16 best Canon lenses – from fixes to teleoptics

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.

No self-respecting photographer can do without additional lenses. But how to decide on a specific by purchase? For example, there are now several hundred lenses for Canon SLR cameras – how not to get lost in such variety? This article is intended to help you orient.

Below you will get acquainted with the best optics created for Canon photographic equipment and available for purchase right now. Wherein the authors divided all products into several categories, because no no point in directly comparing portrait lenses with optics having a 400 mm focal length. Separately it should be noted that here we are talking exclusively about products, released by Canon itself. About third-party optics manufacturers we may talk sometime next time.

Top Canon Lens Rating

Nomination a place Name of product price
Best Standard Constant FR Lenses for Cameras Canon 1 Canon EF 85mm f / 1.2L II USM 94 900 rub.
2 Canon EF 85mm f / 1.8 USM 20 000 rub.
3 Canon EF 50mm f / 1.4 USM 17 000 rub.
Best Canon Portrait Lenses 1 Canon EF 35mm f / 1.4L II USM 94 890 rub.
2 Canon EF 85mm f / 1.2L II USM 94 900 rub.
3 Canon EF 135mm f / 2L USM 49 900 rub.
Best Canon Zoom Lenses 1 Canon EF 28-300mm f / 3.5-5.6L IS USM 115 000 rub.
2 Canon EF 24-105mm f / 4L IS USM 38 900 rub.
3 Canon EF-S 18-200mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS 32 490 rub.
Best Canon Telephoto Lenses 1 Canon EF 70-200mm f / 2.8L IS II USM 105 990 rub.
2 Canon EF 135mm f / 2L USM 49 900 rub.
3 Canon EF 400mm f / 5.6L USM 61 000 rub.
Best Canon Wide Angles 1 Canon EF 16-35mm f / 2.8L III USM 102 500 rub.
2 Canon EF 17-40mm f / 4L USM 33 300 rub.
Best Canon Macro Lenses 1 Canon EF 100mm f / 2.8L Macro IS USM 46 990 rub.
Best Fisheye Lenses 1 Canon EF 8-15mm f / 4.0L Fisheye USM 63 400 rub.

Best Standard Constant FR Lenses for Cameras Canon

Canon EF 85mm f / 1.2L II USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 85mm f / 1.2L II USM

If there is optics that perfectly blur the background, then this it is this 85mm lens. Photographer is available here f / 1.2 aperture, where the sharpness zone narrows to indecent quantities. Eight-petal also contributes to beautiful bokeh diaphragm going in perfect circle.

The lens may seem small. However, quality glass and the metal case did their job – this instance weighs exactly 1 kg. This imposes certain difficulties on the use of lens while traveling. Also, do not expect from the product nimble autofocus – this model is imprisoned for portraits, and not for reporting shooting.

Advantages

  • Robust construction;

  • Very wide aperture;

  • Ultrasonic (silent) focusing;

  • Beautiful bokeh even with a covered aperture;

  • The highest aperture;

  • Soft contrast.

disadvantages

  • Slow autofocus

  • Impressive weight;

  • The cost reaches 91 thousand rubles.

Canon EF 85mm f / 1.8 USM

Rating: 4.8

Canon EF 85mm f / 1.8 USM

One of the most inexpensive lenses, which, however, sometimes even professionals use it. For about 21 thousand rubles. buyer gets glass with 85mm focus distance and ultrasonic autofocus motor. Eight aperture blades open as far as possible to f / 1.8, which it may seem to some as an insufficient parameter. However to it’s quite difficult to find fault with the resulting picture, with due the skill of the photographer will achieve a very nice bokeh. Other the undoubted advantage of optics is low weight, 425 g

Novice photographers will note some difficulties with using the widest aperture. The fact is that autofocus in such moments may miss. This is a traditional disaster for everyone. inexpensive portrait “glasses.”

Advantages

  • High sharpness;

  • Ultrasonic autofocus;

  • High aperture;

  • Good bokeh

  • The lens was light enough;

  • No chromatic aberration.

disadvantages

  • Not the most reliable design;

  • Autofocus at f / 1.8 aperture regularly misses the mark;

  • It is extremely difficult to use on a cropped camera.

