Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM review at photodo

"Weighing only 500g, the 17-40mm f/4L is probably among the lightest L series zoom lenses available at present. The signature red stripe around the end of the lens barrel reminds you that this is considered one of Canon's professional spec lenses.

The barrel has a tough textured finish that should resist showing marks plus the dust and weather

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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM review at photodo

"This lens fill a niche that not many third party manufacturers compete in, with most tending to offer larger zoom ranges at this price point. Sigma do offer two 17-70mm f/2.8-4 lenses though. Besides having a shorter zoom range, the cheaper of the two has no image stabiliser, standard micro motor focusing, but does have a brighter maximum aperture and costs only £250. A new updated version costs around £330 . . . read more

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM review at photodo

"Although this lens is compact and lightweight, Canon haven't scrimped on anything when it comes to the build quality of this lens. The quality of materials, and general fit and finish of the lens are very good indeed. As it's an internal focusing design, the lens does not extend during focusing, which makes the lens very pleasant to use, especially at close distances.

Life sized reproduction is achieved at the minimum focus of 20cm, which is a good deal closer than an

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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS review at photodo

"For a budget lens, this optic is pretty well put together. The lens barrel is constructed from texture finished plastics, which feel reasonably lightweight, but high quality. An attractive silver ring next to the focus control finishes off the lens nicely.

The zoom ring has a wide rubberised grip and is very smooth to turn with very little effort. Although there is little resistance in the zoom mechanism, I had no issues with zoom creep during testing,

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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 USM L review at Photozone

"For whatever reason the manufacturers are only offering few "affordable" tele prime lenses today. The Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 USM L is the last of its species (slow speed 400mm) that it marketed today - there used to be a Pentax FA* 400mm f/5.6 and a Minolta AF 400mm f/4.5 APO but these are history already. Seems as if the zoom lenses in this range killed the prime market. The Canon lens survived without changes since 1993. It earned a mixed reputation in the 90s because of a rather mediocre test report in an US magazine. However, it showed no major issues in our old APS-C format test so let's have a look how it performs within its native full format scope. . . . read more

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

"The Canon EF 300mm f/4 USM L IS is a member of Canon's prestigious L-class (Luxury) series. It is, of course, far from being a cheap lens in absolute terms but still much more affordable than its f/2.8 cousin and as such a quite interesting option for those mortals interested in e.g. sports- or wildlife-photography. A couple of years ago we tested the lens on an APS-C DSLR but now that full

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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS is a fairly old design dating back to the late 90s. I still remember those days when I used it on an EOS 1n ... with film if you remember those good 'ol days. Well, time goes by but it's still here - despite all the rumors that it's gonna be discontinued soon and those

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM review at SLR Gear

"Prime lenses in this focal length range have always been great choices for portrait photography, because of the tendency of the moderate telephoto focal length to slightly "flatten" facial features, avoiding the problem of too-big noses in frontal shots taken with wider-angle lenses. In the digital era (at least with sub-

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"Though not exceptionally wide, 18mm will work fine in modest-sized rooms and 55mm will produce reasonable head and shoulder portraits. Tightly cropped head shots will start showing perspective distortion - including big noses - and are are best avoided. Landscapes and other general purpose photography work well in this range.  . . . read more

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM review at SLR Gear

"As the reader reviews below testify, this is an absolutely stellar lens, probably one of the sharpest and most distortion-free that Canon makes. It starts out very sharp at f/2.0, gets even sharper at f/2.8, and softens only slightly at f/11. At f/32, it's pretty soft, but less so than a lot of lenses at that aperture. . . . read more

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

"If you ever wondered when to use extreme shutter speeds this question will not arise when using such a lens. In bright sunlight it is often not possible to use the f/1.2 setting because you'll hit the 1/8000s (or so) barrier of your camera. So if you intend to use this lens at max. aperture in daylight conditions you should also consider to invest into a gray filter to tame the amount of light. However, . . . read more

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Review @ Photography blog

Canon introduced the Diffractive optics lens line with much fanfare sometime around 2005. Hailed initially as the next big revolution in optics, the end result did not pan out as good.This is the only zoom lens with the 'DO' mark, and maybe the last one too.

 

"Focusing is completely internal and the only indication is on the distance scale window. The Ultrasonic Motor is the ring type which is the better quality of the two types of USM motor that Canon fit as it uses a simple design of two rings, one attached to the focusing bits and the other is attached to the lens barrel. When one vibrates, it translates to the other as movement and the lens focuses. It's . . . read more

Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

'The Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens' tilt and shift movements are perpendicular to each other as shipped from the factory. Canon Service can modify TS-E lenses for parallel movements (many opt for this change). Or - at your own risk - if you are mechanically inclined/daring, you can easily make this change yourself. Place the lens on its front lens cap (objective end) on a non- . . . read more

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Review @ Photography blog

"The Ultra Sonic Motor was first introduced to the Canon range in the 300mm f/2.8L in 1987. Incorporating two rings, the system uses energy from ultrasonic oscillation to drive the rings. They're ultra fast, audible only to dogs or bats and are extremely fuel efficient. The end result for the user means a faster, quieter motor with less hunting for the focus point. . . . read more

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM review at SLR Gear

"It's great to see the camera manufacturers making more and more lenses optimized for their sub-frame DSLRs. A great example of this trend is the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, a really excellent wide-to-medium range zoom with image stabilization. This would be the lens for a shooter interested in top-notch optical quality and low-light shooting.

