Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM

        

General information

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This lens has been replaced by a newer version.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
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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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Does this lens work with my camera?

Below you will find all registered cameras here on Lensora. Whether the actual camera works with this lens or not is displayed with a green or a red symbol, and if you want to know more about why the lens and the camera work or do not work together you click for further information..

Product name Release date Type Sensor Focal Length ? Total weight
Canon EOS 1000D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5862 gr
Canon EOS 100D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5767 gr
Canon EOS 10D 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6235 gr
Canon EOS 1100D 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5855 gr
Canon EOS 1200D 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5840 gr
Canon EOS 1300D 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5845 gr
Canon EOS 1D 2001 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 780 mm 6945 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 2004 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 780 mm 6925 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 2007 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 780 mm 6515 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 2005 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 780 mm 6925 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 2009 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 780 mm 6590 gr
Canon EOS 1D X 2011 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6700 gr
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 2016 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6890 gr
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 2020 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6800 gr
Canon EOS 1Ds 2002 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6945 gr
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 2004 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6925 gr
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III 2007 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6745 gr
Canon EOS 2000D 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5835 gr
Canon EOS 200D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5813 gr
Canon EOS 20D 2004 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6130 gr
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6130 gr
Canon EOS 20Da 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6130 gr
Canon EOS 250D 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5809 gr
Canon EOS 300D 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6005 gr
Canon EOS 30D 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6144 gr
Canon EOS 350D 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5900 gr
Canon EOS 4000D 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5796 gr
Canon EOS 400D 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5916 gr
Canon EOS 40D 2007 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6182 gr
Canon EOS 450D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5884 gr
Canon EOS 500D 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5880 gr
Canon EOS 50D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6182 gr
Canon EOS 550D 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5870 gr
Canon EOS 5D 2005 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6255 gr
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 2008 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6210 gr
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 2012 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6310 gr
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 2016 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6250 gr
Canon EOS 5DS 2015 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6290 gr
Canon EOS 5DS R 2015 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6290 gr
Canon EOS 600D 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5930 gr
Canon EOS 60D 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6115 gr
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6115 gr
Canon EOS 60Da 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6115 gr
Canon EOS 650D 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5935 gr
Canon EOS 6D 2012 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6130 gr
Canon EOS 6D Mark II 2017 DSLR Full frame 600 mm 6125 gr
Canon EOS 700D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5940 gr
Canon EOS 70D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6115 gr
Canon EOS 750D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5915 gr
Canon EOS 760D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5925 gr
Canon EOS 77D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5900 gr
Canon EOS 7D 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6220 gr
Canon EOS 7D Mark II 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6270 gr
Canon EOS 8000D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5925 gr
Canon EOS 800D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5892 gr
Canon EOS 80D 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6090 gr
Canon EOS 850D 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5875 gr
Canon EOS 9000D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5900 gr
Canon EOS 90D 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6061 gr
Canon EOS D30 2000 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6215 gr
Canon EOS D60 2002 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6215 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6005 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5900 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5916 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5880 gr
Canon EOS Kiss M 2018 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5750 gr
Canon EOS Kiss M2 2020 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5747 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X10 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5809 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X10i 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5875 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X2 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5884 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X4 Digital 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5870 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X6i 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5935 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X70 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5840 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X8i 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5915 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X9 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5813 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X9i 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5892 gr
Canon EOS M 2012 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5658 gr
Canon EOS M10 2015 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5661 gr
Canon EOS M100 2017 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5662 gr
Canon EOS M200 2019 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5659 gr
Canon EOS M3 2015 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5726 gr
Canon EOS M5 2016 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5787 gr
Canon EOS M50 2018 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5750 gr
Canon EOS M50 Mark II 2020 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5747 gr
Canon EOS M6 2017 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5750 gr
Canon EOS M6 Mark II 2019 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5768 gr
Canon EOS R 2018 Mirrorless Full frame 600 mm 6020 gr
Canon EOS R3 2021 Mirrorless Full frame 600 mm 6375 gr
Canon EOS R5 2020 Mirrorless Full frame 600 mm 6098 gr
Canon EOS R6 2020 Mirrorless Full frame 600 mm 6040 gr
Canon EOS Ra 2018 Mirrorless Full frame 600 mm 6020 gr
Canon EOS Rebel 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 6005 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5767 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5813 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5809 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T1i 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5880 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5870 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T3 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5855 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5930 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T4i 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5935 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T5 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5840 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T5i 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5940 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5845 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6i 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5915 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6s 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5925 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T7 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5835 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T7i 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5892 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T8i 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5875 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XS 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5862 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5884 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XT 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5900 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XTi 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 960 mm 5916 gr
Canon EOS RP 2019 Mirrorless Full frame 600 mm 5845 gr
Nikon D1 1999 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D100 2002 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D1H 2001 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D1X 2001 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D200 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D2H 2003 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D2Hs 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D2X 2004 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D2Xs 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3 2007 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D300 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3000 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D300s 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3100 2010 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3200 2012 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3300 2014 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3400 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3500 2018 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3s 2009 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D3x 2008 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D4 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D40 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D40x 2007 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D4s 2014 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D5 2016 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D50 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D500 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5000 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5100 2011 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5200 2012 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5300 2013 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5500 2015 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5600 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D6 2020 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D60 2008 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D600 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D610 2013 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D70 2004 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D700 2008 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D7000 2010 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D70s 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D7100 2013 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D7200 2015 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D750 2014 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D7500 2017 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D780 2020 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D80 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D800 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D800e 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D810 2014 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D810A 2015 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D850 2017 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D90 2008 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon Df 2013 DSLR Full frame
Nikon Z fc 2021 Mirrorless DX (1.5x)
Nikon Z5 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z50 2019 Mirrorless DX (1.5x)
Nikon Z6 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z6 II 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z7 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z7 II 2020 Mirrorless Full frame

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
Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS II USM

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