Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR vs. 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens specifications comparison

Nikon 600mm f:4G ED VR lens design Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600MM F:4E FL ED VR lens design
Nikon-600mm-f4G-ED-VR-lens-MTF-chartNikon AF-S NIKKOR 600MM F:4E FL ED VR MTF chart
Technical specifications comparison between the previous 600mm f/4G ED VR version (left) and the new Nikkor 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens (on the right):

Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR Nikkor 600mm f/4E FL ED VR
Focal Length 600mm 600mm
Maximum Aperture f/4 f/4
Minimum Aperture f/22 f/22
Format FX/35mm FX/35mm
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) 2°40' 2°40'
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) 4°10' 4°10'
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.14x 0.14x
Lens Elements 15 16
Lens Groups 12 12
Compatible Format(s) FX
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Yes Yes
Diaphragm Blades 9 9
Nano Crystal Coat Yes Yes
ED Glass Elements 3 4
Aspherical Elements -- --
Super Integrated Coating Yes Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) Yes Yes
Internal Focusing Yes Yes
Minimum Focus Distance 15.7ft.(5.0m) 14.4ft.(4.4m)
Close Range Correction -- --
Focus Mode Auto
Memory Recall
Rear Focusing -- --
Filter Size 52mm 40.5mm
Accepts Filter Type Slip-in Slip-in
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 6.5in.(166mm) x 17.5in.(445mm) 6.5in.(166mm) x 17in.(432.0mm) Based on CIPA Standard
Approx. Weight 178.5oz. (5,060g) 134.4oz. (3,810g) Based on CIPA Standard
 Price  $9,699.00 $12,296.95
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  • Eric Calabros

    Focus Distance: 5.0m vs. 4.4m
    Nice, now I can focus on my cat’s eye from shorter distance

  • Plug

    I suspect that a significant difference will be in balance, with the centre of mass further back increasing handlability noticeably.

  • Bernard

    Hello ! I would have expected a larger Maximum Reproduction Ratio with a smaller Minimum Focus Distance and same focal length ?

    • Russell Ferris

      It must breathe to get that close

  • 3.8 kilos is the big for me – thats a significant improvement

    • Disqus-t

      Wow, that is a whole another lens or camera body difference in weight!

  • tobi

    Hi admin. Is the Nikon rumours forum down or something? Have not had access to it for days now… 🙁

    • No, the forum is up. Try to access it with another browser or clear your browser’s cache.

      • tobi

        After resetting my cache I lost connection to the blog too for a bit.. now I am back here but still cant get access to the forum keeps saying timeout. tried windows, linux and android.. all not connecting to forum. Has the site blocked my IP ?

        • No, if I have blocked your IP, you wouldn’t see the blog either. I am sure the problem is on your end because I would have hundreds of complains by now.

          • tobi

            I can get access to the forum using the free proxys ( but its slow and full of popups 🙁 ) can I send you my IP in an email to see if its blocked ?

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  • I was initially confused by the order reversal on this table relative to the 500mm comparison and the MTF ordering. Interesting to read though — maybe I’ll get to rent one of these beasts one day.

  • ckuklbac

    I wonder what this would look like as a PF version?

  • neversink

    Though I want to sell my 500mm f/4 here in Kenya and pick up the new one (due to the incredible MTF chart which beats out the 600mm chart) but the price tag is ridiculous…. Still need to test each lens….

  • russ

    I’m upgrading from the 500mm f/4G. I’m worried that I’m straying into the category of people my father used to describe as having more money than sense. But I’m looking forward to the weight reduction, the ability to turn off VR with a button, what appears from the MFT charts to be improved resolution, and the advertised improvement in VR and focus tracking. Also, I’ve found in the past that my expensive lenses have held their value well when I’ve decided to sell. On that score, my 500mm f/4G, as-new USA model, is for sale on eBay for $6295 to people with continental U.S. addresses. My user name there is gwhitehurst10. Looking forward to actual test charts and user reports on the new lens.

  • Photobug

    Looks very nice. Hopefully the prices on the older lens at rental stores drops. I would love to try this lens for a few hours for wildlife at BIF.

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