Canon lenses A-Z
Canon camera reviews
Canon camera comparisons
Canon Dslr camera specifications
Canon 1Dx detailed specification
Canon 1Dc detailed specification
Canon 5d Mk3 detailed specification
Canon 5d Mk2 detailed specification
C 5d detailed specification
Canon 6d detailed specification
Canon 7d detailed specification
Canon 70d detailed specification
C 60d detailed specification
C 60da detailed specification
C 50d detailed specification
C 40d detailed specification
C 700d detailed specification
650d detailed specification
600d detailed specification
550d detailed specification
500d detailed specification
450d detailed specification
400d detailed specification
350d detailed specification
300d detailed specification
Canon 100d detailed specification
Canon 1200d detailed specification
Canon mirrorless camera specifications
Canon only makes two mirrorless
cameras the Canon EOS M and M2,
and seems there will be more in
the near future. The EOS M has
Aps-C sensor, essentially the
same used in other Dslr models.
Until now C in not really fired
up about the Mirrorless market.
Speedlite 580EX II
Speedlite 430EX II TTL Shoe-Mount Flash
Speedlite 270EX II
Speedlite Transmitter ST E3-RT
Speedlite Transmitter ST E2
Macro Twin Lite Mt 24-EX
Macro Ring Lite MR 14+EX2
Macro Ring Lite MR 14-EX
Canon Dslr Lens reviews
Canon Aps-C lens reviews
Best value Canon Aps-C lenses
Zoom lens reviews
Canon ten-thenty-two mm review
Sigma ten-twenty mm review
Tokina eleven-sixteen mm review
Canon fifteen eighty-five mm review
Canon seventeen-fifty five mm ftwo point eight is review
Tamron seventeen-fifty mm two point eight review
Tamron seventeen-fifty mm two point eight Vc review
Canon eighteen fifty-five mm three point five five point six is review
Canon eighteen-fifty-five mm Stm is review
Canon fifteen eighty-five vs Canon twenty four hundred five mm
Sigma eighten-thirty five fone point eight review
Canon twenty four-seventy f two point eight L review
Canon twenty four hundred-five mm review
Canon twenty eight-three hundred mm f/3.5-5.6 is L review
Canon 70 200 f4 review
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 review
Canon seventy-three-hundred mm f/4-5.6 is review
Tamron seventy-three-hundred mm f/4-5.6 Vc review
Sigma hundred-three-hundred mm f/4 APO DG EX HSM review
Sigma hundred twenty three-hundred mm f/2.8 HSM review
Soligor hundred-fourhundred /4.5-6.3 review
Canon hundred-fourhundred review
Canon fourhundred vs hundred-fourhundred
Sigma fifty-fivehundred mm f/4-6.3 review
Tamron hundred fifty six hundred review
Prime lens reviews
Samyang eight mm f three point five review
Samyang fourteen mm ftwo point eight review
Canon twenty mm f/two point eight review
Canon twenty eight mm/ two point eight is lens review
Sigma thirty five mm f one-point-four review
Canon thirty five f two review
Canon fourty mm f two point eight STM review
Canon fifty mm f one-point-four review
Canon fifty mm f one point eight II review
Canon sixty mm f/ two point eight Macro review
Tamron ninety mm f/ two point eight Macro
Canon hundred mm f/2.8 Macro review
Canon hundred-thirty-five mm f two review
Canon twohundred mm ftwo point eight review
Canon twohundred f2.8+2x teleconverter
Canon threehundredf4 is review
Canon fourhundred mm f5.6 review
Canon Full frame Dslr lens reviews
Canon co has the biggest market share in photography in the World.
Canon company was founded in 1937 in Japan. First they only produce cameras, and uses Nikon lenses for their cameras. The first camera was developed between 1933-36, the first 35mm focal plane shutter camera in Japan. The Canon EOS digital system was started in 1987. Unfortunately they changed the mount, so older Canon FD lenses cannot be used on modern Dslr cameras. In the beginning there was an adapter to connect these older FD lenses with digital EOS cameras, but even that it was only possible with an adapter with a magnifying lens, which is an unnecessary optical element to reduce the quality of the lens. On the other hand all Nikkor lenses can be connected with modern Dslr Eos cameras, but up to know without autofocus function. Aperture is only can be adjusted with special adapters which are not cheap. Many older Nikkor has an aperture ring though. Some of them can be a good bargain if we are on a tight budget. What gives Canon a great success that they can produce faster autofocusing systems, when they started digital photography, than Nikon. This lead most photo reporters to buy their equipment instead of Nikon which was a market leader in film era. Even Robert Capa has a Nikon in his neck when he was photograph the war in Indokina.
The Ef lens mount
The Ef lens mount was created in 1987, it has the largest mount diameter among all camera systems (54mm internal). The flange focal distance of 44mm let’s to use adapters to use many lenses on Ef mount.
There are different camera lines in the system.
There are Full frame and Aps-c camera models.
Full frame models
C 1D line: 1Dx, 1Dc
C 5d line: 5d MkI, 5d Mk II, 5d Mk II
C 6d :
d letter refers to digital
7d line: More Pro line: 7d and 7d Mk II solid build, complex fast and advanced Autofocus system, high frame rate, bigger viewfinder
70d line: Prosumer or midrange 10d,20d,30d,40d,50d,60d,60da,70d
700d line: Entry level cameras, small viewfinder, the latest cameras has flipout screen
100d: the World’ smallest Dslr, fixed sceen
Ef and Ef-s lenses
Ef lenses are compatible with Full frame and Aps-C cameras as well.
