Canon Telephoto EF 600mm f/4.0L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens

Canon Telephoto EF 600mm f/4.0L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens

Canon Telephoto EF 600mm f/4.0L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens - Refurbished

Used Cat.# RBC6004LISEF MFR # 2534A006AA

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The world's first 600mm lens with an Image Stabilizer for added steadiness and sharpness when working at slower shutter speeds. It shares the same lightweight, weather-resistant construction as the 300, 400 and 500mm IS Super Telephoto lenses, as well as their improved control layout, improved weight distribution, and mechanical manual focus.

Flourite & UD elements eliminate secondary spectrum chromatic aberration
AF speed is the fastest in the world
Full-time manual focus override
AF Stop function shuts off autofocus when an obstruction appears
Dust & moisture resistance made exceptional by magnesium alloy lens barrel and new rear gasket at lens mount
Two-stage image stabilization; dual-axis camera shake correction or vertical axis only(for panning)
3-stage focus limiter
Focus preset function allows for returning to a specifically set focus by turning a ring in front of the focus ring
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Canon Telephoto EF 600mm f/4.0L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens
  • E-185 Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • ET-160 Lens Hood
  • Lens Case 600
  • Drop-In Gel Filter Holder
  • Wide Strap
  • 90-Day B&H Refurbished Warranty
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    Canon 2534A006AA specs

    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
    Minimum Focus Distance 18.04' / 5.5 m
    Magnification 0.12x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
    Optical Design 17 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 8
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar Yes
    Filter Thread 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 6.6 x 18" / 16.76 x 45.72 cm
    Weight 11.8 lb / 5.35 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 33.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.1 x 6.4 x 3.4"

