Top 5 Lenses for Canon Shooters

September 16th, 2011

Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM Lens

This lens is considered by a lot of canon users as their bread and butter lens, it provides them with a solid reliable works horse that can take incredible tack sharp images. It offers image stabilisation that provides you with 3 stops of correction for camera shake. The lenses auto focus snaps into action and is great for tracking fast moving sports or action. It has an eight blade circular aperture that offers a nice out of focus background for portrait shots. It is constructed with weather seals and highly dust and water resistant.

  • Focal length: 70-200mm
  • Maximum aperture: 1:2.8
  • Lens construction: 23 elements in 18 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 34 to 12 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 4.3 feet
  • Zoom system: Rotating type
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 3.4 inches in diameter, 7.8 inches long
  • Weight: 3.24 pounds
  • Dust and water resistant

 

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens

Another very popular choice amongst professional photographers, this lens offers a F2.8 aperture which is great for low light and has a  very fast autofocus. It doesn’t offer image stabilisation which would be a very nice feature  but the F2.8 does mean faster shutter speeds in low light. Combined with the Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 lens above you have a very serious bit of kit which is the choice for most wedding photographers. However if price comes into play you may want to consider the Canon EF 24-105mm reviewed below.

  • Focal length: 24-70mm
  • Maximum aperture: 1:2.8
  • Lens construction: 16 elements in 13 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 74 to 29 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Front-focusing method
  • Closest focusing distance: 1.25 feet
  • Zoom system: Rotating type
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 3.3 inches in diameter, 4.9 inches long
  • Weight: 2.1 pounds

 

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens

This is my favourite all round lens it offers image stabilisation with 3 stops of correction for camera shake, a constant F4 aperture through the whole focal range and very fast auto focus. The focal length offers is a very useful range and is great for landscape, portraits and weddings amongst other uses. When stopped down the lens is still very sharp and although it is not as fast as the F2.8 zooms the image stabilisation still makes it very useable in low light.

  • 24-105mm standard zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon EOS SLR cameras
  • 1 Super UD glass element and 3 aspherical lenses minimize chromatic aberration and distortion
  • Ring-type USM system delivers silent but quick autofocus (AF); full-time manual focus
  • Image Stabilizer technology steadies camera shake at up to 3 stops; weighs 23.6 ounces
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant
  • Dimensions: measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 4.2 inches long
  • 1-year warranty

 

Canon EF 70-200mm F/4.0 L IS USM Lens

This lens has optics that are comparable to it’s big brother the Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS USM reviewed above but with an F/4 constant aperture. It is a lot lighter than it’s big brother so if weight is an issue this may be a serious contender. It is also a lot cheaper and for those on a budget it is still a great lens and with the higher ISO capabilities of the modern DSLRs the loss of the extra stop may not be such an issue as it was in the past. The IS on the lens offers 3 stops of correction for camera shake which comes in very handy for those longer focal lengths and low light shots.

  • Focal length: 70-200mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/4
  • Lens construction: 20 elements in 15 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 34 to 12 degrees (with full-frame cameras)
  • Focus adjustment: AF with full-time manual focus
  • Closest focusing distance: 3.94 feet
  • Zoom system: 7-group helical zoom (72-degree rotational angle)
  • Filter size: 67mm
  • Dimensions: 3 inches in diameter, 6.8 inches long
  • Weight: 26.8 ounces

 

Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens

This lens is a must have for any canon shooter, it offers a maximum aperture of F/1.8 which is great for low light photography and for very shallow depth of field. At under £100 it is an absolute steel for a lens that offers razor sharp images even when shooting wide open. If you wanted to splash out a little bit more you could also consider the Canon – Lens – 50 mm – f/1.4 USM – Canon EF or if you really have money burning a hole in your pocket you could try the amazing Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens.

  • Canon EF lens F/1.8 50 mm
  • Minimum Focus Range: 45 cm
  • Automatic and Manual Focus Adjustment
  • 52 mm Filter Size
  • Light Weight (130g) and Compact (68×41 mm)

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