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CanonEF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 43 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (33)
  • Strong construction (24)
  • Consistent output (20)
  • Rugged (17)
  • Durable (16)

Cons

  • Heavy (15)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (28)
  • Sports/action (17)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
  • Wildlife (7)
  • Video (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (8), Enthusiast (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

TOP OF THE LINE GLASS!

By Curt

from Parkersburg, WV

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

The Canon 800mm that I recently purchased is everything that I hoped it to be, which is super sharp and a breeze to use with my Wimberley Gimbal head. Quality construction along with Canon's optimum glass makes this lens stand above any other lens that I have used! I shoot low ISO whenever possible so I shoot this often with wide open aperature that delivers tack sharp images! Awesome piece of glass! I shoot wildlife exclusively and coupled with a crop camera has powerful reach factor.

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5.0

Expensive but allows superb wildlife photography

By Cardiokid

from Kingston PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Incredible Image Quality
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Expensive But Expected
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

Purchased this product as a gift for my wife who is an avid amateur photographer and artist (so when I say the picture looks great she is looking for ways to improve them). Prior to this purchase she used a Sigma 150-600 mm lens which allowed excellent wildlife photographic acquisitions but, nothing in caparison to the Canon 800 mm prime lens. It is heavy and requires some planning when traveling by plane but is doable. An absolute requirement is a Gimbal Head for a strong tripod if you wish to obtain maximum benefit of the lens (so does add to the cost of the unit). Lens also works well when using a sandbag from stable car window or level surface but best results with Gimbal head Tripod. With the Gimbel head (also purchased through B&H the photographs my wife has been able to obtain of various birds still and in flight have been incredible - roof of the mouth of an eagle in flight, small drops off the beak of a duck half a football field away, incredible detail of the feather textures and colors of a wood duck high in a tree etc. (uses a Canon 5DSR also a B&H purchase).Would not advise Monopod unless already very experienced with their use.

The negatives are the cost and its size even more than the weight but that is the reality of a Prime lens at 600 or 800 mm.

Once again, B&H service was prompt, delivery despite the lens size and weight was free and expedited. Even earned some reward points for my next purchases.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Aviation Art

By FlyArt Publishing

from Prague, Czech Republic

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Aviation

    Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

    Awesome lens used mainly for Aviation Art Photography. Hand-holdable for extended period of time. Great stabilizer, down to 1/320 while following the moving object! Needs to be coupled with a right camera body.

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    5.0

    Absolutely The Best

    By NevJ

    from Norwich UK

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

    Having had this lens for a few months I would say that this is the "Bees Knee's" when it comes to long range photography.

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    4.0

    Pricey, but worth every cent

    By Arturo

    from Madrid, Spain

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Price

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

    I am a wildlife photographer. I have been using a 500mm for years, with cropped sensor cameras, and with 1.4x and 2.0x converters. I never liked the results that I got with the 2.0x converters. But I need a really long telephoto. The wildlife I like to shoot (wolves, bears, eagles) behaves much more naturally when they feel completely alone.So, after years of arguing with myself, I finally convinced myself that buying the Canon 800mm was a good idea. And guess what, it is not only a good idea, it is a great idea. The feel of the lens is fantastic. It feels really stable, sturdy, but light. The autofocus is consistent, and super-fast. The images, even half a mile away, are really crisp. I can crop them by half, and still the resolution will be good enough for professional purposes. I have compared the same image, taken with a 500mm+1.4x, and with the 800mm. Big improvement. Definitely not cheap, but worth it...

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    (10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceptional

    By RK

    from Geneva, Switzerland

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

    This lens is very well made, like other L-series Canons... Even with extender 1.4x III, the sharpness and quality is remarkable. Yet to find a light-but-stable stand to carry this lens and camera body around...