    Canon 2534A006AA reviews

    Telephoto EF 600mm f/4.0L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Razor sharp Having owned the 500mm prior to purchasing the 600mm. I can say the lens weight is quite a bit more but nothing I wasn't expecting. I shoot surfing primarily this lens is the standard lens used by most professional surf photographers so that should say something about its quality and performance. The auto focus is extremely fast accurate and smooth. If it can handle surfers speeding across a wave in constantly moving conditions birds, wildlife and anything else you can throw at it should be a walk in the park. This lens is everything I hope it would be and more. If you are considering purchasing one you wont be disappointed.
    Date published: 2008-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 600/4 IS lens I use the 600 specifically for birds in Hawaii. But for covering surfing and sports it will come in handy. I wanted more reach over the 500/4.5 lens that I've been using.The 500 is a great,sharp and hand holdable lens btw. The added reach,being able to use the 1.6 crop bodies to af with the 1.4 ext. The IS is invaluable when shooting subjects in less than ideal light conditions. The weight and bulk is manageable and once setup on a wimberly head it's a breeze. You can't get around the weight,bulk and cost. In the end,it's the pleasure you derive from using such a quality tool for shooting your passion. Aloha, Mike
    Date published: 2011-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review Update After using the 600 Is lens for about a year I'm happy with my decision in purchasing this lens over the 500 IS. The extra focal length off sets the additional weight difference between the two lenses imo. Especially when shooting small birds in low light conditions and an extender isn't viable. The 600 focuses very fast and the IS helps in obtaining more keepers. Build quality is great but the click stop on the rotating tripod collar for horizontal and vertical positions isn't positive like the older 500 4.5 lens. Recommend using a Gitzo 5541 tripod along with a Wimberley head. Learning good long lens technique and using a cable release at slower shutter speeds helps in capturing sharp images .
    Date published: 2012-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens!! I use this lens mainly for wildlife/sports. I have a Canon 1d Mark IV and let me just warn you that yes, it is heavy, but I knew that before I bought it. This lens is fast focusing, built like a tank, and the color rendition is awsome!! The IS is unbelievable. I have shot in such low light it is rediculous. Add a 2x teleconverter and you have a 1200mm lens but you'll lose 2 stops of lighting. Overall, I would definately buy it again and I would recomend you to buy this if you can handle the price and the weight of this lens.
    Date published: 2011-02-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a lens As a long time amateur photographer, growing up with National Geographic, I have dreamed of owning this lens for many years. Three years of saving and sacrifice - owning this is a dream come true - this beast is worth every penny. The IQ is stunning, the AF is as quick as my other telephotos, CA is neglegable. Most importantly the shots speak for themselves. Kudos to the B and H staff who guided me through the whole process - maybe I have arrived!!!!
    Date published: 2011-11-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better performance than I expected After developing an interest in bird photography, my 100-400 left me wanting more reach and better low light capability. I dont hesitate using the 600 at f4, and havent noticed much if any drop off in the IQ when shooting wide open, albeit on a 20d. Since getting the lens I have photographed everything from eagles to song birds, and have been very pleased with the results. BIF (birds-in-flight) with this lens is still a challenge (read talent limitation on my part). Birds really move fast at 12x magnification. Size and weight, of the 600, were discussed in most of the articles I read during the long research phase. For me, neither is as big a deal as I expected them to be. I will turn 60 this year and am of medium to small build (5 8 180 lbs). The caveat here is that being in SW Florida, long hikes and steep terrain are not the norm.
    Date published: 2008-04-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yet another good review LOL How do you start a review for this lens? Well I do a lot of wildlife photography and I have to say that this is a phenomenal lens.. The usual accolades can be inserted here; great bokkah, sharp images with the sweet spot between F5.6 and F6.3, fast focusing though I do suggest checking for front and back focussing and adjusting accordingly but mine right outta the box was fairly spot on with my 7D, outstanding picture clarity and color. Pretty much everything good that everybody has said about this lens is true in my opinion. Is it worth the price? in truth my answer is YES and NO but only because it is a LOT of money. To me, having previously used a sigma 150mm-500mm F4.5/6.3, this lens hands down takes significantly better pictures. But then again, it had better!! The sigma took great pictures I have to point out but this just beats it. Still not convinced then try renting one, there are plenty of places out there that will give you that chance. It is a leap of faith to buy this lens, but once you have it you tend to forget about how much it cost and you just enjoy using it. There will be quite a few times when you say, **** I'm too close LOL.Heavy? Yes its heavy, but it can be handheld and I have no problems with a monopod, but then again I am 6' and reasonable well built. The IS helps a lot and one technique I use is to allow the ring collar to rotate freely, whilst holding the tripod foot in your hand, with the lens body actually resting on the back of the wrist of the hand holding the tripod foot. Kinda like holding an old english scrumpy cider bottle. (Hey, am english) I use the tripod foot as a handle to carry this around and I agree with the arca swiss plate for a wimberley head. Just take care that if you purchase the special wimberly 600mm replacement tripod foot you will find it difficult to use the foot as a handle unless you have really small hands! Gimbal Headed solid tripod? That is a given I think but not all the time. You are going to pay good money for this.Attention? oh yes this puppy gets LOTS of attention, sometimes good, sometimes bad and sometimes just plain annoying. I just get up very early so as to avoid the crowds. Just realize that the attention is inevitable and deal with it as best you can. The funniest comment I had so far was so what shells does that thing fire? Lenscoat? absolutely! You just spent near to 9 grand so a couple of bucks more is not gonna hurt and will help to protect it and keep it warmer for longer in colder conditionsDon Zeck C10 cap? I think you will love this alternative lens cap as the original leather cap can be a handful to put on and removeTeleconverters? The 1.4x works well but does slow the autofocus down noticeably. 2x well your gonna have to learn to manual focus but this can be a lot easier if you have liveview at 10x magnification, a solid tripod and a remote release. In both cases, picture quality does decrease a little bit but it really is a LITTLE bit ( a little softer? ) and I suspect most people won't even noticeAll told, expect to pay around 10-11 grand for this lens PLUS ALL the accessories it NEEDS. It hurt to buy this lens and in truth it is probably more than I need and I may have been stupid to buy it.... but then again, IMHO, it helps me to take some amazing pictures and I will never be parted from this lens. I suspect my wife will bury me with it!
    Date published: 2011-02-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! Yes it is heavy. I guess my main misconception about using this lens was that I would have the ability to hand hold with image stabilization. Well it can be held held, but it is a real struggle and something that you should not consider except for abnormal circumstances. If you plan on using this lens you really need a good tripod along with the Wimberley Mount. This is going to add around another $1300. Also, this lens will attract attention. You will be noticed by everyone, including bad guys if you are in isolated locations, so your security should be something to be considered. I have read numerous comments about this lens being difficult to carry. I personally have not found this to be the case, but when you are shooting with this lens, this will be what your trip is all about. There won't be a lot of opportunities for other activities. Finally, this lens takes unreal pictures. The photos this lens produces are of the highest levels. Totally satisfied! I would rate the picture quality higher than my other two Canon L lens which are the 28-70 f/2.8 and the 300mm f/4. As a final thought, besides wildlife and sports use, I have found this lens produces some fantastic portraits.
    Date published: 2008-01-25
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