Points in Focus Photography

Wide Angle Lenses

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.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

A very solid ultra-wide angle zoom that delivers very good image quality with solid features including, a 4 stop IS unit and weather resistant construction (with a front filter).

Normal Lenses

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.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens

A very versatile general purpose zoom that delivers sold image quality in a weather resistant package with a constant f/4 aperture and a 3-stop IS system.

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.

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.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a decently preforming normal prime that’s reasonably well built and priced very affordably.

Telephoto Lenses

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens

The 70-200 for the weight conscious photographer. This lens provides the same range, and most of the image quality of it’s f/2.8 counterpart for half the weight and an inch less length.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

A major overhaul of Canon’s vernerable 100-400 L zoom that’s better across the board. Better image quality, better weather sealing, better IS and faster AF. A go to lens for many wildlife and action photographers.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens

A venerable workhorse for many bird and wildlife photographers, the original 100-400 is a story of compromises. It’s decent optical quality is countered by a fragile zoom mechanism and 2-stop IS system.

EOS M Lenses

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens

One of my favorite lenses for the EOS M cameras. Image quality is excellent, and the small package makes handling on the small M cameras great.

Misc. Lenses

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.

Canon New FD 50mm f/1.8 Lens

A look at a classic Canon lens from the 70s, made usable again on modern mirrorless cameras (like the EOS M). The venerable Gauss design still holds up well in spite of it’s age.

Kenko Extension Tubes for Canon AF

Kenko’s Canon EF/EF-S extension tubes are an easy and inexpensive way to improve your macro capabilities, see how I think they stack up in this review.