Go Long - Canon Announces $17K 800mm F5.6 & $20K 1200mm F8 RF Lenses

February 23, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Canon RF 800mm & RF 1200mmCanon RF 800mm & RF 1200mm

On the 35th anniversary of Canon’s EOS line, the company has announced two new RF-mount super-telephoto lenses: the RF 800mm F5.6 L IS USM and RF 1200mm F8 L IS USM. While these lenses are similar in name to their EF counterparts, both lenses feature new optical constructions and weigh quite a bit less.

CANON PRESS RELEASE:

Go Long: Canon Introduces the RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM 
and RF1200mm F8 L IS USM Super-Telephoto Lenses

The Newest RF Lenses are Ideal for Outdoor Sports, Motor Sports, 
Wildlife Photography, Photo News Journalism, and More

MELVILLE, NY, February 23, 2022 — Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce that the Canon RF lens family is growing by two, with the addition of the Canon RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM, and the longest focal length RF lens yet, the RF1200mm F8 L IS USM. Both super-telephoto fixed focal length lenses are quite light for their considerable abilities, and share many of the same features such as Super Spectra Coating (SSC) and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to help minimize ghosting and flaring, compatibility with both the RF1.4x and RF2x extenders and a customizable electronic focusing ring with manual focus capability during Servo AF.

Additional features shared by both lenses include:

  • Two focus presets, with the ability to instantly switch between memorized focus distances
  • Circular nine-bladed aperture providing photographers with exceptionally beautiful and soft blurred backgrounds and bokeh
  • Renowned Canon L-Series durability and construction with dust and water resistance, plus fluorine coating on the front element for easy cleaning

Canon RF800mm F5.6L IS USM

The RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM weighs in at just 6.9 lbs and features a minimum focusing distance of 8.53ft/2.6 meters — maximum close-up magnification is a superb 0.34x, allowing wildlife image creators to fill the frame with small subjects, such as birds, at its minimum focusing distance. Optical image stabilization is up to 4.5 stops* of shake correction and includes three IS operation modes. When using the RF1.4x or RF2x extenders, users can experience enhanced effective focal lengths of 1,120mm and 1,600mm respectively.

Canon RF1200mm F8 L IS USM

The RF1200mm F8 L IS USM is the most powerful super-telephoto lens in the Canon RF lens line. It weighs in at 7.4 lbs — an outstandingly light figure for a super-tele lens of this type — and features a minimum focusing distance of 14.1ft/4.3m. Optical image stabilization is up to 4.0 stops* of shake correction and, similar to the RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM lens, includes three IS operation modes. When using the RF1.4x or RF2x extenders, users can experience enhanced focal lengths of 1,680mm and 2,400mm, respectively.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM and Canon RF1200mm F8 L IS USM are both scheduled to be available in late May 2022 for an estimated retail price of $16,999.00 and $19,999.00, respectively**. For more information please visit usa.canon.com.

Canon 800mm F5.6 L IS USM Specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 800 mm
Image stabilization Yes
CIPA Image stabilization rating 4 stop(s)
Lens mount Canon RF
Aperture
Maximum aperture F5.6
Minimum aperture F64
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Rounded blades
Optics
Elements 26
Groups 18
Special elements / coatings 2 Fluorite, 1 Super UD, 1 UD (Ultra-low Dispersion).
Focus
Minimum focus 2.60 m (102.36″)
Maximum magnification 0.34×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter • 2.6m – infinity • 2.6m – 20m • 20m – infinity
Physical
Weight 3140 g (6.92 lb)
Diameter 163 mm (6.42″)
Length 432 mm (17.01″)
Sealing Yes
Filter thread 52 mm
Filter notes Filters screw into drop-in holder
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code ET-155
Tripod collar Yes
Optional accessories Short lens hood (ET-155B)

Canon 1200mm F8 L IS USM Specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 1200 mm
Image stabilization Yes
CIPA Image stabilization rating 4 stop(s)
Lens mount Canon RF
Aperture
Maximum aperture F8
Minimum aperture F64
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes rounded blades
Optics
Elements 26
Groups 18
Special elements / coatings 2 Fluorite, 1 Super UD Lenses, 1 UD (Ultra-low Dispersion)
Focus
Minimum focus 4.30 m (169.29″)
Maximum magnification 0.29×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter •4.3m – infinity • 4.3m – 30m • 30m – infinity
Physical
Weight 3340 g (7.36 lb)
Diameter 168 mm (6.61″)
Length 537 mm (21.14″)
Sealing Yes
Filter thread 52 mm
Filter notes Filter screws into drop-in holder
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code ET-160
Tripod collar Yes
Optional accessories ET-160B Short hood

This post was originally published by usa.canon.com - February 23th, 2022

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $30.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), as of 2021 has ranked in the top-five overall in U.S. patents granted for 36 consecutive years and was one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2022. Canon U.S.A. was featured in Newsweek’s Most Loved Workplaces list for 2021, ranking among the top 100 companies for employee happiness and satisfaction at work. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.
 


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