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

BH #CA6004L3 • MFR #3329C002
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Super UD, Fluorite & Aspherical Elements
  • Super Spectra and Air Sphere Coatings
Cherished for sports and wildlife applications, the EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM is a Canon L-series super telephoto lens distinguished by its advanced, lightweight design, quick and intuitive handling, and high speed performance. Using fluorite, Super UD, and aspherical elements, both chromatic and spherical aberrations are kept to minimum in order to realize sharp, clear image quality with accurate rendering and color fidelity. Both Super Spectra and Air Sphere Coatings also contribute to color accuracy and helps to control flare and ghosting when working in backlit and harsh lighting conditions.
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Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Overview

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Cherished for sports and wildlife applications, the EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM is a Canon L-series super telephoto lens distinguished by its advanced, lightweight design, quick and intuitive handling, and high speed performance. Using fluorite, Super UD, and aspherical elements, both chromatic and spherical aberrations are kept to minimum in order to realize sharp, clear image quality with accurate rendering and color fidelity. Both Super Spectra and Air Sphere Coatings also contribute to color accuracy and helps to control flare and ghosting when working in backlit and harsh lighting conditions.

In addition to its optical merits, the 600mm f/4 is also characterized by its advanced five stop-effective Image Stabilizer system, which has three separate stabilization modes to suit various shooting applications. Also complementing handling is a sophisticated ring-type USM, which provides quick, quiet, and accurate autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. A customizable electronic focusing ring further contributes to precise manual focus control, by affording three focusing sensitivity levels for different applications. Additionally, this lens is weather-sealed for use in trying environmental conditions and it has a removable rotating tripod collar to benefit working atop a tripod or monopod.

Super telephoto prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 960mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/4 maximum aperture affords control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques.
Super UD and fluorite elements are used to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to achieve greater clarity and color accuracy.
Aspherical elements help to limit spherical aberrations and distortion for greater sharpness and accurate rendering.
Super Spectra and Air Sphere Coatings have been applied to individual elements to control lens flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to five shutter speed stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. Three distinct IS modes are available: standard single-shot mode, a panning-optimized mode, and a mode that only activates the Image Stabilizer during the exposure.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with optimized focusing algorithms and a high-speed CPU, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Customizable electronic focusing ring provides three sensitivity levels for how quickly and precisely the lens can manually focus.
Focus Preset function is available to quickly recall a programmed focusing position.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens is sealed against dust and moisture for working in inclement environmental conditions and also features a fluorine coating on the front and rear elements to guard against water spots, smudges, or oil residue.
Removable rotating tripod collar is included and benefits working with the lens atop a tripod or monopod.
Compatible with optional EF 1.4X and EF 2X teleconverters.
UPC: 013803315325

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Specs

Focal Length600mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View4° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance13.78' / 4.2 m
Maximum Magnification0.15x
Optical Design17 Elements in 13 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size52 mm (Drop-In)
Dimensions (ø x L)6.61 x 17.64" / 168 x 448 mm
Weight6.71 lb / 3050 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight16.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)26 x 16 x 15"

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Reviews

What a beast of a lens.

By Tomasz
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-24

Super fast focus even when using an adapter on R3 or R5. Lightweight compared to old lenses. Typically it's not the weight that gets in the way, it's the size of the lens. Would recommend if budget allows. If you want the best canon has to offer this is it. I like to use zooms most of the time, but with this, there is something magical about the pictures, they just pop a bit more than when using a zoom.

You will not be sorry!

By Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-24

I have not put the lens through it’s paces yet. However, putting it through the basics I am very please with the lens - weight, great balance and of course optics.

Amazing piece of glass.

By Mubashir
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-08

Moving up from a consumer 150 - 600mm. Difference in image quality is night and day. Shot mostly with a 1.4x TC on a 5d4 body. Amazing results. Fairly light, definitely handholdable. Worth every cent.

Great lens

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-24

I contemplated buying this for about a year, but after finally deciding to do it I am very happy. If you can come to terms with the cost, you will not be disappointed with the pictures you will get.

None better!

By STEVE
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-14

If you shoot Canon, want a super telephoto lens, and can afford the insane price. I would highly recommend this beautiful piece of equipment. So sharp, super fast focus and so much lighter than my 500mm f4 is that even my non-photographer wife could tell the difference.

