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Canon RF Telephoto Lenses

Canon has expanded its lens range for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system with the addition of two blockbuster super-telephoto RF lenses:

  • Canon RF 800mm f5.6 L IS USM
  • Canon RF 1200mm f8.0 L IS USM

Canon have made EF versions of these focal lengths in the past, the legendary EF 1200mm f5.6 L from 1993 is incredibly rare. They were made to order, there is only speculation about how many were ever produced and we have never seen one at Fixation. More recently in 2008 the EF 800mm f5.6 L IS USM had the new benefits of Canon image stabilisation and magnesium alloy build for lighter weight however it was still 4.5kg

Times and technologies have moved on and while we saw mark II and mark III versions of the 300mm and 400mm super telephoto lenses which were ever lighter, better balanced, with more advanced stabilisation systems and power aperture control rings, there was never a revision to the 1200mm or 800mm lenses until today.

Lenses are available to pre-order, contact our sales team on or call us on 020 7582 3294 for more information.

Key specifications compared
RF 1200mm f8.0 L IS USMRF 800mm f5.6 L IS USMEF 1200mm f5.6 LEF 800mm f5.6 L IS USM
Release Year2022202219932008
Focal Length1200mm800mm1200mm800mm
Maximum Aperturef/8.0f/5.6f/5.6f/5.6
Image StabilisationYes: 4 Stop ISYes: 4.5 Stop ISNoYes: 4 Stop IS
Close focus distance4.3m2.6m14.0m6.0m
Price£22,449£19,099No longer available£13,549

Lenses are available to pre-order, contact our sales team on or call us on 020 7582 3294 for more information.

Are they really compact lightweight and portable?

This depends on your perspective, if you are used to using telephoto lenses, especially if you used to use 1990s and 2000s mark I telephoto lenses from Canon then the answer is yes! The difference between those early telephoto lenses and what Canon can produce now is phenomenal. So much so that we often have to double check the cases of the mark III EF telephoto lenses to make sure there is a lens in them. When you are used to the heavier kit, the new kit feels like it is barely there.

On the other hand if you are used to small lenses eg. 70-200mm f2.8, 24-105mm f4.0, prime lenses under 180mm, then the answer is no. Any supertelephoto lens will seem large and unwieldy to start with. They are “long” lenses by definition super telephoto lenses have to be longer and larger to magnify subjects at a great distance. The lenses have their own cases and cannot be put into a normal backpack along with your camera and flash, when travelling overseas this is a significant consideration.

In the end it is down to what you are used to as a photographer, and if you have never used a telephoto lens before don’t worry you can it takes a little practice but the results are well worth it. If you do travel regularly, covering international sport for example, this becomes a normal part of your travel planning.

Telephoto lenses launched April 2021:

Canon has announced three new lenses in the RF range: An RF 100mm f2.8 L Macro USM, Super-telephoto RF 400mm f2.8 L IS USM and, even longer a Super telephoto RF 600mm f4.0L IS USM.

THree new lenses launched by Canon 14th April: RF 600mm f4, RF 400mm f2.8 and EF 100mm f2.8 Macro. All lenses are Canon L series.
Left to right the RF 600mm f4.0L IS USM, RF 400mm f2.8L IS USM, RF 100mm f2.8 L Macro IS USM

All three lenses use Canon L series optics and are RF versions of tried and tested EF lenses updated for EOS R mount mirrorless digital cameras.

Canon RF 100mm f2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens        £1,449
Canon RF 400mm f2.8 L IS USM Lens                 £12,449
Canon RF 600mm f4 L IS USM Lens                    £13,409

To place an order with our sales team, call us on 0207 582 3294 or email

Canon RF 100mm f2.8L Macro USM

The 100mm is a versatile lens which delivers excellent macro images but it is by no means limited just to macro photography. The earlier version of this lens for DSLR camera bodies (EF 100mm f2.8L IS Macro USM) was prized for it’s revealing, clear images and used by beauty, product and portrait photographers as well as extensively for artwork reproduction and archive digitization. The image stabilization on a short telephoto was a real boon for early DSLR filmmakers working with the EOS 5D series and Cinema EOS systems.

In short, we’re confident this lens will be a popular choice for a wide range of photographers using EOS R cameras and may tempt more to move to mirrorless.

Fast close focusing

This lens achieves fast, precise and controlled focus, in near silence by using two Nano USM autofocus motors to drive two separate optical element groups. A floating lens group (which required the use of a second focus motor) is used to make the lens more compact and to focus closer for up to 1.5x magnification. Shorter distances within the lens make focusing faster.