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    (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing lens

    By Nats

    from New City, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Tough To Attach

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

    I wasn't sure whether this lens will be travel friendly. However, it wasn't bad at all. Auto focus is superb as well the image quality. I recommend this lens if you are serious bird photographer

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    (31 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best Super-telephoto lens

    By Martin the Bird

    from Ormond Beach, Fl

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

        I have owned this lens for about three months now, and all I can say that NO other lens will even comes close to beating the picture quality of this lens. I have tried the new 600mm f4 ii of canon. It is a fantastic lens, but in order to get the same focal length you need to use 1.4x TC (slightly larger at 840mm). The picture quality is not comparable to 800mm. I have seen so many review on internet that the new 600mm would make the 800mm obsolete, but I beg to differ. I have done extensive testing of the two lenses, and in every test the 800mm came superior in picture quality and sharpness and vibrancy. I also own Canon 300mm f2.8 ii and Canon 500mm f4 ii. They both are state of the art lenses, however, the 800mm is superior in picture quality compared to both of them. May be I have recieved the perfect copy. You can study the MTF charts and listen to all kind of reviews, but nothing beats what you see when the pictures are laid in front of you side by side. If you need the focal length and have the money, this is the lens to get. There is not much difference in weight when you use the 600mm f4 ii with 1.4x TC iii and 800mm, but believe me that there is a big difference in picture quality.

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        (5 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is the one

        By Sinan

        from New York

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

            I have 600mm, and i alos bought this 800 for my second camera. I have to tell better then 600mm. 800mm way waayyy better then 600.
            If you have budget buy 800mm

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            (14 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Lens

            By Alaska Gal

            from Kodiak, Alaska

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

              I have only had this lens for 10 days and I am amazed at how this lens tracks birds so well. It was not hard to find the birds through the lens and then keep them in view, shots were very sharp. I also took pictures of whales from quite a ways away and the pictures were so good I didn't even have to fix them in Lightroom. Even with the wind blowing about 25 MPH this lens was still tack sharp while on my tripod. I really can't name anything about this lens that is not great. It is just a little bit heavier than my 400 f/2.8 so you can take some shots while just holding it. Where the 400 f/2.8 did not reach far enough for me, the 800 f/5.6 takes care of those long shots. I didn't have any problems with it being a f/5.6 instead of f/2.8. I would highly recommend this lens!

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              (10 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Worth every penny

              By Anthony

              from AZ

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

                This is an amazing lens. The pictures are beautiful. The autofocus is super fast. It is very light and easy to handle. I didn't realize that it actually came with a hard case, so that was a plus for sure.

                My first shots that I took with it were of my 2 sons in action. The pics were very sharp. Then my 6 year old and I shot a pic of the moon during the day. The details and close up of the moon was amazing as well.

                I look forward to using it for taking pics and shooting video of airplanes.

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                5.0

                If your thinking about buying this DO IT

                By Joe photo Mojo

                from Ventura, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Award Winning Photos
                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Birding
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Skiing
                • Sports/Action
                • Spying On Space Shuttle
                • Surfing
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

                I shoot allot of pictures and love Surfing and Skiing. I tried the new 600mm II Canon and loved it. Then i tried this lens. Bought it ASAP. I have 400mm 2.8 and 200mm 2.8. I also purchased the 1.4 III tele conv with it.

                WOW i tried on 5D MarkII 5D Mark III 1DX, 7D and talk about best glass!! If you like birding, or surfing, skiing, or foot ball this is a must lens. Perfect. I tried the 600mm II but needed the tele 1.4. I got not so many keepers not sharp around edges and did not use all the fancy focusing spots Canon added on 5DMark III and 1DX.

                Then Shot some surfing, birds and Skiiing with the Canon 800mm no converter and no comparision. Forget the math charts. The end result is a crystal clear perfect edge to edege picture. It is allot of money, but worth every penny. B an H Staff will tell and help out with all your needs. Get a polorizer filter too. It makes the skys pop, snow white, trees green and gets that washed out look off your photos.

                Thanks B and H and Canon.

                This lens will give you the edge over everyone else who does not own it. The photos it produces are award winning, and no one can touch you with their tele converter rigs. This is truley the best lens I have ever purchased.

                I shoot both Nikon and Canon. But this 800mm beats all others, nikor, sigma, you name it! this lens lets you stay away from the crowd, and hide, and get great close ups. It is so light!! I shoot it with out the wiberly head. I mean it is lighter feels like at least then the 400MM 2.8 canon. It is not as long as the reviews say.

