13 best lenses for Canon

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

The lens is almost the most important part of any camera, no matter for what purpose the device itself is used – amateur shooting from time to time or for professional activities. In particular, the role of the lens increases when it comes to There is a narrower application – panoramic shooting, macro shooting, shooting fast-moving objects, maximum magnification, etc. anyway, almost always the lens makes up the lion’s share the cost of the entire camera. The editors offer you a special rating with an overview of the best, according to our experts, trading lenses Canon brands. This is one of the world leaders in production. top quality cameras.

Rating of the best lenses for Canon

Nomination a place Name of product price
Best Standard Lenses for Canon 1 Canon EF 85mm f / 1.8 USM 20 280 rub.
2 Canon EF 50mm f / 1.4 USM 17 980 rub.
3 Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 STM 7 690 rub.
Best Canon Zoom Lenses 1 Canon EF 70-200mm f / 4L IS USM 48 850 rub.
2 Canon EF 70-200mm f / 4L USM 32 900 rub.
3 Canon EF-S 55-250mm f / 4-5.6 IS STM 12 850 rub.
4 Canon EF 75-300mm f / 4-5.6 III USM 8 990 rub.
Best Canon Wide Angle Lenses 1 Canon EF 11-24mm f / 4L USM 186 300 rub.
2 Canon EF 35mm f / 1.4L II USM 91 450 rub.
3 Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM 10 890 rub.
Best Canon Macro Lenses 1 Canon EF 100mm f / 2.8L Macro IS USM 48 500 rub.
2 Canon RF 35mm f / 1.8 Macro IS STM 36 900 rub.
Best Fisheye Lenses 1 Canon EF 8-15mm f / 4.0L Fisheye USM 67 690 rub.

Best Standard Lenses for Canon

In the first nomination we present a selection of standard Canon lenses that have received the highest ratings from our experts and enjoy the unconditional recognition of users around the world.

We’ll briefly clarify what’s meant by the word “standard,” when it comes to a lens for a Canon or any other camera. Several basic interpretations are possible here. First one: standard – this is the so-called whale (from English kit – a set, kit) the lens that comes with the camera default. Second: the standard also means a lens without pronounced specifications (macro, zoom or something else), that is, it is oriented towards general application. Also, standard lenses with a focal length of about 50mm are often called.

The presented models to one degree or another may contain elements of each of these interpretations. The only thing – in this Our experts didn’t include Canon top-end lenses L-series, and not only because of the high cost. There are L-models a more logical place in specialized nominations.

Canon EF 85mm f / 1.8 USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 85mm f / 1.8 USM

Let’s start with the most expensive lens in this category, which with its rather large focal length (distance from a point focusing to a lens or lens system) at 85mm barely squeezes through Canon standard lenses. Strictly speaking, such focal length allows you to read this model telephoto lens. However, the zoom capabilities here are far from even the most modest, but full-fledged “telephoto”, so the lens still should be considered standard. Experts consider this optimal model for portrait shooting in the Canon EOS system full-frame cameras.

We list the main technical characteristics of the lens. The focal length, as already mentioned, is 85mm. Aperture – F1.80, the minimum is F22, the number of petals is 8. Automatic and manual focus. Viewing angle – 28.30 deg.min. Ultrasonic motor. The focus mechanics are inside. Thread for light filter – 58mm in diameter. Dimensions – 75×71.5mm, weight – 425g.

The lens is made mainly of high-quality plastic. The assembly itself is of a very high level, without annoying gaps and even more annoying backlash. Thus, this model Significantly better than any whale lens, but still not significantly reaches the L-series with its moisture protection, impeccable optics and overall outstanding qualities. In general, its capabilities and specifications are fully consistent with the cost.

Of the controls there is only a switch autofocus and focus ring manually with the ability to correct in some moment. Ultrasonic is responsible for the focus mechanics. motor. Guidance happens quietly and cheerfully, even very quickly, like for portraiture. Recall portrait lenses – perhaps the most slow in this regard, regardless of manufacturer due to massive lenticular blocks.

Compared to a full-fledged telephoto lens, this model has important advantage. With portrait shooting, you can achieve more blur the background due to increased aperture. Blur nature itself also significantly different, being softer. Single glare characterized by uniform filling. Line doubling and effect scales are practically excluded.

