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Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM Lens

BH #CA12008LRF • MFR #5056C002
Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM Lens
Key Features
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/8 to f/64
  • Fluorite, Super UD, and UD Elements
  • Air Sphere and Super Spectra Coatings
Unparalleled length with a distinctly compact and lightweight design, the Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM is a super-telephoto prime offering a premium mixture of optics quality, intuitive handling, and professional-grade durability. As one of the longest focal lengths available, this lens excels in wildlife and sports applications, offering uniquely close-up views of distant subjects. Combined with responsive AF, apt image stabilization, and a surprisingly lightweight design, the 1200mm f/8 is a specialized lens with a versatile feature-set.
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Canon RF 1200mm f/8L IS USM Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Colossal Focal Length, Lightweight Design
  • 3L Series Optics
  • 4USM Autofocus and Image Stabilization
  • 5Intuitive Handling and Professional Reliability
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Colossal Focal Length, Lightweight Design

Unparalleled length with a distinctly compact and lightweight design, the Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM is a super-telephoto prime offering a premium mixture of optics quality, intuitive handling, and professional-grade durability. As one of the longest focal lengths available, this lens excels in wildlife and sports applications, offering uniquely close-up views of distant subjects. Combined with responsive AF, apt image stabilization, and a surprisingly lightweight design, the 1200mm f/8 is a specialized lens with a versatile feature-set.

L Series Optics

  • Featuring an optical design based on past EF and RF super-telephoto lenses, this lens features top-range optics designed for the most demanding shooting applications.
  • Two fluorite, one Super Ultra Low-Dispersion (UD), and one UD element virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations for outstanding clarity and color accuracy, void of chromatic aberrations or fringing.
  • Advanced optical design also contributes to the sleeker, more portable form factor of this RF-mount, mirrorless lens.
  • Both Air Sphere and Super Spectra Coatings improve image quality by maintaining high contrast and color accuracy while reducing lens flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions.
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth bokeh quality.

USM Autofocus and Image Stabilization

  • Ultrasonic Motor delivers fast, accurate, and near silent autofocus performance to benefit both photo and video applications.
  • Impressively close 14.1' minimum focusing distance, and a maximum magnification of 0.29x, suit working with nearby subjects, such as close-range wildlife, birds, and athletes.
  • Variable speed manual focusing offers three options for greater focusing control and full-time manual focus support permits making focus adjustments without switching modes.
  • Two focus presets can be stored for immediate recall to a specified focus distance.
  • Focus range limiter improves responsiveness by constraining the usable focusing range.
  • Benefitting handheld and monopod-based shooting, Optical Image Stabilization compensates for 4 stops of camera shake for sharper imagery. Due to the long focal length, in-body image stabilization, or Coordinated IS, from EOS R-series bodies is not supported with with this lens.

Intuitive Handling and Professional Reliability

  • Relatively lightweight and compact, this 1200mm f/8 lens weighs 7.4 lb and measures 21.1"-long, making it realistic to use atop a monopod or even handheld for short periods of time.
  • Built-in rotating tripod mount suits working with the lens atop a monopod or tripod and enables quick switching between vertical and horizontal shooting orientations.
  • Weather-sealed design for reliable use in inclement conditions.
  • Fluorine coating on the front element helps repel moisture, dust, and fingerprints and is also easier to clean.
  • Distinctive heat-resistant white paint finish.
  • Accepts drop-in style 52mm filters toward the rear of the lens.
  • Compatible with optional Extender RF 1.4x and 2x teleconverters for further extending the effective reach of this lens.

Canon RF 1200mm f/8L IS USM Specs

Focal Length1200mm
Maximum Aperturef/8
Minimum Aperturef/64
Lens MountCanon RF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View2° 5'
Minimum Focus Distance14.1' / 4.3 m
Maximum Magnification0.29x
Optical Design26 Elements in 18 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarFixed and Rotating
Filter Size52 mm (Drop-In)
Dimensions (ø x L)6.6 x 21.1" / 168 x 537 mm
Weight7.3 lb / 3340 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight17.615 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)30.1 x 16.4 x 16"

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