How Good Is Canon's Strange RF 600mm f/11 IS STM Lens?

Canon's RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM lenses are some of the most unique to come to the market in a while, offering photographers extremely long focal lengths at very affordable prices, albeit with the compromise of a very narrow fixed aperture. Is that compromise reasonable? This great video review takes a deep look at the lens. 

Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this excellent video review takes a look at the RF 600mm f/11 IS STM. While an f/11 maximum aperture might cause some photographers to shy away from the lens, it is an appealing option for anyone who wants to explore extreme focal lengths without breaking the bank. And for more experienced photographers, its low price and portability make it the type of lens you can drop in your bag for occasional shots that demand it. And with the high-ISO and autofocus capabilities of modern bodies, that narrow fixed aperture is not as much of a problem as it might have been previously. While it certainly won't compete with the image quality of more expensive lenses, it is nonetheless a great option for a lot of photographers. Check out the video above for Abbott's full thoughts on the lens. 

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Ed Shropshire's picture

Great review. I have the 800mm f11 with my R5. I agree with most of the comments. The lens is not perfect, but great to have an $900 light weight 800mm option. I think the hardest part using the lens is trying to capture BIF with the smaller focus area. Maybe with practices I will get better. For standard wildlife images I enjoy the lens.