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EOS-M Lenses

All these are great lenses, but no one needs to own all sixty lenses. I added "RECOMMENDED" next to my few very top picks; it doesn't mean that there' anything wrong with the others.

 

Autofocus EF Lenses       top

Jump to lenses starting at:

Fisheye   8-11mm EF-s  11-24mm   14mm    15mm   16mm   

17mm   18mm   20-22mm   24-25mm   28-30mm   35-40mm

50mm   50-60mm macro   55mm-> zooms   70-80mm-> zooms   

85-90mm   100mm incl. macro   100mm-> zooms

135-150mm   180mm   200mm   300mm   400mm   

500mm   600mm   800mm    Extenders

(macro lenses are at 50-60mm macro and at 100mm)

 

Fisheye      index

Canon 8-15mm Fisheye

Canon 8-15mm Fisheye Review.

For all format cameras.

2011-today

Sunex 5.6mm Fisheye

Sunex 5.6mm Fisheye 29 February 2008

for APS-C DSLRs only

ProOptic 8mm f/3.5 fisheye

Pro-Optic 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye 06 April 2010

for APS-C DSLRs only

Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye

10-17mm Tokina Fisheye 13 February 2007

for APS-C DSLRs only

Canon 15mm fisheye

Canon 15mm Fisheye 08 December 2009

for all formats, but works best on 35mm and full-frame.

Zenitar 16mm Fisheye

16mm f/2.8 Zenitar 08 December 2006

for all formats, but works best on 35mm and full-frame.

 

 

8-11mm (for 1.6x cameras only)      index

Canon 10-18mm IS review

Canon EF-s 10-18mm IS RECOMMENDED

2014-today

for Canon APS-C DSLRs only

67mm filters

8.2 oz./233g

0.72'/0.22m close focus

Canon 10-18mm IS vs. 16-35mm f/2.8 L II 12 June 2014

 

Sigma 8-16mm

Sigma 8-16mm EF-S 02 September 2010

for APS-C DSLRs only

Canon 10-22mm EF-S

10-22mm EF-S

for Canon APS-C DSLRs only

Tokina 11-16mm II Review

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 II Review 22 September 2012

for APS-C DSLRs only

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 02 April 2008

for APS-C DSLRs only

 

 

11-24mm      index

Canon 11-24mm Review

11-24mm f/4 L

2015-today

COVERS FULL FRAME: 126º

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame

rear gel filters

41.1 oz./1,166g

11" (0.28m) close-focus

 

14mm      index

Canon 14mm L II

14mm f/2.8 L II 20 August 2007

2007-today

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

rear gel filters

22.7 oz./643g

8" (0.2m) close-focus

 

Canon 14mm f/2.8 L

14mm f/2.8 L

1991-2007

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

Rear gel filters

19.0 oz./538g

10"/0.25m close-focus

ProOptic 14mm f/2.8

ProOptic 14mm f/2.8 26 October 2010

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

 

15mm      index

Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Review

Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Review 16 March 2012

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame

Canon 15-85mm IS Review

15-85mm IS

for 1.6x cameras only

 

16mm      index

Canon Ultrawide Lens Sharpness Comparison 16 July 2014

Canon 16-35mm f/4 L IS review

Canon 16-35mm f/4 L IS

RECOMMENDED for nature, real estate and landscapes.

2014-today

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

77mm filters

21.7 oz./615g

0.92'/0.28m close focus

 

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II

16-35mm f/2.8 L II

RECOMMENDED for action, news and sports.

2007-today

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

Metal 82mm filter thread

22.4 oz./634 g

Canon 10-18mm IS vs. 16-35mm f/2.8 L II 12 June 2014

 

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L

16-35mm f/2.8 L 02 December 2006

2001-2007

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

77mm filters

21.1 oz./599g

0.9'/0.28m close focus

 

Tokina 16-28mm

Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 FX Review 09 Dec 2010

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

 

Tokina 16.5-135mm

Tokina 16.5-135mm DX 19 January 2011

for APS-C DSLRs only

 

17mm      index

Canon Ultrawide Lens Sharpness Comparison 16 July 2014

Canon 17mm f/4 L TS-E Tilt-shift

 

