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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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Two Fluorite & Four Aspherical Elements
  • Sub Wavelength Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Power Focus, Focus Limiter, Focus Preset
  • Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Overview

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Mixing length and capability, the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM is a Canon L-series super telephoto lens distinguished by its advanced design, quick and intuitive handling, and high speed to suit sports and wildlife applications. Using a pair of fluorite elements, along with four 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. A Sub Wavelength Coating also contributes 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 four 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. 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.
Two fluorite elements are used to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to achieve greater clarity and color accuracy.
Four aspherical elements help to limit spherical aberrations and distortion for greater sharpness and accurate rendering.
A Sub Wavelength Coating has 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 four 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.
Focus Preset function is available to quickly recall a programmed focusing position.
Focus Limiter switch lets you constrain the focusing to three different ranges to suit different applications: 14.8-52.5', 14.8'-infinity, or 52.5'-infinity.
A Power Focus setting is available, and allows you to electronically and smoothly adjust your focus position to suit video recording. This setting utilizes a dedicated ring in front of the main focusing ring and allows you to use one of two different focusing speeds.
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.
Fluorine-coating on exposed elements affords protection to the optical system, resists smudging and fingerprints, and is easier to clean.
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: 013803134148

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

Focal Length 600mm
Maximum Aperture f/4
Minimum Aperture f/32
Lens Mount Canon EF
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Angle of View 4 10'
Maximum Magnification 0.149x
Minimum Focus Distance 14.76' / 4.5 m
Optical Design 16 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization Yes
Tripod Collar Removable and Rotating
Filter Size 52 mm (Drop-In)
Dimensions ( x L) 6.614 x 17.638" / 168 x 448 mm
Weight 8.6 lb / 3920 g
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Package Weight 25.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 27.4 x 16.6 x 15.3"

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

EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 48.
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 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 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 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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Does this lens better quality than the 400mm f2.8 + 1.4 III?Is autofocus also faster than the 400mm +1,4 III?
Asked by: HUIT P.
You will always have better quality and sharpness by going with the lens that doesn't require a teleconverter.
Answered by: Jacob C.
Date published: 2019-03-01

Does Autofocus work when using a 1.4x or a 2X ...

Does Autofocus work when using a 1.4x or a 2X extender? Thanks
Asked by: Anonymous
The answer would depend on the model camera on which you would be using the setup. Teleconverters, by design, both multiply the lens' focal length by the listed teleconverter number while also reducing light entering the camera. A 1.4x teleconverter will remove 1 stop of light from the lens, while the 2x teleconverter will remove 2 stops of light from the lens. Most all Canon DSLR cameras will maintain autofocus with a lens/teleconverter setup that has an equivalent aperture of f/5.6 or greater, while only a few select Canon DSLR cameras will maintain autofocus with a lens/teleconverter combination that has an equivalent aperture of f/8 or greater. When using the 1.4x teleconverter, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens would become the equivalent of an 840mm f/5.6 lens, and when using the 2x teleconverter, the lens would become the equivalent of a 1200mm f/8 lens. The 1.4x teleconverter should maintain autofocus on most all Canon cameras, but only a select few cameras will maintain autofocus with the 2x teleconverter. As you did not specify your camera model, I would recommend e-mailing your inquiry with the brand/model camera you own to for assistance with your inquiry.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2019-01-02


Does this lens have a 5 year warranty like Nikon?Thanks
Asked by: Anonymous
Canon provides a limited, one year warranty in the US on their lenses. We also offer an extended service plan through a company called Square Trade that will provide an additional two to three years of coverage that covers the original manufacturer's provisions, and additionally will cover drops, spills, and other types of accidents. You can read more about Square Trade here:
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Will the Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-in Circular Polarizing Filter fit a Canon EF 600mm f/4 IS II USM lens? Your information only lists it fitting 300mm and 400mm lenses.
Asked by: John S.
I have the PL-C 52 - apparently an older pol and it fits. Easy way to get this answered fully is to call CanonUSA and speak to a tech representative
Answered by: ROBERT F.
Date published: 2018-08-28

will this lens fit on the Canon 5D Mark II?

will this lens fit on the Canon 5D Mark II?
Asked by: Marlys

Is this compatible with the %D Mark 11?

Is this compatible with the %D Mark 11?
Asked by: Louise


Can I put a UV filter on the front of the lens for protection?
Asked by: Marian M.
My understanding is that the front glass is a protective, coated glass so the answer is no. It is not threaded for a filter either.On a side note, this lens is the best investment I have ever made!
Answered by: JOHN D.
Date published: 2018-08-28


What filter would I use with this lens to photograph a solar eclipse?
Asked by: Anonymous
before you take pictures of a solar eclipse buy a Baader Planetarium AstroSolar Safety Film and place it in between 2 cheap hoya filters make sure there is no holes(look for videos on youtube). careful with your eyes and good luck
Answered by: Carmelita R.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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