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The Top 20 Canon EF Lenses

Introduced in 1987, the EF lens mount is the standard lens mount on the Canon EOS family of SLR film and digital cameras. EF stands for “Electro-Focus”: automatic focusing on EF lenses is handled by a dedicated electric motor built into the lens. Mechanically, it is a bayonet-style mount, and all communication between camera and lens takes place through electrical contacts; there are no mechanical levers or plungers.

In today’s post we will be taking a look at the top 20 Canon EOS lenses which use the EF mount. This list was compiled with the help of the Lensplay Database which records people’s votes on lenses from all manufacturers.

1. EF 600mm f/4.0L IS USM

An outstanding professional lens for bridging distances in sports, wildlife, and many other applications–including commercial and fashion for the distinct “compressed” telephoto character and totally out-of-focus backgrounds its images can possess.

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2. EF 500mm f/4.0L IS USM

Always a favorite of motor sports, wildlife and nature shooters, the relatively lightweight 500mm lens now adds Image Stabilization for an unbeatable package of handling and sharpness.

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3. EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

The high-performance L-series EF 300mm super-telephoto lens is a terrific choice for sports photographers and other long-distance users. Sports action requires a fast shutter speed and a long focal length. This lens easily complies thanks to its large maximum aperture–which supports a faster shutter speed–and its 300mm length.

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4. EF 200/2.8L II USM

Zoom in on a favorite subject from a distance with the Canon EF 200mm telephoto lens. Offering a long focal length that lets you effectively compress the distance between the subject and camera, the lens lets you easily capture the details and feeling of a far-off scene.

 

 

 

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5. EF 135mm f/2L USM

The fastest 135mm telephoto lens in its class, the Canon EF 135mm f/2L lens is ideal for indoor sports photography and portraits with background blur. Although the lens offers complete automatic focusing capabilities thanks to its Ultra Sonic Motor (USM), you can still take advantage of its manual focus function even when the camera is in AF mode.

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6. EF 70-200L f/4.0 USM

Capture the far-off action of fast-paced sports or zoom in for an intimate portrait with the Canon EF 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens. The L-series lens offers an Image Stabilizer that provides up to four stops of shake correction–a first for Canon IS lenses.

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7. EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM

Virtually the standard lens for many professional sports shooters, this optical powerhouse is ideal for any film or digital application where you need telephoto power and low-light capability. With one Fluorite element and two UDglass elements, it’s one lens you won’t need to stop down to get a good image.

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8. EF 300/4L USM

Bring your subjects closer while shooting sports or wildlife with the Canon EF 300mm f/4L telephoto lens. The lens is equipped with Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, which compensates for camera shake by providing the equivalent effect of a shutter speed two stops faster.

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9. EF 300/2.8L USM

The high-performance L-series EF 300mm super-telephoto lens is a terrific choice for sports photographers and other long-distance users. Sports action requires a fast shutter speed and a long focal length. This lens easily complies thanks to its large maximum aperture–which supports a faster shutter speed–and its 300mm length.

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10. EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

Bring small things into full-sized view with the Canon EF 180mm macro USM lens. Macro lenses can uncover detail that would be impossible to detect by the eye and give new perspective to extremely minute subjects such as insects or the petals of a small flower, and this lens is no exception.

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11. EF 100mm f2.8 Macro

Bring small things into full-sized view with the Canon EF 100mm macro USM lens. Macro lenses can uncover detail that would be impossible to detect by the eye and give new perspective to extremely minute subjects such as insects or the petals of a small flower, and this lens is no exception.

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12. EF 85mm f1.2L USM Mark II

Retaining the impressive optical performance and large aperture of the original Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L lens, this revamped medium telephoto lens employs a ring-type Ultra Sonic Motor (USM), high-speed CPU, and optimized algorithms to achieve an autofocus speed that’s approximately 1.8x faster than the original.

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13. EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

A highly practical medium telephoto lens with superb delineation and portability, the Canon EF 85mm lens produces sharp and clear images at all apertures. Through computer simulations, the lens has been designed to give beautiful background blur, thereby bringing your subject into crisp view.

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14. EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro

Want to bring small things into full-sized view? Turn to the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro lens, which can uncover detail that would otherwise be impossible to detect by the naked eye. Ideal for shooting extremely minute subjects such as insects or the petals of a small flower, the lens offers a nine-element design and a floating optical system that focuses down from infinity to one-half life size (0.5x).

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15. EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L wide-angle lens is a terrific standard lens for casual photographers and photojournalists who value low-light capability and high performance. The lens–which hails from Canon’s L series–is equipped with an aspherical lens element that helps correct aberrations and improve contrast and sharpness.

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16. EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Equipped with an Image Stabilizer and high zoom ratio, the Canon EF 28-135mm standard zoom lens delivers sharp, natural-looking pictures virtually ever time. The lens is particularly handy for places where flashes are prohibited, as it excels in dim lighting without requiring a flash or a tripod.

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17. EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

The Canon EF 24-70mm standard zoom lens does what many pros thought couldn’t be done–it replaces the L-series 28-70mm f/2.8 lens with something even better. The lens offers extended coverage to an ultra-wide-angle 24mm, making it ideal for digital as well as film shooters.

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18. EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Dust and moisture resistant and incorporating Canon’s very finest standards of precision optics, the EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM is designed for reportage, event, travel, and celebrity photographers looking for a lightweight and maneuverable lens with minimal image quality compromise.

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19. EF 400mm f/4.0 DO IS USM

n entirely new optical technology for SLR camera lenses, Multi-Layer Diffractive Optics, makes possible a 400mm super-telephoto lens that’s about 1/3rd shorter and significantly lighter. Diffractive Optics don’t end there–combined with a small Fluorite element, they permit almost total elimination of chromatic aberrations, and at the same time are able to combat spherical aberrations.

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20. EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM

Bring your subjects closer while shooting sports or wildlife with the Canon EF 300mm f/4L telephoto lens. The lens is equipped with Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, which compensates for camera shake by providing the equivalent effect of a shutter speed two stops faster.

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