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The lens is perhaps the most important part of any camera, regardless of the purpose for which the device itself is used – amateur photography from time to time or for professional activities. In particular, the role of the lens increases when it comes to a narrower application – panoramic shooting, macro photography, shooting fast moving objects, maximum zoom, etc. In any case, the lens almost always makes up the lion’s share of the cost of the entire camera. Expertology brings you a special ranking with an overview of the best, according to our experts, lenses from the Canon brand. It is one of the world leaders in the production of top quality photographic equipment.

Rating of the best lenses for Canon

Nomination place Name of product price

The best standard lenses for Canon

one

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

20 280 ₽

2

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

17 980 ₽

3

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

7 690 ₽

The best telephoto zoom lenses for Canon

one

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

48 850 ₽

2

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

32 900 ₽

3

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

12 850 ₽

four

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

8 990 ₽

The Best Wide Angle Lenses for Canon Cameras

one

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

186 300 ₽

2

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

91 450 ₽

3

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

10 890 ₽

The best Canon lenses for macro photography

one

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

48 500 ₽

2

Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM

36 900 ₽

The best fisheye lenses

one

Canon EF 8-15mm f/4.0L Fisheye USM

67 690 ₽

The best standard lenses for Canon

In the first category, we present a selection of standard Canon lenses that have received the highest marks from our experts and are unconditionally recognized by users around the world.

Let’s briefly clarify what is meant by the word “standard” when it comes to a lens for Canon or any other camera. Several basic interpretations are possible here. First: the standard one is the so-called kit (from the English kit – set, kit) lens, which comes in the camera’s factory kit by default. Second: a standard lens is also understood as a lens without a pronounced specification (macro, zoom, or anything else), that is, it is focused on general use. Also, lenses with a focal length of about 50mm are often called standard.

The presented models to some extent may contain elements of each of these interpretations. The only thing is that our experts did not include Canon lenses of the top L-series in this nomination, and not only because of the high cost. L-models will find a more logical place in specialized categories.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Let’s start with the most expensive lens in this category, which, with its fairly large focal length (the distance from the focus point to the lens or lens system) of 85mm, barely “squeezes” into the category of standard Canon lenses. Strictly speaking, such a focal length already allows us to consider this model a telephoto lens. However, the zoom capabilities here are far from even the most modest, but full-fledged “telephoto”, so the lens should still be considered standard. Experts also consider this model optimal for portrait shooting in the Canon EOS system with full-frame cameras.

We list the main technical characteristics of the lens. Focal length, as already mentioned – 85mm. Aperture – F1.80, minimum – F22, number of petals – 8. Automatic and manual focusing. Viewing angle – 28.30 deg.min. ultrasonic motor. The focus mechanics are inside. The filter thread is 58mm in diameter. Dimensions – 75×71.5mm, weight – 425g.

The lens is made mainly of high-quality plastic. The assembly itself is of a very high level, without annoying gaps and even more annoying backlash. Thus, this model is significantly better than any kit lens, but still falls far short of the L-series with its moisture protection, impeccable optics, and overall outstanding qualities. In general, its capabilities and characteristics are fully consistent with the cost.

Of the controls, there is only an autofocus switch and a manual focus ring with the possibility of correction at any time. An ultrasonic motor is responsible for the focusing mechanics. Pointing is quiet and cheerful, even very fast, as for a portrait. Recall that portrait lenses are perhaps the slowest in this regard, regardless of the manufacturer, due to the massiveness of the lens blocks.

Compared to a full-fledged telephoto lens, this model has an important advantage. When shooting portraits, it is possible to achieve greater blurring of the background due to the increased aperture. The very nature of the blur is also significantly different, being softer. Single highlights are characterized by uniform filling. Doubling of lines and the effect of scales are practically excluded.

In general, this model meets mainly laudatory and even rave reviews from users and the characteristics of professionals. In fact, perhaps the only noticeable drawback here can be considered a relatively high level of chromatic aberration, especially at an open aperture.