In general, this model meets mainly laudatory and even Enthusiastic user reviews and professional features. In fact, perhaps the only noticeable drawback here can be considered a relatively high level of chromatic aberration, especially on an open diaphragm.

Advantages

  • quality of materials and assembly;
  • acceptable dimensions and relatively light weight;
  • silent ultrasonic motor;
  • fast and virtually error-free autofocus;
  • metal mount;
  • high aperture;
  • quite affordable price, given the characteristics.

disadvantages

  • a relatively high level of chromatic aberration.

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.4 USM

Rating: 4.8

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.4 USM

The second number in this rating category will consider the standard a lens with a smaller constant focal length, but with almost the same decent aperture as the previous model.

Already visually the lens differs noticeably from the above – significantly smaller dimensions and weight: 73.8×50.5mm and 290g respectively.

Key specifications: focal length – 50mm; aperture – F1.40, minimum – F22, number of blades – 8; angle review – 46 deg.min; auto focus; ultrasonic motor; thread for the filter – 58mm in diameter.

As already mentioned, in this model a very decent aperture. This is a big plus for many reasons – in particular, it gives the ability to easily focus even on older cameras with far from perfect AF sensors.

Autofocus here is also built on the mechanics of ultrasound motor, but not ring type. However, focusing occurs fast and accurate enough. The lens is extremely rarely mistaken, especially when guidance takes place on one control point.

This lens is often preferred by crop camera owners. Canon for everyday portraiture. Operation on every day “contribute to a very modest size and weight.

In addition to the theme of portraiture, it’s worth saying that this models have many strengths: effective bokeh testing, excellent color reproduction, good detail in the depth of field zone. Last thing true although considered an advantage, it can be a hassle – microcontrast is often very pronounced, intrusive emphasizing the slightest skin defects. So, that often additionally work with filters.

Unfortunately, with all the pros, the lens is not without flaws. The main disadvantage is the apparent chromatic aberration in the open aperture. In addition, the lens is unexpectedly “delicate” mechanically, and categorically does not tolerate even minimal shock loads.

Advantages

  • compact and lightweight;
  • aperture;
  • high micro contrast;
  • picture quality;
  • silent ultrasonic focus motor.

disadvantages

  • defenseless even against minimal shock loads;
  • chromatic aberration on the open diaphragm.

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 STM

Rating: 4.7

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 STM

Completes Canon’s Best Standard Lens Rating according to the version the cheapest model that is really capable surprise at a ridiculous price with pretty decent features. Of course, he is far from the above, almost top “fifty”, but it is cheaper more than twice.

Key specifications: focal length – 50mm; aperture – F1.80, minimum – F22, petals – 7; automatic focusing; thread for the filter – 49mm in diameter. Dimensions and weight – 69.2×39.3mm and 160g respectively. An important feature is smooth STM focus when shooting movies.

With a minimum aperture, the lens gives a very good blur. background. Not the last role is played by seven petals with rounded the edges. Importantly, here we observe high compatibility with autofocus at the minimum aperture, so the lens does not force use manual focus too often. This is especially important for beginners. As with the two models above, focusing it happens quickly and silently.

Specialists also especially highlight such a property of this lens as versatility. It is equally suitable for both portrait shooting (especially in the case of a crop camera), and for reportage. The lens is not as sharp and rigid in terms of details as previous model, and in this case it can be considered advantage.

The frank “disease” of this model, in fact, is only one – Exactly the same delicate body as the previous one.

Advantages

  • minimum dimensions and weight;
  • good background blur;
  • fast, silent and accurate autofocus;
  • the most affordable price.

disadvantages

  • body strength.

Best Canon Zoom Lenses

The second nomination in the ranking of the best camera lenses Canon presents a selection of four lenses, the main task which – to shoot remote objects with high quality, using zoom as necessary. This type of lens means variable (variable) focal length. It is worth noting that the range of capabilities of “televisions” is not limited to one shooting something distant. Due to the ability to significantly blur the background of “telephoto” is often used for portraiture. Exactly the same extent, some models are often and very successfully Use for shooting a good macro.

