Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM

This is a prime lens manufactured by Canon and the model was launched 1999.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto prime lenses, a telephoto lens where you do not have the possibility to zoom in and out.

Compatibility, autofocus and focal length

This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.

The ability to use autofocus is available for all cameras.

The lens has a focal length of 600 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.

Lens brightness and image stabilizer

The lens brightness and aperture value is f/4.

The lens is to considered fairly bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues. Lenses with good aperture values and longer focal lengths, such as this lens, tend to be popular amongs sports and nature photographers.

Inside the lens there is an image stabilizer, which helps to fend off possible movements and tremors. This is very positive and can be of great help in situations and conditions where the light is inadequate and not enough for decent shutter speeds.

Filter and Lens Hood

If you want to use filters on this lens the slot-in filters  (52 mm) would be the ones to use, which is very common at these larger telephoto lenses.

If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "ET-160".

Tripod Mount

This lens is equipped with a tripod mount, which makes use of a tripod easier and more stable.

Different versions of the lens

This lens has been replaced by a newer version. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.

Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Things to consider before buying

Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilities. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.

  • Has a built-in image stabilizer
  • Long focal length with its 600 mm
  • Works on all sensor types
  • A lens hood is included
  • A tripod mount is included
  • The lens is sealed against dust and moisture
  • This lens has been replaced by a newer version
  • Heavy (5360 gr)
  • The price (more info)

Specification

Product Name:Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM  (See dictionary)
Release date: 1999
Manufacturer:Canon
Type of lens: Telephoto Lens
Construction: Prime lens (no possibility to zoom)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:  No Macro lens
Compatibility: Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Autofocus (AF): Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor: Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/4
Focal Length 600 mm

Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  • 600 mm on Canon FF, Full frame
  • 780 mm on Canon APS-H
  • 960 mm on Canon APS-C
See list, camera for camera

Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 17 elements / 13 groups
Image Stabilizer: Yes, IS
Closest Focusing Distance: 550 cm
Filter: Drop-in Filter, 52 mm
Lens Hood: ET-160 (included)
Tripod mount: Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing: Yes
Dimensions (diameter x length): 168 x 456 mm
Weight: 5360 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD) 9199 USD
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Reviews

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Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Different versions of this lens

Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM has released different versions of this lens. Please make sure that you study the differences before buying.

(1999) Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM
(2011) Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS II USM

Alternatives to Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM for Canon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Canon EF 400mm f/2,8 L IS II USM
Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM
Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM
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