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Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Full-Frame Lens (2020)

MSRP 900 USDNeoscore 35%NEX score 71%

Product Overview

The Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM lens is a lightweight fixed focal-length super-telephoto in the company's RF-mount MILC system. Like its sibling, the RF 600mm F11 IS STM, the lens can be collapsed and locked in place for storage and transport, making it exceptionally compact for its focal length.
Thanks to its Diffractive Optics technology, the RF 800mm F11 IS STM has few lens elements and is much more affordable. As a tradeoff, the lens lacks operable aperture blades, with the aperture fixed at f/11. The RF 800mm also features a customizable control ring common in Canon's new RF lens lineup.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 35% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Optically stabilized
  • 800mm reach for less than $1k
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Collapsible design saves space
Cons
  • Very dark maximum aperture
  • Lacks weather sealing
  • Not the most solid construction
  • Not compatible with teleconverters

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good image quality
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • Light and compact
  • Compact, ultra-light, and compact
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • No adjustable aperture
  • No lens case included
  • F11 aperture is limiting at dus or in shaded areas
  • Small focal length
  • Large lens hood
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Colors
Black
Form Factor
Super Telephoto Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Canon RF-mount
Motor
Stepper motor
Optical Formula | Elements
11 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
8 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
Gapless double-layer diffractive optics groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
95 mm / 3.74 in
Size | Diameter
102 mm / 4.02 in
Size | Length
352 mm / 13.86 in
Weight
1260 g / 44.52 oz

Function

Angle Of View
3.1° Diagonal | 2.6° Horizontal | 1.7° Vertical
Aperture
f/11 ~ f/11
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
800 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
Yes (4 stops)
Weather Resistance
No

Performance

Max Magnification
0.14x
Min Focus Distance
6000 mm / 236.22 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2020-07-09

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Canon RF 600mm and 800mm f11 are relatively light and affordable super-telephoto lenses for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. Both lenses proved remarkably usable, successfully tracking birds in flight and various sports in good to fair conditions. The f11 aperture does however prove limiting at dus or in shaded areas, inevitably bumping you up to the highest sensitivities.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Light and compact
  • Good image quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • F11 aperture is limiting at dus or in shaded areas

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 66%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Canon's RF 800mm F11 IS STM is a $900 prime that nets the same angle of view as high-end lenses that cost thousands more. It nets about 2,750 lines of resolution in the central area of the frame, producing softer details when compared with the RF 600mm (3,500 lines) The lens is able to net blur-free shots at handheld speeds as long as 1/30-second in our testing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • 1:7.1 autofocus
  • 1:3 macro focus
  • Optical stabilization
Cons
  • Small focal length
  • No adjustable aperture

digitalpicture[3]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens is compatible with all Canon EOS R series cameras. While this lens is not a high-end professional lens, it is hard to argue that the RF 800 is a good value. The RF 800 and RF 600, each with a camera mounted, fit comfortably together in the relatively small MindShift Gear BackLight 26L.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Compact, ultra-light, and compact
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Large lens hood
  • No lens case included

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Canon RF 600mm / 800mm f11 review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/canon-rf-600mm-800mm-f11-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
2. ^ Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/canon-rf-800mm-f11-is-stm. 2021-07-14. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
3. ^ Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-RF-800mm-F11-IS-STM-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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