Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
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heavy, very heavy
29 January 2014
Summary: It's somewhat hilarious just how oversized this lens is. I suppose I can almost understand how it might get mistaken for a piece of armament from a distance. Even hanging a not insubstantial 1D off of it makes it very clear where the balance of power is in this relationship--the lens has it all, baby. So: get a very sturdy tripod, mount the lens, and oh, yes, put a camera on.
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: So, My brother and I were creating a dooms day device we saw on the popular show 'phineas and pherb'; the laseranator. We purchased this in hopes of +10 DMG bonus or something similar. we didn't see anything after we fired it at eachother. 0/10 do not order.
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.