Canon Lenses

Canon EF 24-105mm STM review so far

26 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

The Canon EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM is a general-purpose 4.4x zoom designed for full-frame DSLRs. It's Canon's third 24-105mm, but the first with STM motors for smooth and quiet focusing in live view and movies. With great quality at half the price of the L version, it's a bargain!

Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS USM review-so-far

08 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EF-S 18-135mm IS USM is a general-purpose zoom for cropped-sensor DSLRs It sports a flexible 7.5x / 29-216mm range taking you from wide to tele - ideal for travel and general use - and a new AF system that's fast for action but smooth and quiet for movies. Check out my samples!

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM review-so-far

29 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM is a compact and light-weight ultra-wide zoom for Canon's cropped-frame DSLRs with APSC sensors. It's smaller and more affordable than the EF-S 10-22mm USM, bringing ultra-wide photography to a wider audience. Check out my review-so-far!

Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM review

20 Feb 2017 Gordon Laing

The Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM is a high-end ultra-wide zoom lens designed for Canon's full-frame EOS DSLRs. It's the World's widest rectilinear zoom lens, boasting minimal geometric distortion despite the extreme coverage. Ideal for shooting large buildings inside and out, expansive landscapes or simply very large group shots, find out how it performs in my Canon 11-24mm review!

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM review

06 Feb 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EF 50mm f1.8 STM is a low-priced standard prime lens for the EOS range of DSLRs. It's the long-awaited replacement for the EF 50mm f1.8 II, Canon's most successful lens, yet one that's 24 years old. The latest version promises smoother out-of-focus effects and a closer focusing distance. Find out why it's a no-brainer in my Canon EF 50mm…

Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM review

13 Jun 2013 Gordon Laing

The Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM is a prime lens with a standard focal length of 50mm and the joint-fastest focal ratio in the Canon lens catalogue - a position shared with the EF 85mm f1.2L USM. Announced in August 2006, the EF 50mm f1.2L USM is one of the most aspirational and exotic mass-produced lenses around, although it's actually…

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 STM review-so-far

16 May 2013 Gordon Laing

  Canon’s EF-S 18-135mm may not have the reach of the EF-S 18-200mm, but still delivers a respectable general-purpose range of 29-216mm on cropped-frame bodies (again it’s not compatible with full-frame models). It’s a more affordable model, often supplied as an optional kit lens on some newer bodies, and like the EF-S 18-200mm, includes Image Stabilisation to iron-out any wobbles.  

Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM

15 May 2013 Gordon Laing

Canon's EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM is an ultra-wide zoom that's compatible with full-frame DSLRs. It's the successor to the EF 17-40mm f4L USM, losing a little on the long-end, but gaining a tad on the important wide-end, while also adding the benefit of image stabilization. Crucially it matches the coverage of the EF 16-35mm f2.8 USM models, at a…

Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM

15 May 2013 Gordon Laing

  Canon’s EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM is the second version of its professional ultra-wide lens. It delivers huge views on a full-frame body and is so wide it’s also usable as a standard zoom on a cropped body. It’s pricey, but features a constant, bright f2.8 aperture, quick and quiet USM focusing, and as an ‘L’ lens the build quality and…

Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II USM

15 May 2013 Gordon Laing

The widest prime lens in the Canon catalogue is a real gem: the EF 14mm f2.8L II USM, now in an improved Mark II version, delivers ultra-wide coverage without any of the distortion of a fisheye. This is the lens to go for if you want to capture big skies, large buildings or expansive landscapes with superb quality. It's also…

Canon MP-E65 f2.8 1-5 x Macro

15 May 2013 Gordon Laing

If you’re really into photographing tiny subjects like insects, consider Canon’s MP-E65 which can achieve greater than 1x magnification without attachments. At its closest focusing distance of 24cm, the MP-E65 can deliver 5x reproduction for spectacular close-ups, which combined with the f2.8 aperture can also achieve very blurred background effects. It’s manual focus only, but if you want big photos…

Canon EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM Macro

15 May 2013 Gordon Laing

Close-up fanatics wanting a top-quality Macro lens should consider the EF 100mm f2.8L, which works on cropped and full-frame bodies, delivers 1x magnification and boasts Canon’s first Hybrid Image Stabilisation system which counteracts both lens shift and angular motion. The ‘L’ build quality is dust and moisture-resistant, and the out-of-focus effects look great thanks to the f2.8 aperture and 9-blade…

Canon EF 100mm f2.8 USM Macro

15 May 2013 Gordon Laing

Canon’s EF 100mm f2.8 Macro is a close-up lens which will work on both cropped and full-frame bodies. The maximum magnification is 1x, allowing you to reproduce subjects at actual size on the frame for excellent close-ups, while the f2.8 aperture enables blurred backgrounds. The USM focusing is quick and quiet and there’s also full-time manual over-ride. An ideal macro…

Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 USM Macro

15 May 2013 Gordon Laing

Canon’s EF-S 60mm f2.8 is a Macro lens designed for cropped-bodies; as an EF-S model it’s not compatible with full-frame bodies. When mounted on a cropped-body it delivers an equivalent focal length of 96mm, which combined with a minimum focusing distance of 20cm allows you to enjoy serious close-ups. There’s quick and quiet USM focusing, while the f2.8 aperture allows…

Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM

14 May 2013 Gordon Laing

If you want a quality telephoto zoom with longer reach, consider the EF 100-400mm IS USM, now available in a Mark II edition. Compatible with both cropped and full-frame bodies (and delivering equivalent coverage up to 640mm on the former), it’s ideal for capturing distant action or wildlife. The ‘L’ build quality is superb and there’s quick and quiet USM…

Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM

14 May 2013 Gordon Laing

Canon's EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM brings L quality to this popular zoom range. You get tough build quality, quick and quiet USM autofocusing, full-time manual focusing, effective image stabilisation and great optical quality in a barrel that's comfortably shorter (albeit fatter and heavier) than the EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM. It may not feature the constant aperture of the…

Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM

14 May 2013 Gordon Laing

Canon’s EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM is a professional workhorse for both cropped and full-frame bodies. Like the model above it enjoys USM focusing, Image Stabilisation and ‘L’ quality, but what makes it really special is the constant f2.8 aperture allowing faster exposures for action shots and delivering nice blurred backgrounds for portraits. This aperture makes the lens relatively…

Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM

14 May 2013 Gordon Laing

Canon’s EF 70-200mm f4.0L IS USM is the first ‘L’ lens in this list and really delivers the goods on both cropped and full-frame bodies. The range may not extend as far as 70-300mm models, but the optical quality is superb and as an ‘L’ lens, the build quality is also excellent. The lens also features a constant f4.0 aperture,…

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