Light Weight Winner

By Jeffy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-06

I shot Elk in the Cataloochee Valley in the North Carolina SmokyMountains usinfg a tripod and did a couple of hand held shots this morning at 160th of a second because I read a couple of review with people having problems at that speed with hand held. I do not normally shot hand held. These images speak for themselves. The elk was shot using a tripod and the other 2 were hand held at 160th of a second.

Spectacular image quality

By Mark A
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-19

Outrageously expensive but you get what you pay for. Breathtaking images, fast and accurate autofocus, unbelievably lightweight for its size. I love this lens.

Incredible Lens

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-11

This lens is worth every penny. Easily hand held, it is fantastic for birds in flight. Like any long lens, it takes a bit of practice and learning, but I found that this was accomplished in a very short period of time. I would consider this the best lens I have eve owned and the results are awesome and very rewarding.

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Does this ship with the LS600 soft case or the ...

Does this ship with the LS600 soft case or the 600c hard case as standard?
Asked by: Joseph
Included In the Box would be the following Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens Canon E-185C Lens Cap Canon Lens Dust Cap E (Rear Lens Cap) Canon ET-160 (WIII) Lens Hood Canon LS600 Soft Lens Case Canon - Drop-In Filter Holder for 52mm Screw-In Filters Strap Limited 1-Year Warranty
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2021-03-25

Anyone bought recently and NOT have the IS issue?

Anyone bought recently and NOT have the IS issue?
Asked by: Tammy
This lens should not have any IS issues currently.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-02-18

Ryan, if you're out there, I would be very ...

Ryan, if you're out there, I would be very interested to know if Canon's 18Nov2019 firmware update solved your IS issues (which you posted a detailed review about on 11Sep2019)?
Asked by: Stephen
Update: the following issue has been addressed via a firmware update. Note that a 600mm III lens image stabilization problem was being reported by, initially, some 5D Mark IV and other camera users. Reportedly, this lens produced a ghost-like blur at longer shutter speeds when shooting through the viewfinder with IS enabled. Initial reports indicated that 1/250 or 1/200 and longer shutter speeds produced this effect and further reports specify that the blur disappeared at 1/250 and only longer shutter speeds are concerned (1/160 was reportedly the worst). Again, this issue has been addressed by firmware update v1.1.2.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-08-19

Does the lens hood lock on like on the Canon ...

Does the lens hood lock on like on the Canon 100-400 II?
Asked by: Tammy
It locks on but not in the same way. The 100-400mm has a traditional bayonet mount: align, twist, and it clicks into locked position. The 600mm hood fits on to the hood mount and then you tighten the lock knob to secure it. See page ENG -19 OF MANUAL: http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/9/0300033279/01/ef600f4lisiiiusm-im-eng.pdf
Answered by: Patrick
Date published: 2019-07-02

I own version II of this lens and want to upgrade ...

I own version II of this lens and want to upgrade to version III. I also own both a 5D Mark IV and a 5R. I am concerned that version III image stabilization will not work well with either camera. Is there any update on this issue particularly with the Canon 5R?
Asked by: Ronald W.
Eric, unfortunately, I just traded it about a week ago. I would have considered an outright buy.
Answered by: Ronald W.
Date published: 2021-11-04

Does I need to buy an additional filter and drop ...

Does I need to buy an additional filter and drop in filter for the 600III or does the camera come with a ready to use filter? Do I have to buy a drop in if I do not immediately have a need for ND or a polarizer?
Asked by: Suzana
This lens already comes with a drop in filter holder with a protective filter. A CP or ND filter can be purchased seperately.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-05-24

Is there a hard case for this lens as was the ...

Is there a hard case for this lens as was the case for prior versions of the 600mm f/4?
Asked by: Vicki
Canon includes the Canon LS600 Soft Lens Case, B&H # CALS600, as a free accessory with the purchase of the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens. However, if you are looking for a hard case alternative, Canon does offer the Canon 600C Lens Case, B&H # CA600C, as a separate purchasable accessory. It is a special order item we do not keep in our inventory or order until we receive an order from a customer. There is an estimated 2-4 week arrival estimate after purchase.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2021-12-28

This lens isn't listed on Canon's website ...

This lens isn't listed on Canon's website anymore. Anyone have any insight on this? Just very nervous about dropping 13K for a lens that isn't perfect.
Asked by: Kim
Just looked at canon's website and the 600 was there. Great lens.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2021-02-12
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