Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens

L Series super telephoto lens with Optical Image Stabilization for Canon EOS SLR cameras

  • Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens


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Our take on the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens

by Woody Sherman

Catch that flight

A word of warning: if you take this lens out of its case in a crowd, prepare yourself for some questions. You're going to attract some attention. So, when you need that incredible close-up of the "never-before-sighted-in-this-area warbler," make sure you're alone. When that amazing job you created for yourself consists of documenting wildlife that exists as a tiny splash of color over on the next ridgeline, you'd better believe you need a tool that can do the job.

Most birds that attract the attention of birders worldwide are two things: small and shy. The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 IS USM is singularly up to the task of getting a dramatic, crisp shot of your target bird in its native environment, while letting it be its shy self. With the longest telephoto reach of the entire Canon L Series family, this lens will be your go-to choice for wildlife, news event and sports photography. Two stabilization modes are optimized for either static subjects, or panning moving images. You'll be able to capture spectacular shots of race cars screaming down the straightaway or the state's next governor from the crowd's edge.


  • EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM super telephoto lens
  • compatible with Canon EOS film and digital SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 800mm with full-frame digital or film cameras
    • 1040mm with APS-H sensor cameras
    • 1280mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • Canon pro-quality L Series lens for superior image sharpness and durability
  • Image Stabilization allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to four stops slower shutter speed)
  • two Optical Image Stabilizer modes:
    • Mode 1 provides optimum performance with stationary subjects
    • Mode 2 provides a smoother view through the finder when panning moving subjects
  • fluorite, super UD, and UD elements deliver sharper images with less chromatic aberration
  • ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast, silent autofocus
  • magnesium alloy construction makes for lighter weight
  • dust-proof and water-resistant design
  • available full-time manual focusing
  • minimum focus distance: 9.75 feet
  • lens construction: 18 elements in 14 groups
  • rear holder accepts drop-in 52mm filters
  • lens is 18-1/8" long, 6-3/4" in diameter
  • weight: 9.92 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • tripod mounting foot
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • carrying case
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