Advantages

  • quality of materials and assembly;

  • acceptable dimensions and relatively low weight;

  • silent ultrasonic motor;

  • fast and almost error-free autofocus;

  • metal bayonet;

  • high luminosity;

  • Reasonably priced considering the specs.

Flaws

  • relatively high level of chromatic aberration.

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Rating: 4.8

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

The second number in this rating category is a standard lens with a smaller fixed focal length, but with almost the same decent aperture as the previous model.

Already visually, the lens differs markedly from the above – much smaller dimensions and weight: 73.8×50.5mm and 290g, respectively.

Key technical characteristics: focal length – 50mm; aperture – F1.40, minimum – F22, number of petals – 8; viewing angle – 46 degrees min; auto focus; ultrasonic motor; filter thread – 58mm in diameter.

As already mentioned, a very decent aperture ratio is implemented in this model. This is a big plus for many reasons – in particular, it makes it possible to focus without problems even with older models of cameras with far from perfect autofocus sensors.

Autofocus here is also built on the mechanics of an ultrasonic motor, but not of the ring type. However, focusing is fast and fairly accurate. The lens is extremely rarely mistaken, especially when aiming occurs at one control point.

This lens is often the choice of Canon crop camera owners for everyday portraiture. Operation in the “every day” mode is also facilitated by very modest dimensions and weight.

In addition to the topic of portrait photography, it is worth saying that this model has many strengths: spectacular bokeh, excellent color reproduction, good detail in the depth of field zone. The latter, however, although it is considered an advantage, can cause trouble – the microcontrast often turns out to be very pronounced, intrusively emphasizing the slightest skin defects. So, it is often necessary to additionally work with filters.

Unfortunately, with all the pluses, the lens is not without flaws. The main disadvantage is the obvious chromatic aberration on the open aperture. In addition, the lens is unexpectedly “delicate” mechanically, and categorically does not tolerate even minimal shock loads.

Advantages

  • compact and lightweight;

  • luminosity;

  • high microcontrast;

  • drawing quality;

  • silent ultrasonic focus motor.

Flaws

  • defenseless even against minimal impact loads;

  • chromatic aberration at wide aperture.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Rating: 4.7

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Completing the nomination of the best standard Canon lenses rating according to Expertology is the most inexpensive model that can really surprise with a ridiculous price with quite decent characteristics. Of course, it is far from the above-described, almost top-end “fifty”, but it is also more than twice cheaper.

Key technical characteristics: focal length – 50mm; aperture – F1.80, minimum – F22, petals – 7; auto focus; filter thread – 49mm in diameter. Dimensions and weight – 69.2×39.3mm and 160g respectively. An important feature is the smooth STM focusing when shooting video.

At the minimum aperture, the lens gives very good background blur. Not the last role is played by seven petals with rounded edges. Importantly, here we see high compatibility with autofocus at the minimum aperture, so that the lens does not force you to use manual focus too often. This is especially important for beginners. As in the two models described above, focusing here is fast and silent.

Experts also highlight such a property of this lens as versatility. It is equally suitable for both portrait photography (especially in the case of a crop camera) and reportage. The lens is not as sharp and rigid in terms of detail as the previous model, and in this case this can be considered an advantage.

Frankly, this model has, in fact, only one – exactly the same delicate body as the previous one.

Advantages

  • minimum dimensions and weight;

  • good background blur;

  • fast, silent and accurate autofocus;

  • the most affordable price.

Flaws

  • hull strength.

The best telephoto zoom lenses for Canon

The second nomination in the ranking of the best lenses for Canon cameras is a selection of four lenses, the main task of which is to capture distant objects with high quality, while using zoom when necessary. Lenses of this type imply a variable (variable) focal length. It is worth noting that the range of capabilities of “telephoto” is not limited to shooting something distant. Due to the ability to significantly blur the background, telephoto cameras are often used for portraiture. Exactly to the same extent, some models are often and very successfully used for shooting good macro.

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

Rating: 4.9

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

The nomination is traditionally opened by the most expensive model in the selection. This is almost a complete twin of the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L USM, which will be discussed later. But here on the case there is a proud inscription in golden letters Image Stabilizer. And the significant difference in price was influenced not so much by the presence of the stabilizer itself, but by the fact that the developers managed to fit it into the lens, almost without adding any size or weight to it.

