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All these are great lenses, but no one needs to own all sixty lenses. I added "RECOMMENDED" next to my few very top picks; it doesn't mean that there' anything wrong with the others.

 

Autofocus EF Lenses       top

Jump to lenses starting at:

Fisheye   8-11mm   14mm    15mm   16mm   17mm

18mm   20-22mm   24-25mm   28-30mm   35-40mm

50-60mm   70-80mm   85-90mm   100mm   135-150mm

200mm   300mm   400mm   500mm   600mm   800mm

Extenders

(macro lenses are at 50-60mm and at 100mm)

 

Fisheye      index

Canon 8-15mm Fisheye

Canon 8-15mm Fisheye Review.

For all format cameras.

(2011-)

Sunex 5.6mm Fisheye

Sunex 5.6mm Fisheye 29 February 2008

for 1.6x cameras only

ProOptic 8mm f/3.5 fisheye

Pro-Optic 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye 06 April 2010

for 1.6x cameras only

Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye

10-17mm Tokina Fisheye 13 February 2007

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon 15mm fisheye

Canon 15mm Fisheye 08 December 2009

for all formats, but works best on 35mm and full-frame.

Zenitar 16mm Fisheye

16mm f/2.8 Zenitar 08 December 2006

for all formats, but works best on 35mm and full-frame.

 

 

8-11mm (for 1.6x cameras only)      index

Canon 10-18mm IS review

Canon EF-s 10-18mm IS RECOMMENDED

67mm filters, 8.2 oz./233g, 0.72'/0.22m close focus

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon 10-18mm IS vs. 16-35mm f/2.8 L II 12 June 2014

Sigma 8-16mm

Sigma 8-16mm EF-S 02 September 2010

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon 10-22mm EF-S

10-22mm EF-S

for 1.6x cameras only

Tokina 11-16mm II Review

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 II Review 22 September 2012

for 1.6x cameras only

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 02 April 2008

for 1.6x cameras only

 

14mm      index

Canon 14mm L II

14mm f/2.8 L II 20 August 2007

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

Canon 14mm f/2.8 L

14mm f/2.8 L

Rear gel filters, 19.0 oz./538g, 10"/0.25m close-focus

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

ProOptic 14mm f/2.8

ProOptic 14mm f/2.8 26 October 2010

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

 

15mm      index

Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Review

Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Review 16 March 2012

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame

Canon 15-85mm IS Review

15-85mm IS

for 1.6x cameras only

 

16mm      index

Canon Ultrawide Lens Sharpness Comparison 16 July 2014

Canon 16-35mm f/4 L IS review

Canon 16-35mm f/4 L IS

RECOMMENDED for nature, real estate and landscapes.

77mm filters, 21.7 oz./615g, 0.92'/0.28m close focus

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II

16-35mm f/2.8 L II

RECOMMENDED for action, news and sports.

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

Canon 10-18mm IS vs. 16-35mm f/2.8 L II 12 June 2014

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L

16-35mm f/2.8 L 02 December 2006

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

Tokina 16-28mm

Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 FX Review 09 Dec 2010

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

 

Tokina 16.5-135mm

Tokina 16.5-135mm DX 19 January 2011

for 1.6x cameras only

 

17mm      index

Canon Ultrawide Lens Sharpness Comparison 16 July 2014

Canon 17-40mm L

17-40mm f/4 L 06 December 2006

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 8-15mm Fisheye

Canon 17-35mm Review.

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

(1995-2001)

Tokina 17-35 review

Tokina 17-35mm f/4 FX Review 11 November 2011

Canon 17-85mm IS 17-55mm f/2.8 IS 14 December 2006

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon 17-85mm IS

17-85mm IS 14 October 2006

for 1.6x cameras only

 

18 mm      index

Canon EF-S 18-55mm STM Review

Canon 18-55mm IS STM

RECOMMENDED as a great little do-everything lens.

for APS-C cameras only

Zeiss 18mm f/3.5

Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Review (EOS mount, manual focus) 15 December 2009

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Compared to Nikon 14-24mm and Canon 16-35mm L II 15 December 2009

Canon 18-55mm IS II

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II 07 February 2011

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon 18-55mm IS

18-55mm EF-S IS 20 August 2007

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon 18-55mm EF-S II

18-55mm EF-S II 14 October 2006

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon 18-135mm IS

Canon 18-135mm IS Review 03 August 2010

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon 18-135mm STM

Canon 18-135mm STM

RECOMMENDED as my favorite go-everywhere APS-C lens.

08 June 2012

for 1.6x cameras only

 

Canon 18-200mm IS

Canon 18-200mm IS

for 1.6x cameras only

 

20-22mm      index

Canon Ultrawide Lens Sharpness Comparison 16 July 2014

Canon 20mm f/2.8 USM Review

Canon 20mm f/2.8 USM

RECOMMENDED as Canon's most compact ultrawide.