Canon

Canon 17mm TS-E Tilt & Shift

2009-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame

No filters

28.9 oz./820 g

(no review yet; just a link to more specifications and pricing)

 

Canon 17-40mm L

17-40mm f/4 L 06 December 2006

2003-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame

77mm filters

16.7 oz. /474 g

 

Canon 8-15mm Fisheye

17-35mm f/2.8 L

for all formats including 35mm and full-frame

1995-2001

77mm and gel filters

18.8 oz./534g

1.4'/0.42m close-focus

 

Tokina 17-35 review

Tokina 17-35mm f/4 FX Review 11 November 2011

Canon 17-85mm IS 17-55mm f/2.8 IS 14 December 2006

for Canon APS-C DSLRs only

Canon 17-85mm IS

17-85mm IS 14 October 2006

for Canon APS-C DSLRs only

 

18 mm      index

Canon EF-S 18-55mm STM Review

Canon 18-55mm IS STM

RECOMMENDED as a great little do-everything lens.

for Canon APS-C DSLRs only

Zeiss 18mm f/3.5

Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Review (EOS mount, manual focus) 15 December 2009

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Compared to Nikon 14-24mm and Canon 16-35mm L II 15 December 2009

Canon 18-55mm IS II

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II 07 February 2011

for Canon APS-C DSLRs only

Canon 18-55mm IS

18-55mm EF-S IS 20 August 2007

for Canon APS-C DSLRs only

Canon 18-55mm EF-S II

18-55mm EF-S II 14 October 2006

for Canon APS-C DSLRs only

Canon 18-135mm IS

Canon 18-135mm IS Review 03 August 2010

for Canon APS-C DSLRs only

Canon 18-135mm STM

Canon 18-135mm STM

RECOMMENDED as my favorite go-everywhere APS-C lens.

08 June 2012

for Canon APS-C DSLRs only

 

Canon 18-200mm IS

Canon 18-200mm IS

for Canon APS-C DSLRs only

 

20-22mm      index

Canon Ultrawide Lens Sharpness Comparison 16 July 2014

Canon 20mm f/2.8 USM Review

Canon 20mm f/2.8 USM

RECOMMENDED as Canon's most compact ultrawide.

1992-today (written 17 July 2012)

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame

72mm metal filter thread

13.9 oz./394g

0.75'/0.23m close-focus

Canon 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 Review

Canon 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 Review

1993-2007 (written 27 January 2012)

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 20-35mm f/2.8 L Review

Canon 20-35mm f/2.8 L Review

1989-1995 (written 01 December 2011)

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame

72mm filters

19.4 oz./549g

1.6'/0.5m close-focus

 

Tokina 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO

Tokina 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 AF Review 27 November 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Tokina 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO

Tokina 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Review 18 November 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Review 16 December 2009

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Compared to Nikon 14-24, Canon 16-35 L II and LEICA 21mm f/2.8 ASPH 16 December 2009

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 Review

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Review 17 January 2013

for Canon EOS-M only.

3.6 oz./101g.

43mm filters

0.5'/0.15m close-focus

 

24-25mm      index

Canon 24-105mm IS STM Review

NEW: Canon 24-105mm IS STM 24 April 2015

RECOMMENDED as a lightewight full-frame zoom

2014-today

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

18.4 oz./523g

77mm filters

1.3'/0.4m close-focus

 

Canon 24mm f/2.8 IS Review

Canon 24mm f/2.8 IS 04 March 2015

RECOMMENDED as a compact wide lens for full-frame

2012-today

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

9.5 oz./270g

58mm filters

8"/0.7'/0.2m close-focus

 

Canon 24mm STM Review

Canon 24mm STM

RECOMMENDED as an all-purpose normal lens on APS-C

2014-today

for Canon APS-C DSLRs only

4.2 oz./119g

52mm filters

0.5'/0.16m close-focus

 

Canon 24-70mm f/4 L IS Review

Canon 24-70mm f/4 IS L

RECOMMENDED for general consumer use on full-frame

2012-today

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

77mm filters

21.2 oz./600g

1.25'/0.38m close-focus, 0.65'/0.2m macro mode

 

