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Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II

Announcement date August 20th 2007

Days Since Announcement
5,096


The EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens from Canon offers a bright maximum aperture and provides an ultra wide-angle view with the shortest focal length in the line-up of L-series lenses. Its diagonal angle of view is an impressive 114° – anything larger would be a fisheye lens.

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

Announcement date September 17th 2008

Days Since Announcement
4,702


The EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens from Canon lens is a wide-angle prime lens that provides sharp imaging and impressive performance at all settings. Its wide maximum aperture of f/1.4 allows for effective low-light photography and its circular aperture and narrow depth of field provide pleasing background blur. It is ideal for photojournalists, landscape and event photographers, and anyone who enjoys taking images from a wider perspective.

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM

Announcement date February 7th 2012

Days Since Announcement
3,464


The EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens from Canon is a wide-angle prime lens that gives you superb image quality in a compact form, it is ideal as an everyday “walk-around” lens.  Equipped with Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer, it provides up to 4 stops of shake correction and is effective in low light. A ring-type Ultrasonic Focus Motor (USM) and advanced CPU with optimized AF algorithms provide fast, smooth and silent auto focusing which is especially important when shooting video. Full-time manual focusing is available even while in AF mode.
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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

Announcement date September 4th 1995

Days Since Announcement
9,464


The EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens from Canon is a wide-angle prime lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 enabling effective low-light imaging and shallow depth of field focus. An aspherical lens element reduces aberrations and improves image sharpness at the frame edges. The ultrasonic focus motor (USM) provides fast and quiet autofocus action, which is especially important when shooting video. Manual focus via the rubber focus ring is smooth and accurate.

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Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

Announcement date February 7th 2012

Days Since Announcement
3,464


The EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens from Canon gives you great flexibility for a prime lens and is useful for everything from landscapes to interiors. A 74° wide angle of coverage will let you capture beautiful portraits and candids as well. You can focus down to 9″ for a dramatic, unusual perspective. Optical Image Stabilizer technology allows you to shoot at shutter speeds as much as 4 stops slower than usual, giving you a tremendous edge in low-light photography.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

Announcement date August 26th 2015

Days Since Announcement
2,168


The EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM from Canon is an L-series prime wide-angle lens featuring Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics and a maximum aperture of f/1.4, making it ideal for shooting in low-light situations and for controlling depth of field. Two aspherical elements and one Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) element combine with the BR element to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for increased clarity and sharpness. A Subwavelength Coating has also been applied to reduce ghosting and lens flare for greater color accuracy and contrast. The Ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides fast and near-silent AF operation. Full time manual focus override enables precise manual focus even when in AF mode.
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Announcement date August 24th 2006

Days Since Announcement
5,457


The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens from Canon is a fast prime lens featuring a particularly large maximum aperture for effective low-light and shallow depth of field capability. As a standard focal length lens, it is suitable for most any shooting situation and its lens coating and optical construction are optimized to minimize chromatic aberrations, ghosting and flare. A truly circular diaphragm results in pleasing out-of-focus areas.
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Announcement date June 1st 1993

Days Since Announcement
10,289


This EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens from Canon is a standard length lens featuring superb quality and portability. Its f/1.4 maximum aperture makes it very effective in low light situations and able to provide shallow depth of field focus. Two high-refraction lens elements and new Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference. Its ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) enables fast, smooth and silent autofocus action and full-time manual focus override allows for the precision of manual focus even in One Shot AF mode.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Announcement date May 11th 2015

Days Since Announcement
2,275


One of the most versatile focal lengths available, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens from Canon pairs this classic lens design with enhancements to the AF system and physical design that make it both faster and smaller. Utilizing an STM stepping motor, this lens is ideal for both still and video shooting due to its speedy and smooth operation. Further benefitting video shooters, the STM motor also supports the Movie Servo AF mode on select DSLRs for precise and near-silent focusing. An updated exterior design includes a metal lens mount and a re-located focusing ring in order to accommodate the compact overall form factor. The 50mm f/1.8 is a classic, tested lens design, and thanks to enhanced autofocus and a svelte profile, this lens is ideal for everyday shooting in a wide variety of conditions.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM

Announcement date August 29th 2017

Days Since Announcement
1,434


Distinguished by its fast design and IS capabilities, the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM from Canon is a short telephoto prime well-suited to portraiture applications. As an L-series lens, it is characterized by a sophisticated optical layout that includes one glass-molded aspherical element to greatly reduce spherical aberrations and distortion for improved sharpness and clarity. Individual elements also feature an Air Sphere coating (ASC) to suppress lens flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color fidelity in backlit situations.