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.4 USM

Rating: 4.7

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.4 USM

Universal lens that can be used both on cropped camera, and full-frame. This glass is worth it very inexpensive – a little over 17 thousand rubles. So affordable price tag due to the plastic case. On the one hand, it did less reliable design – dropping the lens is not recommended. FROM on the other hand, optics weigh only 290 g, which is especially strong lovers will like it.

Advantages

  • Clearly distinguishable bokeh;

  • High sharpness;

  • Minimum dimensions and weight;

  • Solid aperture;

  • Low price.

disadvantages

  • A long-lived lens cannot be called;

  • Auto focus does not always work perfectly;

  • Not all lenses are glass.

Best Canon Portrait Lenses

Canon EF 35mm f / 1.4L II USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 35mm f / 1.4L II USM

A lens with a 35 mm focal length should be each owner of a cropped camera. The above model allows you to get very beautiful portraits. Maximum aperture expands to f / 1.4 here, while the picture even at it remains very sharp. Beautiful bokeh is achieved including account of a nine-petal diaphragm design. To please a product should and ultrasonic focusing motor, which you can hear only in complete silence.

People who write reviews find fault with the lens only about it relatively light weight and appearance. The product is really not It looks expensive, although such optics cost 89 thousand rubles.

Advantages

  • High sharpness over the entire frame;

  • Very good aperture;

  • Pretty bokeh;

  • Focuses on close objects;

  • Fast and very quiet autofocus.

disadvantages

  • Appearance is not liked by everyone;

  • High price.

Canon EF 85mm f / 1.2L II USM

Rating: 4.8

Canon EF 85mm f / 1.2L II USM

The lens already mentioned in our selection. But not a sin to repeat, having already mentioned strictly portrait qualities of this optics, without focusing on specifications. Unlike many analogues, the product is able to open its diaphragm to a value f / 1.2. Usually, with this value, the picture begins to “swim”, sharpness disappears somewhere. But in the case of this model, such no problem. The background here is blurred almost perfectly. No wonder this “glass” is used for art photography, when you need to attract the attention of the viewer to a specific detail.

Advantages

  • Almost maximum aperture;

  • Ideal build quality;

  • Beautiful bokeh;

  • The sound of autofocus is almost inaudible;

  • Sharpness is maintained across the entire aperture range.

disadvantages

  • Autofocus does not work instantly;

  • The cost will not suit every professional.

Canon EF 135mm f / 2L USM

Rating: 4.8

Canon EF 135mm f / 2L USM

Use long focal lengths for portraits not everyone loves. Meanwhile, it is it that allows us to achieve maximum blur background. 135 mm, and even with aperture f / 2, it turns literally into jelly or milk. Amazing that a lens with such characteristics costs only 49 thousand rubles. Looks like, that the manufacturer understands that those who wish to purchase such a large “portraiture” will be very little, so there is an attraction at the price.

Before buying, it’s worth considering that with such a focal length will have to move very far from the subject, thereby risking lose contact with him. But no other portrait lens won’t provide that blurry bokeh.

Advantages

  • Quiet autofocus;

  • Relatively small weight for such a lens (750 g);

  • The price tag cannot be called extremely high;

  • High aperture;

  • Perfect color rendering.

disadvantages

  • Not the best choice in low light;

  • Focal length will not suit everyone.

Best Canon Zoom Lenses

Canon EF 28-300mm f / 3.5-5.6L IS USM

Rating: 4.7

Canon EF 28-300mm f / 3.5-5.6L IS USM

Very expensive lens, the cost of which is due unrivaled performance. In fact, this product can call universal. The focal length range starts here. with 28 mm, and this allows you to photograph landscapes and even the simplest portraits. As much as possible to the user 300 mm that is suitable even for sports shooting. Surprisingly, with maximum FR �the aperture will expand to f / 5.6. This and the aperture enhances, and extremely beautiful bokeh provides. The product has built-in optical stabilizer, so you can not be afraid make exposure a little longer.

Of course, this optics has its drawbacks. They conclude as already mentioned above, in value (116 thousand rubles. – significant amount even for a very successful photographer) and a big weight.

Advantages

  • There is an image stabilizer;

  • Excellent build quality;

  • The minimum focusing distance is only 0.7 m;

  • Quiet focus;

  • Natural color rendering.

disadvantages

  • Weight reaches an impressive 1670 g;

  • Very high cost;

  • Autofocus does not work perfectly in all cases.

