Canon RF 1200mm F8L IS USM Lens

CanonSKU: 4549292184471

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Buy any of the eligible Canon EOS R System cameras to qualify for cashback on a huge selection of Canon RF Lenses. Please visit for more information on this promotion. Offer valid from the 1st September 2023 until the 31st August 2024. Students can also claim cashback on selected Canon cameras, lenses and printers with our Student Cashback offer. This offer is valid from the 1st September 2023 until the 31st May 2024.

Product Description

Canon RF 1200mm F8L IS USM Lens

  • 1200mm Focal Length
  • F/8 Maximum Aperture
  • 4-Stop Image Stabilizer
  • 9-Bladed Diaphragm
  • Customisable Controls
  • RF Mount

Quality and distance are no problem at all for the RF 1200mm F8L IS USM lens from Canon. The lens features a maximum aperture of F8, a 4 stop image stabiliser and a lightweight magnesium alloy body to make this super-telephoto prime lens easy to control. Capture image quality like never before from distances you never thought possible, with the RF 1200mm.

Breathtaking Performance and Quality. Featuring the longest native focal length for mirrorless cameras, the RF 1200mm F/8 IS USM produces incredible image quality even in low-light situations, thanks to its f8 maximum aperture.

Optimised weight distribution gives the photographer complete confidence in handling Canon’s most powerful telephoto prime lens. Capture incredibly sharp and steady images with help from Fluorite, UD and Super UD lens elements with advanced coatings to help reduce ghosting and flaring.

Canon’s L-series inspire confidence when it comes to working in some of the harshest environments. Heat insulating paint protects the optics inside while Fluorine on the outer elements keeps dust and moisture at bay.

The RF 1200mm sits right at the very top of Canon’s entire lens range. Its aperture mechanism offers 1/8th stop increments which is super handy even for video, while the image stabilisation system works seamlessly with the in-body IS from your Canon mirrorless camera, such as the EOS R5.

The lens features multiple custom options. Two focus pre-sets and a customisable AF stop button allows you to set the lens up for your personal shooting style.

What's in the box?

  • Lens Cap E-185C
  • Lens Hood ET-160 (WIII)
  • Lens Soft Case LS1200
  • Rear cap
  • Lens Dust Cap RF

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Understanding: Aperture

Aperture is the opening in a camera lens that controls how much light enters the camera. It's measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/8. Lower f-stop numbers mean wider openings, letting in more light and creating a shallow depth of field (blurry background). Higher f-stop numbers mean smaller openings, letting in less light and creating a larger depth of field (more of the scene in focus). Aperture also affects the quality of out-of-focus areas in the image (bokeh).

Understanding: Lens Types

Different lenses have different purposes to achieve different styles of images, some popular ones include:
Prime Lens: Fixed focal length, sharp images, great for portraits and dark settings.
Zoom Lens: Variable focal length, versatile for different shots and everyday use..
Wide-Angle Lens: Captures wide scenes like landscapes.
Telephoto Lens: Magnifies distant subjects, ideal for sports & wildlife.
Macro Lens: Perfect for close-up photography of small subjects.
Fisheye Lens: Ultra-wide perspective, creates unique images.

Understanding: Lens Mounts

Different camera brands use different lens mounts, which are like connectors that attach lenses to camera bodies. Each mount is specific to a particular brand and camera series. For example, Canon uses the EF and RF mounts, Nikon uses the F mount, Sony uses the E mount for its mirrorless cameras. These mounts dictate which lenses are compatible with which cameras. Some brands offer adapters to use lenses from other systems, but it's essential to ensure compatibility for proper functionality and autofocus performance.

Understanding: Manual and Autofocus

Manual focus and autofocus are two ways to adjust the sharpness of a camera lens. With manual focus, you turn a ring on the lens to bring the subject into focus yourself, giving you full control over what appears sharp in the image. Autofocus, on the other hand, relies on the camera's built-in technology to automatically adjust the focus for you, usually by detecting contrast or phase differences in the scene. Autofocus can be convenient, especially for fast-moving subjects or when you need to capture a quick shot, whereas manual focus allows for precise adjustments and creative control over the final image.

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