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One of the original 'long white' lenses that have been regularly seen at sporting events since they were announced. No IS might limits some uses, but still superb performance. As with all old white lenses, watch out for condition, since spare parts are few and far between and they will likely have been worked hard.

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Lens specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5
Lens Construction 9 elements in 8 groups
Minimum Aperture 32
Maximum Magnification (x) 0.11
Closest Focusing Distance 6m
Filter Size 48mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 167 x 456mm, 6,000g

Canon EF 600mm f/4L USM f/4L IS USM f/4L IS II USM f/4L III USM
Key features
Image stabilizer  No  Yes
Environmental sealing  Yes
Ultrasonic Motor  Yes
L-series  Yes
Technical data
Focal length 600 mm
Aperture (max/min) f/4 / f/32
Construction 9 elements / 8 groups 17 elements / 13 groups 16 elements / 12 groups 17 elements / 13 groups
# of diaphragm blades 8 9 (circular aperture)
Closest focusing distance 6 m (17.95 ft) 5.5 m (16.45 ft) 4.5 m (14.8 ft) 4.2m (13.8 ft)
Max. magnification 0.11x 0.12x 0.15x 0.15x
Horizontal viewing angle 3°30'
Vertical viewing angle 2°20'
Diagonal viewing angle 4°10'
Physical data
Weight 6000 g (212.4 oz) 5360 g (189.8 oz) 3920 g (138.8 oz) 3050 g (6.73 lbs)
Maximum diameter 167 mm (6.6") 168 mm (6.6")
Length 456 mm (17.9") 448 mm (17.6")
Filter diameter 48 mm (rear) Any 52(WII)-series drop-in filter 52(WIII)
Lens case  ? 600 600B
Lens hood  ? ET-160 ET-160 (WII) ET-160 (WIII)
Lens cap  ? E-185 E-185B
Retail information
Release date November 1988 Sept. 1999 June 2011 Sept. 2018
Currently in production?  No yes
prices 923,000 yen 1,290,000 yen (w/case and hood) $11,499 £12,999

EF600mm f/4L USM reviews and articles

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Sample images

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Product launch

No information available on the 1988 launch of this lens.

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