About the Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM
Make your next nature expedition special
Make your next nature expedition special
Capturing detailed photos of far-away wildlife can be challenging. That's where a super telephoto lens like Canon's RF 600mm f/11 IS STM earns its stripes. When paired with your Canon R Series mirrorless camera, this lens lets you capture close-up photos of subjects at a great distance.
This ultra-long range lens retracts when not in use to make it easier to carry and store.
Bladeless, fixed-aperture design
This lens has a fixed aperture of f/11, meaning it lets in the same amount of light every time you take a photo. That's because it doesn't have any aperture blades like traditional lenses do, so it can't be "opened up" or "stopped down" to adjust the amount of incoming light.
What does this mean on a practical level? Well, if you shoot manually, you'll only use your shutter speed and ISO settings to dial-in your exposure. A constant f/11 aperture also means that you'll need plenty of light to get sharp, in-focus images of moving subjects.
Finally, a fixed f/11 aperture means your depth of field is constant. I mention this here in case you're used to using wider apertures to blur your subject's background.
This lens can give you excellent subject and background separation because of its ultra-long focal length. This will be more prominent the closer you are to your subject, and the further away your subject is from its background.
Ideal for daytime shooting, or at night on a tripod
This lens is best-suited for handheld shooting during the day in bright sunlight. You can also place it on a tripod for increased stability in low-light environments.
Built-in image stabilization allows handheld shooting without the traditional lens shake that can affect non-IS lenses at this long focal length.
- lens type: RF mount full-frame super telephoto prime
- compatible with Canon EOS R series mirrorless cameras
- stepping motor (STM) for smooth and quiet autofocus with still image and video recording
- customizable control ring on lens barrel for easy settings adjustments
- built-in image stabilization for sharper images at slower shutter speeds compared to non-stabilized lenses
- fixed aperture of f/11
- minimum focus distance: 14.76 feet
- lens construction: 10 elements in 7 groups
- filter diameter: 82mm
- retractable design for improved portability and ease of storage compared to fixed-lens designs
- compatible with Canon RF extenders for even further reach
- diameter: 3-11/16"
- length: 10-5/8" when extended
- weight: 2.05 lbs.
- includes front and rear lens caps
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 3986C002
What's in the box:
- RF 600mm F11 IS STM lens
- Lens Cap E-82II (installed)
- Lens Dust Cap RF (installed)
- Canon Interchangeable Lens Instructions
- Warranty card
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More details on the Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM
Overview: The Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS USM (3986C002AA) is a super telephoto lens made for Canon's EOS R Series cameras. It has a retracting design that makes it more portable during storage. The RF600mm lens has a fixed aperture at f/11 for lots of detail for distant subjects. Its optical Image Stabilization works with EOS R series cameras to provide up to 5 stops of stabilization. The lens is also compatible with the RF lens extenders to help you get even closer.
Lens Construction: The lens is constructed of 10 lens elements in 7 groups, including dual-layered Diffractive Optics (DO) for reducing chromatic aberrations. When using Diffractive Optics lenses, you may experience colored flare around the light source, depending on shooting conditions. This is a characteristic of DO lenses. DO lenses have the optical characteristics of multiple lenses, so the overall weight of the lens is reduced. RF-series lenses have a large 54mm lens mount, with large diameter elements to give you brilliant images with minimal light fallout.
Extending/Retracting Design: The RF 600mm lens features an extending and retracting design. When you are ready to shoot, the lens unlocks and extends from 7.85" to 10.61" (199.5-269.5mm), and locks into place for stability. Once you have captured your shots, you can unlock the lens and retract it for storage until you need it again.
12-pin Communication: The Canon RF-series lenses feature a 12-pin communication system between the camera and the lens (compared to 8 pins for the EF-series). This 12-pin system is the fastest available for a Canon lens and camera combination, and provides faster AF, Image Stabilization, Digital Lens Optimizer, and more. In addition, the EOS R camera can display lens information directly to the viewfinder, making it easy to confirm the lens' focal length without looking away from your subject.
Focus Mode / Focusing Distance Switches: The lens has a 2-way Focus Mode switch that lets you choose between Auto Focus (AF) and Manual Focus (MF). In MF mode, the focus is set by turning the focus ring. You can also set the focusing distance range via a 2-way switch. You choose from full focusing range (4.5m to infinity) if your subject is relatively close, or a reduced focusing range (12m to infinity) for subjects that are some distance away. Setting the focusing distance range to a suitable setting can save time while autofocusing.
Control Ring: The RF 600mm lens features a control ring that can be assigned commonly used functions, such as shutter speed and ISO speed settings. It has a click action to give you a sense of how much it's being turned. In some cases, the sound of the control ring clicks may be picked up when recording movies. To remove the clicking sound, you will need to send the lens to the Canon Service Center for service. There is a charge for this service.
Image Stabilizer (IS): The RF 600mm lens features Optical Image Stabilization (IS) when mounted to a Canon EOS R series camera. The effect of Image Stabilization is equivalent to up to 5 stops. The camera and the lens share data to dramatically reduce blur caused by camera shake while shooting still images and videos. Image Stabilization can be turned on or off with the On/Off switch on the lens barrel.
STM: The RF 600mm lens is equipped with a lead screw-type Stepping Motor (STM) for smooth and quiet autofocusing while shooting still images and videos. Near silent autofocusing is critical when shooting video so any sound coming from the focusing motor can be picked up by the camera's microphone.
Tripod Mount: The RF 600mm features a tripod mount built into the barrel of the lens. You can easily attach a tripod or monopod to the lens for better balance while shooting, compared to handheld shooting. The tripod mount has a standard 1/4"-20 thread screw socket.
Optional Lens Hood: The optional ET-88B bayonet-type lens hood (sold separately) cuts out unwanted light and protects the front of the lens from rain, snow, and dust. When not in use, you can reverse-mount the lens hood for storage.
Optional Filters: The RF 600mm lens has an 82mm mounting thread on the front of lens for attaching screw-on type filters.
Optional Extenders: The lens is compatible with the Canon RF Extender 1.4x and RF Extender 2x extenders. If you need to get closer than the RF 600mm lens can reach, the RF Extender 1.4x will extend the lens to 840mm, while the RF Extender 2x extends the focal length to 1200mm. The extenders attach first to the lens, then to the camera.
- Focal Length: 600mm
- Maximum Aperture: f/11
- Minimum Aperture: f/11
- Maximum Magnification: 0.14x
- Angle of View:
- Horizontal: 3° 30'
- Vertical: 2° 20'
- Diagonal: 4° 10'
- Field of View: Approx. 254mm x 169mm
- Lens Construction: 10 elements in 7 groups (including Diffractive Optics (DO) elements)
- Filter Diameter: 82mm
- Minimum Focus Distance: 14.76' (4.5m)
- Dimensions: Diameter 3.667", Length 8.159" (8.838" with caps)
- Weight: 32.8 ounces