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Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM

RRP £13,558.80  £8,895.00
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Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM

A high-magnification L-series super-telephoto lens, ideal for wildlife, nature and sports photography. The EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM delivers outstanding image quality, whilst the lightweight design uses magnesium alloy and titanium.

  • Part of Canon’s flagship L Series lens range, made using the finest optics
  • Bright f/4 maximum aperture ensures great shots in low light
  • Fast, quiet autofocus with ring USM for full-time manual focusing
  • 4 stop Image Stabiliser ensures shake free shots
  • 3 Image Stabiliser modes suited to sports and action photography
  • Circular 9-blade diaphragm helps produce attractive background blur
  • Super spectra coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • Power focus mode enables smooth focus transition, useful for video
  • Minimum focusing distance of 4.5m
  • 52mm drop-in filter diameter
  • Dust and moisture resistant construction
  • Supplied with lens hood and hard lens case

Park Verdict

A great choice for professional photographers who want a high performance super-telephoto lens with high magnification. Proven L series optical quality and construction is matched with a bright f/4 aperture and 4 stop IS system with 3 modes, ideally suited to sports and fast action photography.

We Love

 Bright f/4 maximum aperture with circular diaphragm produces beautiful background blur
 Amazing image quality
 USM motor for fast, accurate focusing with full-time manual focusing
 Advanced third IS mode (mode 3), activates only when the shutter button is fully pressed, ideal for panning with fast moving subjects

Full Details

Compact lightweight super-telephoto
The EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM features a lightweight magnesium alloy and titanium construction, which reduces weight without compromising on strength and build quality.

Sophisticated optical design
A complex optical design that features fluorite and UD lens elements to tackle aberrations and distortions. A fast f/4 maximum aperture enables use of the Canon Extender EF 2.0x III while retaining AF on EOS-1 series cameras.

Fast, quiet auto focus
A ring USM (Ultrasonic motor) uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive extremely rapid auto focus with near-silent operation. A high-speed CPU and optimised AF algorithms contribute further to AF speed. Full time electronic manual focus override is available without having to switch out of AF.

Image Stabilizer
Built-in Image Stabilizer (IS) technology enables hand-held shooting with shutter speeds up to four stops slower than normal without incurring camera shake. Multiple IS modes improve image quality when panning.

IS Mode 3
Ideally suited for all types of action photography especially those disciplines that require the utilisation of panning, the new IS mode 3 only activates the Image Stabilizer element during exposure.

Enhanced image quality with SWC coating
Designed for use in digital photography, Canon's patented Subwavelength structure coating helps minimise the ghosting and flare caused by internal reflections. By eliminating the cause, the coating reduces reflections and helps to deliver crisp, clear images.

Power focusing
The EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM's two-speed Power Focus mode allows focus to be adjusted at a smooth constant speed - perfect when shooting video.

L-series quality
The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, representing the best in precision-designed EF optics. L-series lenses combine superior performance with superlative handling, and are resistant to dust and moisture.

The EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM is supplied with Lens Hood (ET-160 WII), Lens Cap (E-185B) and Lens case 600B.


Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl)3u00b030', 2u00b020', 4u00b010'
Lens construction (elements/groups)16/12
No. of diaphragm blades9
Minimum aperture32
Closest focusing distance (m)4.5
Maximum magnification (x)0.15
Distance informationProvided
Image stabilizer4-stops
AF actuatorRing USMu00b9
Dust/moisture resistanceYes
Filter diameter (mm)52 Drop in
Max. diameter x length (mm)168 x 448
Weight (g)3920
Magnification - Extension Tube EF12 II0.17-0.02
Magnification - Extension Tube EF25 II0.20-0.05
Lens hoodET-160 (WII)
Soft caseLens Case 600B
G.F.Holder III (hood III*)NCu00b9
G.F.Holder IV (hood IV*)NCu00b9
Extenders EF1.4x II and EF2x IICompatible

AF actuator

u00b9 Full time Manual focus

G.F.Holder III (hood III*)

u00b9 Use 52mm drop in filter holder

G.F.Holder IV (hood IV*)

u00b9 Use 52mm drop in filter holder


*Maximum number of Hood III/IV attachable. In case of zoom lenses, the maximum number applies to the short focal length



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