Structurally, it is a complete monolith with a size of 76x172mm and a weight of 760g. When zooming, nothing rotates, does not move in or out. The materials are of exceptionally high quality, the assembly is also on top. The metal body, even through tactile sensations, unmistakably conveys the high class of Canon’s top L-series lens. Effective protection against dust and moisture is implemented.

Key technical characteristics: focal length – from 70 to 200mm; aperture – F4, minimum – F32, petals – 8; zoom ratio – 2.9x; image stabilization; auto focus; viewing angle – from 12 to 34 degrees min; minimum distance for focusing – 1.2m; ultrasonic motor; filter thread – 67mm in diameter;

Let’s take a closer look at one of the most important characteristics – image stabilization. Neighboring models almost do not differ in speed and quality of focusing, however, the presence of a 4-stage stabilizer makes a significant difference here. The function is activated when the shutter button is pressed partially. At this moment, the stabilizer fixes the image, literally “gluing” it to the viewfinder. Due to this, the accuracy of framing and autofocus is significantly improved. Even at the maximum zoom when shooting handheld, the image does not jump or stagger. The stabilizer works in two modes – for statics and for dynamics. When working in the dynamic scene mode, the stabilizer acts less aggressively, not fixing a hard moving object, but only smoothing out too sharp jerks.

The presence of an optical stabilizer greatly complicated the optical design of the lens – 20 elements in 15 groups. However, the development engineers managed to do this in such a way that the complication did not affect the optical quality in any way. So, for example, this lens is almost completely free from such trouble as chromatic aberration – they can only appear on frames with extreme contrast.

We will describe other characteristics in the analysis of the next model, since they are common to these two lenses.

Advantages

  • metal case;

  • complete monolith with no moving external parts;

  • quite compact and light for its class;

  • dust and moisture protection;

  • optical stabilizer;

  • lens hood and case included.

Flaws

  • no pronounced minuses were noted, only the wishes of users come across.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Rating: 4.8

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Continues the rating of the “twin brother” of the above lens, which is almost two times cheaper due to the lack of a stabilizer. All other advantages are fully present here – this is a real “Elka” from Canon.

This lens differs from the above in weight. True, this difference is insignificant – 705g versus 760g. The dimensions are the same – 76x172mm. Here it should be clarified that such a weight is considered light, both for a metal case and a dense lens filling. If we compare it with another “Elco” – Canon 24-70 2.8L, then its 950g are already felt much more clearly. The same lens can be worn for a long time without any problems and not feel serious discomfort. As for the dimensions, compared to more fast models, it can be considered compact.

A notable feature of this lens and its more advanced “twin brother” is the highest image sharpness at any aperture value. The lens accurately reproduces the geometry of objects without noticeable distortion, forms a pleasant bokeh and easily copes with high contrast. Focusing is just as quiet, precise and fast. All moving elements are inside.

The number of elements and groups is less here – 16 elements in 13 groups. In addition to the lack of a stabilizer, another important simplification is that there is no dust and moisture protection. But in general, according to experts, this model may be optimal for those owners of Canon cameras who need a quality, lightweight reportage zoom lens that produces excellent image quality.

The lens package also includes soft case LZ1224, hood ET-74, lens caps E-67U.

Advantages

  • strong metal case;

  • light enough;

  • image quality and sharpness;

  • silent, fast and accurate autofocus on the ultrasonic motor;

  • equipment;

  • one of the cheapest lenses from the L series without sacrificing quality.

Flaws

  • it is difficult to single out objective and pronounced shortcomings for such a price.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Rating: 4.7

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Number three in Expertology’s Best Canon Zoom Lens Rankings is an even more affordable option, an upgraded version of the very successful Canon 55-250mm IS.

And immediately it is worth noting a specific focus – this lens is designed only for NOT full-length cameras. In addition, the model is fully adapted for video shooting, up to silent and smooth focusing using stepper motor technology.