Ef-s lenses are only compatible with Aps-C cameras. Even cannot be attached because of the back plastic part of the lens. I see someone cutted it to use on Full frame cameras. Even so vignetting is expected, so must cut the outer parts of the frame. In the viewfinder also harder to compose the picture. Non Canon Aps-C lenses(Sigma, Tamron, Samuang etc) usually can be attached on full frame cameras, everything working, just don’t fill the frame. The EF lens line is the strongest in the world in my opinion. Compare to Nikon the mount is better, stronger, sturdier. Especially the super telephoto lenses are very high quality. Usually easier to find cheaper lenses in Canon than in Nikon line, or similar lenses are usually cheaper. There are lenses where the Nikon is better, for example cheaper Aps-C mid range zooms are cheaper (18-105,16-85), Nikon also has a 35mm f/1.8. In wide angle Nikon is better according to my opinion. What is good value in Canon is the 60mm macro, the new 10-18mm, the 85mmf/1.8, 100mm f/2, 200mm f/2.8, 300mm f/4, 400mm f/5.6, which even doesn’t exist in Nikon line. The 40mm f/2.8 pancake and the newest 24mm f/2.8 pancake is also a very good lens.
Ef – Full frame and Aps-C as well
EF-s – Only Aps-C
USM – ultrasonic motor in the lens
is – image stabilizer helps in low light for still subjects, not in moving subjects
Stm – stepping motor, silent, excellent for video
DO – diffractive optics, which let’s the lens to be smaller
Tilt-shift Special lenses for architecture and landscape photography, which lets to tilt or shift the lens separately, to be parallel with the focus plane.
What about “L” lenses ?
Canon has an idea to make “L” lenses. L means luxury. These lenses are designed for the Pro photographers or anyone who can afford. Many people especially in countries with lower economical conditions hate the price of these lenses. Many companies like Canon wants to sell luxury products with significantly higher margin. I can tell many examples of this lenses, if I am in the critical side, I can ask how a small piece of metal and some glass can worth several thousand dollars? Huge amount of money needed for innovation, and the people work for Canon also needs money to take care their family. This doesn’t necessary means you need to buy the most expensive lenses. Let’s speak a little bit about details.
Many especially newer optics are way overpriced. I only suggest to wait a bit and seach in the used market. There are very good bargains available for example the 70-200 f/4 or the 200mm f/2.8 to name a few.
According to my perception Canon’s USM auto focusing system is the best in the World bar none. Canon’s system is quicker, more precise and more durable than any other systems I know. Not all the ultrasonic lenses has the same speed. Some of them are very speedy others are quite slow, so it does not guarantee that you have a quick focus. The speediest are in the bright prime lenses like 135L 200L 300L 400L and other longer primes. The 50mm f/1.4 and the 70-300 is USM ( non L ) is an exception with their micromotor USM, while most other has a real ring type ultrasonic focusing.
The Canon “L” primes has excellent build quality, extreme durability. This features are proved by the time, unlike newer systems, which is uncertain how much time is possible to use. The Canon zooms, or some of them is a different story, not all “L” optics is at same level regarding build quality. Actually many newer Sigma lenses has much better build quality than older Canon zooms.
Many Canon “L” has stellar optics, but this doesn’t mean there are no better lenses out there.
Aps-C Ef-s lenses
No “L” has been released for Aps-C cameras yet. This is mostly because of marketing reasons to push people towards Full frame. Many Ef-s lenses has exceptional quality, better than many “L”-s out there, just think about the 17-55 is or 60mm Macro lenses.
I like the “L” idea, because you get a better, more usable lens, with quick autofocus operation, durable construction, and usually high optical performance without CA or other aberrations.
The 5d Mk II was an incredible success among filmmakers. The 21 Megapixel Full frame sensor let’s to make incredible picture quality, compare to other mostly smaller sensored camcorders. In the beginning the video function was an afterthought in the Full frame camera. The Cinema EOS started in late 2011 with the EOS C-300 and later followed by the EOS C-500. The EOS C-300 is a motion video camera with a mirrorless design and a super 35 sensor (1.5x crop factor). The newer EOS C-500 can produce uncompressed Raw format 4K video. The EOS C-500 has a 8.8 Megapixel Super 35mm format sensor. With it’s 20,000 USD price there is no threat to find it on the shelves of every houses. The smaller EOS C-100 sells for 5,000 USD (body only), the EOS C-300 sells for 12,000 USD. Currently these cameras are available with the new Dual-pixel CMOS technology as well. The special lenses used in this system has a CN-E designation.
CN-E14mm T3.1 L F (2013)
CN-E 24mm T1.5 L F (2011)
CN-E 50mm T1.3 L F (2011)
CN-E 85mm T1.3 L F (2011)
CN-E135mm T2.2 L F (2013)
Recommended lenses for Aps-C
What is good value in longer term is the lenses. The lenses with exceptional value in the system are the 135L, 200L, 300 f4L, 400 f5.6L, 60 and 100mm Macro, the 70-200m zoom lenses, all of them. The finest lenses are the longer primes, which are usually very expensives, the newer 200-400mm zoom with the built-in-teleconverter.
I wouldn’t recommend to buy the most expensive camera. It saves you lots of money, and you can have the same camera one or two year later for half cost. I consider you are an amateur, if you live from photography you have not much choice if your clients sticks to latest products.
There are incredible amount of information available all over the internet.
Fredmiranda, Photozone.de, Flickr, dpreview, the digital picture are good places to learn.
C also fabricate printers, where it is also among the best regarding innovation.