The Canon RF 1200mm f8 L IS USM brings extraordinary telephoto length to Canon's R system lineup, making it a terrific choice for any long-distance application such as outdoor sports, wildlife, news photojournalism, and more where you want to create super-tele impact. Two large-diameter Fluorite elements, one Super UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) and one UD-glass element, and Air Sphere Coating combine for superb optical performance. The 1200mm focal length naturally provides incredibly soft backgrounds. Its compatibility with both RF1.4x and RF2x Extenders increases your effective focal length to a staggering 1680mm and 2400mm. Finally, it's image stabilized, providing up to 4 stops of optical correction for camera shake. At 7.4 lbs., the RF1200mm F8 L IS USM is surprisingly lightweight, giving it incredible handling ease along with its powerful super-telephoto capabilities.
Outstanding Image Quality, 1200mm Super-telephoto Fixed Focal Length Lens Expands the EOS R System
Optimized magnification optics increase the focal length while retaining nearly the same light weight, portability and high levels of image quality achieved in the RF600mm F4 L IS USM lens. A combination of two large-diameter Fluorite elements, one Super UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) and one UD-glass element provides outstanding sharpness and contrast, even at maximum aperture. A UD lens element positioned in the rear section of the lens provides excellent correction of the increased chromatic aberration generated by the magnification optics. This results in tack-sharp images with minimal color fringing in any shooting condition.
Impressively Light at 7.4 lbs., While Retaining High Levels of Image Quality
Numerous optical and mechanical steps combine to make the RF1200mm F8 L IS USM supremely light weight for its focal length, transforming it into a lens that’s equally at home in situations requiring mobility and portability such as when shooting motorsports and wildlife, or if used with a tripod to keep it fixed on a subject such as home plate if shooting at a baseball game. Since it uses the same front-section optical design as the EF version III and RF600mm F4 L-series lenses, similar superb image quality can be expected, delivering visual impact with its amazing telephoto power.
Minimum Focusing Distance of Approx. 14.1 ft. / 4.3 m.
With a minimum focusing distance of approx. 14.1 ft./4.3 m., the RF1200mm F8 L IS USM lens helps you get close to your subjects. At its closest focus distance, users can fill the frame with a subject smaller than a regulation, pro-sized US football.
Optical Image Stabilization with up to 4 Stops* of Shake Correction
The RF1200mm F8 L IS USM features an Optical Image Stabilizer system that provides up to 4 stops* of shake correction, delivering consistent and sharp results. This helps provide reliable monopod-mounted — or even hand-held, for some users —performance and clear image detail in low-light situations or at lower ISOs. This applies when capturing both stills and video, for stable shooting, and sharp final imagery.
Three IS Operation Modes
Three image stabilization modes provide shake-correction for outstanding results in a wide range of shooting situations. These include traditional stabilization, with the correction visible any time IS is active in the camera’s viewfinder (IS Mode 1); helping to correct camera shake when intentionally panning horizontally (or vertically), providing shake-correction perpendicular to the photographer’s panning movement (IS Mode 2); and stabilization that instantly goes into effect only when the shutter is released — no correction visible between shots, in the camera’s viewfinder (IS Mode 3).
Compatible with Canon RF1.4x and RF2x Extenders
To help get you even closer to the subject, attach either the optional Canon Extender RF1.4x or Extender RF2x to the RF1200mm F8 L IS USM. Expand effective telephoto power to 1680mm at f/11 with the Extender RF1.4x, or to effective 2400mm at f/16 using the Extender RF2x. Canon RF tele extenders transform the lens into an incredibly powerful telephoto combination for wildlife or sports photography and more.
Durable L-series Construction with Dust- and Water-resistant Design, Fluorine Coating on Front Element for Easy Cleaning
Built to L series lens specifications, the RF1200mm F8 L IS USM features a highly durable design for excellent performance even in inclement weather conditions. It delivers a dust- and water-resistant construction with seals around the mount, switches, rings and more. To help maintain a clean lens, even after multiple lens changes in sub-optimal conditions, the RF1200mm F8 L IS USM has a specially designed fluorine coating on its front and rear surfaces. The coating helps to prevent water, oil, and other surface residue like fingerprints from sticking to the lens, which facilitates quick and easy wiping, without the use of solvents.
Maximum Aperture: f8
Minimum Aperture: f64
Lens Construction: 26 elements in 18 groups
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.85m
Lens Mount: Canon RF
Filter Size: 52mm Drop-In
Weatherproof: Weather resistant
What's In the Box
Lens Cap E-185C
Lens Dust Cap RF
Drop-in Screw Filter Holder 52(WIII) with 52mm Protect Filter
Lens Hood ET-160(WIII)
Lens Soft Case LS1200
Lens Wide Strap B