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Canon RF 800mm f11 IS STM Lens Overview

The Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM lens is an exciting new super telephoto option that gives photographers a whole new level of reach to capture distant subjects. As a wildlife or sports photographer, having a long lens like this allows you to zoom in incredibly close on birds, animals, athletes, and other faraway actions without compromising quality.

Despite its incredibly long focal length, this lens remains compact and lightweight thanks to its slower maximum aperture of f/11. This makes it ideal for handholding and hiking over long distances. The built-in optical image stabilisation also helps counteract camera shake for sharper handheld shots. Even at such a long distance, your images will come out sharp and clear.

The 800mm focal length gives you a true super telephoto field of view that makes faraway mountains, wildlife, or players on a sports field appear much closer. This narrow field of view helps isolate tiny details and fills the frame with dramatic up-close impact. It’s perfect for capturing emotive wildlife portraits or putting viewers right in the action at a sports match.

Unlike lenses this long in the past, the Canon RF 800mm F11 is affordable and accessible without compromising on Canon’s reliable build quality and optics. It uses a fixed f/11 aperture throughout the zoom range which simplifies use. The quick and quiet autofocus and 5.5-stop image stabilisation open up handheld shooting more than ever before.

For reaching subjects far into the distance, this portable and affordable super telephoto lens is a must-have for wildlife, birding, sports, and general outdoor photography. Even as a beginner, you’ll find it easy to start capturing dramatic up-close shots you never thought possible before.

Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens Key Features:

  • Lightweight 1,260g design
  • 800mm super-telephoto reach
  • 5.5-stop optical image stabilisation
  • STM focusing motor for smooth AF
  • Fixed f/11 aperture throughout the zoom range
  • 8-blade circular aperture design
  • Compatible with RF mount cameras
  • Affordable super telephoto pricing

Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens User Benefits:

  • Comfortable to handhold for long periods
  • Incredible zoom to capture distant subjects
  • Sharp handheld shots and stable video
  • Quiet autofocus performance
  • Simplified shooting with fixed aperture
  • Soft background blur for subject isolation
  • Leverage RF mount technology features
  • Reasonably priced for 800mm focal length

Canon RF 800mm f11 IS STM Lens Features In Detail

Incredible 800mm Telephoto Reach

The headline feature of this lens is the incredibly long 800mm focal length, giving a super telephoto field of view perfect for capturing distant subjects. Wildlife and sports photographers can fill the frame with detailed shots of animals, athletes and action far across fields and courts. The narrow-angle of view helps isolate tiny details from afar.

Compact & Lightweight Design

Despite the exceptionally long reach, Canon has managed to keep the RF 800mm impressively compact and lightweight. Weighing just 1,260g, it is comfortable for handholding over long shooting sessions. The portable form factor also makes it ideal for hiking and travel to maximise your chances of putting yourself in the right position to capture subjects.

Optical Image Stabilisation

Especially important at such a long focal length, the RF 800mm lens incorporates 5.5 stops of optical image stabilisation. This counteracts camera shake to allow sharp, stable handheld shooting even at the 800mm telephoto end where every little movement is amplified. You can confidently capture clear shots at slower shutter speeds.

STM Focus Motor

The fast, smooth and quiet STM autofocus motor maintains comfortable AF performance. It quickly locks focus on subjects even at 800mm with decent close focusing capabilities. Importantly, focus adjustments are silent to avoid startling nearby wildlife or interrupting performances and events.

Fixed f/11 Aperture

With a fixed f/11 aperture throughout the focal range, the 800mm maintains a fast shutter speed to avoid blurry shots. The set aperture also provides consistent exposure settings and simplifies shooting by avoiding the need to change f-stop. The f/11 sweet spot balances size, speed and image sharpness.

8-Blade Circular Aperture

A precision 8-blade circular aperture produces attractive background blur in your shots with rounded out-of-focus highlights as you separate your subjects. Great for eye-catching wildlife portraits or keeping sports players sharp against blurred crowds.

