Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens

Product Summary

  • Name: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS
  • Release Date: January 23, 2008
  • Focus Type: Autofocus / Manual
  • Format : Full Frame
  • Mounts: Canon EF
  • Color: White
  • Availability: May 2008
  • Price: $11,999.00
  • Purchase options: Amazon | Adorama | B&H


By far the largest and the most expensive commercially produced lens from Canon (the 1200mm f/5.6 super telephoto lens is manufactured only on demand and is an extremely rare piece of optical marvel) the EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM lens is not for someone with a faint heart. It costs a hefty $14,000 and is one most definitely built for only the most interested wild-life or sports photographer. So monstrous is this lens that it comes in a trunk of its own for transporting. However even for its monstrous focal length the lens actually weighs just under ten lbs (9.9) only making it (quite surprisingly) lighter than the 600mm f/4 IS.

This monster telephoto lens has a total of 18 elements including two fluorite elements, one UD (Ultra-low dispersion) and one super-UD glass element arranged in 14 groups. The lens has a great performance when it comes to color fringing, flares and ghosting. Not surprisingly when mounted on a full frame sensor the diagonal angle of view of the lens is only 3° 5′. Canon has provided ring-type USM (Ultra-Sonic Motor) on this lens making it quiet during auto-focusing.

The diaphragm of the lens is built using 8 rounded blades. The soft bokeh that the f/5.6 aperture provides isolates the subject from the background quiet beautifully. The closest focusing distance of the lens is 19.7’ (6 meters) with a magnification ratio of 0.14x. The external dimensions of the lens are 6.4” x 18.1”. The lens takes a gelatin filter of 52mm.

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Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS Specifications

Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl)H:2° 35’, V:1° 40’, D: 3° 5’
Construction (elements/groups)18/14
No. of diaphragm blades8
Min aperture32
Closest focusing distance (m)6m
Max magnification (x)0.14
Distance informationYes
Image stabilizer4-stops
AF MotorRing USM
Filter Size (mm)52 Drop in
Max. diameter x length (mm)163 x 461
Weight (g)4500g
Magnification – Extension Tube EF12 II0.16-0.02
Magnification – Extension Tube EF25 II0.19-0.04
Lens hoodET-155
Soft caseLens case 800
Extenders EF1.4x II and EF2x IICompatible

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Canon EF 800mm f:5.6 L IS USM Lens

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