The independent movement of the two optical groups also suppresses focus breathing, the subtle change in magnification seen when focusing a traditional optical system.

Rock steady image stabilisation

The hybrid IS system in the RF 100mm f2.8L IS Macro USM delivers up to 5 stops of image stabilisation in the lens alone. Paired with the in-body image stabilisation of the Canon EOS R5 the lens is capable of up to 8 stops of image stabilisation. Both of these measurements have been tested independently by CIPA.

It is worth noting that the stabilisation is tested at a standard subject distance and not at a macro distance. Because macro photography is much more revealing of shake and subject movement, Canon state that the IS delivers 2-stops of stabilisation when shooting at 1x magnification. For greater macro stability the lens has an optional tripod attachment ring.

Spherical Aberration (SA) control

A defining feature of this lens is the addition of a Spherical Aberration Control ring. The SA Control gives photographers more control of depth of field and bokeh by moving the floating element group independently. This allows you to alter the look of your bokeh and defocus in front of and behind the subject.

Canon RF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM Lens        £1,449
To place an order with our sales team, call us on 0207 582 3294 or email

Canon RF 400mm f2.8 L IS USM and RF 600mm f4.0 L IS USM

Two fast telephoto lenses are set to bring Canon mirrorless cameras into the world of professional sport and wildlife photography. These lenses give photographers the ability to capture the action while staying safely on the sidelines. 400mm is a standard length for football and rugby while 600mm is the go-to for cricket and golf. Outside the world of sport, the 600mm is highly prized by bird photographers and both focal lengths are used by wildlife photographers around the world.

Fast AF with Dual Power focus drive

These lenses are often used to track moving subjects. Canon have added a second power connection point to the lens mount so that with compatible cameras the lenses can draw more power for faster focusing and more accurate subject tracking.

Both lenses have a full time manual focus override so you can quickly adjust focus without switching focus modes. The 600mm allows you to set three manual focus speeds for precise control.


These are large lenses, the long focal lengths and wide apertures make these lenses objects that often dwarf the camera attached. Canon have done all they can to make such large lenses as light and easy to use as possible. Using lightweight alloys for the barrels the 400m is the lightest 400mm f2.8 for mirrorless cameras on the market at only 2.89kg. The 600mm is only a fraction heavier at 3.09kg.

Canon are no longer providing these lenses in bulky flight cases instead opting for reinforced soft cases to reduce the overall weight of the kit while travelling.

Canon RF 400mm f2.8 L IS USM Lens                 £12,449
Canon RF 600mm f4 L IS USM Lens                    £13,409
To place an order with our sales team, call us on 0207 582 3294 or email

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Canon EOS R5 C

With just one compact body you can capture 8K video or 45 megapixel photographs. From Canon Cinema EOS the EOS R5 C is a video version of the popular EOS R5 full-frame 35mm mirrorless camera body with a boosted video spec and some important physical differences which make it an 8K video powerhouse.

Canon EOS R5 C: £4,499
The EOS R5 C is available to pre-order just contact our sales team on or call us on 0207 582 3294.

Canon EOS R5 C front view
A familiar silhouette from the front, the EOS R5 C is based on the EOS R5 mirrorless camera body.
Enhanced video performance

The EOS R5 C can capture 8K 30fps or 8K 60fps with an external power supply. It can also record oversampled 4K, slow-motion 4K up to 120fps, as well as Full HD. Beyond this range of resolutions and frame rates the camera is capable of recording in a range of professional recording formats: three versions of Cinema RAW light recorded in-camera, XF-AVC, MP4 and RAW output via HDMI to an external recorder.

Active cooling means the EOS R5 C will shoot for long periods without cut off, more on this point below.

When setting up to shoot shooting you can choose to record into profiles which offer greater latitude in post production: Canon Log 3, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) which allows for delivery to SDR and HDR monitors, and PQ a dedicated HDR transfer mode.

When shooting, Cinema EOS tools such as waveform monitoring and false colour views are available to help you get the perfect take.