RF Mount Compatible

Being an RF mount lens, it is fully compatible with Canon’s range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. You can leverage features like fast Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, excellent low-light sensitivity and frame rates up to 20fps depending on the body. Built for Canon’s latest tech.

Canon RF 800mm f11 IS STM Lens Compatibility

The Canon RF 800mm f11 IS STM Lens is compatible with the following Canon EOS R series mirrorless cameras:

Photography Styles For The Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens

  • Wildlife Photography – Incredible 800mm zoom lets you capture animals on safari from a distance without disturbing habitats whilst image stabilisation delivers sharp handheld footage.
  • Bird Photography – Spot elusive birds roosting across lakes with 800mm reach and compose perfect portraits with background blur thanks to f/11 aperture.
  • Sports Photography – Keep athletic action sharply in frame whether photographing soccer matches from the bleachers or your kid’s football game from the sidelines.
  • Aviation Photography – Track planes landing and taking off from airports with the super telephoto viewable to grab those all-important wingtip moments from afar.
  • Moon Photography – Get staggeringly close crops of craters and textures when paired with a teleconverter for a portable 2000mm+ setup.
  • Surf Photography – Pull back for dramatic perspectives of surfers riding barrels and waves from beaches without moving your feet an inch.
  • Safari Photography – Photograph big game like lions, zebras and giraffes in their environment without any specialised gear besides this hand-holdable 800mm lens.

Offering powerful 800mm telephoto reach in a remarkably compact form, this superzoom lens is ideal for wildlife, aviation, moon and sports photographers who need to get dramatically close to distant action from afar.

What We Think Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens Review

The Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM is an impressively unique lens that manages to deliver a super telephoto field of view in a remarkably compact and affordable package. The sheer 800mm reach gives photographers a whole new level of prime lenses to capture distant subjects like wildlife, birds, sports, and vehicles with frame-filling impact.

Despite its incredibly long focal length, Canon has managed to keep size and weight rather modest. At just 1,260g, it is light enough for prolonged handheld shooting rather than being restricted to a tripod or monopod. This also makes it one of the few lenses of its type that you can reasonably fit into a backpack or large camera bag. The portable form factor combined with optical stabilisation expands shooting flexibility.

The fixed f/11 aperture throughout the range helps keep size, weight and cost down while still offering decent light-gathering capabilities and background separation for most needs. Autofocus and handling also feel generally snappy despite the soft pressure required to zoom the outside barrel.

For those seeking top-level performance, the narrow f/11 aperture and lack of weather-sealing do feel limiting at times. But at this price point, there are few other ways to achieve this incredible reach in a lens designed for handheld field use. With super-telephoto performance once reserved for professional sports and wildlife specialists now made so easily accessible, the RF 800mm IS STM makes a compelling case for both enthusiasts and pros.

What’s in the box?

  • Canon RF 800mm f11 IS STM Lens
  • Lens cap front
  • Lens cap rear
  • User Manual Kit

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Product Specification of the Canon RF 800mm f11 IS STM Lens

SpecificationCanon RF 800mm F11 IS STM
Lens MountCanon RF
Focal Length800mm
Aperture RangeFixed f/11
Lens Construction12 elements in 9 groups
Special ElementsBlue Spectrum Refractive Optics
Maximum Magnification0.14x
Minimum Focus Distance6m
Optical Image StabiliserYes – 5.5 stops
Autofocus MotorSTM
Focus and Zoom MethodManual Focus and Zoom Rings
Filter Thread67mm
DimensionsApprox 218.5 x 126.8mm
WeightApprox 1,260g
Weather SealedNo

Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM lens FAQ

Is the Canon RF 800mm lens good for beginners?

While the 800mm focal length lets you capture incredibly close-up shots, the fixed f/11 aperture and lack of zoom range do mean this lens has limited flexibility. Beginners may want to start with an all-purpose zoom better suited to general photography before specialising in a super telephoto prime.

How close can the RF 800mm lens focus?

