The Photography Blog has published the Canon RF 800mm f/11 IS STM Lens review (tested on the 30.3MP Canon EOS R): “Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM is a refreshingly brave attempt to make an otherwise expensive branch of photography more accessible, both in terms of cost and portability”.
Canon RF 800mm f/11 IS STM Lens Key Features:
- Focal length: 800mm
- Maximum aperture: f/11
- Canon RF-mount lens
- Full-frame camera format
- Up to 4-stops of shake correction with OIS
- Lead screw-type STM
- Gapless double-layer diffractive optics
- 12-pin communication system
- Control ring for direct setting changes
- Compatible with optional FLEX 1.4x or 2.0x extenders
Conclusion from PhotographyBlog:
What’s not to like about a stabilized 800mm prime lens for full-frame cameras that is light enough to use hand-held, compact enough to travel with, focuses quickly and quietly with the minimum of fuss, blurs backgrounds with pleasing bokeh effects, and costs less than £$1000?
Well, there’s no getting away from that fixed f/11 aperture which limits its use to either bright conditions or high ISO speeds (or sometimes both), the lack of any kind of weather-sealing at all may well put off more hard-core users, the 6m minimum focusing distance is a little restrictive, the tripod mount can’t be rotated from landscape to portrait position, there could be some question marks over the long-term durability of the retractable design, and the essential lens hood is unfortunately an expensive optional accessory.
All in all, though, the Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM is a refreshingly brave attempt to make an otherwise expensive branch of photography more accessible, both in terms of cost and portability – there simply aren’t any other 800mm lenses that are as inexpensive, compact and crucially as good as this one. Bravo to Canon for thinking out of the box.
You can read the full review at Photography Blog.