Canon EF 24-105mm f / 4L IS USM

Rating: 4.7

Canon EF 24-105mm f / 4L IS USM

A rare type of lens when with a variable focal length constant aperture is used. And if at 24 mm the f / 4 value may seem insufficient, then at 105 mm it gives a pretty bokeh and a very high aperture. This product also received image stabilizer that never hurts on large focal lengths. Another feature of this model is minimum focusing distance not exceeding 0.45 m. This makes the lens universal – in fact, they can be shot in the most different genres (however, real macro photography is still not given).

Advantages

  • Weight does not exceed 670 g;

  • There is a built-in image stabilization;

  • Focuses even on very close objects;

  • The sound of autofocus is almost inaudible;

  • The price tag cannot be called astronomical;

  • There is dust and moisture protection.

disadvantages

  • The zoom ratio (4.4x) is not too large;

  • Not very high sharpness;

  • Present slight distortion and vignetting.

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS

Rating: 4.6

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS

One of the most inexpensive zoom lenses ever released by Canon In Russia, about 23 thousand are asked for this “glass”. rub. In this regard, do not be surprised at 600 gram weight, which speaks about not the highest quality of the case and glass. The topics However, this is a great option for cropped cameras. Here even an image stabilizer is present thanks to which You can not worry about not being widely disclosed aperture. In short, the lens should suit many people who decided to try yourself in a photohunt.

Advantages

  • There is an optical stabilizer;

  • Macro mode available;

  • Very high zoom ratio (11.1x);

  • Relatively small size and weight;

  • Affordable even for amateur photographers.

disadvantages

  • There are distortions of the geometry with minimal FR;

  • Sharpness is far from ideal;

  • Unreliable construction;

  • Not the best color rendering.

Best Canon Telephoto Lenses

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

Rating: 4.9

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

A great telephoto lens suitable for sports or for example, for photographing birds. In the second case, however, you will need a magnifier since a 200 mm focal length the distance may be short. The price tag of 96 thousand rubles., speaks of the high quality of manufacturing both the case and lenses. On the it hints at a half kilogram mass.

The product includes a four-stage stabilizer. it allows you to take a shutter speed very long. Also stabilizer helps out at those moments when the photographer is trying to shoot a moving transport or a running soccer player.

Advantages

  • Excellent shooting quality;

  • Properly implemented image stabilization;

  • Autofocus works instantly and without unnecessary noise;

  • The lens contains five finely divided elements;

  • Huge aperture for such optics;

  • Dust and moisture protection implemented;

  • Artistic bokeh.

disadvantages

  • Large size and weight;

  • Huge cost;

  • The tripod foot is slightly small.

Canon EF 135mm f / 2L USM

Rating: 4.8

Canon EF 135mm f / 2L USM

Lens with a fixed 135mm distance. It has black case. Like almost all the ones we reviewed products, has ultrasonic autofocus. In this case, he also very fast, because the focusing motors do not need sort through many different focal lengths. Fixed FR �allowed creators to introduce f / 2 aperture. She makes a lens fast and very sharp. Of course, leads such a meaning and to a beautifully blurry background.

Advantages

  • High aperture for such a FR;

  • Beautiful bokeh;

  • Fast and quiet autofocus;

  • The price tag is not sky-high (49 thousand rubles);

  • Weight does not exceed 750 g.

disadvantages

  • In low light, a shutter speed of at least 1/160 s is required;

  • There is no optical stabilizer.

Canon EF 400mm f / 5.6L USM

Rating: 4.7

Canon EF 400mm f / 5.6L USM

The length of this lens reaches an impressive 256 mm. But to this still needs to add a lens hood, you are unlikely to take pictures without her. Strangely enough, such a long body hides underneath only seven optical elements in six groups. Knowledgeable person immediately understand that such a lens can not be aperture. AND this is with a huge 400mm focal length!

This model is sold in Russian stores for 61 thousand rubles. In fact, this is one of the cheapest “glasses” with fixed FR �400 mm and aperture f / 5.6. Therefore, do not be surprised that it is in favor of this lens that many beginners make their choice photographers of sporting events. Before buying, please note that there is no stabilizer, and therefore shooting with hands is practically impossible. Yes, and it’s hard to hold a camera with optics, weight which reaches 1250 g.

Advantages

  • Very long focal length

  • Good aperture;

  • Robust construction;

  • An ultrasonic motor is used;

  • High sharpness throughout the frame.

disadvantages

  • No image stabilizer.

