormous and was just to heavy for a 5'4" woman to lug around or even think about hiking or anything with. I would only recommend it if you are big and strong and can handle it. I wish I could.

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3.0

Too big and heavy for me

By Brenda J Photo

from Tuftonboro, NH

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

I returned this and got the Nikon 300mm 2.8 with a 2.0 teleconverter to achieve basically the same results. The lens is enormous and was just to heavy for a 5'4" woman to lug around or even think about hiking or anything with. I would only recommend it if you are big and strong and can handle it. I wish I could.

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5.0

Amazing Sharpness!

By Bob

from Fort Worth, Texas

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

    With my D810 behind this lens I'm getting amazing sharpness and detail and brilliant colors. I have wanted this lens for a long time and now I'm sorry I waited so long. You do need a robust tripod to anchor it down good. VR works great. I shoot mostly wildlife with this beast. And wow what a joy it is shooting it. Very fast and accurate focusing and tracking. This lens rocks.

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    5.0

    Big Bang for the Buck

    By Survivor Carl

    from Winter Park Florida

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

    This lens is absolutely great for wildlife photography. I used it in combination with the Nikon D4 and I got razor sharp images. I was absolutely stoked with this lens. I thought the weight would be a problem but it wasn't. I did not like the mount it had come with so I bought the Wemberley and it was much easier to handle.

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    5.0

    Superb Lens

    By Art

    from Stockbridge, GA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fantastic Resolution
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

    This is used for exclusively for wildlife. Precision focusing and tack-sharp images. Unblievable quality.

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    5.0

    The best

    By fredmaya

    from Concord, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

      I use this lens for wildlife photography, particularly birds in flight. It replaces my 500mm f4, which fell onto concrete floor and broke. I was at first a little worried about the weight, wondering if I could use it hand held. Well, yes I can. It is just two pounds heavier than the 500 but it is considerably sharper. I have tried it with all three converters, the TC 14, 17, and 20. The sharpness is there and I just tried shooting at 1/1000 second. No problem. I use the lens on my D800e, D7100, and the D4s. I look forward to great new shots.

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      5.0

      Special Purpose

      By Jim F.

      from Farmingviile, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

      I use this lens for wildlife and landscape. I am thrilled with the results already,(and I am still on a learning curve). I live in the NE and it has been too cold for me to spend the time need with this lens. I read all the reviews too and said "how heavy can it be?" it's pretty heavy. I think hand held birds in flight would be a real challenge. The cost is …( well you know) but if you can swing it, it is a well made piece of art. Remember if you get a lens this big your gonna need a bigger tripod, and a gimbal if you don't already have one. There goes another couple grand. Life is short, if this is your passion just buy it.

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      5.0

      DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS

      By Greg G

      from Harpswell Maine

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        Cons

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            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

            Every review you read will basically say the same thing. Some concise, some with more details in description, some more eloquently written. But when you chisel away and get to the details they will all say the same thing

            * Its big-really big
            * Its Heavy- one of the heaviest
            * Its Expensive- Used car price expensive

            AND:

            * It is an incredible lens that produces
            * razor sharp pictures
            * rich color reproduction
            * Wonderful contrast.

            * No remorse after owning and using this lens. Just praise

            * Repeatedly said: I wish I never waited so long to buy this lens

            SO Remember- No more regrets. There are always solutions to problems you encounter. Life is way to short and those photos keep slipping away every year you wait.

            PS I use the Wimberley head and when the lens is on the tripod it is like moving a feather around. It is like a beautiful dance betwen the lens and the tripod- effortless.

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            5.0

            Worth the $$$$$

            By Joe

            from Marco Island , Fl

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

            Advanced shooter, This lens is expensive but well worth the investment. Fast autofocus, quality workmanship & amazing fetures.
            Lens is a bird & wildlife lens, but great for marco & portraits.
            Your first shooting experience will put a smile on your face that gets wider each time you use the lens.

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            5.0

            Stupendous!!

            By MikeP

            from Chicago, Illinois

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

            Everything I expected and more! I shoot wildlife and the shots are tack sharp from the get go even with a monopod. Be aware of the weight though, I didn't want to believe it from all I've read, but it's true, this girl is heavy. But a dream come true, super lens!

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            5.0

            Top Shelf

            By CMyersPhoto

            from Okinawa, Japan

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

            What is there to say really. This lens is the top. I expected it to be sharp (we've all read about it right?) but WOW, I'm more impressed than I thought I would be. For me, this is a once in a lifetime purchase and I'll cherish this lens for years to come. I recommend you have a great tripod and full gimbal head to get maximum enjoyment out of using this lens. A fantastic piece of equipment.

