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Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens

Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens

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The Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens delivers impressive optics with high resolution for mirrorless camera users, combining a fast aperture with 4.5 stops Image Stabilisation to capture distant subjects.

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  • The RF 800mm F5.6L IS USM is Canon’s shortest and lightest 800mm L-series lens yet weighing just over 3.1kg
  • Lens combines with in-camera stabilisation for an impressive 4.5-stop advantage when shooting handheld
  • Advanced optical design renders superb detail with extremely well controlled aberrations
  • Circular 9-bladed aperture with a wide f/5.6 maximum deliver beautiful soft, out of focus areas in the image
  • Legendary L-series build quality includes Fluorine coating and a dust and moisture resistant casing
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Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens Summary

With a bright aperture and 4.5 stops Image Stabilisation, the Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens is an extremely capable super telephoto prime for Canon mirrorless camera users. The lens weighs just over 3.1kg making it ideal to capture distant subjects including sports, action and wildlife. The RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM is designed with a 9-blade circular aperture which renders buttery smooth bokeh and out of focus areas, and is also fully compatible with the RF 1.4x and RF 2x extender for even greater reach.

With Fluorite, Super UD and UD elements, the RF 800mm F5.6L IS USM lens is capable of rendering high image resolution with excellent correction of chromatic aberration. A class leading 2.6m minimum focusing distance provides versatility, allowing subjects to be tracked over an even greater range.

Key Features

  • Weighs just over 3.1kg and measures just 163mm x 432mm
  • Up to 4.5 stops image stabilisation
  • Compatible with RF 1.4x and RF 2x extender
  • 9-blade circular aperture can move in 1/8th steps
  • Front element fluorine coating
  • Minimum focusing distance of 2.6m
  • Dust and drip-proof design

Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens in More Detail

Harness the power of the EOS R system

With their super telephoto capabilities and light weight, the super telephoto prime is the perfect companion for the EOS R3 for sports photography. Working in tandem with the camera’s AF system, the RF 800mm F5.6L keeps track of subjects at up to 30fps. With a Ring USM Drive, Dual Power Drive, high-speed CPU and optimised AF algorithm, the lens provides fast, yet quiet autofocusing, ideal for capturing fast moving wildlife and video. The customisable AF stop buttons on the lens also give photographers enhanced control when focusing on subjects. As part of the RF lens range, photographers receive the added benefit of being able to use the same accessories across the range, including filters and hoods, for enhanced flexibility.

Push performance limits

The RF 800mm F5.6L IS USM is built to get results combining a fast f/5.6 aperture with 4.5-stop Image Stabiliser. Fluorite, UD and Super UD lens elements with advanced coatings, have allowed Canon to design a lens which sets new standards in optical excellence.

Confident control

This is Canon’s shortest and lightest 800mm L-series lens ever made thanks to the inclusion of an advanced optical design. Optimised weight distribution inspires confidence in the user, while full-time manual focus is always available for precise AF control.

Tough and responsive

A highly favoured L-series design puts the priority on usability, with a lightweight magnesium alloy casing with heat insulating paint which protects optics while dust and moisture is repelled by Fluorine on the outer elements.

Built for EOS R

The RF 800mm F5.6L IS USM sits at the top of the Canon lens range together with the Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM Lens released at the same time. An aperture mechanism with 1/8th stop increments and a minimum focus distance of just 2.6m bring superior flexibility, while the IS system works with in-body IS for even better stability.

Take control

The RF 800mm F5.6L has a host of custom options along with two focus pre-sets and a customisable AF stop button. It is also fully compatible with RF extenders and focus direction can even be reversed to match your workflow.

What’s in the box

  • RF 800mm F5.6L IS USM
  • Lens cap E-180E
  • Lens Hood ET-155 (WIII)
  • Soft lens case LS600
  • Lens wide strap

Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens Specifications

Image size Full Frame
Angle of View (Horzntl, Vertl, Diagnl) 02°35′, 01°40′, 03°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) 2.6
Maximum Magnification (x) 0.34
Control Ring via Focus ring
Image Stabilizer OIS1 4
Image Stabilizer IBIS x OIS1 4.5
AF Actuator Ring USM
Coatings ASC, Super Spectra
Fluorine Front
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS  
Dust/Moisture Resistance2 Yes
Exterior Coating Heat Shield
Filter Diameter (mm) 52
Max. Diameter x Length (mm) 163 x 432
Weight (g) 3140
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): 163
Length (mm): 432
Weight (g): 3140
Distance scale: N/A
DoF scale: N/A
Elements: 26
Environmental Sealing: N/A
Focus distance limiter: N/A
Focal length: 800 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: 800
Maximum magnification: 0.34
Maximum aperture (number): 5.6
Maximum aperture (text): N/A
Max Format size: N/A
Minimum focal length: 800
Lens Minimum focus distance (m): 2.6
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, 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: Yes
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: Yes
Zoom lock: N/A
Zoom method: N/A
Notes: N/A

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Our Verdict

With a super telephoto lens of this nature available Canon mirrorless users who shoot distant subjects will be wringing their hands with glee. Not only does the 800mm prime perform at the very highest level, but it does so as the lightest lens of it’s type ever from Canon. Whilst 3.1kg is no featherweight, it’s seriously impressive for the bright aperture and long focal width on offer.

Canon has ensured full compatibility with their class-leading in-body EOS R stabilisation systems for up to 4.5-stops of anti shake compensation, together with the ability to add Extenders for an incredible 1600mm range.

As an L-series lens, build quality is equally impressive as the high rendering capabilities, and the lens is extremely well balanced, while providing suitable levels of customisation for demanding professional users. Plenty of details such as the 9-bladed aperture and close focus distance ensure versatility together with performance which exceeds expectations.

The RF 800mm f/5.6L is the culmination of decades of optical experience, which is all coming together for the RF system to offer unparalleled performance for its users.

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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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