The minimum focus distance is 6 metres. So while not considered a macro lens, it lets you frame subjects like birds and wildlife tightly at reasonable working distances. Enabling closer focusing ability in a lens this size would significantly increase the cost.

What cameras are compatible with this lens?

The Canon RF 800mm F11 is designed specifically for Canon’s range of full-frame mirrorless cameras with the RF lens mount. This includes bodies like the EOS R, RP, R6 and R5. It is not compatible with EF-mount DSLRs.

Does this lens have image stabilisation?

Yes, the RF 800mm lens has excellent optical image stabilisation rated for 5.5 stops of compensation. This makes handholding the lens a realistic possibility, aided further by the relatively lightweight design.

Why does this lens have a narrow f/11 aperture?

The fixed f/11 aperture through the zoom range helps keep size, weight and costs down while still offering enough light-gathering ability for most daylight conditions. It also provides consistent exposures without needing to adjust the aperture.

Is the Canon RF 800mm weather-sealed?

Unfortunately, there is no official weather sealing on this particular super-telephoto lens. This helps make it more affordable and lightweight than typical alternatives. But do be wary of rain, dust and humidity when shooting outdoors.

Does this lens have fast autofocus?

Focus speeds are fairly snappy thanks to Canon’s STM motor. While not as advanced as lenses costing many times more, it quickly locks focus on static or moderately moving subjects. Enough for general wildlife and outdoor needs.

About Canon
As one of the leading Canon retailers in the UK, Campkins Cameras is proud to offer an extensive range of Canon products to photography enthusiasts and professionals alike. Based in Cambridge, we have been serving the photographic community for over 50 years, providing expert advice, top-notch customer service, and an unrivalled selection of Canon cameras, lenses, and accessories. At Campkins Cameras, we understand the importance of having access to the latest and greatest in photographic technology. That's why we stock the full range of Canon mirrorless cameras, including the cutting-edge EOS R series. From the flagship R1 to the versatile EOS R, R3R5 and R6II, and the budget-friendly RPR8R7R100R10 and R50, we have the perfect Canon mirrorless camera to suit your needs and skill level. Of course, a camera is only as good as the lens you pair it with, which is why we also carry a comprehensive selection of Canon's RF-mount lenses and RF-S lenses. Whether you're a landscape photographer in need of a wide-angle zoom, a wildlife enthusiast seeking a powerful telephoto, or a portrait artist looking for the perfect prime, our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right RF lens to take your photography to the next level. As a brick-and-mortar shop in the heart of Cambridge, we offer a unique hands-on experience that online retailers simply can't match. Our customers can come in, speak with our friendly experts, and get a feel for the cameras and lenses they're interested in before making a purchase. We also offer a range of Canon-related services, including sensor cleaningcamera maintenance, and personalised tutoring to help you get the most out of your Canon gear. But don't worry if you're not local to Cambridge – we also have a strong online presence and ship throughout the UK. Our website is regularly updated with the latest Canon products and special offers, and our online support team is always ready to answer your questions and help you make informed decisions about your photographic purchases. So whether you're a professional or an amateur, a Cambridge local or a photographer from further afield, Campkins Cameras is your go-to destination for all things Canon. Trust us to provide you with the best products, the most knowledgeable advice, and the highest level of service as you explore the exciting world of Canon photography. Immerse yourself in the world of photography with Canon, a global leader in imaging technology and innovation. With a rich history spanning over 80 years, Canon has been at the forefront of the camera industry, consistently delivering high-quality, cutting-edge products that empower photographers and filmmakers to bring their creative visions to life. From the best cameras for beginners to the best mirrorless cameras for professionals, Canon offers a comprehensive range of cameras and lenses to suit every skill level and shooting style.
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Weight 1260 g
Dimensions 351.8 × 101.6 mm
Aperture Aperture, measured in f-stops, controls light entering a camera lens and affects image depth. Lower f-stops allow more light and blur backgrounds, while higher f-stops are better for well-lit, sharp landscapes. It\'s a key factor in choosing between prime and zoom lenses for desired photographic effects.



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