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

Rating: 4.9

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

The nomination opens traditionally the most expensive model in the collection. This is the almost complete twin of the Canon EF 70-200 f / 4L USM, about which will be discussed further. But here on the hull proud gold lettering Image Stabilizer. And on a substantial the difference in price was affected not so much by the stabilizer itself, but the fact that the developers managed to fit it into the lens is almost not adding him neither size nor weight.

Structurally, this is a complete monolith with a size of 76x172mm and weight 760g. When zooming, nothing rotates, does not exit and does not drives in. Materials of exceptionally high quality, assembly also on height. Metal body even through tactile sensations accurately transmits the high-end lens of the top Canon L-Series. Implemented effective protection against dust and moisture.

Key specifications: focal length – from 70 up to 200mm; aperture – F4, minimum – F32, petals – 8; zoom ratio – 2.9x; image stabilization; automatic focusing; viewing angle – from 12 to 34 deg.min; minimal focusing distance – 1.2m; ultrasonic motor; thread for light filter – 67mm in diameter;

Immediately go in more detail on one of the most important characteristics – image stabilization. Neighboring models almost do not differ in speed and quality of focus, however, the presence of a 4-speed The stabilizer here makes a significant difference. Function triggers when the shutter button is partially pressed. In this moment the stabilizer fixes the picture, literally “sticking” it to viewfinder. Due to this, accuracy is significantly improved. crop and autofocus. Even at maximum zoom when shooting with hands the image does not jump and does not wobble. The stabilizer works in two modes – for statics and for dynamics. When operating in dynamic plot, the stabilizer acts less aggressively, not fixing a rigidly moving object, but only smoothing too sharp jerking.

The presence of an optical stabilizer greatly complicated optical scheme of the lens – 20 elements in 15 groups. However development engineers managed to do this so that complication had no effect on optical quality. So for example this the lens is almost completely rid of such troubles as chromatic aberration – they can appear only on frames with beyond contrast.

We will describe other characteristics in the analysis of the next model, so how common they are for these two lenses.

Advantages

  • metal case;
  • full monolith without moving external parts;
  • compact enough and lightweight for its class;
  • dust and moisture protection;
  • optical stabilizer;
  • hood and case included.

disadvantages

  • expressed minuses are not marked, only wishes come across users.

Canon EF 70-200mm f / 4L USM

Rating: 4.8

Canon EF 70-200mm f / 4L USM

Continues the “twin brother” rating of the above lens, which is almost two times cheaper due to the lack of a stabilizer. All other advantages are fully present here – this real canon from Canon.

This lens is different from the above weight. True, this difference is insignificant – 705g against 760g. Dimensions and those the same – 76x172mm. Here it is necessary to clarify that such a weight is considered light, both for the metal case and the dense filling of the lens. If a Compare with another “Elka” – Canon 24-70 2.8L, then its 950g already felt much more distinctly. The same lens can wear for a long time without any problems and not feel serious discomfort. As for the dimensions, compared with more fast models it can be considered compact.

A notable feature of this lens and its more perfect “twin brother” – the highest image sharpness on any aperture values. The lens accurately conveys geometry objects without noticeable distortion, forms a pleasant bokeh and easy copes with high contrast. Focusing is the same. silently, accurately and quickly. All moving items are inside.

The number of elements and groups is less – 16 elements in 13 groups. In addition to the lack of a stabilizer, another important simplification – there is no dust and moisture protection. But in general, according to the conclusions experts, this model may be optimal for those Canon camera owners who need quality, lightweight Sequential zoom lens for superior quality images.

The lens package also includes a soft case LZ1224, lens hood ET-74, lens cap E-67U.

Advantages

  • strong metal case;
  • light enough;
  • image quality and sharpness;
  • ultra-quiet, fast and accurate autofocus on ultrasound the motor;
  • equipment;
  • one of the cheapest lenses from the L series is not at the expense of quality.

disadvantages

  • objective and pronounced shortcomings for such a cost to highlight complicated.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f / 4-5.6 IS STM

Rating: 4.7

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f / 4-5.6 IS STM

The third number in the rating of the best zoom lenses Canon version is even more affordable option – upgraded version of the very successful Canon 55-250mm IS.

