Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

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  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/4-32
  • Fluorite Optics for Sharper Images
  • Three Mode Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Power Focus Mode and Focus Preset
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Dustproof and Moisture Proof Sealing
  • Magnesium/Titanium for Lighter Weight
  • Attachment Slot for Wire-type Lock
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The EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Canon has all the upgrades needed to make it the go-to super long telephoto lens for professional photographers and anyone who has the highest standards for the gear they use.

Using the three mode Optical Image Stabilization allows you to shoot at shutter speeds 4 stops slower, and the advanced third IS mode activates only when the shutter button is fully pressed, so you can pan with fast-moving subjects without the IS function interfering with composition and framing. An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) enables smooth, fast and quiet autofocus and a Power Focus mode allows smooth focus change which is especially important while shooting video. A focus preset function allows you to store focusing positions and return to them in an instant when needed. An AF stop button will pause autofocus with just a touch and manual focus override allows precise manual focus even in AF mode.

Image sharpness is enhanced with fluorite optics that deliver reduced chromatic aberration and SWC (SubWavelength structure Coating) reduces flare and ghosting. A circular aperture design helps to produce pleasing out of focus areas.

Dust and water sealing keeps the lens functioning even in less than ideal conditions and magnesium and titanium construction elements make it 3 lb lighter than its predecessor. Fluorine coating on the front and rear lens surfaces allows dirt to be removed easily and an attachment slot is provided for a wire-type security lock. The EF 600mm f/4L is compatible with Canon's EF1.4x III and EF2x III extenders and this lens includes a lens hood, a 52mm drop-in gelatin filter holder, a detachable tripod collar and a hard travel case.

Fluorite optics for sharper images and less chromatic aberration.
Lighter weight due to magnesium and titanium construction elements.
Three IS (Image Stabilization) modes offer a 4-stop shutter speed advantage.
Advanced image stabilization Mode 3 activates only when shutter button is fully pressed, allowing for panning to follow fast-moving subjects.
Ultrasonic autofocus motor and inner focus system enable fast, smooth and silent AF action.
Power Focus mode allows smooth focus change when shooting video.
Focus preset allows you to establish focus points and return to them quickly when needed.
Focusing distance range can be selected with a switch on the lens barrel. By setting a suitable focusing distance range, actual autofocus time can be shortened. The two focusing ranges are 14.76 - 52.49' and 52.49' to infinity.
An AF Stop Button allows you to immediately pause autofocus action with a touch of a button on the lens barrel.
Dust and water sealing for shooting in the most challenging environments.
Detachable lens hood, a detachable, rotatable tripod collar, a drop-in gelatin filter holder and a hard travel case are supplied with the 600mm f/4L lens.
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Focal Length 600mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 4° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance 14.76' (4.5 m)
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Optical Design 16 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Filter Thread Rear: 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 6.6 x 17.6" (16.76 x 44.70 cm)
Weight 8.64 lb (3.92 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 25.95 lb
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 44.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens - Still Heavy Though I use the 600mm IS2 for photographing birds. It is extremely sharp. It performs even better than my last supertelephoto lens which was a Canon 500mm. It acquires focus super fast even with a 1.4X teleconverter on. I can hand hold it for short periods and have got some great distant shots of birds in flight. This lens is a monster in both size and weight compared to smaller zoom lenses. Although it is said to be lighter than previous models, at age 58 I am still finding it hard to travel with it on a tripod over my shoulder for long distances. However, I am stubborn and will not give up the great results I have come to know with it.
Date published: 2014-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth The Price of Admission I use this lens mainly for wildlife photography. My last Super-telephoto lens was the 500mm F/4 L series. In my opinion, the 600mm is even sharper and provides much better stabilization at slower shutter speeds. It is rugged and built to top quality. It is very much a perfect fit for birding and can render excellent results for in flight images as well. Even though it is much lighter than its predecessor, at age 58 I am still finding it heavy to tote over long distances attached to the tripod. I really cannot fault the lens for this as it could be just old age creeping in. I certainly don't regret the day that I purchased this fine product and I hope to have it for many years to come.
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Razor sharp This phenomenal lens is one major step to sharp, detailed pictures. Proper equipment and technique can all work together to produce razor sharp images. A super steady tripod and gimbal head (I use RRS gear), along with a cable release and mirror lock up help extract all this lens is capable of. Paired with a high pixel count camera, I am amazed at some of the pictures I am rewarded with. This lens is a vital link in the chain that can lead to phenomenal photos. I did a lot of soul searching before I spent this much money on a lens. I am glad I made the plunge, it will give me many hours of enjoyment in my photo hobby.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is it - there's nothing better If you want to turn your great wildlife and bird shots into unbelievably incredible shots, and you have the cash - you will love this lens. This Mark II version is small enough to fit in a regular backpack without the camera attached, such flipside 500, making it very portable. Reach can be extended with Canon's teleconverters, and can be stacked with an extension tube in between, to give reach with manual focus of close to 1700mm on a FF or close to 2400mm on a crop body. The only issue I have is weighing in at nearly 4kg makes hand holding for more than a few seconds quite a challenge.
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ultimate WildlifeLens Birding, Wildlife, Distant Sunsets, Plants, Leaves, Boats Impressive lens almost all the way around. My only gripe was with a 5D M3 on Ai Servo, Case 2 tracking the lens struggled to find birds in flight against the skyline. Missed many shots. Never had this issue at all with a 400mm 5.6 L on same camera (5DM3), same settings. perhaps it was this specific lens still to this day unsure. Not to bad to haul around for hours on end, handheld. I use a 3/8 cone shaped handled and threaded to lens foot. This made it quite easy to hoist and shoot along with lens and camera straps. No other supports used. Handlheld between 1-4 hours per day and on off road hikes
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice lens but why so much $$$$$ I owned a few copies of the previous version and was quite happy with them but because of my addiction to wildlife photography I had to have this version. Ive been using it for over a year now and yes it is a great piece of equipment but why is it so expensive? Sure its lighter and does work better with extenders than the previous versions but for about 5K more. I would like to know if there is really a reason for this or is it they know that there is people like me that will pay for this.
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Lens I have been using this lens for about 5 months, mostly with the 1.4 extender. I hesitated to buy it for obvious reasons--cost and weight. But i have no regrets The lens is sharp, fast to focus, and gives incredible detail and color rendition. I was pretty happy with my pictures before, but using this lens is a joy. I use it for birds and wildlife and could not be more pleased with the results I get. If you are on the fence and can afford it, jump!
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canon's best long lens 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!
Date published: 2015-01-18
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