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Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM

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600mm $9,299
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(From Canon lens literature) This lens is ideal for sports and wildlife photography. The newly designed optical system has one fluorite element and two UD-glass elements to obtain high resolution and high contrast. Also, the minimum focusing distance was reduced to 18 ft. (5.5m).

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

8.0/10 average of 2 reviews Build Quality 8.5/10 Image Quality 8.5/10
  • 8 out of 10 points and recommended by (17 reviews)
    Super sharp + the range, oh the range!
    If you touch this glass you start scratching it.

    I bought this lens for an annual spring journey to a National Park. I usually either buy or rent a 500mm f4, but I got a good deal on a used 600mm so I decided to give it a shot. On the plus side using the 600mm in conjunction with a 1.4X TC gave me incredible reach and really brought the animals in close. The lens was also very sharp and focussed quickly and accurately, especially when used without the TC.
    My biggest complaint with this lens, is that it appears to be hyper sensitive to micro-scratches... those tiny almost imperceptible swirls.
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    reviewed January 27th, 2015 (purchased for $6,000)
  • 8 out of 10 points and recommended by (15 reviews)
    slow focussing

    I'm slightly dis-appointed with this lens, the slow focussing takes a lot of getting use to, and the slow F4 Aperture doesn't do the lens any favours either.
    IMO this lens ought to be a F2.8. It works well on Full frame and cut down sensors.
    The lens is sharp enough and the IS works well, but in comparison with My 'Money' lens the 400 F2.8 IS. this lens doesn't do it for me:-((
    IQ is similar to the 400 & 1.4x convertor though the 400 & convertor focusses faster - much faster.
    Handling is OK and the extra length again does the lens no favours compared to 400 & 1.4x convertor.
    Having said that If you only have the 600 you'd be happy enough, you simply wouldn't know what you're missing, by not having the 400 F2.8
    Come on Canon this lens is a missed opportunity it really ought to have been an F2.8
    So to anyone thinking of getting this lens - I suggest you buy the 400 F2.8 and the excellent 1.4X convertor.

    reviewed December 13th, 2008 (purchased for $5,000)