1992-today (written 17 July 2012)

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 Review

Canon 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 Review

1993-2007 (written 27 January 2012)

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 20-35mm f/2.8 L Review

Canon 20-35mm f/2.8 L Review

1989-1995 (written 01 December 2011)

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Tokina 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO

Tokina 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 AF Review 27 November 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Tokina 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO

Tokina 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Review 18 November 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Review 16 December 2009

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Compared to Nikon 14-24, Canon 16-35 L II and LEICA 21mm f/2.8 ASPH 16 December 2009

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 Review

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Review 17 January 2013

43mm filters, 0.5'/0.15m close-focus, 3.6 oz./101g.

for EOS-M only.

 

 

24-25mm      index

Canon 24-70mm f/4 L IS Review

Canon 24-70mm f/4 IS L

RECOMMENDED for general consumer use on full-frame

(2012-)

77mm filters, 21.2 oz./600g, 1.25'/0.38m close-focus, 0.65'/0.2m macro mode

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II Review

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II

RECOMMENDED for professional use on full-frame

2012-

82mm filters, 28.4 oz./804g, 1.25'/0.38m close-focus

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L Review

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L (2002-2012)

77mm filters, 32.1 oz./910g, 1.25'/0.38m close-focus

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 24-105mm L

24-105mm f/4L IS (2005-)

77mm filters, 23.4 oz./664g, 1.5'/0.45m close-focus

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 Review

Canon 24-85mm (1996-c.2007)

67mm filters, 12.7 oz./361g, 1.64'/0.5m close-focus

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon TS-E 24mm II Review

Canon TS-E 24mm II Review (2009-)

82mm filters, 27.7 oz./786g, 0.7'/0.21m close-focus

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 24mm f/1.4 L II

24mm f/1.4 L II (2008-)

77mm filters, 22.9 oz./650g

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Zeiss 25mm f/2 Review

Zeiss 25mm f/2 Review

67mm filters, 21.3 oz./605g, 0.8'/0.25m close-focus

 

28-30mm      index

Canon 28-135mm IS

28-135mm IS 28 July 2009

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 28-135mm IS

28mm f/1.8 26 July 2007

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 28-105mm USM II Review

Canon 28-105mm USM II 09 August 2012

(1992-2010)

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 28-200mm Review

Canon 28-200mm Review 08 August 2012

(2000-2010)

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

 

Tokina 28-70m f/2.8 AT-X AF

Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 05 August 2011

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Sigma 30mm f/1.4

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 05 June 2007

for 1.6x cameras only

 

35-40mm      index

Canon 35mm f/1.4 Review

35mm f/1.4 L

RECOMMENDED for all uses, especially professional use and low-light. This lens is a bargain!

(1998-today)

72mm metal filter thread, 20.5 oz./582 g, 1'/0.3 m close focus.

For all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 35mm f/2 IS Review

35mm f/2 IS (2012-today)

67mm filter thread, 0.8 feet/0.24m close-focus, 11.8 oz./335g, about $850.

For all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 35mm f/2 review

35mm f/2 (1990-today)

52mm filters, 7.4 oz./210 g, 0.8'/0.25 m close focus, about $310.

For all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

NEW: Samyang 35mm f/1.4

Samyang 35mm f/1.4. 09 July 2011

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon

Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

08 June 2012

For all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

Voigtlander 40mm f/2

Voigtländer 40mm f/2 29 August 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

50-60mm (includes MACRO lenses)      index

Canon 50mm Lenses Compared

 

Canon 50mm MAcro

50mm f/2.5 EF Macro

1987-today, $270 new or $165 used

52mm metal filter thread, 1:2 macro, 9.5 oz./269g

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 50mm f/1.8

Canon 50mm f/1.8

1987-1990, about $150 used

52mm filters, 1.5'/0.45m close-focus, 6.7 oz./186g

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

RECOMMENDED as an ultralight, ultrasharp normal lens.

1990-today, $110

52mm filters, 1.5'/0.45m close-focus, 4.3 oz./122g

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 50mm f/1.4

50mm f/1.4 USM

1993-today, $340 new or $250 used

58mm filters, 1.5'/0.45m close-focus, 9.5 oz./268g

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

50mm f/1.2L

RECOMMENDED as a professional normal lens

2006-today, about $1,600

72mm filters, 1.5'/0.45m close-focus, 20.9 oz./592g

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 50mm f/1.0 L Review

50mm f/1.0 L

(1989-2000)

72mm metal filter threads, 35.9 oz./1,018g, 2'/0.6m close focus, about $4,000 used.

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 55-200mm Review

Canon 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6

1998-2007

52mm filters, 4'/1.2m close-focus, 10.6 oz./300g

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS II Review

EF-S 55-250mm IS II

(2011-)

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS

EF-S 55-250mm IS

(2007-2011)

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 EF-S Macro

60mm f/2.8 EF-S MACRO 14 December 2006

for 1.6x cameras only

Zeiss 50m f/2 Makro Planar Review

Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar Review 20 August 2011

MANUAL FOCUS ONLY

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

70-80mm      index

Comparison Table of all Canon's 70-200mm lenses.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L II IS

RECOMMENDED for professional sports, news, landscape and portrait use.

2010-today

77mm filters, 4 feet/1.2m close-focus, 52.4 oz./1,485g without collar.