Let’s go through the main technical characteristics. Focal length – 55-250mm. Aperture – F4-F5.60, minimum – F32, petals – 7. There is an image stabilizer. Viewing angle – 6.15-27.50 degrees min. The minimum focusing distance is 0.85m. The filter thread is 58mm in diameter. 15 elements in 13 groups, one low dispersion element. Lens dimensions – 70×111.2mm, weight – only 375 g, which is practically nothing for a “telephoto” lens.

Separately, it is worth emphasizing one feature that directly stems from the STM focusing technology. The focus ring (wide and quite comfortable) here has no physical connection with the mechanism, and the control is carried out electronically. Some users are annoyed by this for a number of reasons: you can focus only when the camera is on; pointing speed does not depend on the “hand speed” in any way; you cannot manually focus if the memory card is removed and the permission to release the shutter without a card is not enabled; and some more points. However, this is perhaps the only drawback of the technology that causes criticism.

Perhaps the most interesting thing that can be distinguished in this model is a kind of imitation of a parfocal lens – maintaining the focusing distance when changing the focal length. That is, the lens is pointed at the subject all the time, regardless of changes in the FR, and if any object was sharpened, the lens “remembers” this, and when zooming, the object remains in focus. This simulation is provided by the microprocessor of the lens, which, in the course of changing the FR, automatically and at lightning speed recalculates focusing with amazing accuracy.

Advantages

  • quality assembly;

  • monolith;

  • fast and silent focusing;

  • imitation of a parfocal lens;

  • adapted for video shooting;

  • record low weight;

  • value for money.

Flaws

  • Not everyone likes the electronic focus ring.

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Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

Rating: 4.6

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

The most inexpensive Canon lens in the selection of the best “telephoto lenses” according to Expertology completes this rating nomination. With all the budget, especially as for a telephoto lens, this model clearly does not sag anywhere in quality, and even has very decent technical characteristics. This is the third version of this series, which has been a stable market success for two decades, since the days of film.

Main technical characteristics: focal length – 75-300mm; aperture 7-blade F4 – F5.60, minimum – F45; automatic and manual focus; ultrasonic motor; 13 elements in 9 groups; minimum focusing distance – 1.5m; viewing angle – 8.15-32.11 degrees min; 4x zoom; filter thread – 58mm in diameter.

The lens measures 71x122mm and weighs a little more than the previous model’s 480g, but for a telephoto lens it’s practically nothing. Of the controls on the body, there is only a button-switch for manual and automatic focus at the mount itself. The dimensions of the lens change when focusing and changing the focal length – the front lens unit extends. The lenses themselves rotate when focusing, which can be inconvenient when using gradient and polarizing filters. However, for telephoto cameras this is not a very important point, since landscapes are rarely shot with their help.

The focusing speed here is quite fast, especially when shooting static objects. In dynamic scenes, the focusing speed drops noticeably, but this is quite natural.

Super affordability deprived this lens not only of an optical stabilizer, but also of moisture and dust protection. If the first does not cause discomfort to anyone at such a price, then the second is already causing complaints from some users who have to deal with the problem of active suction of dust by the lens.

Advantages

  • good sharpness, pleasant bokeh;

  • light;

  • quality materials and assembly;

  • focus speed;

  • ultrasonic motor;

  • the most affordable price.

Flaws

  • complaints from some users about the lack of moisture and dust protection.

The Best Wide Angle Lenses for Canon Cameras

Now let’s move on to the next nomination in the Expertology ranking of the best Canon lenses. Here we will talk about Canon wide-angle lenses. By definition, they have a wide angle of view, perfectly accentuate the perspective and are almost indispensable for high-quality and spectacular shooting of landscapes or any other scenes where a large angle of view is important.

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

The nomination is opened by the most expensive lens, which, in terms of cost, leaves the top models described above far behind. But we could not ignore it in favor of cheaper options, since this does not allow us to make it the highest status. This is not just a quality wide-angle lens from Canon’s top L-series. This is, not much, not less, the winner of two prestigious professional awards at once – EISA Professional DSLR Lens in 2015 and 2016, and TIPA Best Professional Lens in 2015.

