The Top 10 Best Canon DSLR Lenses

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Whether you’re new to shooting with a DSLR camera, a hobbyist, or professional photographer, one thing is certain- having the right Canon DSLR lens makes or breaks the shot. Different lighting conditions call for different lenses, and Canon offers a great selection of lenses for every shooting condition. There are several Canon DSLR lenses to choose from, and following is an abbreviated list of the best top ten.

Canon 35mm f/1.4L

If you’re looking for a great Canon DSLR lens for use in multiple conditions, the Canon 35mm f/1.4L is a top pick. Perfect in low light indoors and out, this lens will capture great landscapes, full body portraits, and indoor events.
Where to buy

Pixmania

Jessops

amazon.co.uk

Tech Details

  • Type: – Autofocus lens type with manual focusing mechanism
  • Focal Length: Fixed focal length 35mm
  • Focus Adjustment:- Autofocus; ring-type USM with rear focus design
  • Manual Focusing:- possible via AF/M switch and electronic full-time manual focusing possible during autofocusing
  • Zoom Adjustment:- Nil. Fixed Focal Length Lens
  • Closest Focusing Distance:- 0.3m (1.0ft)
  • Maximum Magnification:- 0.15X
  • Drive System:- USM with full-time manual focusing
  • Distance Scales: Provided via window on metres/feet.
  • Angle of View:- 54° 38° 63° (horizontal, vertical and diagonal)
  • Aperture range:- f/1.4 – f/22
  • Number of Diaphragm Blades: – 8 blades
  • Minimum Aperture: – f/22
  • Depth of Filed Scale: f/4.0, f/11, f/22Filter rotation: No
  • Filter Attachment Size:- 72mm front mounting
  • Lens construction:- 11 Elements in 9 Groups with an Aspherical lens elements (at 9th element)


Canon 50mm f/1.4

Another great low light lens is the Canon 50mm f/1.4. This is a less expensive option which offers a lot of versatility and reliability in indoor low light conditions. This Canon DSLR lens is one that many Canon users rely on.

Tech Details
  • Focal Length: 50mm. On Canon’s 1.6x digital cameras, it gives a field of view similar to what an 80mm lens does on a 35mm camera. On Canon’s 1.3x factor cameras, gives a field of view similar to what a 65mm lens does on a 35mm camera.
  • Optics: 7 elements in 6 groups, multicoated.
  • Diaphragm: 8 blades, stopping down to f/22.
  • Close Focus: 1.5 feet (0.45m), same as every other 50mm SLR lens made since the 1970s.
  • Reproduction Ratio: 1:6.66.
  • Focus Scale: Yes.
  • Infra-Red Focus Index: Yes.
  • Filter: 58mm, plastic thread. It doesn’t rotate, but it does move in and out as you focus.
  • Hood: ES-71II dinky plastic bayonet, not included.
  • Case: LP1014, not included.
  • Made of: Plastic exterior and switches. Metal mount. Internals unknown, looks mostly plastic and metal. I like this: it uses plastic where it can to save weight, and metal where it needs it.
  • Made in: Japan.
  • Size: 2.9 x 2.0″ (73.8 x 50.5mm).
  • Weight: 9.460 oz. (268.1g), measured. 10.2 oz (290g) specified.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

A great lens for portraits, the Canon EF 85mm f/1/8 USM lens allows for a nicely blurred background. Its large aperture ensures a sharp image and its affordable price makes it attainable for everyone.
Tech Details
  • Focal length and maximum aperture: 85 mm f1.8
  • Lens construction: 9 elements in 7 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 28°-30°
  • Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.85m / 2.8ft
  • Filter size: 58mm

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

When shooting wildlife or sporting events, a good telephoto lens is a must. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM offers image stabilization, a constant f/4.0 aperture and excellent optical quality.
Tech Details
  • An autofocus telephoto zoom lens for both film and digital cameras
  • Built-in image stabiliser action can be seen in the viewfinder
  • Allows handheld images at shutter speeds 4 steps slower than without image stabilisation
  • Excellent f/4 maximum aperture performance at all focal lengths
  • Fast, silent autofocus with full-time manual focus override
  • Significantly lighter than the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L
  • Uses 1 fluorite and 2 UD (Ultra-low Dispersion)elements to help control secondary spectrum aberrations
  • Professionally sealed against moisture and dust ingress
  • Internal zooming and focusing
  • Circular aperture diaphragm for natural-looking out of focus highlights
  • Uses 67mm filters

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

Similar to the above lens, but with a constant f/2.8 aperture, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM increases the exposure speed for sporting events, and provides portraits with the desired blurred background.

