Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM

Lens Summary

Brand: Canon

Also Known As: Canon 600mm f/4L IS

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Canon EF

Release Date: 1999-01-01

MSRP Price: $6999

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Good

Production Status: Discontinued

Lens Description: This lens is ideal for sports and wildlife photography. The newly designed optical system has one fluorite element and two UD-glass elements to obtain high resolution and high contrast. Also, the minimum focusing distance was reduced to 18 ft. (5.5m). Extender EF 2x II can be attached to increase the focal length to 1200mm while retaining AF (at the center focusing point with the EOS-1v and EOS-3).

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length600mm
Mount TypeCanon EF
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor Canon (APS-C)
Compatible with TeleconvertersYes
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1:8.3
Image Stabilizer (Image Stabilization)Yes
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperture f/4
Minimum Aperturef/32
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)
Optical Information
Lens Elements17
Lens Groups13
Diaphragm Blades8
Aspherical Elements2 UD glass elements
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
UltraSonic Motor (USM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance5.50m
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size52mm
Accepts Filter TypeDrop-in
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Tripod CollarYes
Dimensions16.76 x 45.72cm
Other Information
Available in ColorsGrey and Black

Lens Construction

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM diagram

MTF Chart

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM MTF chart


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Sam Barleycorn

It would be very helpful if it stated the meaning of the colors since they are not the same as colors described in the article about MTF on this site (blue and red). How about standardized colors and a legend. If the MTF is from an external source and you don’t know the meaning of each color etc. you could state that fact but also name the source. It would also be nice to be able to enlarge the charts for those like me who are sight challenged. While I’m at it, I might as well tear into Canon for making lenses with MTF plots so flat that the lines lay right on top of each other making it very hard to distinguish the differences between them:<]