Canon announced super telephoto zoom RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM lens, together with two other RF lenses, the RF24-105mm f/2.8L IS USM Z and RF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. The first super telephoto lens to reach as far as 800mm. With a reach beyond the common 600mm telephoto zoom lenses in the market, this is also the world’s first (1) super telephoto zoom lens for full-frame cameras. Yet the RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM lens remains portable, it also features weather-sealing and edge-to-edge quality across its entire zoom range while staying affordable.
“Canon remains steadfast in its mission to address the varied needs of photographers through innovative product offerings. With the RF lens system, we’ve paved the way for groundbreaking lens designs, and the RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM exemplifies our commitment to adding unparalleled value to photographers. This lens offers a unique blend of extended super telephoto reach within a versatile zoom range, all while ensuring competitive pricing. Such an offering not only unlocks new creative avenues but also brings previously inaccessible possibilities within the grasp of photographers.” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.
Unprecedented Reach with Zoom Flexibility between 200mm to 800mm
There are two affordable super telephoto prime lenses in Canon’s line-up, the RF800mm f/11 IS STM and RF600mm f/11 IS STM. With the announcement of the RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM lens, this is going to offer zoom functionality, covering the telephoto focal range that would previously require at least 3 different lenses to cover. Whether your taking a bird in flight in the distance, or a motorsports athlete in various defining moments, the versatile 200mm to 800mm focal length range (320mm to 1280mm on an APS-C camera) let users seamlessly capture both close-ups and wider shots of the same subject simultaneously. This can be achieved without being restricted by the focal length or missing out capturing the moment due to changing of lenses. Coupled with the RF Extender 2X, the coverage is extended to 1600mm (2560mm on APS-C camera) sufficient for capturing stunning close-ups of the moon.
Convenient Handheld Shooting: Lightweight and Mobile with Up to 5.5 Stops’ Built-in IS
The RF200-800mm astounding zoom range might worry some photographers, however it only weighs 2,050g and 314.1mm long. This lens is comparable in size and weight to its counterparts that end at 600mm. This mobility makes it easy to follow and capture moving subjects when shooting handheld, even if they occur unexpectedly.
Up to 5.5 stops’ equivalent built-in optical image stabilization (2) effectively corrects the camera shake that becomes more prominent at long focal lengths, allowing sharp, stable images at as slow as 1/20 second even at the 800mm tele end.
Designed for Action: High-speed AF, Operational Ease
Built for capturing high-speed action, the RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM is driven by the powerful Nano USM (Ultrasonic Motor), which also contributes to the lens’ compact size. This enables fast and accurate focusing for stills, along with smooth and quiet focusing for video up to the entire image area with compatible cameras. Focus Breathing Correction is also supported.
Swift, intuitive control extends to lens operations – in addition to a customisable focus/control ring, there are two lens function buttons that can be turned into shortcuts for functions such as AF or exposure control.
Dust- and Drip-resistant Sealing for Better Durability
Similar to an L-lens, the RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM features strategically placed dust- and drip-resistant sealing for better durability during outdoor shoots (3). It is also coated with white paint to reduce heat absorbency and internal temperature rise due to sunlight.
Personal Views and Thoughts
The RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM lens is going to further open up wildlife photography and sports photography at an affordable price, adding great versatility with the 200mm to 800mm focal length range, expanding a photographer’s needs/wants in both sports and wildlife photography. They would be ideal for those who are just starting into sports and/or wildlife photography, for those serious enthusiasts, I reckon. they would gladly welcome such a versatile super telephoto zoom lens especially if they are into sports and/or wildlife photography. As for professional photographers in the sports and/or wildlife segments, this might get their interest as well, as a backup or 2nd lens combo setup.
As a wildlife photographer and sports photographer, I hope to test and review the RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM lens when the opportunity arises, sharing my photographs, thoughts and views for this versatile telephoto zoom lens.
Pricing and Availability
The Canon RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM lens will be launched at a recommended retail price of $3,049. The availability will be advised at a later date.
- As an AF interchangeable lens for full-frame sensor mirrorless cameras that have already been released as of November 1, 2023. (Based on Canon’s internal survey.)
- At focal length of 800mm with EOS R. Yaw/Pitch directions.
- This cannot guarantee complete exclusion of water and dust from entry.
RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM
|Minimum Focusing Distance (m)||
0.8 (f=200 mm),
1.8 (f=400 mm),
2.8 (f=600 mm),
3.3 (f=800 mm)
0.25x (f=200 mm),
0.2x (f=800 mm)
17 elements in 11 groups
|Filter Size Diameter||
|IS (CIPA Standard Correction Effect)||
Yes (up to 5.5 stops)
|Maximum Diameter and length||
approx. 102.3 mm × 314.1 mm
* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Gloo *