Where to buy

Pixmania | Expansys | amazon.co.uk

Tech Details
  • L Series telephoto zoom lens with Image Stabiliser
  • Five UD lenses provide compensation for chromatic aberration
  • 5 x UD and 1 x Fluorite elements offers unparalleled performance and low distortion throughout zoom range
  • 1.2m minimum focus distance at all zoom focal lengths
  • Highly dust and moisture resistant
  • Inner focusing design plus ring USM for near silent, high-speed AF
  • Telephoto zoom lens – 70-200mm focal range, fast f/2.8 aperture
  • Inner focus design with Ultrasonic Motor (USM) offers fast and virtually silent operation
  • New high-performance Image Stabiliser with optimum control system offers up to
  • 4 stops of compensation
  • Increased moisture and dust protection prevents water and dust penetration in extreme conditions
  • Manual focusing enabled even during AF mode (full-time mechanical focusing)

Canon 135mm f/2.0L
Recommended for indoor action sports, Canon’s 135mm f/2.0L boasts superb image sharpness and extremely wide aperture which allows for a blurred background and puts the focus on your subject.

Where to buy

Pixmania | amazon.co.uk


Tech Details

  • Product Description – Canon EF telephoto lens – 135 mm
  • Weight – 750 g
  • Length – 11.2 cm
  • Lens System – Telephoto lens
  • Min Focus Range – 90 cm
  • Lens Aperture – F/2.0
  • Focus Adjustment – Automatic, manual
  • Focal Length – 135 mm
  • Lens Construction – 8 group(s) / 10 element(s)
  • Mounting Type – Canon EF
  • Filter Size – 72 mm
  • Special Functions – Tele
  • Intended For – 35mm SLR, digital SLR
  • Designed For – EOS 1000D, 1D, 1Ds, 20D, 20Da, 300D, 30D, 350D, 400D, 40D, 450D, 500D, 50D, 5D, 7D, Digital Rebel, Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel XTi, Kiss Digital, Kiss Digital N, Kiss Digital X, Kiss F, Kiss X2, Kiss X3, Rebel T1i, Rebel XS, Rebel XSi

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro

When photographing the tiniest of subjects, a great Macro lens is a necessity. The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro allows for excellent close ups, and the f/2.8 aperture creates a nicely blurred background.

Tech Details
• Product Description : Canon EF macro lens – 100 mm
• Lens System : Macro lens
• Intended For : 35mm SLR, digital SLR
• Mounting Type : Canon EF
• Lens Aperture : F/2.8
• Focal Length : 100 mm
• Min Focus Range : 30 cm
• Focus Adjustment : Automatic, manual
• Lens Construction : 12 group(s) / 15 element(s)
• Special Functions : Macro, tele
• Filter Size : 67 mm
• Length : 12.3 cm
• Weight : 0.63 kg
• Designed For : EOS 1000D, 1D, 1Ds, 20D, 20Da, 300D, 30D, 350D, 400D, 40D, 450D, 500D, 50D, 5D, 7D, Digital Rebel, Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel XTi, Kiss Digital, Kiss Digital N, Kiss Digital X, Kiss F, Kiss X2, Kiss X3, Rebel T1i, Rebel XS, Rebel XSi


Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro

The Macro enthusiast will love the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens which features Canon’s first Hybrid Image Stabilization feature allowing for crystal clear close up images.
Where to buy
Tech Details
  • Length 12.3 cm
  • Diameter 7.8 cm
  • Weight 0.63 kg
  • Included Accessories Dust cap, lens cap
  • Lens System Type Macro lens
  • Special Functions Macro, tele
  • Intended For 35mm SLR, digital SLR
  • Focal Length 100 mm
  • Lens Aperture F/2.8
  • Minimum Aperture F/32

Canon EF 17-40mm f4.0L USM

An affordable wide angle lens is the Canon EF 17-40mm f4.0L USM. Great for large groups, sweeping landscapes, architectural portraits and situations in which you just can’t back up any further.


Tech Details
  • Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 93° – 49°20′, 70°30′ – 34°, 104° – 57°30′
  • Lens construction (elements/groups) 12/9
  • No. of diaphragm blades 7
  • Minimum aperture 22
  • Closest focusing distance (m) 0.28
  • Maximum magnification (x) 0.24 (at 35mm)
  • AF actuator USM¹
  • Filter diameter (mm) 77
  • Max. diameter x length (mm) 83.5 x 96.8
  • Weight (g) 500
  • Magnification – Extension Tube EF12 II 0.83 – 0.32
  • Magnification – Extension Tube EF25 II 1.02 – 0.70¹
  • Lens hood EW-83E
  • Soft case LP1319
  • Extenders EF1.4x II and EF2x II Not compatible

Canon EF 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom

When you really want a wide view, Canon’s EF 8-15 mm Fisheye Zoom provides 180 degree diagonal as well as circular fisheye images.

Where to buy

Expansys

Jessops

Pixmania


Tech Details
  • Lens Construction: 14 Elements in 11 Groups
  • Angle of View (Horizontal, vertical, diagonal): 180°-142°, 180°-91°46′, 180°-175°30′
  • Diaphragm Blades: 7 (rounded)
  • Minimum Aperture: f22
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 15cm
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.39x at 15mm
  • Dust & Moisture Resistance: Yes

Portraits, landscapes, and sporting events all call for different equipment, and having a wide selection of specialized Canon DSLR lenses in your bag means you’ll always be prepared to capture the perfect image.

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