Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Review
What's not to like about a stabilized 800mm prime lens for full-frame cameras that is light enough to use hand-held, compact enough to travel with, focuses quickly and quietly with the minimum of fuss, blurs backgrounds with pleasing bokeh effects, and costs less than £$1000?
Well, there's no getting away from that fixed f/11 aperture which limits its use to either bright conditions or high ISO speeds (or sometimes both), the lack of any kind of weather-sealing at all may well put off more hard-core users, the 6m minimum focusing distance is a little restrictive, the tripod mount can't be rotated from landscape to portrait position, there could be some question marks over the long-term durability of the retractable design, and the essential lens hood is unfortunately an expensive optional accessory.
All in all, though, the Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM is a refreshingly brave attempt to make an otherwise expensive branch of photography more accessible, both in terms of cost and portability - there simply aren't any other 800mm lenses that are as inexpensive, compact and crucially as good as this one. Bravo to Canon for thinking out of the box.
|Ratings (out of 5)|
|Value for money||5|