I babysat a 600/6.5 for a few months back in 2001 when a list
member went to Palmyra. I was duly impressed with the chrome.
These monsters have more chrome than a '63 Cadillac.
I found it to be exceptionally sharp! However, extremely
vibration prone. I eventually found a technique for shooting
with it that resulted in, maybe, 25% usable exposures. Toughest
lens I've ever tried to hold steady. I doubt I'd ever purchase
a lens that long without vibration reduction.
Focusing these beasts is odd. Very odd. The rack and pinion
focusing is really tough to use on anything moving faster than a
building. I like this lens for "lockdown" applications where
you focus on a treebranch, for example and wait for a bird to
The most fun I had with it, though, was down in Gatlinburg
Tennessee. I wanted to get a night picture of the strip.
However, with traffic pretty well stopped both directions, I
went out to the centerline, set up my tripod, plopped the
600/6.5 with OM-4 and winder on my 3021. Kinda a cool
shot--exposure was a bit off, but what fun. Passerbys would ask
"are you a professional?"
"Nah, I just carry around 35 pounds of camera equipment down
here for fun."
When traffic moved, the pavement vibration would make picture
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