Points in Focus Photography

Lenses Reviewed

Wide Angle Lenses

Lenses for when you want to take it all in.

< 22 mm
< 35 mm

Wide angle lenses let get more in the frame. However, because they have a wide angle of view, you have to get up close to things to fill the frame, and being this close creates a lot of distortion.

For some this distortion is an unpleasant thing, for others, it's a great way to put their spin on the world.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

A pro quality ultra-wide angle zoom that delivers reasonable image quality with a constant f/2.8 aperture. That said, the 2007 design is dated and more modern designs (e.g. EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM III) significantly out perform it.

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Normal Lenses

They "see" the world the way we do.

22-55 mm
35-70 mm

Lenses with a "normal" angle of view render the world with about the same perspective as we see it with our eyes.

These are popular with many photographers because they don't substantially distort the world they're trying to capture. Of course, at the same time, they can also be somewhat boring because of this.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens

The classic general purpose zoom that delivers great image quality, but at the expense of weight and focal range. This lens also uses a novel reverse zoom design combined with a large hood that provides optimal shading at all focal lengths.

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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens

A versatile general purpose zoom that delivers more flexibility than its L counter parts, but at the cost of image quality, a constant aperture, and weather resistance. The 1998 design isn’t as good as more modern lenses, and the first generation IS system is limited to 2-stops.

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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM offers solid image quality in a well built package that comes with the novelty of being a diminutive pancake design and at a low price point.

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens

Canon’s least expensive lens, and also one I can’t recommend. The image quality isn’t bad, but the AF system has trouble delivering focus. It’s successor the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a much better built and preforming lens.

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Telephoto Lenses

For when getting close is getting too close.

> 55 mm
> 70 mm

Telephoto lenses have a narrow angle of view. The first consequence of this is that they magnify what they're pointed at, a distant object appears larger and closer. This can be extremely useful when photographing things you can't approach, or things that are too dangerous to approach.

A second aspect of the narrow angle of view is that because you have to be further away to maintain the same composition, they flatten a scene.

Lenses for the EOS M

Small light lenses for Canon's APS-C mirrorless camera platform.

Canon EF-M
11-200 mm
18-320 mm

Canon launched the EOS M platform in 2012 with a new smaller mount designed for APS-C mirrorless cameras. Thought the platform has had an initial rocky start, Canon has continued to support and develop the cameras and lenses.

Because the EF-M mount is thinner than previous DSLR mounts, one additional feature is that many DSLR lenses can be adapted to the camera.

Miscellaneous Lenses and Lens Accessories

Lenses that don't fit in other categories and the accessories that go with them.

Canon Extender EF 1.4x II

Canon’s second generation of 1.4x teleconverter provides an improvement in image quality and AF performance over it’s predecessor. Increases the focal length of the lens it’s mounted to by 40%, and reduces the aperture by a stop.

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