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II Review

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II

RECOMMENDED for professional use

2012-today

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

82mm filters

28.4 oz./804g

1.25'/0.38m close-focus

 

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L Review

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L

2002-2012

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

77mm metal filter thread

32.1 oz./910g

1.25'/0.38m close-focus

Canon 24-105mm L

24-105mm f/4L IS

2005-today

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

77mm filters

23.4 oz./664g

1.5'/0.45m close-focus

 

Canon 24mm f/1.4 L II

24mm f/1.4 L II

2008-today

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

77mm filters

22.8 oz./647g

10"/0.25m close-focus

 

Canon 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 Review

Canon 24-85mm

1996-2007

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

67mm filters

12.7 oz./361g

1.64'/0.5m close-focus

 

Canon TS-E 24mm II Review

Canon TS-E 24mm II

2009-today

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

82mm filters

27.7 oz./786g

0.7'/0.21m close-focus

 

Zeiss 25mm f/2 Review

Zeiss 25mm f/2 Review

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

67mm filters

21.3 oz./605g

0.8'/0.25m close-focus

 

28-30mm      index

Canon 28mm IS Review

NEW: Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS

2012-today

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

58mm filters

9.1 oz./257g

0.75 feet/0.23m close-focus

Canon 28-135mm IS

28mm f/1.8 IS

1995-today

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 28-135mm IS

28-135mm IS 28 July 2009

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 28-105mm USM II Review

Canon 28-105mm USM II 09 August 2012

1992-2010

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 28-200mm Review

Canon 28-200mm Review 08 August 2012

2000-2010

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

 

Tokina 28-70m f/2.8 AT-X AF

Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 05 August 2011

for all formats, especially 35mm and full-frame.

Sigma 30mm f/1.4

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 05 June 2007

for 1.6x cameras only

 

35-40mm      index

Canon 35mm f/1.4 Review

35mm f/1.4 L

RECOMMENDED for all uses, especially professional use and low-light. This lens is a bargain!

1998-today

For all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

72mm metal filter thread

20.5 oz./582 g

1'/0.3 m close focus

 

Canon 35mm f/2 IS Review

35mm f/2 IS

2012-today

For all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

67mm filters

11.8 oz./335g

0.8 feet/0.24m close-focus

 

Canon 35mm f/2 review

35mm f/2

1990-today

For all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

52mm filters

7.4 oz./210 g

0.8'/0.25 m close focus

NEW: Samyang 35mm f/1.4

Samyang 35mm f/1.4. 09 July 2011

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon

Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

08 June 2012

For all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

Voigtlander 40mm f/2

Voigtländer 40mm f/2 29 August 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

50mm     index

Canon 50mm Lenses Compared

Canon 50mm f/1.8

Canon 50mm f/1.8

1987-1990

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

52mm filters

6.7 oz./186g

1.5'/0.45m close-focus

 

 

Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

RECOMMENDED as an ultralight, ultrasharp normal lens.

1990-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame

4.3 oz./122g

52mm filters

1.5'/0.45m close-focus

 

Canon 50mm f/1.4

50mm f/1.4 USM

1993-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame

58mm filters

9.5 oz./268g

1.5'/0.45m close-focus

 

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

50mm f/1.2L

RECOMMENDED as a professional normal lens

2006-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame

72mm filters

20.9 oz./592g

1.5'/0.45m close-focus

 

Canon 50mm f/1.0 L Review

50mm f/1.0 L

1989-2000

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

72mm metal filter threads

35.9 oz./1,018g

2'/0.6m close focus

 

50-60mm Macro (all work as normal lenses, too)  index

Best Macro Lenses

Canon 50mm MAcro

50mm f/2.5 EF Macro

1987-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

52mm metal filter thread

9.5 oz./269g

1:2 macro

 

Zeiss 50m f/2 Makro Planar Review

Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar Review

20 August 2011

MANUAL FOCUS ONLY

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 EF-S Macro

60mm f/2.8 EF-S MACRO 14 December 2006

for 1.6x cameras only

 

55mm- zooms    index

Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS STM

EF-S 55-250mm IS STM

2013-

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS II Review

EF-S 55-250mm IS II

2011-

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS

EF-S 55-250mm IS

2007-2011

for 1.6x cameras only

Canon 55-200mm Review

Canon 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6

1998-2007

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

52mm filters

10.6 oz./300g

4'/1.2m close-focus

 

70-80mm      index

Comparison Table of all Canon's 70-200mm lenses.

