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Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM Lens

Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM Lens

Product Code: 1242190L

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At just 3.34kg the Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM Lens is the smallest and lightest super telephoto of this focal length ever released, adding 4-stops Image Stabilisation and superb high resolution results.

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  • World’s smallest and lightest lens of its class ever released weighing just 3.34kg
  • Handhold with stunning results thanks to combined Image Stabilisation of up to 4-stops
  • Fully compatible with Canon’s RF Extenders for unparalleled focal lengths for the RF mount
  • 9-blade circular aperture renders rounded bokeh and soft out of focus areas together with a useful f/8 maximum aperture
  • Fluorine coatings and user customisation add to a list of professional features for super distant subjects
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Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM Lens Summary

Canon has delivered once again with a world-class super telephoto prime for their mirrorless range with the Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM Lens. At just 3.34kg this is the smallest and lightest lens of its kind ever released, designed to achieve incredible results with extremely distant subjects, which fall predominantly into sports, action and wildlife photography subjects.

Combined with leading EOS R mirrorless cameras the lens achieves a 4-stop stabilisation advantage to reduce shake when handholding and retains full compatibility with the RF 2x and RF 1.4x extender for an unparalleled focal range previously unavailable for the RF lens range.

Optimised weight distribution is made possible thanks to the lightweight magnesium alloy body allowing users to handhold the lens with 1200mm reach. This combines with L-Series build quality which includes heat insulating paint and Fluorine repelling coatings on the outer elements.

Key Features

  • The smallest lens of its size ever released at 3.34kg
  • up to 4 stops image stabilisation
  • 9-blade circular aperture can move in 1/8th steps
  • Customisable controls
  • Minimum focus distance of 4.3m

Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM Lens in More Detail

Maximum reach with the best quality

The RF 1200mm F8L IS USM delivers incredible telephoto images while offering the longest native focal length for mirrorless cameras. With a useful f/8 maximum aperture and 4-stop Image Stabiliser you can expect excellent results in low light, surpassing all expectations.

Surprisingly practical with outstanding results

Canon’s most powerful telephoto lens is extremely versatile with optimised weight distribution which inspires confidence. Fluorite, UD and Super UD lens elements with advanced coatings deliver stunningly sharp images for subjects far off in the distance.

Tough and responsive

The RF 1200mm F8L IS USM’s L-series build puts priority on usability with a minimum focus distance of 4.3m allowing subjects to be tracked over a great range. Heat insulating paint protects the optics while dust and moisture is repelled by Fluorine on the outer elements.

Built for EOS R

The RF 1200mm F8L IS USM sits at the very top of the Canon lens range together with the equally impressive Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens, which was launched at the same time. An aperture mechanism offers 1/8th stop increments making this super telephoto also ideal for video, while the IS system works with in-body stabilisation for the best stability possible.

Customisable control and advanced usability

The RF 1200mm F8L IS USM has a host of custom options with two focus pre-sets and a customisable AF stop button. It’s fully compatible with Canon’s RF extenders and focus direction can be reversed if you’ve come to Canon from another system.

What’s in the box

  • RF 1200mm F8L IS USM
  • Lens cap E-185C
  • Lens Hood ET-160 (WIII)
  • Soft lens case LS1200
  • Lens wide strap

Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM Lens Specifications

Image size Full Frame
Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 01°45′, 01°10′, 02°05′
Lens Construction (Elements/Groups) 26/18
Special Optics 2x Fluorite, 1X SUD, 1x UD
No. of diaphragm blades 9
Minimum Aperture 64
Closest Focusing Distance (m) 4.3
Maximum Magnification (x) 0.29
Control Ring via Focus ring
Image Stabilizer OIS1 4
Image Stabilizer IBIS x OIS1 4
AF Actuator Ring USM
Coatings ASC, Super Spectra
Fluorine Front
Dust/moisture resistance2 Yes
Exterior coating Heat Shield
Filter diameter (mm) 52
Max. diameter x length (mm) 168 x 537
Weight (g) 3340
Offers: N/A
Offer Category: N/A
Offer Product Type: N/A
Autofocus: Yes
Aperture ring: N/A
Constant Aperture: Yes
Lens CIPA Image stabilization rating: N/A
Colour: N/A
Diameter (mm): 168
Length (mm): 537
Weight (g): 3340
Distance scale: N/A
DoF scale: N/A
Elements: 26
Environmental Sealing: N/A
Focus distance limiter: N/A
Focal length: 1200 mm
Focus method: N/A
Filter Thread: N/A
Full time manual: Yes
Groups: 18
Hood supplied: Yes
Lens Image stabilization: N/A
Lens mount: N/A
Lens Materials: N/A
Maximum focal length: 1200
Maximum magnification: 0.29
Maximum aperture (number): 8
Maximum aperture (text): N/A
Max Format size: N/A
Minimum focal length: 1200
Lens Minimum focus distance (m): 4.3
Minimum aperture (number): 64
Minimum aperture (text): N/A
Motor type: N/A
Number of diaphragm blades: 9
Power zoom: N/A
Special elements / coatings: 2 Fluorite, 1 Super UD Lenses, 1 UD (Ultra-low Dispersion)
Tripod collar: Yes
Lens type: N/A
Wide/Tele: N/A
Lens Level: N/A
Best For: N/A
Best For Holiday and Landscape: N/A
Best For Interior and Architecture: N/A
Best For Fashion and Portrait: N/A
Best For Macro and Still Life: N/A
Best For Astro: N/A
Best For Street: N/A
Best For Wildlife and Sport: N/A
Zoom lock: N/A
Zoom method: N/A
Notes: N/A

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Our Verdict

The list of telephoto options for the RF system has just swelled with the release of this prime super telephoto RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM Lens. It arrives together with a prime 800mm giving professional photographers and serious enthusiasts a whole new level of options. The RF mount has enabled Canon to design the smallest and lightest lens of this type ever at just 3.34kg. Combined with the right camera body this lens provides up to 4-stop IS, which means users can even handhold a lens capable of reaching 1200mm through to 2400mm if you add the 2X TC. This sounds quite staggering because it is, with Canon once again providing potential EOS R system users with lots to consider. Customisation ensures professional workflows can be streamlined, along with a reverse focus throw for users joining from other systems. Whether you’re a pap, spy photographer, sports shooter or wildlife photographer, there in no other lens able to perform to these standards at this focal length at the time of launch.

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  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging and accessories. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order. Lenses are optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements and optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

*All of our used items are listed with the accesories that are included. If they are not listed then they will not be supplied at eh epoint of purchase.

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This product has been thoroughly tested by our team of photographers and we are happy to give a 6 month warranty as a result. The number of tests depends on the individual product but we are confident in this product having tested all the major functions. Anything that isn’t as you would expect, we then make a note of and show this in the condition notes on the page.

So you can be confident you are buying a great piece of kit that’s been looked after by a fellow photographer and seen many extraordinary sights, tested by our team of photographers and now looking forward to being set free to capture more great images!

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