Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
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Tony V, Amazon
8 April 2014
Summary: I'm a wildlife & nature photographer with a focus on bird photography. I've owned and used other super teles in the Canon L series and find the 600 to be the near perfect telephoto lens for bird photography. I expected excellent performance considering it is the pinnacle of Canon lens design and build quality. The lens exceeded my expectations! Very accurate and lightning fast autofocus, fantastic image quality, jaw dropping good four stop IS.
Conclusion: I have other Super Teles, including the 800mm. I traded up from the 600mm VI and unlike with my 400mm I can tell the difference in the Vi and VII! All around just a perfect lens, in every way, nothing else to say!
Summary: I bought this lens by mistake. I thought I had bought a food processor for my wife, but, imagine my suprize when I opened the box! Still, the Mrs was expecting a food processor. I lied to her, saying that Canon makes those too. I proceeded to prove my point by pulverizing carrots and strawberries on the granite countertop. Also, I pulverized the countertop, but that is not germaine to this discussion.
Excerpt: I use 800mm f5.6 for local wildlife with tripod. Sometime, it did not move quick enough for me to shoot birds in flight. I have only 1 or 2 seconds re-act. So, I use 600mm for handhold to shoot birds in flight. I can move quicker and almost point and shoot.. The auto-focus is impressed all my friends.. How quick the the focus is. You get what you pay for.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Conclusion: I rented both the 500mm f4 II and 600mm f4 II for a week before deciding on the 600mm. They are both excellent lenses in every respect and I carefully 'weighed' this choice. The decision maker for me was the extra reach with the 600 and the fact that (at that time) newer canon bodies would only AF at a minimum of f5.6. This eliminated adding the 2XIII and having AF, which is just about essential for lenses of this focal length when shooting moving subjects (e.g.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Super-sharp images, Superior build quality, great w teleconverters, focus limit switches, three is modes
Summary: I use this lens for birds in flight photography, hand held. It works great. I use it with a Canon 5D mk3 and/or a Canon 7D body. 75% of the time I have a Canon 1.4x III extender on the lens and it works great, fast focus, high IQ. The weight of the lens is not bad for hand held shots. Excellent lens, glad I purchased it on Amazon.
Summary: I've never owned a lens whose sharpest aperture was wide open! This is the first time I've spent $13k on a lens. Of course, the image quality from this lens is at a whole different level. Autofocus speed is super quick. This lens is definitely going to improve my birding and wildfire pics. This is my first super-telephoto lens, so I am still in the process of purchasing the necessary accessories; gimbal head, backpacks, security locks, and maybe an upgraded tripod.
Summary: The battle goes on, Canon vs Nikon. The latter has had an edge in camera bodies in the past few years (although Canon I think ups the ante quite a bit with the 1DX), but Canon has always been the leader when it came to super telephoto lenses. Now with their second generation models the gap has widened, IMO. I owned the 500 f4 MkI earlier and it was quite a lens, heavy, bulky, and with the neoprene camo cover from Lenscoat, it certainly looked like a piece of artillery.