And a few more words why this lens is a real event in the world of photographic equipment, after which we will proceed to the analysis of its characteristics. This model belongs to the sub-category of ultra wide-angle lenses. At the time of its release, it was the widest-angle, straight-line full-frame lens with a seemingly inconceivable range of focal lengths. Provides near-perfect geometry and sharpness even wide open.

Key technical characteristics: focal length – 11-24mm; aperture – F4, minimum – F22, 9 blades; zoom factor – 2.2x; 16 elements in 11 groups; minimum focusing distance – 0.28m; viewing angle – 84-126.05 degrees min; autofocus; ultrasonic motor.

The lens dimensions are 108×132 mm, weight – 1180g. The quality of materials and workmanship is undeniable, as is the case with any other representative of Canon’s L-family lenses. There is full dust and moisture protection. A pronouncedly convex front lens can create a deceptive external resemblance to Fisheye lenses, but here it is really only an external resemblance, nothing more.

Experts note the fact that the lens is noticeably dark in terms of aperture ratio. However, this circumstance cannot be considered a disadvantage, since it is an inevitable condition and a consequence of a whole set of advantages. The lens not only maintains perfect straight lines without producing noticeable barrel distortion, but also does not allow chromatic aberration even at the smallest focal length. All of these advances were made possible by the high complexity of the optics, hence the limited aperture ratio.

Advantages

  • quality of materials and assembly;

  • strength;

  • vanishingly low level of distortion;

  • sharpness;

  • incredibly wide range of focal lengths;

  • laureate of prestigious awards.

Flaws

  • high price.

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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

Rating: 4.8

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

Continues the nomination of the rating of the best Canon wide-angle lenses according to Expertology, another representative of the brilliant L-series. To some extent, this is a “relative” of the model described above, but it is only to some extent, as already indicated by its price, that it is half the price. These two models are related by professional expert recognition – this lens became the winner of EISA Professional DSLR Lens in 2016-2017.

The lens dimensions are 80x106mm, weight – 760g. 14 elements in 11 groups, one low dispersion. The quality of materials and assembly does not raise any questions or doubts – this is evidenced by the presence of the coveted “L” in the nomenclature. There is full dust and moisture protection.

Key technical characteristics of the model: fixed focal length – 35mm; aperture 9 blades F1.40, minimum – F22; auto focus; ultrasonic motor; minimum focusing distance – 0.28m; filter thread – 72mm.

The main achievements of the developers, for which the lens received a prestigious award, is the almost complete reduction to zero of typical distortions. The almost absolute absence of chromatism, vignetting barely appears only at apertures less than 2.8. Exceptionally high focus point sharpness is complemented by soft background bokeh. Crowning all these advantages is impressive resistance to flare – the lens is incredibly resistant even to strong backlight.

The package includes a standard hood and cap.

Advantages

  • complete absence of chromatic aberrations;

  • almost zero manifestation of other typical distortions;

  • incredible detail;

  • the highest resistance to backlight;

  • luminosity;

  • universality;

  • laureate of a prestigious award.

Flaws

  • expressed objective shortcomings are not recorded.

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

Rating: 4.7

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

Completes the nomination of the ranking of the best Canon wide-angle lenses, the exact opposite of the two previous models in terms of price. This model is even cheaper than the previous one by almost an order of magnitude. And in terms of dimensions, this is a real miniature – smaller than even the simplest whale lenses. Designed for non-full frame cameras only.

Let’s start right away with the most noticeable, which, paradoxically, makes this lens completely invisible for Canon – dimensions. Its dimensions are a measly 68.2×22.8mm. The weight is expectedly minimal – only 125g. Six elements in five groups, one aspherical. It’s just the perfect format for street photographers: you don’t feel the weight even if you carry the camera all day handheld; the probability of hitting something and damaging the lens is negligible; even a large “carcass” (camera) with such a lens looks and feels smaller and more inconspicuous.

Key technical characteristics of the lens: focal length – 24mm (constant); aperture 7 blades F2.80, minimum – F22; minimum focusing distance – 0.16m; filter thread – 52mm in diameter; autofocus. The lens is adapted for video shooting, the smooth focusing of the STM stepper motor plays a significant role in this.

