L&S TV and the Canon 800mm f/5.6 L IS Lens

I was super excited when I heard that we were going to have a Canon 800mm f/5.6 L IS on loan for a few days. I’ve never used a prime lens so big! I have also never been much of a wildlife photographer so I was looking forward to the challenge of trying to grab some bird shots. When the lens arrived I wasn’t surprised at how big it was, but I was still blow away by its size & weight. After selecting an appropriate support solution for it, Sean and I headed out in search of some birdies.

 
Using a lens like this certainly takes some getting used to. It also takes skill and patience, for a few reasons. Firstly, shooting with an 800mm lens isn’t quick and easy. You need to have some knowledge of your subject before trying to shoot it so that you can anticipate where it’s going to be and what its movements are going to be like. Once you’re all set up, it’s not easy to try and track a subject around. Also, with such a long focal length, looking through the viewfinder and trying to spot and track your subject is a lot like playing a video game. It’s hard, it can be frustrating, but when you get the hang of it and land the shot- booyah! You’re jumping up and down!

Watch the review here:

 
I really enjoyed taking the 800mm for a spin. The shots that I managed to get turned out beautiful, especially when held up next the the same shots from a cheaper, lesser lens (see our YouTube Video about the 800mm). The gorgeous, creamy bokeh is worth the backache from hauling it out to location!

SHOT COMPARISON: EF 75-300mm 4-5.6 III USM VS. EF 800mm F5.6 L IS USM

EF 75-300mm 4-5.6 III USM 

EF 800mm F5.6 L IS USM

EF 75-300mm 4-5.6 III USM 

EF 800mm F5.6 L IS USM

EF 75-300mm 4-5.6 III USM 

EF 800mm F5.6 L IS USM

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