A Review of the Impressive Canon RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM Lens

Supertelephoto lenses offer a ton of versatility, but you often have to pay top dollar for those capabilities. However, Canon's RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM lens bucks that trend by offering all the versatility in focal lengths for under $2,000. This helpful video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from Pangolin Wildlife Photography, this great video review takes a look at the Canon RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM lens. At $1,899, the 200-800mm f/6.3-9 is very competitively priced for what it offers, which includes features such as:

  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 2.62 ft (80 cm) at 200mm, 9.19 ft (2.8 m) at 800mm
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.25x at 200mm, 0.2x at 800mm
  • 17 elements in 11 groups
  • 3 UD lenses
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • 95mm filter
  • 9 aperture blades for smoother and more pleasing bokeh
  • 5.5 stops of image stabilization
  • Nano USM autofocus motor
  • Focusing/Control Ring with selector switch
  • Weather-resistant design
  • Rotating tripod collar

Altogether, the 200-800mm f/6.3-9 looks like a fantastic choice for a wide variety of uses, particularly wildlife, bird, and sports photography. Check out the video above for the full rundown on the lens.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I was hoping for a weather sealed "L" version but I understand the cost increase would be prohibitive for many (including me).

Nice first impression. I'm glad to see it compared to the 800mm F11, which I've used since it came out. The 800mm F11 is a great lens at a great price. It pairs nicely with the 2X TC, too.

Cool but irrelevant to me. Unless there is 3rd party lens for RF mount i can compare and choose cons and pros against, this lens means nothing.