Canon introduces RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM and RF1200mm F8 L IS USM super-telephoto lenses; The company celebrates the 35th anniversary of the EOS system


The Canon RF lens family grows by two, with the addition of the Canon RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM and the longest focal length RF lens to date, the RF1200mm F8 L IS USM. Additionally, the company will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the launch of the company’s EOS system in March 2022.

Super telephoto lenses RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM and RF1200mm F8 L IS USM

Both super-telephoto fixed focal length lenses are light enough for their considerable capabilities and share many of the same features such as Super Spectra Coating (SSC) and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to help minimize ghosting and blurring. flares, compatibility with the RF1 .4x and RF2x extenders and a customizable electronic focus ring with manual focus capability during Servo AF.

The Canon RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM

Additional features shared by both lenses include:

  • Two focus presets, with the ability to instantly switch between memorized focus distances
  • Nine-blade circular aperture provides photographers with exceptionally beautiful and soft blurred and bokeh backgrounds
  • Renowned Canon L-series durability and construction with dust and water resistance, plus fluorine coating on the front element for easy cleaning

The RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM weighs just 6.9 lbs and offers a minimum focusing distance of 8.53 feet / 2.6 meters – maximum close-up magnification is 0.34x, allowing wildlife image makers to fill the frame with small subjects, such as birds, at its closest focus distance. Optical Image Stabilization is up to 4.5 stops* of shake correction and includes three IS modes of operation. When using the RF1.4x or RF2x extenders, users can enjoy improved effective focal lengths of 1120mm and 1600mm respectively.

The Canon RF1200mm F8 L IS USM

The RF1200mm F8 L IS USM is the most powerful super telephoto lens in Canon’s RF lens range. It weighs 7.4 pounds – an exceptionally light figure for a super telephoto lens of its kind – and has a minimum focusing distance of 14.1ft/4.3m. Optical image stabilization is up to 4.0 stops* of shake correction and, like the RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM lens, includes three IS operating modes. When using the RF1.4x or RF2x extenders, users can enjoy improved focal lengths of 1680mm and 2400mm, respectively.

The Canon RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM and Canon RF1200mm F8 L IS USM are both expected to be available in late May 2022 for an estimated retail price of $16,999.00 and $19,999.00, respectively.

35th anniversary of the EOS system

Canon’s EOS system made its debut in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 single-lens reflex (SLR) camera and EF1 lenses. Acronym for “Electro Optical System” while bearing the name of the Greek goddess of dawn, the EOS series originated in 1987 as the world’s first all-electronic mount system, representing a new generation of cameras. AF SLR.

In the era of film cameras, EOS SLR cameras have won praise from a wide range of users for their innovative technologies and designs that focus on Canon’s key concepts of high speed and ease of use. During this period, the company launched the high-end professional model EOS-1 in 1989. With the introduction of the compact and lightweight EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel XS and EOS 500 in other regions) in 1993, Canon has expanded its number of users. customer base more consumer oriented.

Following the introduction of the EOS D30 in 2000, with the rise and popularization of digital SLR cameras booming, Canon developed innovative models such as the high-speed, high-speed EOS-1D (2001). professional-grade image quality, the EOS Kiss Digital (2003, EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D in other regions) which appealed to a large user base, and the EOS 5D Mark II (2008), which featured Full HD video recording. In 2012, Canon launched the Cinema EOS system, transforming EOS video technology and marking Canon’s entry into the video production industry.

From there, Canon continued to develop equipment for an ever wider range of users. In 2018, the EOS R System was born out of Canon’s desire to build the optimal rear lens element diameter and shorter distance (back focus) for a full-frame image sensor. The company followed in 2020 with the EOS R5, the world’s first digital camera to feature 8K2 recording. In 2021, the EOS R3 was launched, featuring eye-controlled AF capability and the EOS VR system for recording VR content.

Enabling visual expression across still photography, video and even VR content, the EOS system helps expand the possibilities for visual expression with a lineup comprising 21 EOS3 series cameras and 104 RF and EF4 lenses. Further bolstering the company’s longstanding and expansive user base, Canon has maintained the world’s No.15 share of interchangeable lens digital cameras since 2003, a total of 18 consecutive years.

Canon will continue to refine its various imaging technologies based on its core optical technology to create an even more robust EOS system that meets the needs of a growing user base.


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