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Canon Lenses

What do all Those Letters Mean?

Well, they’re acronyms, and they vary between cameras, but they all essentially mean the same thing. Here’s a little diagram below which demonstrates that these letter mean by brand. 

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Whether you’re shooting full frame or not, this is a great replacement for your kit lens, because the wide aperture allows lots of light, and the glass is superb quality.


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

If you can’t quite afford the 24-70mm, then this is an excellent substitute. Shoots at longer focal lengths, but the aperture isn’t as wide, although the IS does help to make up for that.


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

This is clearly not an ‘L’ lens, but it is still a good step up for anyone who wants to move away from the rather poorly built kit lens that came with their camera. Not massive, but an improvement.


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

If you’re shooting full frame and you want an ultra-wide lens, or perhaps you want a better quality lens in the 18-24mm range on a crop sensor; this is the lens to go for. Lovely f/2.8 Aperture.


Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

This lens is for crop sensor cameras only (hence the EF-S), and it’s for the ultra-wide angle range. Very popular with nightclub photographers, it’s a well liked lens with lots of barrel distortion.


Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

This may well be the best telephoto zoom lenses ever made. The aperture is super wide at f/2.8, the L glass ensures excellent quality, and the image stabilization keeps things steady.


Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

This is not as good as the 2.8L, as it only allows half the amount of light at max aperture, and there’s no IS, but the L quality glass ensures that it’s still a brillant lens. Cheaper option.


Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Oh the nifty fifty. This is one of the most popular lenses on the market because it’s cheap, and allows you to play with a wide aperture for the very first time. A must for every beginner!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens

If you’re a pro and you want the best quality on the market, and not the cheap glass that comes with the 1.8, then this is one of best purchases you can make. Ridiculously highly regarded.


Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Perhaps you’re a serious amateur, and you want a mid-range upgrade. This lens isn’t quite L quality, but it’s still very good, and the wide f/1.4 aperture will provide plenty of light.


Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

I own this lens, and it’s the sharpest lens I own – even at f/1.4 I’m producing beautiful results. It’s especially if you want a 50mm range, when shooting on a crop sensor.


Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM

The reviews speak for themselves really. This is a macro lens for shooting really small stuff, up close. It’s built for full frame cameras, so don’t buy if you shoot on a crop sensor.


Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro

If you shoot on a crop sensor, and you’re looking for a macro lens, then this is the best choice for canon users. It’s very well built, and a good focal length to shoot at.


Canon EF 2.0X Telephoto Extender

If you want to extend your focal length from 200mm to 400mm, then all you need to do in use an extender like this. A cheap option. There’s also a 1.4X entender too if 2X is too much.