                Just looks like a 400mm 2.8. Love the case. (Same as the 400mm) I did not have a problem with the light, just use shutter priority. Great at all F stops I got this surfer at f11 and you can see the kelp in the splash, and a zit on the guys face. I mean crystal clear. B and H had the best price and next day air shipped. This lens is a better investment then the stock market! All canon lens's seem to go up in price. So if you need an argument.

                1. Great investment
                2. Beat out other photographers, as they dont have this lens 600 with tele can't touch it.
                3. Crisp saturated colors and crystal clear perfect photo's
                4. Make Award winning photo's
                5. Make money as a P.I. or selling sports photos
                6. Count the fleas on the neighbors cat!!

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                (22 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing Glass

                By Bill

                from Western New York State

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Tough To Attach

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

                I have used this lens for bird and waterfowl photography. I have been amazed with the quality of my images..tack sharp. You do have to be careful and watch for vibrations. Perhaps a little on the heavy side but that's something I can live with. A ltlle pricey too!

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                (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Lens Worth the Weight

                By GVGeorge

                from Southern AZ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Image quality
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Birds
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

                This lens is heavy, large and well, repeat WELL, worth carrying around. Autofocus is quick. Quality is excellent. Some have commented that long lenses are like looking through a drinking straw. I don't find the narrow field of view that extreme but still need practice in quick and accurate aim.

                I do wish the 800 would autofocus with a 1.4 extender but that does offer some practice in long-neglected manual focus skills.

                The Kata TLB-800 PL Lens Backpack has already proven itself excellent in getting the lens and camera to the scene of the action.

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                5.0

                Simply amazing piece of glass!

                By Pauls Photo Safaris

                from Jackson, Wyoming

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Sharpness
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

                I use this lens for wildlife exclusivly. The sharpness of this lens still surprises me. It may only be f5.6, but with my 1DMkIV I can shoot in very low light and get amazing results. In fact I see more detail in the images when I download them than I see when I'm shooting.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                If you can afford it

                By GerryP

                from Hamburg, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

                JUST AWESOME!!!!!!! This lens will get you as close as you want. Very sharp, clear and heavy.You can hand hold it for 2 maybe 3 shots and thats it.[...] I've had the lens for 2 weeks and plan to go out bird watching at the local santuary. I wish Canon would include the 52mm drop in screw filter holder in the purchase. Now with the current situation in Japan because of the devistation this piece is on national back order with no indication of when production will start up.

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                5.0

                Surprisingly light

                By HarryG

                from Detroit, MI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

                  Bought for wildlife photography. Mounts easily on my monopod or gimbel. Tack sharp, fast focusing. Also using it to produce Giga-pan like panoramas.

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                  5.0

                  This is the cats "MEOW"

                  By Don the sharpshooter

                  from Savannah GA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

                    Use for wildlife shooting.

                    This lens "gets you out there".. Then you have the 1.4 and 2.0 extender for the next State !!!

                    I have the 500mm too and been using both. They are truly a joy to handle. I am 75 and "NO" I can't hand hold ..but sure can mount them fast on a tripod.

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                    5.0

                    Incredibly Sharp Lens

                    By Ken

                    from CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

                    We use the lens mainly for bird photography. We are still learning how to use this lens. The issue we have is how to take tack sharp images at a higher rate. Huge magnification comes with this lens, but a cost of easy vibration. Any tiny vibration from the camera, the tripod and your hands would be magnified enormously. Thus blurry image results. You would think the image is sharp, but not until you blow it up 100% on your screen to find out it is not tack sharp.

                    If the image is blurry, it is operator's error. When the image is tack sharp, the detail is just out of this world. I shoot raw and there is no in-camera adjustments for color, sharpness, and so forth. In its raw format, the image is incredibly sharp, extremely detailed, and its color rich and vibrant.

                    What can I say? One of the excellent super telephoto lens that Canon has ever made so far. I even go so far as to say it is the sharpest super telephone lens that Canon makes.

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Simply the best

                    By twilly

                    from Houston, Tx

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Sharp
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens:

                      super fast, super sharp and so much lighter than the 600 I also own.

                      As a bird photographer this lens paired with a Canon 1D Mk IV is simply as good as it gets. Sure its expensive but you super telephoto lens ever made period

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