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Are The Canon RF 600mm f/11 and RF 800mm f/11 The Best Wildlife Lenses?

Canon Rf 600mm F/11
The Canon RF 600mm f/11

Are Canon’s new RF 600mm f/11 and RF 800mm f/11, two relatively affordable lenses for the EOS R system, the best wildlife lenses you might get?

Tony & Chelsea Northrup take a closer look to these lenses, and try to answer some questions. They tested the lenses on an EOS R5.

Table of contents:

  • 0:00 Shameless plug
  • 0:57 Introduction
  • 1:38 Canon 600mm f/11 Overview
  • 2:05 Canon 800mm f/11 Overview
  • 2:47 NOT FOR DSLRs
  • 3:01 Hand-holding
  • 3:49 Sharpness
  • 4:42 Background Blur
  • 5:16 Low-light
  • 6:05 Carry-ability
  • 6:38 Stabilization
  • 7:37 Price
  • 8:03 Lag (electronic viewfinder)
  • 9:01 Autofocus
  • 9:47 Minimum focus distance
  • 10:52 Frames per second (FPS)
  • 11:20 Mechanical vs electronic shutter
  • 11:36 Silent shutter
  • 11:46 Summary

Canon RF 600mm f/11

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Canon RF 800mm f/11

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Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

From Canon’s press release:

[…]

Canon RF600mm and 800mm F11 IS STM
The Canon RF600mm and RF800mm F11 IS STM lenses are the first fixed focal length super-telephoto RF lenses and are incredibly compact and lightweight. The portability of the new lenses is made even greater due to the ability for the lens barrel to retract and lock in place when the lenses are stowed away and not in use. Diffractive Optics technology helps to reduce the necessary number of lenses and greatly diminish the cost of the lenses, making them affordable for a broader group of photographers. Additional features of the Canon RF600mm and RF800mm F11 IS STM lenses include:

  • Lightweight – the RF600mm weighs approximately 2.05lb and the RF800mm weighs approximately 2.78lb, respectively
  • Compact size, RF600mm measures approximately 7.85inch and RF800mm with measures approximately 11.09inch when retracted, respectively
  • Fixed f/11 aperture
  • Optical image stabilization of five stops* for the RF600mm and four stops* for the RF800mm of Shake Correction
  • Lead screw-type STM enables smooth auto focusing for still-image and video shooting
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • 12-pin Communication System
  • Compatible with the new 1.4x and 2x RF lens extenders
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