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Nikon 16-35/4 VR and 17-35/2.8 (not to scale)
The Beast

Conclusions

The Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS is capable of very sharp results, but there are a host of gremlins that will degrade the potential quality— don’t expect to start using this lens and instantly get great results (unless you already know how to operate a super telephoto).

The factors that will affect results include at least the following:

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