Canon EF 800mm f/5,6 L IS USM Specifications

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Name Canon EF 800mm f/5,6 L IS USM

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Manufacturer Canon
Release Date and Price
Release Year 2008
MSRP 11999 USD
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Lens Type
Lens Type Telephoto Lens
Zoom or Prime Prime lens (no possibility to zoom)
Mount and Compatibility
Mount Canon (see compatible cameras)
Compatibility Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Closest Focusing Distance 600 cm
Autofocus (AF) Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture f/5,6
Elements: 18 elements / 14 groups
Focal Length 800 mm

Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  • 800 mm on Canon FF, Full frame
  • 1040 mm on Canon APS-H
  • 1280 mm on Canon APS-C
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Diameter 162 mm
Length 461 mm
Weight 4500 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Image stabilization Yes, IS
Filter Drop-in Filter, 52 mm
Lens Hood ET-155 (included)
Tripod mount Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing Yes

Product description from Canon

At launch 2008 Canon wrote this regarding Canon EF 800mm f/5,6 L IS USM:

"Incorporating such special optical materials as fluorite and UD (ultra low-dispersion) glass, the new Canon single-focal-length lense effectively correct the chromatic aberrations that can occur in telephoto lenses while realizing high-resolution, high-contrast shooting performance. The super-telephoto EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM effectively meets the demands of users working in such fields as sports, news, and nature photography. Canon L-series lenses are equipped with four AF stop buttons positioned around the front of the lens, enabling photographers to temporarily turn off autofocus to prevent other elements from interfering with focusing, and a circular aperture diaphragm that achieves natural background-blur performance.

This is the longest telephoto lens among Canonīs lineup, and a terrific choice for any long-distance application-outdoor sports, wildlife, news photojournalism, and so on. Itīs actually lighter than Canonīs EF 600mm f/4L IS lens, weighing just under 10 lbs. It uses a refined optical design, with two fluorite lens elements, one UD element, and one Super-UD-glass element, for outstanding correction of color fringing and superb contrast and sharpness. This super-telephoto lens uses magnesium-alloy barrel construction to enhance its light weight, and has weather-resistant gaskets throughout for use in harsh conditions. Itīs compatible with both the EF 1.4x II and 2x II tele extenders for even more reach: EOS cameras with 45 AF points will continue to provide autofocus at the center AF point when the lens is used with the 1.4x extender. Finally, itīs image stabilized, providing up to 4 stops of correction for camera shake. This makes it even more practical in many situations."

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