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Monster Canon RF lenses could be available in limited quantities next week!

Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM and Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM
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It's looking likely that Canon will begin shipments of its RF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens and the RF 1200mm f/8L IS USM lens in limited quantities beginning on 26 May 2022.

If you're lucky enough to afford one of these colossal lenses and have purchased one on pre-order, it could be arriving at your doorstep relatively soon.

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These two fixed focal length, super-telephoto lenses were announced by Canon earlier this year on 23 February 2022, and have since garnered attention for having such extortionate price tags. The RF 800mm clocks in at a whopping $16,999 (£19,099.99 / AU$$29,799) and the RF 1200mm at an even greater $20,000 (£22,449.99 / AU$35,099). 

Canon stating that it will be shipping these lenses out in limited quantities should not raise any issues, as it's hard to believe that masses of people are purchasing these latest RF lenses at the current retail prices. Though, with that being said, both of these lenses are currently listed as out of stock on Canon's UK site. 

Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM (Image credit: Canon)
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While still available from other retailers, it could be probable that there is a very limited stock of these lenses with Canon presumably making fewer units to maintain the currently manageable demand, and avoid falling victim to the supply and parts shortage (opens in new tab) that has been sweeping the industry and causing shipment delays for numerous camera manufacturers as well as halted productions on new products.

The Canon RF 1200mm F8 L IS USM lens has the longest focal length yet of its RF lens  series, and the RF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM is Canon’s shortest and lightest ever L-series lens, weighted at just over 3.1kg. These RF lenses are said to be ideal for photographers who specialise in areas such as wildlife photography, outdoor sports, motorsports and photojournalism. 

Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM (Image credit: Canon)
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If you're looking to get your hands on either of these humongous lenses, follow the pre-order links below to shop with our trusted and recommended retailers. 


Pre-order the Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM at B&H (US)
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Pre-order the Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM at Park Cameras (UK) (opens in new tab)
Pre-order the Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM at Wex (UK) (opens in new tab)


Pre-order the Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM at B&H (US) (opens in new tab)
Pre-order the Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM at Park Cameras (UK) (opens in new tab)
Pre-order the Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM at Wex (UK) (opens in new tab)

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A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.