Canon EF 300mm f/4 USM L review at Photozone

"Due to the lack of an IS correction group the optical design is totally different with significantly less lens elements - just 8 elements in 7 groups including 2 UD elements. The aperture mechanism features 8 aperture blades. The min. focus distance is a little disappointing at 2.5m with a max. object magnification

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Canon EF 300mm f/4 USM L IS review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 300mm f/4 USM IS is part of Canon's professional grade L (Luxury) series. While not exactly a cheap lens the 300mm f/4L IS is particularly interesting for many serious amateurs ("prosumers"). On APS-C DSLRs the field-of-view resembles a classic 480mm lens (full-format) suitable

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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L USM II review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L USM II was introduced back in march 1996. The differences compared to the initial version are marginal - Canon decided to replace the build-in hood of the mk I for a snap-on variant. Whether this is a progress or a step back is debatable (personally I would prefer the build-in hood

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Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM macro review at Photozone

"The optical design of the lens is made of 14 elements in 12 groups including three UD elements. Typical for all true macro lenses it features a floating system for better close-focus correction. The min. focus distance is 0.48m resulting in a max. object magnification of 1:1. The aperture mechanism features 8

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Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 SF review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 SF is an unusual lens. It´s the only soft-focus (SF) lens in the line-up. The position of an aspherical element can be altered by the user causing a varying degree of spherical aberrations or in other words a dreamy soft-focus effect. Using its default setting the lens can also be

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Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM review at Photozone

"The optical design of the lens is made of 10 elements in 8 groups including two UD elements. The min. focus distance is 0.9m resulting in a max. object magnification of ~1:5. The aperture mechanism features 8 aperture blades. With a size of 83x112mm it's fairly compact but due to the big glass elements required

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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro review at Photozone

"The lens has been completely redesigned into a true IF (internal focus) construction that does not extend when focusing to macro distances. This is highly unusual for a 100mm macro lens. The front element does not rotate so using a polarizer is not problem. Typical for ring-type USM lenses full-time manual override is

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Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM is one two classic portrait tele lenses that remain easily within the financial reach of most amateurs. There're quite frequent discussions in the various Canon web-forums whether to prefer this lens or its more popular sister - the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM. Released back in 1991 the

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Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 review at Photozone

"The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 is one of the more unusual lenses in the Canon lens lineup - it is one of three tilt-shift (TS) lenses.

Shift lenses allow you to compensate perspective distortions (converging verticals) by shifting the optical

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is one of Canon's classic portrait tele lenses. In the APS-C DSLR scope the field-of-view resembles a 136mm lens here. 

The lens features a ring-type USM AF drive (rear focusing) with full-time manual focusing in one-shot AF

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 USM L review at Photozone

"On paper the EF 85mm f/1.2 USM L is usually described as a portrait lens though this scope is certainly much wider. Using an APS-C DSLR the field-of-view resembles a 136mm lens in full-format terms.

If you ever wondered when to use extreme shutter speeds this question will not arise with this lens. On a

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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM macro review at Photozone

"The Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM macro is a fairly recent addition (2005) to the Canon lens line-up. The EF-S naming refers to Short-back focus design which is only compatible to APS-C EOS SLRs starting with the EOS 300D (Digital Rebel). EF-S lenses feature a protruding rear element which requires a special

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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 macro review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 macro was introduced back in december 1987 so it's one of the oldest lenses in the line-up and it seems as if Canon has discontinued the lens with the recent introduction of the new EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM (w/reduced image circle). Within the scope of this test we've used an EOS 350D so

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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 macro review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 macro was introduced back in december 1987 so it's one of the oldest lenses in the line-up and it seems as if Canon has discontinued the lens with the recent introduction of the new EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM (w/reduced image circle). Within the scope of this test we've used an EOS 350D so . . . read more

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is the very cheapest lens in the Canon line-up. In the APS-C DSLR scope the field-of-view resembles a 80mm lens here which qualifies it as an interesting portrait lens besides other purposes such as low-light photography.  . . . read more

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM was introduced back in June 1993 sitting as an affordable alternative in-between the extremely expensive (and now discontinued) EF 50mm f/1.0 USM L and the cheapo EF 50mm f/1.8. On an APS-C DSLR the field-of-view resembles a 80mm full-frame equivalent. Regarding the ultra- . . . read more