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Announcement date July 7th 1992

Days Since Announcement
10,618


The EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens from Canon is a highly practical medium telephoto prime lens ideal for a range of applications including portraiture. Its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light and ideal for shallow depth of field focus control. An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides fast, smooth and quiet AF action and because the front lens group does not rotate during focusing, polarizing and special filter effects can be used effectively.
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Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

Announcement date October 1st 1991

Days Since Announcement
10,898


The EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens from Canon is a medium telephoto lens with a fast maximum aperture. It is ideal for many telephoto applications including portraiture, as the f/2 aperture provides shallow depth of field focus and its 8-blade diaphragm creates pleasing out-of-focus areas. Its ultrasonic focus motor provides quick and quiet autofocus action and the internal focus system means that the front element does not extend when focusing. Also, lens multi-coating reduces reflections and minimizes flare and ghosting. This is a very sharp prime lens and despite the large maximum aperture, it remains compact. The filter thread and barrel front are metal to add an element of durability.
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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Announcement date April 2nd 1996

Days Since Announcement
9,253


The EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens from Canon is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of advanced amateurs and professionals. With its f/2 maximum aperture, it is effective in low light situations and able to obtain shallow depth of field with superior background blur. A ten element optical formula with two UD-glass elements serves to correct residual aberrations, resulting in superb sharpness and high image quality.
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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Announcement date March 5th 1996

Days Since Announcement
10,377


The EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens from Canon is an EF mount lens that employs a rear-focus telephoto optical design that delivers outstanding picture quality throughout its entire focusing range. This lens also uses two ultra-low dispersion glass elements to ensure maximum image sharpness and accurate color fidelity. Canon’s advanced ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) and rear focusing design provide silent, smooth high speed autofocusing. Manual focus override allows you to fine tune focus in autofocus mode and focusing range limiter lets you adjust the range of focus to ensure faster autofocus speeds. Its minimum focus distance is 4.9′.

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Announcement date March 4th 1997

Days Since Announcement
8,917


The EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens from Canon is a telephoto prime lens with two-mode optical image stabilization which compensates for camera shake up the equivalent of two shutter speed stops. Stabilizer Mode 1 corrects vibrations in all directions and is mainly effective for shooting still subjects and Stabilizer Mode 2 steadies the image when panning vertically or horizontally.

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM

Announcement date September 5th 2018

Days Since Announcement
1,062

The EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM offers you the superb image quality of a Canon L series super telephoto in a new, lightweight form that makes it the world’s lightest 400mm f/2.8 lens*. A meticulous optical redesign means reduced flare and ghosting thanks to Super Spectra Coating (SSC) and Air Sphere (ASC), a shorter minimum focusing distance and additional comfort and portability. Advanced heat-rejecting paint helps you shoot for longer periods of time even under the hot sun. Operation is made easy with full-time manual AF, while two focus presets to help you quickly dial in the spot you want. Combining sharp image quality with high operability, professionals and advanced photographers can take the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM anywhere in order to capture masterful shots of nature, sports and beyond.

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM

Announcement date September 15th 2014

Days Since Announcement
2,513


Featuring a unique optical design and paired with advanced image stabilization technologies, the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens is a super telephoto lens designed for full-frame EOS DSLRs. Gapless dual-layer diffractive optics are employed within this lens’ construction to produce a smaller, lighter weight 400mm option with enhanced correction for chromatic and spherical aberrations. Aspherical and UD elements are also utilized to further reduce distortions and optimized coatings contribute to increased clarity and contrast. Complementing the sophisticated optical layout, a four stop-effective Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake and can be dedicated to different styles of shooting. Ideally positioned as a versatile option for sports and wildlife photographers, this lens’ high-performance attributes and natural handling render this a viable telephoto option for a variety of applications.
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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

Announcement date May 4th 1993

Days Since Announcement
10,317


The EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens from Canon is a high-performance telephoto prime lens designed with portability and easy handling in mind. One super UD-glass element and one UD-glass element minimize aberrations and result in sharp pictures. The lens also has a built-in hood and a detachable tripod mount.

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM

Announcement date February 7th 2011

Days Since Announcement
3,829


The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Canon has all the upgrades needed to make it the go-to super long telephoto lens for professional photographers and anyone who has the highest standards for the gear they use.

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM

Announcement date September 5th 2018

Days Since Announcement
1,062

Get ready to capture the action. The EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM offers professional and advanced photographers the excellent image quality of a Canon L series super telephoto lens and is the world’s lightest 600mm f/4.0 lens^. For brilliantly clear results even in challenging situations, Super Spectra Coatings (SSC) and Air Sphere Coatings (ASC) help minimize ghosting and flare. The inclusion of heat-rejecting paint and two-layer barrel structure helps you shoot longer even in hot weather. Usability is further improved with a shorter minimum focusing distance, full-time manual AF and two easily selectable focus presets to help you quickly dial in the shot you want. Highly versatile, the EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM makes it easy to bring the action clear and up close in virtually any situation.

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Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Announcement date January 23rd 2008

Days Since Announcement
4,940


The EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens from Canon is currently Canon’s longest telephoto lens, and an excellent choice for any long-distance application such as outdoor sports, wildlife, and photojournalism. Even though it has a long 800mm focal length, the magnesium alloy used in the construction for this lens makes it lighter then the 600mm f/4L lens, weighing in at less than 10 lb.