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Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM Super Telephoto Lens

Product Code: 1242160F
The Canon RF 600mm is the world's lightest super telephoto lens and features 5 stops of stabilisation, fast AF and is fully compatible with new 1.4x and 2x extenders for up to 1200mm reach.


Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM Lens Summary

The release of the RF 600mm f/11 IS STM lens complements a number of highly innovative world first product releases from Canon for their RF camera and RF mirrorless lens line-up. This full-frame super telephoto prime is the world’s lightest AF model at 600mm weighing in at a mere 930g. This provides enthusiast wildlife and sports photographers with a cost effective, lightweight and highly compact model to immerse themselves into their hobby. The casing can be contracted when not in use, then expanded again when mounted onto the camera body. This tidy feature ensures the RF 600mm f/11 is easily portable and comfortable to stow in any camera backpack when travelling. It is Canon’s innovative Diffractive Optics technology (DO) which allows for the 600mm lens to be so lightweight and portable.

Enthusiasts using this telephoto benefit from 5 stops of built-in image stabilisation which works seamlessly with Canon’s mirrorless bodies. Focussing is quick and precise thanks to the tried and tested STM focus motor although the focus area is slightly reduced when compared to other far more expensive mirrorless lenses such as the RF 100-500mm. A huge benefit of this model (together with the RF 800mm super telephoto) is the ability to mount either of the RF 1.4x or RF 2x Extenders. This provides enviable reach of 840mm or 1200mm for extremely distant subjects whilst maintaining IS and Dual Pixel CMOS AF functionality. Brighter conditions will favour this lens and using an aperture of f/11 ensures excellent depth of field even for smaller subjects such as birds. It is also possible to achieve very reasonable out of focus areas and subject isolation when set apart from the background.

Our Verdict

The RF 600mm f/11 IS STM lens is a prime example of Canon’s ability to innovate with market leading products for their full-frame mirrorless camera system. A super telephoto lens at this length has historically cost the same as a small car and weighed considerably more. This model however is the world lightest AF model, complementing any RF mirrorless body perfectly. Clever contraction and expansion of the lens allows photographers to walk, hike and travel easily and the modest 930g. weight is comfortable to handhold for any length of time. For those who shoot without a tripod or monopod, 5 stops of image stabilisation compensates admirably during low light levels although the f/11 aperture favours brighter conditions.

The ability to mount either of Canon’s Extenders whilst maintaining full Dual Pixel CMOS AF and stabilisation functionality is the icing on the cake for this super telephoto. Focal lengths increases from 600mm to 840mm or 1200mm covering subjects which are extremely far away. This presents sports, wildlife, and press photographers a distinct advantage. The construction with 10 optical elements in 7 groups provides ample quality for casual photographers to immerse themselves in new subjects whilst allowing the lens to benefit from such a compelling price point. We are certain the RF 600mm will find its’ way into many kit bags and provide photographers with huge telephoto reach on their adventures.

We Love
  • World’s lightest 600mm super telephoto lens suitable for outdoor photography, hiking and travel
  • AF motor works quickly and quietly even when an extender is mounted at up to 1200mm
  • Image stabilisation provides up to 5EV stops of anti shake compensation for sharper images
  • Ideal lens for amateurs and enthusiasts to explore a range of wildlife and sports subjects
  • Excellent choice for safari excursions where heavier lenses may be awkward to bring

Canon RF 600mm Lens in more detail:

Image size: Full frame

Focal length: 600mm

Angle of view: (horizontal, vertical, diagonal): 03°30, 02°20, 04°10

Lens construction: 10 elements in 7 groups

No. of diaphragm blades: N/A

Minimum aperture: 11

Closest focussing distance: 4.5m.

Maximum magnification: 0.14x

Distance Information: Yes

Image stabiliser: 5 stops

AF actuator: STM

Extender compatibility: RF extenders only



Focal Length: 840mm

Maximum Aperture: f/16

Maximum Magnification: 0.19x

AF Possible: Yes

IS Operates: Yes



Focal Length: 1200mm

Maximum Aperture: f/22

Maximum Magnification: 0.28x

AF Possible: Yes

IS Operates: Yes

Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM Sample Images


600mm. 1/1400th sec. ISO 1600. f/11 (Mounted on EOS R6)



600mm. 1/1000th sec. ISO 3200. f/11 (Mounted on EOS R6)



600mm. 1/200th sec. ISO 1600. f/11 (Mounted on EOS R)



600mm. 1/250th sec. ISO 800. f/11 (Mounted on EOS R)

What else is included in the box?
  • Lens Cap E-82 II
  • Lens hood ET-88B
  • Lens case/pouch LZ1328
  • Rear End Cap Lens Dust Cap RF
Optional Accessories

Full Details


Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM Super Telephoto Lens Specifications

Lens typeSuper Telephoto Prime Lens
Focal length600mm
Aperture rangef/11 - f/16
Image stabilisationUp to 5 Stops
Filter size82mm
Compatible camerasCanon EOS R Mirrorless
Dimensions93mm x 269.5mm (MAX)

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