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New Canon 800mm F/5.6L IS II Coming This Summer?

By Anthony Thurston on March 16th 2014

According to the latest from the rumor mill, Canon could be planning to announce a new 800mm F/5.6L IS II towards the end of the summer or early fall. The whispers indicate that the current 800 F/5.6 is no longer in production, though that has not been officially confirmed with an announcement from Canon.


This new 800mm F/5.6L IS II would no doubt be moved to the new lightweight materials found in the latest round of the other telephoto prime lenses (400mm, 500mm, 600mm, etc). In addition, the optics would be getting touched up, AF improved, as well as the IS updated to the latest tech.

According to the rumor mill, if this lens does in fact get announced in the late summer or early fall, then you can likely expect it to be out sometime before Photokina in September. My guess is that for many of you, this is just a pipe dream lens, considering the current version sells for about $14,000. You can almost be assured that the new one will likely be even more expensive if Canon sticks to what it has been doing lately.

What are your thoughts on this? Do we need more $10,000+ lenses on the market or should camera makers be focused on making lenses that consumers and hobbyists can actually afford? Leave a comment below to join the discussion.

[via Canon Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Great lens

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  2. Ron

    I have, use, and enjoy the current 800mm. I would upgrade to the newer version, if Canon added the internal 1.4 as in the 200-400.

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  3. Ken

    As you mentioned, just another lens most wont be able to afford. In the past the only thing mounted on my Canon bodies was a Canon lens. That is beginning to change. While Canon continues to improve their expensive prime tele’s with even more expensive tele’s, companies like Sigma are really doing their homework and coming in with new lenses that are almost half the price of Canon lenses and are showing promises of being better quality. How long do we have to wait for the 100-400 replacement? And will it even be affordable when it does come out. How long before a 24-70 2.8 with IS? I bought the Tamron 24-70 2.8 with vc and have been very happy with it. Got tired of waiting. Canon better pay attention. As much as I love my Canon gear, their going to get knocked off their high horse if their not careful.

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