Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
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There is a learning curve
E. Allgood "allgoodart", Amazon
7 October 2012
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.
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. Wonderful for sporting events and wildlife photography, and provides good crisp pictures. I prefer to use a vertical polarized lens which makes the pictures even better over a distance, and helps with keeping the unwanted weather elements out of my action shots. I would recommend this lens if you are going to use it enough for it to pay for itself.
Pros: Excellent depth and field of view.
Cons: Horrible shakes without a tripod or image stabilization.
Summary: Fabulous lens. From beginner to advance this lens should be in everyone's camera bag!!! This lens is on my camera all the time. The zoom is great, and for everyday photos this lens is for all occasions.
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.[...