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8.9 out of 10

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

This is the longest telephoto lens among Canon's lineup, and a t Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

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Overall 8
8.0

Pricey, but worth every cent

Arturo, B&H Photo
4 weeks ago
  • Excerpt: I am a wildlife photographer. I have been using a 500mm for years, with cropped sensor cameras, and with 1.4x and 2.0x converters. I never liked the results that I got with the 2.0x converters. But I need a really long telephoto. The wildlife I like to shoot (wolves, bears, eagles) behaves much more naturally when they feel completely alone.So, after years of arguing with myself, I finally convinced myself that buying the Canon 800mm was a good idea.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Price
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Overall 8
8.0

heavy, very heavy

jenn, Amazon
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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Awsome

Joe, B&H Photo
31 January 2011
  • Excerpt: Far exceeds my expectations. Largest lens I have ever owned. I have been a little apprehensive about getting it out of its case in public. Huge lens - gets lots of comments from strangers. Fast focus, easy to get used to. Once you get used to the 19 feet focus minimum, it is absolutely a pleasure to use. Like the 1.4x and 2x extender capabilities.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Cons: Difficult to steady, Heavy, Intimidating
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Overall 8
8.0

incredible lens

cw, B&H Photo
10 December 2010
  • Excerpt: I use this long lens for photojournalism. In good lighting with one or two subjects in frame this lens produces outstanding images. It's weight and size are more like a 500mm, I do not hand hold the lens but will use it with a monopod and not just a tripod. Very fast IS also.. more so then canon's other super telephoto's.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Picture quality 10
10
Durability 8
8.0

Good lens....... BUT

Navyphotoguy, Bestbuy
14 October 2008
  • Summary: This is a GREAT lens, even at 11 pounds provided you have a tripod or if you get the lens with built in image stabilization.
  • Pros: Excellent depth and field of view.
  • Cons: Horrible shakes without a tripod or image stabilization.
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Overall 8
8.0

Not great for macro use

Demetrio Tsortovktsidis, Amazon
8 February 2008
  • Summary: I would rate this lens higher, but I was trying to get a shoot of the wedding rings and it would not focus close enough. Also I wanted to buy a UV filter to protect the front element, imagine my shock that it would have to be custom ordered!!! Works ok hand held, hope they make one soon with VR.
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Overall 8
8.0

There is a learning curve

E. Allgood "allgoodart", Amazon
8 February 2008
  • Summary: Stupid me! I didn't have a tripod worthy of this new lens so that was my next purchase. It is too heavy for hand held and just like any telephoto lens you will have to experiment to find the "sweet spot" settings that work best with your camera. If this is your first super telephoto lens just know that practice makes perfect in this case. I'm using it to shoot flying ocean birds from a deck.
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent but very expensive

Lance B., WEX
10 January 2012
  • Summary: Sadly I had to return this lens because it had some paint chips but I tried it briefly. I achieved some outstanding images and 800mm is very useful for wild birds. Focusing and sharpness is great except with extenders. The 2x mkii extender gave poor results. Unless you are professional I suspect the 600mm is more useful and much faster.[...
  • Pros: Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
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