Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED Vibration Reduction Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F-Bayonet|
|Lens Description||600 millimetres|
|Max Focal Length||600|
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- Compatible with Nikon's full frame (FX) SLRs
- Vibration reduction (VR) image stabilization counteracts camera shake and vibration up to ~4.0 stops
- SPORT VR mode for fast and erratic moving sports subjects
- Silent Wave Motor Auto Focus (AF) System
- Nonstick fluorine coat, which makes it easier to wipe off water, dirt and smudges
- Supplied with: Slip-On Front LensCap; LF-4 Rear Lens Cap; HK-40Lens Hood; Slip-In Filter Holder; NC40.5mm Neutral color filter; LN-2Strap; CT-608 Lens Case; MonopodCollar
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F-Bayonet||HB-71||Nikon 1||Nikon F-Bayonet||Nikon FX|
|Item Dimensions||17.01 x 6.54 x 6.54 inches||7.48 x 7.48 x 17.20 inches||10.20 x 4.10 x 4.10 inches||9.30 x 4.20 x 4.20 inches||10.20 x 5.00 x 5.00 inches|
|Item Weight||8.40 lbs||5.07 lbs||4.25 lbs||3.20 lbs||4.40 lbs|
|Maximum Aperture||f/22||5.6 millimeters||f/5||5.6 millimeters||f/5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||600||500 millimeters||600 millimeters||500||600 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||600||200 millimeters||150 millimeters||500||150 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||40.5 millimeters||95 millimeters||95 millimeters||95 millimeters||95 millimeters|
From the Manufacturer
LONG REACH WITH SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE.
When you're at the top of your game, you need gear that can keep up. The AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR makes no compromises when it comes to performance. This popular 600mm prime lens has been optimized for today's high-resolution image sensors and fast shooting Nikon DSLRs, elevating your ability to quickly capture stunning images. A new magnesium alloy lens barrel design and the incorporation of fluorite elements makes it nearly 3 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Pair that with the latest in lens innovation and optical precision for the ideal lens choice for outdoor sports, action and nature photographers who need the reach a 600mm focal length will provide.
Tripod-compatible image stabilization
~4.0 stops of Vibration Reduction
Reduce blur caused by camera movement, even in low light. Nikon's VR image stabilization counteracts camera shake and vibration up to ~4.0 stops*, a must-have feature when working handheld, on a monopod or even a tripod. A specialized Sports Mode is optimized for camera pans and fast-action sports, and the Tripod Mode eliminates the subtle ground vibrations that are constantly passing through a tripod or monopod.*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera
Superior AF tracking and exposure control
Track fast moving subjects—even those moving erratically, at random speeds or approaching the camera quickly—with tack-sharp AF precision. During high-speed continuous shooting, the electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism operates in sync with the camera shutter for fast automatic exposure control and consistency between shots, even when using a compatible teleconverter.
Ready for the field
Lightweight, durable and reliable
This is a lens built for tough assignments. A new magnesium alloy barrel and fluorite elements reduce the overall weight by nearly 3 pounds versus its predecessor**. The protective front meniscus is coated with Nikon's nonstick Fluorine coat, which makes it easier to wipe off water, dirt and smudges. Ball bearings in the tripod collar ring ensure smooth transitions between horizontal and vertical shooting.
**AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR
SPORT Vibration Reduction
For pros shooting fast and erratic moving sports subjects, using the SPORT VR mode will give you a more stable viewfinder image, handheld or when using a monopod, even if you’re panning. Track subjects easier when shooting in Continuous mode and as an added benefit with the D4S, the continuous shooting frame rates and release lag time are not affected while using VR. Even use SPORT VR when shooting HD video. The Tripod VR function even eliminates the vibrations that may transfer from the ground to the tripod in both Normal and SPORT VR modes.
- AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR
- Slip-on Front Lens Cap
- LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
- HK-40 Lens Hood
- Slip-in Filter Holder
- NC 40.5 Neutral Color 40.5mm filter
- LN-2 Lens Strap
- CT-608 Case
- Monopod Collar
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Today I tried it with the 1.4 extender. Still pretty fast focus, and seems quite sharp - at least as sharp as the 200-500, and maybe even a little more so - and at 840mm!!!
Another thing to add after 6 months of use: I have this attached to a D850, and _always_ shoot hand held. That's with a grip and extra battery on the D850. I'm a 150 pound 5'10, so you don't need to be muscle-bound to use this lens hand-held! I walk up to four miles with this thing (okay, walking is my exercise, so that part isn't unusual), but just carry it at my side with a Peak Design slide strap, and swing it up for shots! It's that easy to manage!
