Canon EF 600mm lens

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Canon super telephoto lens

The Canon EF 600mm is a super-telephoto lens made by Canon Inc. The lens has an EF mount to work with the EOS line of cameras.

  • f/4L USM lens was released in November 1988 (923,000 yen).[1]
  • f/4L IS USM lens was released in September 1999 (1,290,000 yen).[2]
  • f/4L IS II USM lens was announced in February 2011 (US$12,999 at release, now US$11,499).[3][4]

The IS version has more lens groups and elements, and the weight was reduced from 6 kg to 5.36 kg for the first IS version. The weight was further reduced to 3.92 kg for the 2nd IS version.[2][4] All lenses are compatible with the Canon Extender EF teleconverters.


Attribute f/4L USM f/4L IS USM f/4L IS II USM

Canon EF 600.jpg

Key features
Full-frame compatible Yes Yes
Image stabilizer No No Yes Yes
Environmental sealing Yes Yes
Ultrasonic Motor Yes Yes
Stepping Motor No No
L-series Yes Yes
Diffractive Optics No No
Macro No No
Technical data
Focal length 600 mm
Aperture (max/min) f/4 / f/32
Construction 9 elements / 8 groups 17 elements / 13 groups 16 elements / 12 groups
# of diaphragm blades 8 9 (circular aperture)
Closest focusing distance 6 m (17.95 ft) 5.5 m (16.45 ft) 4.5 m (14.8 ft)
Max. magnification 0.11x 0.12x 0.15x
Horizontal viewing angle 3°30'
Vertical viewing angle 2°20'
Diagonal viewing angle 4°10'
Physical data
Weight 6000 g (212.4 oz) 5360 g (189.8 oz) 3920 g (138.8 oz)
Maximum diameter 167 mm (6.6") 168 mm (6.6")
Length 456 mm (17.9") 448 mm (17.6")
Filter diameter 48 mm (rear) Any 52(WII)-series drop-in filter
Lens case  ? 600 600B
Lens hood  ? ET-160 ET-160 (WII)
Lens cap  ? E-185 E-185B
Retail information
Release date November 1988 September 1999 June 2011
Currently in production? No No Yes 
MSRP US$ 923,000 yen 1,290,000 yen (w/case and hood) $11,499.00
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens inside


  1. ^ "EF600mm f/4L USM". Canon Camera Museum. 
  2. ^ a b "EF600mm f/4L IS USM". Canon Camera Museum. 
  3. ^ "EF600mm f/4L IS II USM". Canon Press Release. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  4. ^ a b "EF600mm f/4L IS II USM". Canon Camera Museum. 

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