And immediately it is worth noting a specific focus – this The lens is designed for NOT full-length cameras only. Besides, the model is fully adapted for video shooting, up to silent and smooth focusing using stepper technology engine.

Let’s go over the main technical characteristics. Focal distance – 55-250mm. Aperture – F4-F5.60, minimum – F32, petals – 7. There is an image stabilizer. Viewing Angle – 6.15-27.50 deg.min. The minimum focusing distance is 0.85m. The thread for the filter is 58mm in diameter. 15 elements in 13 groups, one finely divided element. Lens Dimensions – 70×111.2mm, weight – only 375 g, which is for the “telephoto” in general almost nothing.

Separately, it is worth emphasizing one feature that directly stems from STM focusing technology. Focus ring (wide and quite comfortable) here has no physical connection with mechanism, and control occurs electronically. Part This annoys users for a number of reasons: you can focus only when the camera is on; hover speed does not depend from “hand speed”; cannot focus manually if removed memory card, and shutter release resolution is not enabled without cards; and some more points. However, this is almost the only flawed technology.

Perhaps the most interesting thing that can be distinguished in this model is a kind of imitation of a parfocal lens – maintaining distance focus when changing the focal length. That is, the lens all the time pointing to the subject, regardless of changes in the RF, and if sharpness was induced on any object, the lens is “remembers”, and when zooming it leaves the subject in focus. Such imitation is provided by the microprocessor of the lens, which during changes of FR automatically and instantly recalculates the interference to sharpness with amazing accuracy.

Advantages

  • high-quality assembly;
  • monolith;
  • fast and silent focusing;
  • imitation of a parfocal lens;
  • adapted for video;
  • record low weight;
  • value for money.

disadvantages

  • not everyone likes the electronic focus ring.

Canon EF 75-300mm f / 4-5.6 III USM

Rating: 4.6

Canon EF 75-300mm f / 4-5.6 III USM

Completes this rating nomination the most inexpensive Canon lens in the selection of the best “TV” version. With all the budget, especially, as for a telephoto lens, this model clearly does not sag anywhere in quality, and even has a very decent technical characteristics. This is the third version of this series, which has been holding steady market success for two decades, since film.

Main technical characteristics: focal length – 75-300mm; 7-blade aperture F4 – F5.60, minimum – F45; automatic and manual focus; ultrasonic motor; 13elements in 9 groups; minimum focusing distance – 1.5m; viewing angle – 8.15-32.11 deg.min; 4x zoom; thread for light filter – 58mm in diameter.

The dimensions of the lens are 71x122mm, the weight is a little more, than the previous model – 480g, but for a telephoto lens it’s practically nothing. Of the controls on the case there is only manual and automatic focus switch button at the very bayonet mount. The dimensions of the lens change when focusing and changing focal length – the front lens block extends. Lenses themselves rotate when focusing, which can cause inconvenience when using gradient and polarization filters. However for “TV” is not too crucial moment, as landscapes with they are rarely removed with their help.

The focusing speed here is quite high, especially when shooting static objects. In dynamic scenes, speed focusing is significantly reduced, but it is quite natural.

Super affordability deprived this lens not only optical stabilizer, but also moisture and dust protection. If the first who does not cause discomfort at this price, the second is already causing complaints from some users who have to deal with the problem of active absorption of dust by the lens.

Advantages

  • good sharpness, nice bokeh;
  • easy;
  • quality materials and assembly;
  • focus speed;
  • ultrasonic motor;
  • the most affordable price.

disadvantages

  • complaints of some users about the lack of moisture and dust protection.

Best Canon Wide Angle Lenses

Now move on to the next best rating nomination Canon lenses by version. Here we will talk about wide-angle Canon lenses. They, by definition, have a wide viewing angle, perfectly accentuate the perspective and are practically indispensable for high-quality and effective shooting of landscapes or any other scenes where a large angle of view is important.

Canon EF 11-24mm f / 4L USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 11-24mm f / 4L USM

Opens the nomination the most expensive lens, which at a cost leaves far behind the top models described above. But we are not could ignore it in favor of cheaper options, since this does not allow him to make his highest status. It is not simple high-quality wide-angle lens of the top Canon L-series. Is not many more, winner of two prestigious professional Prizes – EISA Professional DSLR Lens in 2015 and 2016, and TIPA Best Professional Lens in 2015.