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 USM L review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 USM L is the brand new successor of the almost legendary EF 50mm f/1.0 USM L - the fastest mass production SLR lens ever. Surprisingly Canon decided to step down a little regarding the max. aperture but the good news about this is the substantially lower price tag of around . . . read more

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L review at Photozone

"Released back in late 1998 the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L is one of many ultra fast fix focals in the Canon lens lineup. It's one of the more frequently discussed speciality lenses in the community and often compared to its closely related cousin - the EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L. Both belong to the professional L . . . read more

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 completes the local tests of the classic Canon wide angle fix-focals. The lens was first released in 1987 so it is as old as the EOS system itself. On APS-C DSLRs the field-of-view is equivalent to 45mm so it can almost be considered as a standard lens here. . . . read more

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM review at Photozone

"Released back in 1995 the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM is one of the few relatively new fix-focal in the lower focal length range that we've seen in the last years. Regarding its release date it is obviously a full frame lens. On APS-C DSLRs it has a field-of-view equivalent to a classic 45mm lens so it can be . . . read more

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L review at Photozone

"There's a side effect to the TS mechanism - this lens offers manual focusing only which is why it is not an EF (electronic focus) lens. The aperture mechanism remains under electronic camera control so it still deserves the E in the TS-E naming. . . . read more

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L review at Photozone

"Unlike most other shift lenses Canon TS-E lenses also offer a tilt feature allowing to alter the focus plane. On normal lenses the focus plane is parallel to the film/sensor plane. By tilting the lens you can coincide the focus plane to the layout of your main subject in your scene which may not be parallel to the . . . read more

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L review at Photozone

"Released back in 1997 the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L is one of many ultra fast fix focals in the Canon lens line-up - seems as if Canon is really enjoying to go to the max in this niche. Regarding its release date it is obviously a full frame lens. On APS-C DSLRs it has a field-of-view equivalent to a classic ~38mm . . . read more

Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM was released back in 1992 and it's one of the older designs in the current lens lineup. On APS-C DSLRs the field-of-view is equivalent to 32mm so it looses its ultra-wide character towards a moderate wide-angle lens here.

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Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye is one of Canon´s few remaining lenses which were initially released back in mid to late 80s with the introduction of the EOS system. Fisheye lenses are rather odd beings which go in and out of fashion every once in a while. At the moment they seem to experience a

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Canon reveals two new primes: EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

We saw leaked pictures of these two yesterday, now we get the rest of the story too. The original lenses replaced by these new primes are some of the oldest in the Canon line-up, hailing from the 80ies. So, what's todays target market? The typical professional shooter is nowadays more or less forced to go with a zoom (like a 16-35mm f/2.8 or the new 24-70mm f/2.8) or some L primes for a variety of reasons. Similar high quality zooms and much cheaper primes are available to amateur shooters as well. I suppose Canon is well aware of these facts and chooses to release the new primes for the left over niche market as well as for historical reasons. . . . read more

Canon releases EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM, adds features, but no Image Stabilization.

After more than untold years in waiting we can finally behold the 'wedding master' EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM . Here's what's new:

A Super UD lens element, and two standard UD elements, 9 blade diaphragm, better weather proofing, and fluorite coating on the front lens. Also, a zoom lock switch. As expected, there's no image stabilization, and the usual price hike.  I mean, what's the freaking point in including stabilization in a 24mm prime, and not in a 24-70mm super expensive zoom lens? . . . read more

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 USM L IS (full format) review at Photozone

"Canon users were always gifted with a broad range of excellent tele lenses, especially zooms. At the time the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 USM L hit the market back in 1999 it was another milestone but there was one itch left: wouldn't it be nice to have this lens with an image stabilizer ? In late 2006 Canon heard the . . . read more

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

"Fast tele zoom lenses a la 70-200mm f/2.8 are one of the key players in a lens lineup. These lenses are used by many profession photographers, especially photo journalists, and they're also very popular among "prosumers". Canon dominated the market in the early AF years - the EF 80-200mm f/2.8L and EF

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Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 USM L IS (full format) review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 USM L IS is a fairly recent (2004) addition to the Canon lens lineup. It is the successor of the EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6 USM L, a lens which was and still is popular in the press community and among travel photographers. Most users will surely appreciate the extra reach at the wide

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