When first looking at this lens, many potential users have natural doubts about its capabilities. But in fact, this model pleasantly surprises with the sharpness and clarity of the image at all apertures, very good blur and bokeh at lower aperture values. The lens also captures textures surprisingly well, such as ripples in the water combined with smooth areas. The tonal range is also good.

Of the shortcomings in this case, it is difficult to single out something obvious and pronounced, especially considering the purpose of the lens and its cost. So, for example, with certain values, it can give a little chromatic aberration, a little barrel distortion – all this is corrected in the editor in a couple of seconds, and you can’t expect anything beyond from such a lens.

Advantages

  • the most compact wide-angle;

  • high sharpness;

  • minimum focusing distance;

  • color rendering;

  • good transfer of textural elements;

  • adaptation for video shooting (smooth focusing with STM stepper motor);

  • the most affordable price.

Flaws

  • objectively expressed shortcomings, given the specialization and price, were not recorded.

The best Canon lenses for macro photography

Now, in Expertology’s ranking of the best lenses for Canon cameras, we are moving on to another interesting category of devices – macro lenses. Briefly recall what macro photography is. Contrary to common misconceptions, this is not photographing macro objects (planets, stars, galaxies), but vice versa – small objects, but on a macro scale. According to one interpretation, photography of an object at a scale of 1:1 or more is already considered macro photography. Another unofficial standard says that the prefix “macro” can only be applied to photographs when the scale is at least 1:10. One way or another, for such tasks, appropriate lenses are required, which we will now consider.

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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Let’s start right away with the Elka – this lens is one of the best Canon macro lenses in the line, which you can buy, although not cheap, but not catastrophically expensive. At the same time, the performance and technical characteristics are outstanding – fully confirming the reputation of the top L-series. It appeared in the Canon range in 2016 and still remains one of the most popular.

Pretty dense “stuffing”, body protection, and the body itself – all this makes the lens quite massive (relatively). Its dimensions are 77.7x123mm, weight – 625g. The design is a monolith, in the process of pointing and focusing, nothing rotates or extends. The diameter of a suitable light filter is increased here – 67mm. This must also be taken into account if you want to install a macro flash on the lens – for example, the MT-24EX will no longer fit directly, and you will need to use an adapter, such as, for example, the Macro Lite Adapter 67C.

Key technical characteristics: focal length – 100mm; 15 elements in 12 groups; aperture 9 blades F2.80, minimum – F32; the minimum focusing distance is 0.3m for normal mode and for macro. The lens is equipped with auto focus on an ultrasonic motor and an optical image stabilization system. There is also a full-fledged dust and moisture protection, and even a seal on the bayonet.

There are three controls on the lens barrel – an autofocus switch, an optical stabilizer switch, and a focus distance limiter selector. A little more about the latter, this is important. There are three settings for the focusing distance. You can select full range, normal only (50cm to infinity), or macro only (30 to 50cm). This greatly improves the convenience of shooting. For example, you can easily shoot with autofocus, limited only by the macro range – this way you can take colorful pictures of very dynamic scenes, such as, for example, insects flying over a flower. Not the last, and even the first role here is played by the image stabilizer.

Advantages

  • quality of materials and assembly;

  • the highest sharpness even at an open aperture;

  • image stabilizer;

  • three selector modes for limiting the focus distance;
  • high contrast;

  • Virtually no vignetting or geometric distortion.

Flaws

  • many users consider the price too high.

Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM

Rating: 4.8

Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM

And the second number in the nomination of the best Canon macro lenses according to Expertology is a model a little simpler and cheaper than the previous one. Although it does not belong to the elite L-series, there are almost no significant simplifications here.

The most noticeable difference between this model and the previous one is the weight. The lens is twice as light – 305g. It is also smaller in size – 74.4×62.8mm. 11 elements in 9 groups. The quality of materials and assembly is beyond doubt – although this is not an Elka, it is still a Canon.

