It looks like Canon is going to continue with their affordable super-telephoto lenses. This time we're getting an RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS, which will be announced on November 2, 2023.

We're not sure if the already reported on RF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM will be announced on the same day or not.

Rumored pricing according to The Camera Insider is around $2000 USD. We hope at that pricepoint that we'll see USM instead of STM. Thankfully, we don't have long to wait.

We also hope that some of that cost goes into weight savings and the smallest size possible for the focal range.

Both the RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM have been very popular, especially when instant rebates are active. We expect this lens will also be popular.

When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Here's how it works.

Go to discussion...

212 comments

  1. Looks like my Christmas present to me. It will be interesting to see what it actually looks like. To make 800 f/9, it will need 89mm objective, so at least a 95mm filter. Still way lighter than the big whites and 2/3 of a stop faster than the 800 f/11. Probably about the size of the Tamron 150-600, but maybe longer, or if they use DO, maybe shorter.
    • 0
  2. I wonder if it'll use DO elements?
    If it's sharp wide open then this will be very popular.
    Both the 600 and 800 f/11 use DO elements (albeit not hyped at all). DO is clearly cheaper to implement at this point than fluorite, so very likely it will have DO. Fluorite is being used sparingly these days. My EF 800 f/5.6 has a fluorite front element (huge) with clear glass protection in front. The RF 800 f/5.6 has the fluorite elements moved to the back (much smaller) and it is not quite as good (particularly with extenders). A BR (Blue Spectrum Refractive) element (as used in the RF 85mm f/1.2 is another possibility for CA correction.
    • 0
  3. This seems really good. Not what I was looking for but definitely awesome and a good move by canon. I was hoping for something similar to Nikons new 600pf but this does make a lot sense and should be pretty good
    • 0
  4. What, already twelve comments and nobody is switching to Sony, or complaining..
    But seriously, this looks interesting. Hope it has the USM, but who knows..
    It is nice to have more relatively affordable tele lenses
    • 0
  5. First thought: preorder, preorder, preorder!!!!

    I have mentioned several times on this forum that Id absolutely love such a lens!!! A dream come true (well hopefully).

    Read the price: Damn, have to wait for the announcement to decide when to buy it. But it will be a sure buy :) :)
    • 0
  6. The linked source suggests an MSRP of € 2,500.
    For me, at that price point it has to offer a lot more than the RF 600mm/ 800mm F11 lenses. It should have a...
    - faster AF motor
    - weather sealing to some degree
    - full AF capabilities (unlike the 600/800mm where the AF only works in the center square)
    • 0

Leave a comment

Please log in to your forum account to comment