EF 600mm f/4 IS II
At last, I had an opportunity to photograph shorebirds in Redwood Shores, CA by the San Francisco bay. I only had time for two sessions, the birds were active during the first session only. I managed to get a few frames that I liked. Shorebirds are somewhat less challenging to get compared to raptors as their flight pattern is more predictable and less erratic. They are generally less skittish as well. However they usually fly very fast, especially with tail wind. The lens performed great here as well, capturing different birds against the water background.
At $13,000 the EF600mm f/4L IS II is not a cheap date. However, once you factor in the inflation and changes in the currency exchange rate, this figure becomes more comparable to the MSRP of the original EF 600mm f/4L IS back in 1999 which was $7500. Especially given the fact that the EF 600mm f/4L IS II is the sharpest, fastest and lightest 600mm super-telephoto lens currently on the market that eclipses the competition. At the end of the day, value for money is a relative figure. For handhold photographers who desire to produce top notch flight images, the EF 600mm f/4L IS II can significantly increase field productivity making it the best option on the market for this group of photographers. After spending a month with the lens in the field, I can state with confidence that the EF 600mm f/4L IS II is the most impressive product from Canon I have used to date and I am not easy to impress, therefore, highly recommended! You can view the rest of the images from the white-tailed kite series here.
★ Light weight, excellent weight distribution for handholding.
★ Outstanding optics, tack sharp images at any aperture with or without EF 1.4X extender III.
★ Rapid servo drive and stable tracking in AI-servo mode.
★ Excellent AF performance with EF 1.4X extender III.
★ Excellent construction quality including the tripod collar.
★ Unique features such as PF and IS mode 3 (for particular applications).
☆ Supplied lens cap is not large enough.
☆ Not all photographers can afford the cost.