Key technical characteristics: focal length – 35 mm; aperture 9 blades F1.80, minimum – F22; minimum focusing distance – 0.17m; filter thread – 52mm in diameter. The lens is equipped with an autofocus system on a stepper motor and an optical stabilizer for 5 stops.

Autofocus on STM is accurate and fast enough. Not as fast as the ultrasonic motor, but acceptable. The focusing noise is barely audible. Manual focus is electronic, like all STM systems, that is, the focus ring is not physically connected to the internal mechanics of the lens.

A 9-blade aperture, combined with a decent aperture, makes it possible to achieve pleasant background blur and no less pleasant bokeh. True, this applies specifically to macro photography, for example, a bee on a flower. When there is a goal to qualitatively capture something large, for example, a person, at least a 50mm lens will already “beg” here.

A noticeable difference from any Canon L-series lens, and from the model described above in particular, is manifested in the optics. This is the factor that directly affects the cost. Here already such troubles as chromatic aberration, vignetting and barrel distortion appear not only at extreme contrasts or maximum apertures. So the post-processing of images in the editor in this case will be the rule rather than the exception.

Advantages

  • luminosity;

  • nice background blur;

  • optical stabilization;

  • relatively affordable price.

Flaws

  • noticeable chromatic aberration at an open aperture, other distortion.

The best fisheye lenses

The final nomination of the rating of the best lenses for Canon cameras according to Expertology is a special type of lens that is called Fisheye (tracing paper in Russian – “fisheye”). They got such a colorful name for the shape of the front lens – it is not hidden behind a flat glass, but bulges outward along the entire plane of the front face of the lens, indeed, to some extent, resembling an eye, not necessarily a fish eye. From a technical point of view, the Fisheye is an ultra-wide-angle lens, which initially did not provide for the desire to maintain adequate geometry. That is, barrel-shaped distortion, sometimes prohibitive, in such lenses is a normal phenomenon, and “as intended”. The viewing angle can reach 180 degrees. The picture in this case is obtained with unthinkable distortions, but here they are even welcome.

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Canon EF 8-15mm f/4.0L Fisheye USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 8-15mm f/4.0L Fisheye USM

The first and only item in this nomination is the expensive and pompous Elk from Canon in this category. This is not the top fish in the L-series, but our experts included this particular model in the rating due to a more or less affordable price. The cost of top-end Fisheye from Canon is prohibitive. Also, the versatility, which we will dwell on in more detail, cannot but cause a pleasant surprise.

Key technical characteristics: focal length – 8-15mm; aperture 7 blades F4, minimum – F22; autofocus; zoom ratio – 1.9x; viewing angle – 91.46-180 degrees min; the minimum focusing distance is 0.15m. Lens dimensions – 78.5x83mm, weight – 540g. The system consists of 14 elements in 11 groups. Autofocus is powered by an ultrasonic motor.

Many experts call this model one of the most unusual not only in the line of similar Canon products, but also on the market as a whole. The fact is that such lenses are produced separately for full-frame “carcasses”, and for cameras with an APS-C matrix. They are also divided into two large groups – diagonal and circular.

What makes this particular model unique is the fact that it belongs to all the listed categories of fisheye lenses. In many ways, the zoom mechanism played a role in this. For example, when using a lens with a full-frame camera at the 8mm zoom position, it becomes circular; further cranking the zoom immediately removes vignetting at the edges, and the lens becomes diagonal.

The design of the lens has a limiter on the zoom ring. When shooting on a camera with APS-C, the limiter will not allow you to reduce the focal length to less than 10mm, and thereby prevent unwanted vignetting.

It is highly recommended to use a lens hood. Here, even the developers made sure that the user does not take off the lens hood once again – the lens cap is attached to it. The front lens here is vulnerable to complete defenselessness – it is very easy to scratch the central part, and even easier to get dirty. But this is an inevitable consequence of the fisheye form factor.

Advantages

  • versatility in terms of categories of fisheye lenses;

  • sharpness in the center and edges even at an open aperture is a rarity for fishies;

  • high-quality and effective glare protection;

  • the ability to blur the background;

  • flawless optics;

  • ultrasonic focus motor.

Flaws

  • controversial fastening of the standard lens hood.