And a few words why this lens is a real event in the world. photographic equipment, after which we proceed to the analysis of its characteristics. This The model belongs to a subcategory of super wide angle lenses. On the exit point it was the most wide-angle rectilinear a full-frame lens with a seemingly unthinkable range focal lengths. Provides virtually flawless geometry and sharpness even on an open aperture.

Key Specifications: Focal Length – 11-24mm; aperture – F4, minimum – F22, 9 blades; multiplicity zoom – 2.2x; 16 elements in 11 groups; minimum distance focusing – 0.28m; viewing angle – 84-126.05 deg.min; autofocus; ultrasonic motor.

The dimensions of the lens are 108×132 mm, weight – 1180g. Quality materials and assembly are not in doubt, as in the case any other representative of the Canon L-family of lenses. there is full dust and moisture protection. Pronouncedly convex front lens may create a deceptive external resemblance to Fisheye lenses, but here it really is only an external resemblance, no more.

Experts note the fact that the lens is noticeably dark in plan aperture. However, this circumstance cannot be considered. disadvantage, since it is an inevitable condition and consequence a whole range of benefits. The lens not only keeps perfect straight, without producing noticeable barrel distortion, but also not allows chromatic aberration even with the smallest focal distance. All these achievements are made possible by high the complexity of optics, hence the limited aperture.

Advantages

  • quality of materials and assembly;
  • strength;
  • vanishingly low distortion;
  • sharpness;
  • incredibly wide range of focal lengths;
  • Winner of prestigious awards.

disadvantages

  • high price.

Canon EF 35mm f / 1.4L II USM

Rating: 4.8

Canon EF 35mm f / 1.4L II USM

Continues nomination for the ranking of the best wide-angle lenses Canon according to another representative of the brilliant L-series. IN to some extent this is a “relative” of the above model, but namely, that only to some extent, as indicated by its price – It is two times cheaper. Relative to these two models and professional expert recognition – this lens has become an EISA laureate Professional DSLR Lens in 2016-2017.

The dimensions of the lens are 80x106mm, weight – 760g. 14 elements in 11 groups, one is finely divided. The quality of materials and assembly is not raises neither questions nor doubts – the presence of this indicates cherished “L” in the nomenclature. There is a full dust and moisture protection.

Key model specifications: focal length constant – 35mm; aperture of 9 blades F1.40, minimum – F22; auto focus; ultrasonic motor; minimal focusing distance – 0.28m; thread for the filter – 72mm.

The main achievements of developers, for which the lens received a prestigious award is almost complete nullification of typical distortions. Almost absolute lack of chromatism, vignetting barely manifests itself only at a diaphragm of less than 2.8. Exclusively high sharpness at the focus point is harmoniously complemented by soft bokeh background. Impressive resistance to all these benefits. flare – the lens is incredibly resistant even to strong backlight the light.

Included are standard lens hood and cover.

Advantages

  • complete absence of chromatic aberration;
  • almost zero manifestation of other typical distortions;
  • incredible detail;
  • highest resistance to backlight;
  • aperture;
  • universality;
  • winner of a prestigious award.

disadvantages

  • expressed objective flaws are not fixed.

Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM

Rating: 4.7

Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM

Completes the rating nomination for the best wide-angle lenses Canon is the exact opposite of the two previous models in terms of prices. This model is even cheaper by almost an order of magnitude. AND in terms of dimensions, this is a real miniature – smaller than even the most simple whale lenses. Designed for full-frame only cameras.

Let’s start with the most noticeable, which, paradoxically, makes this lens for Canon completely invisible – dimensions. Its dimensions are negligible 68.2×22.8mm. Weight expected minimal – only 125g. Six elements in five groups, one aspherical. This is just the perfect format for street photographers: weight is not felt even if you carry the camera all day while photographing with hands; the probability of hitting and damaging something is negligible lens; even a large “carcass” (camera) with such a lens looks and felt less and inconspicuous.

