Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
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Value for money 10
Overall quality 10
Best Gift ever!
28 January 2014
Conclusion: I got this lens as a gift from my mother. It is the best gift ever. It is very heavy and you need a tripod to use with it. I tried using a mono-pod, but had better results/luck on a tripod. I am not sure Arnold Schwarzenegger could hand-hold this one for long, even in his youth! There is a learning curve and some adjusting to get used to it, but it is a great lens for wildlife. I was lucky and got this as a gift, but if you have the $$$, it is a great lens.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images
Summary: This is absolutely the best super telephoto lens that I have ever used. I own 300mm, 400mm version II from Canon. I also tried the new 600mm USM II. It was an excellent lens, but color rendition and quality of images from this lens even beats the new 600mm. If you need the focal length, then this lens has NO rivals.
Conclusion: I finally got my 800mm after waiting for one to be built for me. 3 months wait, but it was worth it. I bought this lens to photograph eagles this upcoming winter, but have shot pics of the moon with a 2x and a 7d (2560mm), man what unbelievable pictures. With this set up, you can just barely get the whole moon in the shot. Craters and seas jump right out at you. I would strongly suggest a gimball head set up. I am using an Induro set up, and love it.
Pros: fantastic tact sharp image, built like a tank, great image at 2560mm
Conclusion: I have used the 800 to shoot the worlds fastest motorcycles on the Bonneville Salt Flats. In five days I shoot over 7500 images. I hand hold the 800mm to shoot at 1/500 to 1/640 late in the day and use a mono-pod to rest it in between shots. Images of motorcycles going between 200 and 350 mph are crisp and the auot-focus is perfect for this type of work. I really enjoy working with this lens and would highly recomend this setup for anyone doing similar work.