Favorite lens for that special Canon color

slclick

135L
Dec 17, 2013
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Most of us know, love and appreciate Canon for its color and some of us attribute certain lenses more so than others. Of all my Canon red ring lenses and the other models as well, it’s ironic because I love the color of the 85 1.8 more so than any other glass. I also love the 135L and 70-300L.

What are certain lenses that stand out to you in terms of color rendition and richness?
 

johnf3f

Canon 1Dx
Oct 25, 2012
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My best Canon lenses for colour rendition are my 24-70 f2.8 mK2 and my 800 f5.6 l is. I find the 16-35 f4 l is to be very close as is the "old" 17-40 F4 L.
It is a very personal thing, but these are my preferred lenses when it comes to colour.
 

slclick

135L
Dec 17, 2013
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My best Canon lenses for colour rendition are my 24-70 f2.8 mK2 and my 800 f5.6 l is. I find the 16-35 f4 l is to be very close as is the "old" 17-40 F4 L.
It is a very personal thing, but these are my preferred lenses when it comes to colour.
Interesting as my 24-70 Mk2 was flat for me. I always wanted the 35 f/2IS and when I finally got one it was the most disappointing lens color wise I even owned from Canon. The 40 Pancake was far more interesting.
Another sleeper is the original 70-200 f/4L. Gorgeous.
 

Del Paso

M3 Singlestroke
Aug 9, 2018
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Interesting as my 24-70 Mk2 was flat for me. I always wanted the 35 f/2IS and when I finally got one it was the most disappointing lens color wise I even owned from Canon. The 40 Pancake was far more interesting.
Another sleeper is the original 70-200 f/4L. Gorgeous.
You are right!
The 35 f2 IS is sharp, but "boring" in it's color rendition. I love the 14 mm II/ f2,8, the 100-400 II, the 16-35 f4
and every Leica M lens also for their great color and high contrast, on my EOS R body.
 

StoicalEtcher

EOS RP
Jan 3, 2018
238
142
Yorkshire
For me, there are two that stand out: my 300 f/2.8 II and 135 f/2. The 300 is perhaps no surprise, but despite the 135 being one of the less expensive and older lenses around, I still come back to it time and again - sometimes because it is the 'right' lens for my need, but often because I just really like the look it gives, even though it means I have to use my feet to compensate for the focal length :)

I'd also second those commenting on the 24-70 f/2.8, but not quite put it up with the other two, for me.
 

andrei1989

EOS RP
Sep 1, 2014
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the only lens so far which made me let out a "wow" is the FD 200mm 2.8 on my M5
others, seeing SOOC JPEGs are only meh..
 
I like Canon 100L 2.8 on 5DIV, but unfortunately it seems to have some issues with image stabilizer when shutter speed drops to 1/160 or lower - all images become blurry when IS is on. Otherwise i love the sharpness, colors and contrast this lens produces.
 

koenkooi

EOS 7D MK II
Feb 25, 2015
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I like Canon 100L 2.8 on 5DIV, but unfortunately it seems to have some issues with image stabilizer when shutter speed drops to 1/160 or lower - all images become blurry when IS is on. Otherwise i love the sharpness, colors and contrast this lens produces.
Try turning on EFCS, that cured that problem for me. Also 1/100s seemed to be a bit better than 1/160s, but it becomes hard to tell at macro distances.
 

Viggo

EOS 5D SR
Dec 13, 2010
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It used to be the 200 f2.0 for me, but I don’t think it’s better than the RF50 and RF85.

btw, my favorite lens when it comes to nicest looking color I have to give it to the Zeiss 100 f2.0 mp.
 
Try turning on EFCS, that cured that problem for me. Also 1/100s seemed to be a bit better than 1/160s, but it becomes hard to tell at macro distances.
Thanks! I will need to learn more what the EFCS is. I thought curtains are only the topic when using flashes.. just found an article describing EFCS and shutter shock (which it says is common problem for all modern cameras both DSLRs and mirrorless. I came from 40D to 5D IV - huge jump from stone age to modern world :)