Key lens specifications: focal distance – 24mm (constant); aperture of 7 lobes F2.80, minimum – F22; minimum focusing distance – 0.16m; thread for the filter – 52mm in diameter; autofocus. Lens adapted for video shooting, plays a significant role in this smooth focusing by the STM stepper motor.

When you first look at this lens, many potential users have natural doubts about him of opportunities. But in fact, this model pleasantly surprises sharpness and sharpness of the image on all apertures, very good blur and bokeh at lower apertures. Also the lens suddenly clearly conveys the texture, such as ripples in the water combined with smooth patches. Good is also tone range.

Of the shortcomings in this case, it is difficult to single out something explicit and pronounced, especially considering the purpose of the lens and its cost. So, for example, with certain values, it can give a little chromatic aberration, a little barrel-shaped distortions – all this is fixed in the editor in a couple of seconds, and one cannot expect something beyond the limits of such a lens.

Advantages

  • the most compact wide-angle;
  • high sharpness;
  • minimum focusing distance;
  • color rendition;
  • good transmission of texture elements;
  • adaptation for video shooting (smooth focusing with a stepper motor STM);
  • the most affordable price.

disadvantages

  • objective expressed shortcomings, given the specialization and price is not fixed.

Best Canon Macro Lenses

Now in the ranking of the best lenses for Canon cameras by version, we move on to another interesting category of devices – macro lenses. Briefly recall what macro photography is. Contrary to the misconception, this is not photographing. macro objects (planets, stars, galaxies), and vice versa – small objects, but on a macro scale. According to one interpretation, macro photography is already considered to be a photofixation of the object in a 1: 1 scale and more. Another unofficial standard is that the prefix is ​​”macro” can be applied to photographs only when the scale is at least 1:10. One way or another, for similar tasks requires the appropriate lenses that we now and consider.

Canon EF 100mm f / 2.8L Macro IS USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 100mm f / 2.8L Macro IS USM

Let’s start right away with Elki – this lens is one of the best in the lineup Canon macro lenses, which can be bought, although not cheaply, but not disastrously expensive. Performance and technical outstanding performance – fully confirm The reputation of the top L-Series. He appeared in the assortment of Canon in 2016 year and still remains one of the most sought after.

Pretty dense “filling”, protection of the case, and the case itself – all this makes the lens quite massive (relatively). Dimensions it is 77.7x123mm, weight – 625g. Design – monolith, in the process of pointing and focusing, nothing rotates and does not comes forward. The diameter of the suitable filter is increased here – 67mm. This must also be taken into account if you wish to install on macro flash lens – for example, the MT-24EX will not fit directly directly, and you will need to use an adapter, such as Macro Lite Adapter 67C.

Key Specifications: Focal Length – 100mm; 15 elements in 12 groups; aperture of 9 lobes F2.80, minimum – F32; minimum focusing distance – 0.3m for normal mode and for macro. The lens is equipped with an automatic focusing on an ultrasonic motor and an optical system image stabilization. There is also a full dust and moisture protection, and even a sealant on a bayonet mount.

There are three controls on the lens body – autofocus switch, optical stabilizer switch and a focus distance limiter selector. About the last bit in more detail, this is important. For the focusing distance provided here three settings. You can select the full range, only normal (from 50cm to infinity) or only macro (from 30 to 50cm). it greatly enhances shooting convenience. For example, you can easily shoot with autofocus limited to only the macro range – so you can make colorful pictures of very dynamic scenes, such as insects flying over a flower. Not the last and even the first role here is played by the image stabilizer.

Advantages

  • quality of materials and assembly;
  • highest sharpness even on an open aperture;
  • image stabilizer;
  • Three focus distance limiting selector modes
  • high contrast;
  • almost no vignetting and geometric distortions.

disadvantages

  • Many users find the price too high.

Canon RF 35mm f / 1.8 Macro IS STM

Rating: 4.8

Canon RF 35mm f / 1.8 Macro IS STM

And the second number in the rating nomination for the best macro lenses Canon according to the version is a slightly simpler and cheaper model. Although it does not belong to the elite L-series, Significant simplifications are almost not observed.

The most noticeable difference between this model and the previous one is weight. The lens is twice as light – 305g. It’s smaller and smaller – 74.4×62.8mm. 11 elements in 9 groups. Quality of materials and assembly no doubt – although this is not “Elka”, but still Canon.

