How Good Is Canon’s Unique RF 800mm f/11 IS STM Lens?

The Canon RF 800mm f/11 IS STM certainly raised a few eyebrows when it was announced, due to its rather unique specs that offer extreme reach at an affordable price, but at the cost of using a very narrow and fixed aperture. How does it perform in practice? This great video review shows what you can expect and if it is workable in real-world situations. 

Coming to you from Brent Hall, this awesome video review takes a look at the new Canon RF 800mm f/11 IS STM lens and also compares it to the popular Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2. No doubt, the 800mm f/11 is a rather unique lens, but I think it is also exciting that such an extreme focal length is now available at an affordable price, even if that does come with the limitation of a very narrow aperture. The lens also comes with:

  • Gapless dual-layer diffractive optics for reduced aberrations and reduced size and weight
  • Retractable design with locking barrel
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with up to four stops of compensation
  • Fast and quiet STM motor for both photo and video work
  • Customizable Control Ring

Check out the video above for Hall’s full thoughts. 


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