Canon announces 800mm and 1200mm supertelephoto lenses
Canon has announced RF 800mm f5.6 L IS USM and RF 1200mm f8 L IS USM supertelephoto lenses. These lenses are filled with Canon's latest technologies and the lens elements are coated with Airsphere and Super spectra coatings as well as have Fluorite and Super Ultra low dispersion elements. These lenses also come with a short and a long lens hood.
These supertelephoto lenses are made with new material and hence weigh comparatively less than what a similar lens would weigh.
The RF 800mm f5.6 L IS USM lens costs weighs 3.1 kg. That makes it easy to handhold.
The RF 800mm f5.6 L IS USM lens costs $16,999.00 US Dollars. Given the INR vs dollars exchange rate, it is going to pinch a bit.
B&H Link: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...990/KBID/13252
Availability date: May 2022
The minimum focus distance of 8.5 feet is great for shooting small subjects. If you are shooting birds then definitely this lens should be in your arsenal.
The RF 1200mm f8 L IS USM lens was not there in Canon's lineup in recent years. So it is a welcome move to introduce the 1200mm f8 lens, especially since most of the professional cameras these days are 35mm full frame. This lens would be of help for shooting distant subjects in wildlife, journalism, sports etc.
The RF 1200mm f8 L IS USM lens only weighs 3.4 kgs. The minimum focusing distance is 14.1 feet. Use it with a good tripod as slight movement will have an exaggerated impact.
The lens is available for preorder in the regular dealers like B&H.
Overall it is an exciting time as new super telephoto lenses can further catapult the quality of photographers if they have decent photographic skills.
Go Long: Canon Introduces the RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM and RF1200mm F8 L IS USM Super-Telephoto Lenses
The Newest RF Lenses are Ideal for Outdoor Sports, Motor Sports, Wildlife Photography, Photo News Journalism, and More
MELVILLE, NY, February 23, 2022 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce that the Canon RF lens family is growing by two, with the addition of the Canon RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM, and the longest focal length RF lens yet, the RF1200mm F8 L IS USM. Both super-telephoto fixed focal length lenses are quite light for their considerable abilities, and share many of the same features such as Super Spectra Coating (SSC) and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to help minimize ghosting and flaring, compatibility with both the RF1.4x and RF2x extenders and a customizable electronic focusing ring with manual focus capability during Servo AF.
Additional features shared by both lenses include:
- Two focus presets, with the ability to instantly switch between memorized focus distances
- Circular nine-bladed aperture providing photographers with exceptionally beautiful and soft blurred backgrounds and bokeh
- Renowned Canon L-Series durability and construction with dust and water resistance, plus fluorine coating on the front element for easy cleaning
Canon RF800mm F5.6L IS USM
The RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM weighs in at just 6.9 lbs and features a minimum focusing distance of 8.53ft/2.6 meters — maximum close-up magnification is a superb 0.34x, allowing wildlife image creators to fill the frame with small subjects, such as birds, at its minimum focusing distance. Optical image stabilization is up to 4.5 stops* of shake correction and includes three IS operation modes. When using the RF1.4x or RF2x extenders, users can experience enhanced effective focal lengths of 1,120mm and 1,600mm respectively.
Canon RF1200mm F8 L IS USM
The RF1200mm F8 L IS USM is the most powerful super-telephoto lens in the Canon RF lens line. It weighs in at 7.4 lbs — an outstandingly light figure for a super-tele lens of this type — and features a minimum focusing distance of 14.1ft/4.3m. Optical image stabilization is up to 4.0 stops* of shake correction and, similar to the RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM lens, includes three IS operation modes. When using the RF1.4x or RF2x extenders, users can experience enhanced focal lengths of 1,680mm and 2,400mm, respectively.
Pricing and Availability
The Canon RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM and Canon RF1200mm F8 L IS USM are both scheduled to be available in late May 2022 for an estimated retail price of $16,999.00 and $19,999.00, respectively**.
Photo: RF1200mm f8 L IS USM without lens hood