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 Review

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L

1995-today

77mm filters, 5 feet/1.5m close-focus, 48.3 oz./1,370g with collar, 44.2 oz./1,253g without collar

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS L

70-200mm f/4 L IS

RECOMMENDED as Canon's best nature, landscape and outdoor lens. It weighs half what the f/2.8 lenses do.

(my personal favorite)

2006-today

67mm filters, 26.7 oz./756 g, 4'/1.2m close focus

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 70-200mm f/4 L

70-200mm f/4 L

1999-today

67mm filters, 25.1 oz./711g, 4'/1.2m close focus

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II

Canon 80-200mm f/2.8 L

RECOMMENDED as a bargain for professional sports, portrait, nature and landscape use.

1989-1995

72mm filters, 5.9 feet/1.8m close-focus, 49.8 oz./1,412g with tripod collar, 45.0 oz./1,276g without collar.

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS

70-200mm f/2.8 L IS

2001-2010, replaced by the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L II IS.

77mm filters, 51.9 oz./1,471g., 4.6'/1.4m close focus

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

Canon 70-210mm f/4

70-210mm f/4

1987-

Full-frame coverage, 58mm filters, 20.4 oz./578g, 3.9'/1.2m close focus

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 70-300mm L IS

70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS

2010-

67mm filters, 1.2m/4' close-focus, 37.4 oz./1,061g.

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 70-300mm IS

70-300mm IS USM

2005 -

58mm filters, 22.2 oz./630 g, 4.9'/1.5 m close focus

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 70-300mm DO IS

70-300mm DO IS

2004-

58mm filters, 25.1 oz..713g, 4.6'/1.4m close focus.

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

85-90mm      index

Canon 85mm f/1.8

85mm f/1.8 15 July 2007

RECOMMENDED as an ultra-useful short tele for general and portrait use

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II

85mm f/1.2L II USM 15 February 2007

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Voigtlander 90mm f/3.5 APO-Lanthar

Voigtländer 90mm f/3.5 APO-Lanthar 22 September 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

100mm (includes MACRO lenses)      index

Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro

Canon 100mm f/2.8 L MACRO

RECOMMENDED

Fall 2009

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 100mm Macro

100mm f/2.8 USM MACRO RECOMMENDED

30 November 2006

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 100-400mm II

NEW: 100-400mm IS L II RECOMMENDED

2014-

77mm filters, 55.4 oz./1,570g without tripod collar, 3.2'/1m close focus.

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 100-400mm

100-400mm IS L RECOMMENDED

1998-

77mm filters, 48.2 oz./1,365g without tripod collar, 6'/1.8m close focus.

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 100-300mm USM Review

Canon 100-300mm USM 15 May 2014

1990-2008, $75 used

58mm filters, 5'/1.5m close-focus, 17.8 oz./504g

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 100mm f/2

Canon 100mm f/2 18 May 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro AT-X

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 MACRO 12 November 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

135-150mm      index

Canon 135mm f/2 L

135mm f/2 L 15 September 2011

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Sigma 150-500mm

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 Review 27 October 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

200mm      index

Canon 200mm f/2 IS

EF 200mm f/2L IS USM 23 January 2008

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 200-400mm

Canon EF 200-400mm F/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x May 2013

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Sigma 200-500mm

Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 12 March 2008

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

300mm      index

Canon 300mm Lenses Compared

Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS II

300mm f/2.8 IS II L  (specs and pricing.)

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

enlarge image.

Canon 300mm f/2.8 Review

NEW: 300mm f/2.8 L

1987-1999, Full-frame, 1.3x and and APS-C coverage, 48mm drop-in filters, 100.7 oz./6.3 lbs./2,855g, 10'/3m close focus.

 

400mm      index

Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS II

400mm f/2.8 IS II L  (Just a link to the specs.)

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

enlarge image.

 

500mm      index

Canon 500mm f/4 L IS II

Canon EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM 07 February 2011

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

600mm      index

Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II

Canon EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM 07 February 2011

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

800mm      index

Canon 800mm f/5.6

EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM 23 January 2008

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

Telephoto Extenders      index

Canon Extender EF 2x II Review

Extender EF 1.4x II 16 October 2014

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon Extender EF 1.4x II Review

Extender EF 1.4x II 16 October 2014

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

Lens Comparisons       top

NEW: Canon 300mm Lenses Compared October 2014

NEW: Premium 50mm lenses compared September 2014

Canon Ultrawide Lens Sharpness Comparison 16 July 2014

Canon 10-18mm IS vs. 16-35mm f/2.8 L II 12 June 2014

Canon 50mm Lenses Compared 05 Nov 2013

Best Macro Lenses

Canon Ultrawide Lenses Compared

 

Manual-Focus FD Lenses       top

 

More Lens Articles       top

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Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 12 March 2008

Sunex 5.6mm Fisheye Review 29 February 2008

Canon Date Codes 01 August 2007

Calculating Angle of View 06 July 2007

What is an L Lens? 26 July 2007

What are the Best Portrait Lenses? 01 March 2008

How to Use Nikon Lenses on Canon Cameras

 

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