Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Last updated (21 May’12):
- Review by Kenrockwell

The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM features 800mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/5.6. The lens construction has 18 elements in 14 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 3 degrees. Focus adjustment: Ring-type Ultrasonic Motor, with inner focus system; mechanical manual focus, Closest focusing distance at 19.7 ft./6.0m and has a filter size of 52mm. The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens weighs 9.9 lbs./4,500g and it measures 6.4 inches in diameter and 18.1 inches long.

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Reviews

Kenrockwell reviews the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and writes;
“Optically it’s magnificent, but your biggest limitations to sharp images are atmospheric conditions like haze and heat shimmer, as well as camera motion. Just like most astronomical telescopes, this 800mm lens is far better than anyone’s ability to make use of everything it can do.”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and writes;
“The 800 is lighter/smaller (especially with hoods in place), has an IS system that is rated for twice as much shake correction (4 stops vs. 2 – the difference is noticeable) and has a longer focal length. The 800 is slightly sharper wide open but the 600 is slightly sharper at f/5.6. The 800 has slightly less corner CA than the 600, but neither have much. Both are simply excellent lenses.”
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ShutterBug reviews the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and writes;
“Canon’s new EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens with Image Stabilization is a much needed product for the working pro and serious amateur photographer. The lens handles beautifully; all digital captures were crisp with more than adequate contrast. In sum, it opens the doors to images I could only dream about years back.”
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Luminous-landscape reviews the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and writes;
“The one test I did do was for vignetting. What I saw was a very slight amount wide-open, but which almost completely disappeared by f/6.3, just a half stop down from wide open.”
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SLRGear reviews the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and writes;
“The focus ring on the lens is compose of raised rubber ribs, and is about 2 7/8 inches wide. It has very nice feel, and with a travel of almost 110 degrees through the focus range, its smooth operation makes manual focusing very easy.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Camerasdirect reviews the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and writes;
“The overall performance of the image stabilisation system was outstanding. Even though there were many blurred shots in our test sequences, when considering the constraints we placed upon the test lens it is surprising we captured so many shots that could be classed as ‘keepers’.”
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Photoreview reviews the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and writes;
“Autofocusing was almost silent and generally faster than we had expected, even when focus limitation was not engaged, which speaks volumes for the system’s capabilities. Hunting was also relatively infrequent for such a fast, long focus lens.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM User Reviews

whoa
“I put this on my Canon body, aimed it at the Moon, and saw Moon people flipping me off. It was crazy, Son!” – By damonhimself
Rating: ★★★★★

Love this 800 mm lens
“This is the most beautiful lens I have ever used. I was 7 miles away from the space shuttle, and this produced the best shots. I also used this to photograph wild birds. The focus was very responsive, and the lens performed very well.” – By James C. O’Rourke Jr.
Rating: ★★★★★

The Rolls Royce of Canon lenses
“The focus is extremely fast and quiet. This lens is built like a tank, and the image stabilization is unreal. Not everyone can afford to have this lens in thier arsenal, but if you can…..buy one. I do recomend a different lens cap for this unit, as the boot really sucks.” – By JOHN M ROSCOE
Rating: ★★★★★

Took The Plunge | Rating: ★★★★★
“I use the 800mm with a Canon 50D and Canon 5d MarkII with wonderful results. The drop-in 52mm circular polarizing filter[accessory] provides gorgeous color contrast and saturation during cloudless sunny daytime use. Super fast auto-focus with two IS settings that help keep this large lens functioning in windy conditions.” – by W. Giordano

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Samples

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Sample Photos

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Manual

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM User Manual

- Download Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM User Manual (PDF – 1.1Mb)

Features & Specifications

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Specifications

This is the longest telephoto lens among Canon’s lineup, and a terrific choice for any long-distance application-outdoor sports, wildlife, news photojournalism, and so on. It’s actually lighter than Canon’s EF 600mm f/4L IS lens, weighing just under 10 lbs. It uses a refined optical design, with two fluorite lens elements, one UD element, and one Super-UD-glass element, for outstanding correction of color fringing and superb contrast and sharpness.

This super-telephoto lens uses magnesium-alloy barrel construction to enhance its light weight, and has weather-resistant gaskets throughout for use in harsh conditions. It’s compatible with both the EF 1.4x II and 2x II tele extenders for even more reach: EOS cameras with 45 AF points will continue to provide autofocus at the center AF point when the lens is used with the 1.4x extender. Finally, it’s image stabilized, providing up to 4 stops of correction for camera shake. This makes it even more practical in many situations.

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 800mm f/5.6
Lens Construction : 18 elements in 14 groups
Diagonal Angle of View: 3° 5′ (with full-frame sensor camera)
Focus Adjustment Ring-type: Ultrasonic Motor, with inner focus system; mechanical manual focus
Closest Focusing Distance: 19.7 ft./6.0m (maximum close-up magnification: 0.14x)
Filter Size: 52mm (Drop-in Gelatin Filter Holder)
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 6.4 in. x 18.1 in./162mm x 461mm (maximum lens length); 9.9 lbs./4,500g


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