03 November 2023

Canon Unveils the World’s First Super Telephoto Zoom Lens

Zoom up to 800 mm (or 1,600 mm with a teleconverter), with Canon’s groundbreaking RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM, which is also its first weather-sealed non-L RF lens

Canon Unveils the World’s First Super Telephoto Zoom Lens

SINGAPORE, 3 November 2023 — Canon today announced the RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM, its first super telephoto zoom lens to reach as far as 800 mm. With a reach beyond the common 600 mm telephoto zoom lenses in the market, it is also the world’s first1 super telephoto zoom lens for full-frame cameras. Yet, the RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM remains portable, features weather-sealing and edge-to-edge quality across its entire zoom range while staying affordable.

“Canon has always sought to cater to the diverse needs of photographers with our product offerings. This new lens provides wildlife, outdoor sports, and other photographers who shoot faraway subjects with an unprecedented combination of extra reach, zoom flexibility, superior quality and durability while maintaining affordability.” said Ichinomiya Takashi, Director of Regional ICB Sales & Marketing, Canon Singapore.

Unprecedented Reach with Zoom Flexibility between 200 mm to 800 mm
While there are affordable super telephoto prime lenses in Canon’s line up such as the RF800mm f/11 IS STM, the RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM offers is equipped with zoom functionality, covering the telephoto focal range that previously required at least three different lenses to cover. Be it a bird flying in the distance, or a motorsports athlete in various defining moments, the versatile 200 mm to 800 mm focal range (320 mm to 1,280 mm on an APS-C camera) lets 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 the moment due to changing of lenses. With the RF Extender 2x, coverage is extended to 1,600 mm (2,560 mm on an 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
Despite its astounding zoom range, the 2,050 g, 314.1 mm-long RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM is comparable in size and weight to its counterparts that end at 600 mm. 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 stabilization2 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 800 mm 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 shoots3. It is also coated with white paint to reduce heat absorbency and internal temperature rise due to sunlight.

More information is available at https://asia.canon.

1 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.)
2 At focal length of 800 mm with EOS R. Yaw/Pitch directions.
3 This cannot guarantee complete exclusion of water and dust from entry.

Press Release Source: Canon Singapore

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