Key Specifications: Focal Length – 35 mm; aperture of 9 blades F1.80, minimum – F22; minimal focusing distance – 0.17m; thread for the filter – 52mm in diameter. The lens is equipped with a stepping AF system motor and optical stabilizer for 5 stops.

Autofocus on the STM is accurate and fast enough. Not as fast as on an ultrasonic motor, but acceptable. Noise at Focusing lens makes it barely audible. Manual Focus – electronic, as with all STM systems, i.e. a focus ring not physically related to the internal mechanics of the lens.

9-blade aperture combined with decent aperture give the ability to achieve a pleasant blur background and no less pleasant bokeh. True, this applies specifically to macro photography, for example, a bee on flower. When there is a goal to capture high-quality something large, for example, a person, there will already be “asking” at least 50mm lens.

Noticeable difference from any Canon L-series lens, and from the above model in particular, manifests itself in optics. This one a factor that directly affects the cost. There are already troubles like chromatic aberration, vignetting and barrel distortion is manifested far not only on extreme contrasts or maximum apertures. So that post-processing of images in the editor in this case will be more likely rule than exception.

Advantages

  • aperture;
  • Pleasant background blur
  • optical stabilization;
  • relatively affordable price.

disadvantages

  • noticeable chromatic aberration on the open diaphragm, others distortions.

Best Fisheye Lenses

Final nomination for the rating of the best camera lenses Canon according to version is a special type of lenses that are called Fisheye (tracing paper in Russian – “fish eye”). So colorful they got the name for the shape of the front lens – it is not hidden behind even glass, and bulges out across the entire plane of the front face lens, really somewhat reminiscent of the eye, not necessarily fish. From a technical point of view, Fisheye is ultra wide angle lens, which is not initially provided desire to maintain adequate geometry. I.e, barrel distortion, sometimes outrageous, in such lenses – normal phenomenon, and “so conceived.” Viewing angle can reach 180 degrees. The picture in this case is obtained with the unthinkable distortions, but here they are even welcome.

Canon EF 8-15mm f / 4.0L Fisheye USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 8-15mm f / 4.0L Fisheye USM

The first and only item in this nomination will consider Canon’s expensive and pompous Elka in this category. Is not the top-end “fish” in the L-series, but our experts included rating precisely this model because of more or less democratic prices. Canon’s top-end Fisheye pricing is prohibitive. Also not may not cause pleasant surprise the versatility on which we will dwell in more detail.

Key Specifications: Focal Length – 8-15mm; aperture of 7 blades F4, minimum – F22; autofocus; zoom ratio – 1.9x; viewing angle – 91.46-180 deg.min; minimum focusing distance – 0.15m. Lens Dimensions – 78.5x83mm, weight – 540g. The system consists of 14 elements in 11 groups. Autofocus runs on an ultrasonic motor.

Many experts call this model one of the most unusual. not only in the line of similar Canon products, but also in the market in whole. The fact is that this kind of lens is produced separately for full-frame “carcases”, and for cameras with the APS-C matrix. Also they are divided into two large groups – diagonal and circular.

What makes this particular model unique is the actual belonging to all the listed categories of fish lenses. In many ways, the zoom mechanism played a role. For example, when using a full-frame zoom lens 8mm it becomes circular; further cranking zoom here it removes vignetting around the edges, and the lens becomes diagonal.

The lens design has a limiter on the zoom ring. At when shooting with APS-C in the on state, the limiter is not reduces focal length to less than 10mm, and thereby prevents unwanted vignetting.

It is highly recommended to use a hood. Here even developers have made sure that the user has an extra hood since I didn’t take it off – the lens cap is attached to it. Frontal the lens here is vulnerable to complete defenselessness – scratch the central part is very easy, and it is even easier to get dirty. But this an inevitable consequence of the “fish” form factor.

Advantages

  • universality in terms of categories of fish lenses;
  • sharpness in the center and edges, even on an open aperture – large rarity for “fish”;
  • high-quality and effective glare protection;
  • ability to blur the background;
  • flawless optics;
  • ultrasonic focus motor.

disadvantages

  • controversial fastening of a standard hood.


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