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            5.0

            Everything you expect

            By SharkPhoto

            from Michigan

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

            Super lens. I absolutely love it and find every excuse I have to take it out. Just be ready when you buy this to have to also add on a replacement foot and a new tripod head unless you already have a gimbal style, neither of which are cheap. However, I do not regret this purchase one bit. There also is not any 'lens cover' that comes with the lens so I suggest you invest in one of those at purchase time as well.

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            5.0

            NONE BETTER FOR SPORTS & WILDLIFE!

            By number1dp

            from Central Oregon Coast

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

            I've always wanted the new Nikkor 600mm, f4 ED VR AF lens. I've had earlier versions of the 600mm in the past but the focusing wasn't as easy as I thought a Nikon product should be. This new lens wants for nothing - it's simply the BEST! I also own the Nikkor 300mm, f2.8 and the Nikkor 400mm, f2.8 and this lens is as sharp or even sharper than those lenses. I use it for NFL and college football, baseball and soccer. I've also shot whales from the shoreline and eagles in the forest and I just couldn't get those shots with any other lens. It works well with the Nikkor 1.4 and 1.7 extenders and shows no loss of sharpness at all. I know it's very expensive and very heavy, but if you're serious about making sharp images with long focal length lenses, this is the ONLY choice!

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            5.0

            extraordinary

            By Michael

            from Maine

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

              For over forty years I have hoped to own a good long telephoto for 35mm. Aside from the price, I have been deterred by the difficulty of adjusting the lens while trying to cope with a tripod. Now that the camera can do the focusing, and my Winberley head makes tripod use quick and fluid, I decided to buy the lens and have fun with it until the repo man finds me. Vibration is not an issue.

              This lens is perfect in every way. While large, it is surprising that it weighs as little as it does, and it is easy enough to carry using the supplied lens strap. The lens hood fits securely and once fastened carefully, the screws don't loosen. Sharpness and contrast are superb.

              I haven't tried to use it hand-held. The lens tracks quickly, and any lost shots are due to my aging reflexes, not the lens.

              I couldn't be more pleased with this purchase

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              5.0

              Not as heavy as I thought

              By Renfang

              from MI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

                Excellent lens, not as heavy as I thought. But its size is bigger than I thought.

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                5.0

                I'd had this earlier

                By Peter

                from LA, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Tough To Attach

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

                Fast, razor sharp lens I've ever had.

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                5.0

                WOW - stunning lens!

                By Martin at ExclusivePhotoWorks

                from Southeastern Michigan

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

                I use the lens for Wildlife and Sports. I have only had it 2 weeks and I can say even though the price is high, you definitely get what you pay for! This lens is unbelievably fast and the image sharpness on my D300s, D7000 or D800e is spectacular!

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                5.0

                What a perfect beast

                By Hawg Wild Terry

                from Marysville, WA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

                Always wanted one to step up my game with wildlife and aircraft photography. This has done that plus more.

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                5.0

                Love this lens

                By Outdoor Dave

                from Smoot, Wyoming

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

                Extremely sharp! The autofocus with the D4 is silent and very accurate. The focus tracking is amazing when following a moving subject. Its heavy, but not excessively so, you will need to use a tripod with this lens. The VR has a tripod mode that I have found to work very well. I have used a number to Nikon telephoto lenses in the past this one is the best yet. I sometimes use it on a beanbag from my vehicle window with the regular VR mode, I have found this to work well.
                I tried to use the Nikon 200-400 f4 VR II, with the 1.7x teleconverter to get to reach I need to capture images. I found that I still needed more reach to get the images I was after. I am very glad that I bought this lens, very fast and quiet autofocus. Extremely sharp images, with the reach I needed. Expensive, but when compared the new Canon telephotos, this lens is a bargain. Buy, this lens you will love it.

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                5.0

                GREAT

                By DEAN

                from ATHENS, AL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

                Just one word GREAT!!!!!!!!

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                5.0

                I love my Nikon 600mm F4 lens

                By Rick

                from Summerville, SC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF Lens:

                  I thought a long time before I purchased this lens. I wasn't sure that I wanted to pay the price. However, after doing so, I can tell you that I love my lens. I am 60 years old and spend almost every night in the swamps of South Carolina taking picture of birds. I thought I might have a difficult time carring it. So far no problem. The clearity is great and I love the pictures.

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