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Film Gear's selection of Canon lenses for the discerning photographer

Film Gear's selection of Canon lenses for the discerning photographer

Are you in the market for some new Canon lenses for your DSLR?  Here are the top picks suggested by Film Gear.

Article Overview - Film Gear's suggestions for Canon lenses.  Make sure you check out these options:  Canon EF-S, 17-55mm, f2.8 IS USM, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM and Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM.

Whether you are looking to simply upgrade your current lenses or take your photography to a whole new level then this article will guide you with your new purchase!

Canon, being one of the world’s best manufacturers for DSLR’s, produce a huge selection of lenses and choosing the right one for you can be extremely daunting.

One absolute non-negotiable is that lenses should be interchangeable therefore suiting any type of shoot scenario. Canon’s extensive range of lenses cater from very affordable entry-level for beginner photographers to top of the range catering to the most professional photographer.

Choosing the right type of lens suitable for your needs can be a tricky decision. There is a wide range available from ultra-wide angle lenses or huge telephoto lenses, not to mention fish-eye and tilt-and-shift lenses in Canon EF and EF-S mount fittings.

What type of Canon lens to choose?

This depends on what you actually enjoy shooting.  For every day shooting a standard zoom lens that covers wide-angle to short telephoto focal length will be a good option.  If you are, for example, a wildlife or sports photographer a good choice would be a telephoto zoom lens. For those specialising in landscapes, interiors or those who love the wow-factor of exaggerating perspective an ultra-wide angle zoom is your best bet.  Another popular choice is a prime lens with a wide aperture rating which is ideal for blurring the background in portraiture photos.

Here are the top picks that deliver awesome, all-round performance along with excellent handling and perfect image quality.

Canon EF-S, 17-55mm, f2.8 IS USM – a great choice for a standard zoom lens for APS-C format DSLRs

Specs:  
Mount: Canon EF-S Elements: 19/12
Diaphragm blades: 7 Autofocus: Ultrasonic (ring type)
Stabiliser: 3 stops Minimum focus distance: 0.35m
Maximum magnification: 0.17x Filter thread: 77mm
Dimensions (WxL): 84 x 111mm Weight: 645g

 

This lens is ideal for retaining fast shutter speeds under dull lighting conditions. The auto-focus system is fast and accurate. Image quality is excellent with outstanding sharpness and contrast.  The only drawback is it lacks a weather-seal.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM – a great telephoto lens

Specs:  
Mount: Canon EF Elements: 16/11
Diaphragm blades: 8 Autofocus: Ultrasonic (ring type)
Stabiliser: 4 stops Minimum focus distance: 1.2m
Maximum magnification: 0.21x Filter thread: 67mm
Dimensions (WxL): 89 x 143mm Weight: 1,050g

 

 A great choice for fantastic image quality and overall handling.  Includes a weather-seal and has a solid feel. Image stabilisation performs well and this lens has top-notch image quality.   It is, however, an expensive option.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM - a perfect choice for handheld portraiture

Specs:  
Mount: Canon EF Elements: 14/10
Diaphragm blades: 9 Autofocus: Ultrasonic (ring type)
Stabiliser: 4 stops Minimum focus distance: 0.85m
Maximum magnification: 0.12x Filter thread: 77mm
Dimensions (WxL): 89 x 105mm Weight: 950g

 

 

The lens has a combination of image stabilisation which is definitely a plus point along with a wide f/1.4 aperture rating and produces beautiful image quality.  The lens is perfect for portraiture on a full-frame camera making the subject stand out against a blurred background. A downside is that it is quite heavy weighing in at almost 1kg.

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