Best Canon Wide Angles

Canon EF 16-35mm f / 2.8L III USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 16-35mm f / 2.8L III USM

A fairly specific lens, the design of which provides the user with a variable focal length when constant f / 2.8 aperture. It’s important that even at the widest angle the picture does not have serious geometric distortions. Use 16 mm focal length is offered for shooting landscapes and urban areas. And 35 mm will help to take a portrait, when there is no lens more suitable for this purpose.

First of all, this “glass” is intended for the most expensive Canon full-frame cameras that calmly shoot on very high ISO values. If you use a lens on technology simpler, there will be noticeably strong vignetting.

Advantages

  • High sharpness at the corners of the frame;

  • Lack of geometric distortion;

  • Fast and fairly quiet autofocus;

  • Excellent color reproduction with good contrast;

  • High aperture;

  • You can achieve a nice blurry background.

disadvantages

  • The price (97 thousand rubles) will not appeal to everyone;

  • Strong vignetting on most cameras.

Canon EF 17-40mm f / 4L USM

Rating: 4.8

Canon EF 17-40mm f / 4L USM

Another zoom lens, but with a slightly wider range. This “glass” is already less universal, since the diaphragm here opens only to f / 4 values. This means that portraits using such optics turn out not so beautiful. It is due to lack of universality for the lens asking for only 35 thousand rubles. However, there is and another reason – this is not the most reliable design, about which says 500 gram weight.

However, this is a pretty good wide-angle, designed for shooting urban buildings and landscapes. Despite at a relatively low cost, it applies Ultrasonic autofocus that works quickly and without noise. The picture is sharp and detailed. Complain only small geometric distortions that edit in a graphical editor with just one click.

Advantages

  • Excellent color rendering;

  • Sharpness is maintained throughout the frame field;

  • Autofocus is fast and quiet;

  • Arranging most buyers focal range distances

  • Very light weight.

disadvantages

  • Subtle geometric distortion;

  • Externally, the lens does not give the impression of an expensive product;

  • Not the highest aperture.

Best Canon Macro Lenses

Canon EF 100mm f / 2.8L Macro IS USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 100mm f / 2.8L Macro IS USM

Enough massive and large optics designed for shooting insects, coins and other small objects. For this the creators have achieved that the “glass” focuses on the subject, located 30 cm from the camera. At 100 mm focal length the subject is huge and good detailed, even if it’s some kind of bug. Autofocus fast reacts to the movement of the object, as it helps to take a picture crisp and image stabilization. Here, even to complain about weight impossible – the 625-gram glass can hardly be called heavy.

Advantages

  • Fast and accurate focusing;

  • Relatively light weight;

  • The minimum focusing distance is only 0.3 m;

  • The cost (43 thousand rubles) cannot be called very high;

  • It is possible to limit the focusing range;
  • Excellent image stabilization.

disadvantages

  • Some specimens suffer from backlash of the focus ring;

  • The native hood, supplied in the kit, is poorly held;

  • Autofocus is too noisy.

Best Fisheye Lenses

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

Rating: 4.8

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

A lens with a pronounced bulge of the front lens. By this Features You can understand that the product has a huge viewing angle. If you use the 8 mm focal length, then the field view will be all 180 degrees! Unlike budget “fish”, here there is the opportunity to change the FR by choosing the option of 15 mm and getting a viewing angle of 91 degrees. This allows you to act in depending on the circumstances, using one lens instead of two. It’s nice that the product turned out to be relatively light, as it cannot not to please the aperture, which opens to a value of f / 4.0. Only cost, reaching 60 thousand in Russia, is capable of confusing. rub. Nevertheless, the authors think that such a “glass” should be in the arsenal of every wedding photographer using technology Canon.

Advantages

  • Variable focal length;

  • Relatively wide aperture;

  • Weight does not exceed 540 g;

  • You can get a picture with a viewing angle of 180 degrees;

  • High contrast and color reproduction;

  • Excellent sharpness over the entire RF range.

disadvantages

  • A bit scary price;

  • The hood of the hood is not tight enough.

Conclusion

The Japanese company Canon has been producing lenses for many decades. AND even if we take a park of modern optics designed for digital SLR cameras, even it will turn out to be extremely wide. Especially for you, we have chosen the best “glasses”. Be Sure, buying any of them will definitely not disappoint. Reverse the side of each lens is the high price – alas, budget optics is immensely far from ideal.


Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.

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