I've owned the 600 mm f/4 lens for nearly a year. I've used it on at least 300 occasions. I rarely take my 200-500mm f/5.6 out these days. Here's why I moved up: CONS FIRST: 1. Price: If you're wondering if this lens is "worth it" you can factor in the following. If you are looking at a 600 mm f/4 you likely shoot wildlife and/or outdoor sports (surfing etc) a lot of it and your image quality matters. Older Nikon options are cheaper, but they are also much heavier. For this reason alone (weight/usability) consider this version. 2. Weight: As I just mentioned, it's heavy and you are going to want to invest in an excellent tripod/mount if you don't already have one. This does drive the cost up more, but if you are looking in this range you know that. You can hand hold this lens and the VR helps. I've handheld it for some excellent shots. You just aren't going to do it for very long. 3. Hood mount and hood quality - So here's where there is a pro and con linked together. The hood is fair and is only secured by one bracket (two p000 screws) that come loose from time to time. It's better than the old two hood system and you'll actually use this hood. However, be aware that construction isn't as good as it should be on a lens this price (IMHO). That's pretty much it on the negatives. PROs: IQ - what you would expect from a len this price. I will leave images demonstrating IQ and Bokeh (which demonstrates smooth blends in transition areas even stopped down). The Rosette Spoonbill photo was taken with the D500 + TC14e iii + 600mm f/4. I love shooting with this lens. 2. AF speed/accuracy: Very quick and accurate - calibrated with my DSLR. Occasional hunting when low light/low contrast but we are talking extreme conditions. 3. Build: The balance and the prior reasons are why you buy this version of 600mm f/4. Beautifully done with excellent button placement, manual focus override, and build quality. 4. Weight: Not as light as the recent Canon and Sony (8 lbs vs 6 lbs) but you can handhold in a pinch. Excellent balance. This lens does not sit in the closet. 5. Color rendition - excellent. 6. VR - with tripod mode VR there is little reason to turn it off except in special circumstances. 7. Resale value - because it is a current lens Nikon will service it if focus motors go out (Nikon may not continue parts for a lens that has been discontinued over 7 years). I haven't owned any other 600mm f/4 lenses so I can't compare it to them from IQ standpoint and I would refer you elsewhere. People who have owned both tell me the IQ is better on the current version compared to "G" version. Total weight and weight distribution are major selling points when it comes to this version. I speak to people who owned the "G" 400mm f/2.8 and most sold it because of the weight. You won't sigh every time you need to take this lens out. For those that can do with less bokeh and light gathering for weight there is the 500mm f/5.6 PF if you can find one. I own the 200-500mm f/5.6 zoom and loved it for sharpness in the center. Slow acquisition AF of the zoom was my main reason for moving up. Spending the cash is hard, but as everyone who owns this lens will tell you, once you shoot with it you won't regret it. I barely take the zoom out these days. I would give this lens an overall score of 4.8 out of 5. Price, weight (2 lbs heavier than Sony/Canon versions) and hood material take it down 0.2. IQ, AF speed/accuracy and build are superb and I would buy this lens again.
The answer is all about weight. If you are a tripod shooter, don't do much air travel with your gear, and seldom pack your prime around then you can save the extra coin. DXO has not reviewed the 600FL or 500FL yet, but it's obvious based on tests of the 400FL that these new designs are about shedding pounds and that optical performance is equivalent.
If you are like me, and have been bent into the posture of neanderthal man from lurching around mountainous terrain with a lens roughly equivalent in weight and ergonomics to an adolescent pachyderm...then absolutely you should get the FL version.
This 600FL is about 3 pounds lighter than the previous 600/4, 2 pounds lighter than the old 400/2.8, and even weighs 1/5th of a pound less than the outgoing 500/4. It's not just total weight, however, because the new design is much less end heavy and more balanced as a whole.
Can you handhold it? Well, I have been handholding the 10-pound 400/2.8 for years so this 8-pound 600 feels dramatically easier to handle in every regard. It's still physically large and requires good technique but since weight has been my #1 sore spot (literally) regarding super telephotos I pre-ordered this lens as soon as I saw the technical specifications.
The price hurts but the FL primes are significantly easier to handle, carry, mount on support equipment, handhold, and travel with. If those things are deciding factors for you, it's an investment you won't regret.