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Canon EF 600 mm f/ 4 L IS USM Lens

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Canon EF 600 mm f/ 4 L IS USM lens

Optical design

Canon EF 600 mm f/ 4 L IS USM optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S

First year of production: 1999

Last year of production: 2011

Optical design: 17 elements in 13 groups

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor, Optical stabilisation
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Average price: $15780


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The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM is a super telephoto prime lens for 35 mm SLR Canon EF cameras. It is discontinued.

The optical scheme comprises 17 elements in 13 groups, including two UD glass element and one fluorine glass element. The total number of elements also includes a protective glass and rear filter. The 2-mode image stabilizer offers a 4-stop shutter speed advantage.  Mode 2  corrects camera vibration during panning shots on a tripod.

High-speed focusing is achieved by reducing the weight of focusing elements and enhancing AF drive algorithm.  AF Stop function shuts off autofocus when obstruction appears. Manual focusing is carried out mechanically in the battery save mode.

The lens' basic componentsare constructed from magnesium alloy. A tight seal structure ensures excellent dust and moisture resistant performance. The lens also features a detachable tripod collar and a drop-in 52 mm filter holder. A carbon fiber lens hood and hard case are included.

Additional information:

  • minimum aperture 22-32
  • angle of view 34° - 11.5°
  • max. magnification 1:2 (at 210 mm)
  • diameter 77 mm

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Posted by: dv   Date of publication: 22.04.2013

Mechanical quality5.003
Optical quality5.003
Pricing / Value2.003
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