Also Known As: Nikon 600mm f/4G VR
Lens Type: Prime Lens
Format: Full Frame / FX
Lens Mount: Nikon F
Release Date: 2007-08-23
MSRP Price: $9799
Made in: Japan
Infrared Rating: Good
Production Status: Discontinued
Manufacturer Link: Product Page
Lens Description: A high-speed, high-performance prime lens for dedicated wildlife and sports photographers features Nikon’s VR image stabilization and Nano Crystal Coat.
Photography Life Review Summary: Without a doubt, the Nikon 600mm f/4G ED VR has established itself as one of Nikon's finest lenses of its time. Considering that it was released for the 12 MP Nikon D3, it has done very well over the years, even on Nikon's latest top-of-the-line camera bodies like D5 and D6. It is sharp, and it is capable of producing beautiful images full of contrast and color, something one expects from Nikon's best. Read the full Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR Review by Photography Life.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR Specifications
|* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area|
|Lens Type||Prime Lens|
|Mount Type||Nikon F|
|Format||Full Frame / FX|
|Compatible Format(s)||FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film|
|Compatible with Teleconverters||Yes|
|Maximum Reproduction Ratio||0.14x|
|Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)||Yes|
|Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)||2°40'|
|Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)||4°10'|
|Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements||3|
|Nano Crystal Coat||Yes|
|Super Integrated Coat (SIC)||Yes|
|Built-in Focus Motor||Yes|
|Silent Wave Motor (SWM)||Yes|
|Minimum Focus Distance||15.7 ft. (5.0m)|
|Focus Mode Switch||Auto, Manual, Auto/Manual|
|Accepts Filter Type||Slip-in|
|Weather / Dust Sealing||Yes|
|Dimensions||(Approx.) 6.5x17.5 in. (Diameter x Length) 166x445mm (Diameter x Length)|
|Weight||(Approx.) 178.5 oz. (5,060g)|
|Available in Colors||Black|
|Supplied Accessories||HK-35 slip-on lens hood, CT-607 trunk case, Slip-in filter holder, 52-mm screw-in NC filter, Monopod collar|
I photograph primarily birds, I have used the 400 f2.8vr a spectacular lens but limited in focal length.
The 600 f4 Vr is a wonderful lens,heavy and torture to carry & purchase but delivers in optically,
The VR feature is wonderful in low light which is pretty well normal for us giving that edge to otherwise difficult conditions.
Wow sir great effort
I am a wildlife photographer. I have the 200-400 f/4 zoom as well. Since I use full frame cameras I find myself using the 600mm f/4 most of the time because of it’s magnifying power. If there was a way to get closer to the action and and use the 200-400 zoom without actually putting myself in danger or disturbing the wildlife’s behavior I would. This way I could have the zoom option as well as more depth of field. Each time I go out I promise myself to use the 600mm less but it is really difficult not to keep using it. Carrying my lenses on all the various aircraft I travel on has always been an absolute nightmare.
This is my main go to lens for my wildlife photography – its absolutely crazy sharp when used with good technique & a sturdy tripod/head combo. I would recommend the foot be changed out with a RRS or Wimberley to prevent flexing and increase a lower centre of balance. My only complaint would be the weight factor of the lens; a good lens pack such as a Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 or Kenisis large lens backpacks are a must.