A super-telephoto lens, boasting very high magnification and excellent image quality.
The EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM super-telephoto provides huge magnification, making it suited to wildlife and sports photography, as well as specialist applications, such as surveillance.
The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, representing the best in precision-designed EF optics. L-series lenses combine superior performance with superlative handling, and are resistant to dust and moisture.
Image Stabilizer (IS) technology allows the use of shutter speeds up to four times slower than normal, with no perceptible increase in image blur. Automatic panning detection turns off IS in either the horizontal or vertical direction when following moving subjects.
For optimum visual performance, the lens incorporates four types of special optical elements: aspherical elements to correct spherical aberrations, and Fluorite, UD (ultra-low dispersion) and Super UD elements to eliminate secondary chromatic aberrations. The result is crisp, high-contrast and undistorted image quality, all the way to the edge of the frame.
At just 4.5kg, the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM is a relatively lightweight super-telephoto lens, suitable for limited hand-held shooting. Its magnesium alloy build keeps its weight comparable to shorter telephoto lenses.
A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.
Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.
A virtually circular aperture diaphragm gives out of focus regions a softer, more uniform feel. Sharp foreground objects stand out against a smooth blurred background.
|Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl)||2° 35’, 1° 40’, 3° 5’|
|Lens construction (elements/groups)||18/14|
|No. of diaphragm blades||8|
|Closest focusing distance (m)||6m|
|Maximum magnification (x)||0.14|
|AF actuator||Ring USM¹|
|Filter diameter (mm)||52 Drop in|
|Max. diameter x length (mm)||163 x 461|
|Magnification - Extension Tube EF12 II||0.16-0.02|
|Magnification - Extension Tube EF25 II||0.19-0.04|
|Lens Cap||E-180C / E-180D|
|Soft case||Lens case 800|
|Extenders EF1.4x II and EF2x II||Compatible|
|AF actuator||¹ Mechanical full-time manual focusing built-in|
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