High resolution 45 megapixel photography & EOS R system features

The sensor, as seen in the incredibly popular Canon EOS R5, captures incredible high definition images with stills burst speeds up to 20fps. Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus delivers accurate and fast subject tracking with reliable Face, Head and Eye tracking, maintaining focus even when your subject turns away from the camera. The Dual Pixel Focus guide even delivers precise focus feedback when manually focusing.
Built in WiFi lets you transfer photographs wirelessly to a phone or computer – without the need for an extra accessory.
The RF lens mount on the EOS R5 C is fully compatible with the growing RF lens range as well as the EF-EOS R mount adaptors which open up the camera to use with the complete EF lens range for Canon DSLR cameras including tilt-shift and super-macro specialist lenses.

The big difference between the EOS R5 and the EOS R5 C

How has Canon done it? How have they added such a strong video recording spec to the EOS R5 C? Why didn’t they bring all this out with the original EOS R5?

The answer to all these questions is Heat, no, not the 1995 impressive but also somewhat impenetrable crime classic. Heat generated by a sensor recording and a processor processing 8K video for extended durations has limited what Canon could previously deliver in a body designed for photography. Heat management is much more critical for video cameras with an always-on sensor constantly demanding processing power compared with a stills camera which is only capturing and processing image information for a fraction of a second.

Canon have handled the heat generated by this video operation by adding an active cooling system (a fan to you and me) which cools a heat sink pulling heat away from the internal operations of the camera. The result is a thicker body behind the LCD and a longer hot-shoe and eyepiece compared to the original EOS R5 body. The right-hand grip is the same dimensions so hand-holding the camera will be just as comfortable as the EOS R5. This physical difference is most notable from a top-down view of the two bodies side by side:

The other change which we think is related to the cooling system is that the sensor has no IBIS stabilisation system, the sensor is static in the body. Canon announced that there is a 5-axis electronic stabilisation which will compliment optical image stabilisation in their IS lenses. Electronic stabilisation uses pixels surrounding the frame as a buffer to compensate for camera movement so can cause some cropping.

In the Cinema EOS lineup this camera is the smallest and lightest and the most like a Canon stills camera making the move to a professional video ecosystem easier for any Canon photographer being asked for more video content. For experienced Cinema EOS users the EOS 5R C offers a body that can deliver both the video performance they expect and a strong option for photography without the need to invest in a second system.

For more information or to pre-order the camera contact our sales team on or call us on 0207 582 3294.

Canon 2 year warranty

Canon Warranty increased to 2 Years

From 1st Jan 2022 Canon has increased its standard warranty to two years on all DSLR and mirrorless cameras, lenses and speedlite flash. The manufacturer has backdated the warranty update by two years so this change will affect all purchases made since 01/01/2020.

This update is part of the Canon European Warranty System and not only covers photography equipment such as the EOS R5, R6 and new EOS R3 camera bodies but includes Cinema EOS cameras including the popular Canon EOS C70 camcorder body and CN-E prime cine lenses including the cinematic Sumire primes.

Canon moving ahead of the curve

The new and improved warranty service from Canon is in anticipation of future requirements for manufacturers to provide easier access to repairs and longer availability of spare parts.

Changes in repair requirements for manufacturers are being driven by the “Right to Repair” movements campaigning for EU and UK legal requirements to make more electronic equipment repairable. Significant wins have been made already with rules for household appliances enacted in in summer 2021 and rules for consumer electronics expected next.

Authorised Canon Service Centre for Warranty Repairs

At Fixation we are an official repair centre for Canon EOS cameras, lenses and speedlite flash units. As a repair partner with Canon we can complete many warranty repairs in-house, our technicians specialise in DSLR systems making us the destination for work on the EOS 5D and 1D series as well as any L series EF lens repairs. All our spare parts for repairs are supplied by Canon UK to ensure all repairs are completed with genuine Canon spares.

We are part of the Canon Professional Network and offer CPS service turnaround times to photographers and businesses registered with Canon CPS.

We can forward any Cinema EOS or EOS R system mirrorless cameras and lenses to Canon on behalf of our customers.

Find out more about our Canon repair service and warranty repair services

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Canon EOS R3

Canon has revealed the full specification of the the highly anticipated EOS R3. A high-speed mirrorless camera built for professional photography that lets you photograph sport, wildlife and news at a remarkable 30fps. To keep up with the high shooting rate the EOS R3 has an improved autofocus engine for enhanced low light AF performance and vehicle tracking in addition to eye, face and body detection AF which will be a great benefit for photographers covering motorsports.

Canon EOS R3 product image with RF 24-70mm lens

The Canon EOS R3 £5879 including VAT. Latest offers are featured on our sales page.
Our sales team are taking orders call us on 0207 582 3294 or email

Canon EOS R3 features

Canon promise speed, reliability and sensitivity from this new digital camera which will be compatible with all RF lenses.

