Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
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Pricey, but worth every cent
Arturo, B&H Photo
29 October 2014
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.[...