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

"The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II is the 2nd incarnation of Canon's tilt-shift wide-angle lens. We will elaborate on the tilt-shift (thus TS) function in more detail later on but for starters - the tilt aspect refers to the focus plane which is normally co-planar to the sensor plane. You can "tilt" the background/foreground focus by tilting the focus plane making it possible to achieve far more pronounced out-of-focus

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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM reviw at SLR Gear

"The Canon 300mm ƒ/2.8 is one of the sharpest lenses we've ever tested. This is a lens designed to be used wide open at ƒ/2.8, and it shows in the test results. On a subframe 20D at ƒ/2.8, the far right edge of the frame barely reaches 1.5 blur units, and the rest of the frame edges just above 1 blur unit. This . . . read more

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM review at SLR Gear

"This is a monster of a lens, and I think is the widest-aperture 50mm optic available for any of the major DSLR platforms. It's also incredibly well-constructed, as befits a Canon L-series lens.

That said though, we have to admit that we were a little surprised that the Canon 50mm f/1.2L's optical

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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review @ The Digital Info Picture

"I'm very pleased with the image quality I'm getting from this lens. Wide open results are very sharp in the center and improve only slightly stopped down. Wide angle full frame corners, though not perfect, are very good for a lens this wide - the best full-frame Canon wide angle zoom lens yet.  . . . read more

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

"The Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L USM II is a fairly old lens introduced back in march 1996. The design differences compared to the initial version are really marginal - Canon decided to replace the build-in hood of the mk I for a snap-on variant. Other than that both lenses are basically identical down to the optics. Compared to the rather overwhelmingly number of 70-200mm L zoom lenses it is probably

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM review at SLR Gear

"We had more fun with this lens than many we test, its f/1.2 maximum aperture and super-soft bokeh (rendering of out-of-focus elements) make it a superb portrait lens, one that makes the background practically go away when you're shooting with it wide open.

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

"Canon takes pride in offering the biggest variety of ultra-large aperture lenses in the (DSLR-)industry starting at EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L all the way up to the EF 200mm f/2 USM L IS. The EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L was probably the "worst" of these lenses and 13 years after its initial release the update is finally here - the ... guess what ... Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L II. . . . read more

Canon EF 2x III Extender Review @ The-Digital-Picture

"A significant disadvantage brought by the use of a 2x extender (any of brand or model of them) is that your lens' max aperture setting is reduced/narrowed by a 2 stops - allowing at most 1/4 as much light into the exposure. The lens aperture still opens to the same physical diameter, but the ratio of the aperture opening to the focal length is reduced - by 2 stops. So, pick your lens' maximum aperture . . . read more

Canon EF 1.4x III Extender Review @ The-Digital-Picture

"Use of a 1.4x extender (any brand or model of them) decreases/narrows your lens' max aperture setting by 1 stop - allowing at most 1/2 as much light into the exposure. The lens aperture still opens to the same physical diameter, but the ratio of the aperture opening to the focal length is reduced - by 1 stop. So, pick your lens' maximum aperture opening from the following list and understand that it . . . read more

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM review at SLR Gear

"The 400mm ƒ/5.6L USM produces sharp results - not tack-sharp, but certainly very good. Interpreting the results on our blur graphs is fairly easy and straightforward. On the 20D, images are evenly sharp at all apertures with the exception of ƒ/32 where it becomes just slightly uneven. Results are essentially

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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM reviw at SLR Gear

"Although higher priced and including optical image stabilization, the Canon 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS could be seen as Canon's answer to the excellent 18-70mm lens that Nikon offers in bundles with the D70S. Optically, the two lenses are surprisingly similar, with good to very good sharpness across the frame, and

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Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM review at SLR Gear

"The Canon EF 24mm ƒ/1.4L II USM was introduced in the lead-up to Photokina 2008, as an update to its pre-existing 24mm ƒ/1.4. Introduced in December 1997, the previous version of the 24mm ƒ/1.4 was probably getting a little bit long in the tooth, despite having all the fixtures and trimmings of an L-class

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"Also following the lead of the EF 70-200mm f/4 L lenses is the inclusion of a soft lens case (the Canon LP1424 shown above) instead of the nicer padded and zippered cases the rest of the similarly-sized and similarly-priced white L lenses come with. The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens, with its lens hood reversed, fits snugly (length-wise) in a Lowepro Lens Case 4S, snugly width-wise . . . read more

Canon EF 35mm f/2 (full format) review at Photozone

"Released back in 2007 the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 USM L is the successor of the legendary EF 50mm f/1.0 USM L - the fastest mass production SLR lens ever ... and one of the most expensive around. Surprisingly Canon decided to give up two thirds of an f-stop (f/1.0 - f/1.1 - f/1.2 - f/1.4 in case you wonder) but the good news about this is the substantially lower price tag of around 1400 €/US$ so the

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM L IS review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM L IS is the latest addition to Canon's tele zoom lens lineup making it, by far, the most extensive system in this segment. Canon offers no less than SIX (!) ~300mm zoom lenses which makes you wonder whether their marketing folks went nuts altogether. :-) Just to give you an

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