24 megapixel Stacked, back illuminated (BSI), CMOS sensor

The EOS R3 will be the first camera to contain a newly developed stacked full-frame sensor with faster output speeds, combined with a Canon DIGIC X imaging processor, to enable 30fps continuous shooting while retaining full AF/AE tracking and electronic shutter speeds up to 1/64000th second. Back illumination in the sensor offers greater sensitivity with an ISO range of 100 to 102,400 (extendable to 204,800).

AF improvements

Low light improvements will help the EOS R3 lock on in the most challenging lighting: Sensitive to -7.5 EV
Vehicle AF has been added to the Autofocus algorithm in the EOS R3 to help locking on to and tracking vehicles across the frame. Ideal for the motorsport photographer, especially if face and eye tracking modes could pull the focus to the crowds beyond the track.
The AF subject in the frame can be selected based on the camera detecting your eye movement. Change focus area by simply looking to another part of the frame, or at a new subject then half-press the shutter button to lock on to the new subject. The intellegent tracking mode from Canon recognises people, animals and vehicles.

Built-in vertical grip – compatible with the LP-E19 batteries

Canon have positioned the EOS R3 between the flagship EOS 1DX mark III released in February 2020 and the EOS R5 which launched in July 2020. The EOS R3 will be the first Canon EOS R camera to feature built in vertical and horizontal grips seen in the EOS 1D series, it also takes the same LP-E19 battery making it easier for 1DX mark III users to try the new body and switch across.
The body will be dust and weather sealed using methods developed with each iteration of the EOS 1D series however at 1015g with card and battery, the body is significantly lighter than the DSLR equivalent. We picked up a pre-release body at the BPPA hands on event and there is a noticeable reduction in weight compared to the EOS 1DX mark III.

New Digital Hot Shoe

The hot shoe on the Canon EOS R3 looks a little deeper than we are used to seeing. A new array of contacts have been added to enable digital connections with a new microphone the Canon DM-E1D and a new wireless flash transmitter Canon ST-E10 compatible with the EL-1.
The traditional 6 points of flash contact are still present so the EOS R3 will be compatible with all previous Canon flash, third-party speedlights and triggers.

EOS R3 top cover with longer hot shoe (L). Close up from rear showing row of gold contacts within the hot shoe unit (R)
Canon EOS R3 Availability 

First shipments are expected in November, our sales team are taking pre-orders call us on 0207 582 3294 or email

Pre-order the Canon EOS R3 £5879 including VAT


Canon RF 14-35mm f4L IS USM Lens

The Canon RF 14-35mm f4L IS USM is a new L series zoom lens in the Canon RF range, with a little bit extra at the wide angle. The perfect compliment to the mirrorless EOS R system and a nice alternative to heavier f/2.8 zoom lenses.

The Canon RF 14-35mm f4L IS is £1,749 To pre-order contact our sales team on 0207 582 3294 or email us at

The Canon RF 14-35mm f4 L IS USM, left, and a diagram showing the L series dust and moisture seals, right.

Ideal for Architecture, Travel and landscape photography this lens adds an extra 2mm on the wide end vs it EF equivalent the EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM. 14mm provides a much wider angle of view than 16mm: 104° Vs 98° angle of view respectively.

Compact constant f4 aperture

It’s not just the extra-wide angle that makes this lens great for travel and every-day shooting. The f4.0 aperture has allowed a much more compact lens design than if this lens had been built as an f/2.8. The optics are smaller which reduces the weight and size of the lens. In case the F4 aperture is not bright enough to keep your shutter speeds high, the RF 14-35mm f4L IS USM has a 5.5 stop image stabilisation system which will give plenty of tolerance for shooting sharp images hand-held. The IS benefits increase to 7 stops when used with an EOS R system camera with IBIS.

Rugged L series design

Canon L lenses are famous in photography and for good reason. They have long set a benchmark for professional reliability and durability. The RF 14-35mm f4L IS USM lens is no different, pictured above is the weather and dust sealing points to keep you lens operating in challenging conditions. The lens also features a lens control ring that can be customised to adjust ISO, aperture or exposure compensation without taking a hand away from the lens.

Our sales team have years of experience helping photographers find the right kit for them. To pre-order contact our sales team on 0207 582 3294 or email us at The Canon RF 14-35mm f4L IS is £1,749

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