Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Top 10 Canon Lenses


From Digital Photography School's survey.

  1. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens - fast, great for portraits, weddings, sports, versatile focal length. Quite a heavy lens and not cheap.
  2. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens - for its price perhaps the best value lens in terms of the quality of output.
  3. Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens - a step up from the f/1.8 in terms of build quality and results but more expensive.
  4. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens - a great walk around lens. Faster than the 24-105 but no image stabilization.
  5. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens - often compared with the 24-70mm this lens is not as fast but has image stabilization and an extra 35mm reach. A worthy contender for a great walk around lens.
  6. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens - not as fast as the 70-200mm f2.8 and without image stabilization but still a very sharp lens, a considerably cheaper option and lighter too. Note: between these two lenses is also a 70-200 f2.8 lens without image stabilization.
  7. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens - another alternative for a walk around lens if you take wide angle shots. A fast lens and loved by many.
  8. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Telephoto Lens - a prime lens that gets great reviews. Also check out the f/1.2 version which is super fast but pricey.
  9. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens - I love this lens. It’s not as fast as some but has been great for landscapes.
  10. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens - another of my personal favorites. If you want to take Macro shots this is well worth considering. Interestingly it also takes great portraits.
How many do you own? Sadly, I have only two of those listed.... the #1 pick and the #3. My wish list is for the #5 and # 10.

The Photo
The nuthatch is one of the most skittish birds of all. They grab their food and fly away. I con'tinue to try to get a good shot, just once. This one really doesn't make the cut but it is the best I have done so far.

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