Nikon NIKKOR 600mm f/5.6 IF-ED

Nikon NIKKOR 600mm f/5.6 IF-ED

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 600mm f/5.6 IF-ED

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Manual Focus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 1975-01-01

MSRP Price: N/A

Made in: Japan

Production Status: Discontinued

Nikon NIKKOR 600mm f/5.6 IF-ED Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length600mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm SLR
Compatible with TeleconvertersYes
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximim Aperturef/5.6
Minimum Aperturef/32
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)
Optical Information
Lens Elements9
Lens Groups7
Diaphragm Blades6
Focus Information
FocusManual Focus
Built-in Focus MotorNo
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance5m
Filter Information
Filter Size39mm
Accepts Filter TypeSlip-in
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Tripod CollarYes
Dimensions387 x 132mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

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Does anyone have a manual or any experience in disassembling this lens? I am referring to the Nikon NIKKOR 600mm f/5.6 IF-ED. I prefer to disassemble and clean my own lenses instead of paying a service center nearly what I paid for the lens to do a simple cleaning. Any experiences shared will be appreciated.

Guido Bee

Old and heavy, but when you get it in focus, it will deliver impressive sharpness.
Can be a challenge to focus (it is manual, though focus confirmation dots will work in view finder of my camera bodies).
Needs significant support. I don’t try to hand-hold this 6 lb lens = 3 lb body.
I purchased used, but it came with lens hood and case. I’m happy, but could learn to appreciate VR and AF. Price was attractive for me.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR REVIEW. i HAVE JUST BEEN GIVEN A LENS AND NEED TO KNOW IF IT WILL WORK WITH A MODERN CAMERA BODY NIKON D5500. I have fitted it in the normal way getting a reasonable image in the viewfinder but on taking a photo get notice saying “NO LENS FITTED” AND OF COURSE NO PHOTO.
Thank you for your time and answer or reference to who could give me a how to reply ( I also have the tele-converter.
Also what do you think the on line value is today for a trade-in for a more modern lens

Kind Regards

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I am just coming across this question. I frequently use old lenses with a Nikon D5300 and D750. There are other places to look around but what I have found is:
Set camera to Manual Mode. Set aperture ring to smallest opening / biggest number usually f32 or f22. If you don’t do this, you might get an error message and flashing FE message. You can then control the aperture from the camera body.
When I use a teleconverter, open up the lens to the largest opening (smallest f number) otherwise you will have a tiny opening. Manual mode should work.

I have an older version 600mm f5.6, which the camera does not “recognize” I go to the camera menu for “Non CPU Lens Data” and it guides you to put in the focal length (600mm for me) and largest aperture (5.6 for my lens), then I simply use the aperture ring on the lens to change apertures and it reads out in the camera’s display. I have just gotten the lens and it performs nicely. I paid just under $800. I think the next version which goes to f32 (mine only goes to f22) will go from $850 to $1,200 on eBay.
I hope this was helpful.


Gil Aegerter

Those old manual lenses will work on your D5500. Just set the exposure mode to M and proceed to shoot by manual exposure only. Set the aperture manually to whatever setting you need and adjust shutter speed and ISO accordingly. These older lenses can work wonderfully on DX bodies.