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Canon Lens Reports

Line up of Canon EF lenses

Our series of Canon Lens Reports is intended to provide users (or potential users) of Canon camera gear with useful information about the huge range of Canon lenses available.

It's this multitude of possible choices that makes it difficult - even downight confusing - to select the appropiate lenses for particular applications.

The articles cover basic lens categories, such as telephoto, zoom, and wide angle lenses, specific Canon technology such as image stabilization, and also encompass descriptions of specific Canon lenses together with their recommended uses, plus customer feedback and user ratings.

Canon Lens Glossary
Each Canon lens is identified by a series of codes that provide important information about its unique characteristics. Browse our lens glossary for a better understanding of Canon's lens codes.

Canon Telephoto Lenses
Find out more about Canon's range of telephoto lenses, what they are, and which to choose for specific photographic assignments.

Canon Zoom Lenses
Find out more about Canon's extensive range of zoom lenses, including standard zooms, telephoto zooms, and wide angle zooms, plus applications for which they're suited.

Canon Wide Angle Lens
Why a Canon Wide Angle Lens is indispensible, plus recommended wide angle lenses for various situations, from tight interiors to soaring landscapes.

Canon EF-S Lenses
Canon EF-S lenses are designed specifically for Canon EOS digital cameras with smaller, APS-C format sensors to counteract the lens magnification factor caused by smaller sensors.

Canon EF Lenses
Canon EF lenses are fitted with electro-focus mounts and can be used on all Canon EOS bodies, including older EOS 35mm film cameras and the latest EOS digital cameras.

Canon SLR Lenses
Canon has more than 60 SLR lenses in its line-up, ranging from ultra wide angle to super telephoto lenses, plus the more recently introducted EF-S lenses designed for use on specific digital cameras.

Canon Digital Camera Lenses
Canon digital camera lenses are the same as those used for 35mm film cameras, except for Canon EF-S digital lenses that offer more wide angle options for cameras with smaller sensors.

Canon Crop Factor
Canon Digital SLRs have different sized sensors, depending on camera model - and the size of sensor can have a profound impact on a lens's magnification and angle of view.

Canon IS Lenses
Canon produces more than 20 IS lenses - find out more about Canon's image-stabilizing technology, how it works and when's the appropriate time to use a Canon IS lens.

Canon IS Lens Lineup
Canon's lineup of image-stabilized lenses includes standard zooms, telephoto zooms and fixed-focal length telephoto lenses, plus a new macro IS lens - see the full lineup.

Canon L Lenses
Canon L lenses are designed for professional use and incorporate special optical elements for improved image sharpness and color, plus weather sealing to keep out dust and moisture.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom
The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is an affordable telephoto zoom lens that has received positive reviews and is highly recommended by users as providing exceptional value for money.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Zoom
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is a highly rated compact L Series telephoto zoom lens featuring fluorite UD lens elements for superb optical performance plus 4-stop IS shake correction.

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Zoom Lens
The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, with IS and constant f/2.8 aperture, is the top-rated of Canon's EF-S lenses designed for Canon digital SLR cameras with APS-C format sensors.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Zoom Lens
The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 16-35mm, is a true ultra wide angle zoom lens for use on Canon digital SLR cameras with APS-C format sensors.

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Lens
The Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM is a lightweight, compact L-series lens, and is the most affordable Canon prime telephoto with image stabilization, making it a favorite for wildlife and sport.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Zoom Lens
The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Zoom Lens is an affordable, lightweight telephoto zoom offering excellent image quality and 4-stop camera shake compensation.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens
The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is an extremely versatile "standard" zoom lens with a wide range of focal lengths plus 4-stop camera shake compensation, all at an affordable price tag.

Canon Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is a compact and affordable standard zoom lens that often comes bundled as a "kit" lens with one of Canon's entry-level digital SLR cameras.

Impact of Crop Factor on Canon EOS 50D
The Canon EOS 50D digital SLR camera is one of Canon's "prosumer" models that is affected by the crop factor when using any EF or EF-S lenses because it has a sub full-frame sensor.

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