Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens

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Product Highlights

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6-32
  • Fluorite, UD, Super UD Lens Elements
  • Two-Mode Image Stabilization System
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor & AF Stop
  • Focus Preset & Focusing Range Limiter
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Dustproof and Moisture Proof Sealing
  • Rotating Tripod Collar & Drop-In Filter
  • Magnesium Alloy Barrel Construction
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Canon 800mm f/5.6 overview

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The EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens from Canon is currently Canon's longest telephoto lens, and an excellent choice for any long-distance application such as outdoor sports, wildlife, and photojournalism. Even though it has a long 800mm focal length, the magnesium alloy used in the construction for this lens makes it lighter then the 600mm f/4L lens, weighing in at less than 10 lb.

This lens shares the same lightweight, weather-resistant construction as the rest of the L-series super telephoto lenses, as well as their improved control layout, weight distribution, and mechanical manual focus. Its two-mode Image Stabilizer system allows the use of shutter speeds up to four times slower with no perceptible increase in image blur. Mode 1 is best used for still subjects while Mode 2 is optimized to pan with moving subjects.

An ultrasonic autofocus motor enables fast, smooth and quiet AF action, while a focus preset function allows you to store focusing positions and return to them in an instant when needed. An AF stop button will pause autofocus with just a touch and manual focus override allows precise manual focus even in AF mode. A focus range limiter function lets you to save time by establishing a focus distance range for your specific subject.

For optimum visual performance, the lens incorporates four types of special optical elements: aspherical elements to correct spherical aberrations, and refracting Fluorite, UD and Super UD (ultra-low dispersion) elements to eliminate secondary chromatic aberrations. An integrated, rotating tripod collar provides balance and stability and the rear drop-in filter slot and holder enable easy filter use. A large lens hood, hard case and lens caps are included.

Magnesium alloy construction keeps its weight comparable to shorter telephoto lenses.
Two-mode image stabilization; dual-axis camera shake correction or vertical axis only (for panning)
AF Stop function shuts off autofocus when obstruction appears
Focus preset function allows for returning to a specifically set focus by turning a ring in front of the focus ring.
Focusing range limiter function lets you set the focus distance range for shorter focus times. The three ranges are 19.7' - infinity (full range), 19.7 - 65.6', and 65.6' - infinity.
Full-time manual focus override
A tight seal structure ensures excellent dust and moisture resistant performance.
Built-in rotatable tripod collar
Fluorite, Super UD and UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements minimize aberrations and help to produce an overall sharp, high-contrast image.
Super Spectra coatings reduce ghosting and flare.
Circular aperture produces attractive background defocus.
Compatible with Canon EF1.4x II and EF2x II Focal Length Extenders
UPC: 013803092738
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Canon 800mm f/5.6 specs

Focal Length 800mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 1280 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/5.6
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 3.5°
Minimum Focus Distance 19.7' (6 m)
Magnification 0.14x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Optical Design 18 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 8
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Fixed - rotating
Filter Thread Drop-In: 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 6.4 x 18.1" (16.26 x 45.97 cm)
Weight 9.92 lb (4.5 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 27.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.0 x 15.5 x 14.0"

Canon 800mm f/5.6 reviews

EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 57.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal I was a die hard Nikonian, but got sick of waiting for the back ordered 600mm f4 VR, with no answer about when it would ever be available. So, for about the same price, I bought this lens. I put it on a 50D body. I do not see the logic in using full frame format for super telephoto photography. It is fast, tack sharp, and everything I ever hoped it would be. The auto focus and IS work extremely well. I have used it on birds so far, from Herons to Hummingbirds, and already have my all time best photographs of each. It is heavy, and expensive, but lighter than the Canon 600mm f4. A Wimberly tripod head makes this a very useful instrument.
Date published: 2009-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight, fast focus, razor sharp This lens has allowed me to get some incredible wildlife images that would have been nearly impossible to get without it. In the past I have used my 600mm (non IS) with a 1.4X to get similar images. The 800mm is nearly 3 1/2 lbs lighter than my 600mm and this makes a huge difference when hiking to where your subjects are. I usually use it on a Wimberley head with the pan and tilt knobs loose which allows the stabilizer to kick in. I have not tried to hand hold it given its large size and 9.9 lb weight. Perhaps Arnold could do this but not me. I have gone nuts using it since I bought it in October. In fact, my other lenses have been on vacation since then!
Date published: 2008-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp but BIG I agree with everything others have said. I hoped this lens could replace my 500mm but not so sure. I find I need the 1.4 converter on the 500 most of the time but with this lens it's about right for birds with no converter. 1.4 makes it too long sometimes (good problem to have). Though it's only 1.4 lbs heavier it sure seems heavy and will be tough to pack very far. It can be hand held for short periods on a full frame body with no converter but with a 1.4 it's tough even with a monopod. IS works great but no better than the 500mm. This lens is best on a tripod with a gimbal head. Just as sharp and well built as the 500 but more reach.
Date published: 2009-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens! I purchased this lens soon after it became available in the USA. I have been a Canon user for many years. My primary use is animal photos, usually from a rather large distance., and this lens is the best I have ever used. It's not for everyone, it's big and heavy and costly, but the performancy is fantastic! I highly recomend this lens if you need a lens of this length. Only suggestion to improve it would be changes to the tripod mount. The 1/4 " hole is way too far back, making the lens nose heavy, otherwise it's the best!
Date published: 2008-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens but attracts people I use the lens for photographing sea ducks, hawks, buntings and shy birds. It is very sharp and the tripod-sensing image stabilizer helps while the lens is supported. A Lowepro pack, good tripod with Gambel-type head and the lens weighs 34 pounds. It is tiring to carry around for any great distance. Using a Canon 40D with it is a bad idea and unless the light is very bright the pictures come out blurry. This lens is a people magnet and strangers will stop to chat, stare or quickly leash their dogs and keep walking. It attracts a lot of unwanted attention - be prepared to expect anything from the general public.
Date published: 2009-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely the BEST! This lens is a dream come true. I shoot wildlife, often at a distance, and this lens is amazing. The lens is sharp as a tack and, when mounted on a gimbal head, very easy to handle. Auto Focus is super fast and quiet. Used a 2X converter and had great results. My first extensive use of the lens was in Yellowstone and Grand Teton this past November. We hit all kinds of weather and the lens never disappointed. All in all I got some of the best photographs of my life. This lens puts you right there.
Date published: 2009-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pricey, but worth every cent 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...
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best telephoto lens I own Resolution has always been my highest priority and this lens certainly is the best. The auto-focus features are superb. After using the 600mm f/4 L lens for years trading it in for the 800 was the best trade I've ever made. It is lighter, a longer focal length and the stabilizing features are excellent. Would recommend a gimbal tripod head, with one the system can be manipulated with ease.
Date published: 2014-01-15
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