NEW: The 100-400mm IS L II replaces 70-200 zooms for many people.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L II IS

RECOMMENDED for professional sports, news, landscape and portrait use.

2010-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

77mm filters

52.4 oz./1,485g without included collar

4 feet/1.2m close-focus

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 Review

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L

1995-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

77mm filters

48.3 oz./1,370g with collar

44.2 oz./1,253g without collar

5 feet/1.5m close-focus

Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS L

70-200mm f/4 L IS

RECOMMENDED as Canon's best nature, landscape and outdoor lens. It weighs half what the f/2.8 lenses do, making it my favorite 70-200mm lens.

2006-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

67mm filters

26.7 oz./756 g

4'/1.2m close focus

Canon 70-200mm f/4 L

70-200mm f/4 L

1999-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

67mm filters

25.1 oz./711g

4'/1.2m close focus

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II

Canon 80-200mm f/2.8 L

RECOMMENDED for its outstanding optical and mechanical quality; a bargain for professional sports, portrait, nature and landscape use.

1989-1995

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Metal 72mm filter thread

49.8 oz./1,412g with tripod collar

45.0 oz./1,276g without collar

5.9 feet/1.8m close-focus

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS

70-200mm f/2.8 L IS

2001-2010, replaced by the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L II IS.

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

77mm filters

51.9 oz./1,471g.

4.6'/1.4m close focus

Canon 70-210mm f/4

70-210mm f/4

1987-?

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

58mm filters

20.4 oz./578g

3.9'/1.2m close focus

Canon 70-300mm L IS

70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS

2010-

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

67mm filters

37.4 oz./1,061g

1.2m/4' close-focus

Canon 70-300mm IS

70-300mm IS USM

2005-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

58mm filters

22.2 oz./630 g

4.9'/1.5 m close focus

Canon 70-300mm DO IS

70-300mm DO IS

2004-

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame

58mm filters

25.1 oz..713g

4.6'/1.4m close focus.

 

85-90mm      index

Canon 85mm f/1.8

85mm f/1.8 15 July 2007

RECOMMENDED as an ultra-useful short tele for general and portrait use

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II

85mm f/1.2L II USM 15 February 2007

2006-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame

72mm filters

34.2 oz./971g

3.2'/0.95m close focus

 

Voigtlander 90mm f/3.5 APO-Lanthar

Voigtländer 90mm f/3.5 APO-Lanthar 22 September 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

100mm, including Macro      index

Best Macro Lenses

Canon 100mm f/2

Canon 100mm f/2 RECOMMENDED

1991-today (written 18 May 2010)

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

58mm filters

14.7 oz/417g

3'/0.9m close focus

Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro

Canon 100mm f/2.8 L MACRO

RECOMMENDED

2009-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame

67mm filters

22.0 oz./623g

1:1 macro

Canon 100mm Macro

100mm f/2.8 USM MACRO RECOMMENDED

30 November 2006

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro AT-X

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 MACRO 12 November 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

100mm-> Zooms      index

Canon 100-400mm II

NEW: 100-400mm IS L II HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

2014-

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Metal 77mm filter thread

54.7 oz./1,550g without foot

2.75'/0.84m close focus

 

Canon 100-400mm

100-400mm IS L

1998-2014

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

77mm filters

48.2 oz./1,365g without included tripod collar

6'/1.8m close focus

Canon 100-300mm USM Review

Canon 100-300mm USM 15 May 2014

1990-2008

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

58mm filters

17.8 oz./504g

5'/1.5m close-focus

Tamron 150-600mm

Tamron 150-600mm Review.

2013-today

 

135-150mm      index

Canon 135mm f/2 L

135mm f/2 L

1996-today

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame

72mm filters

0.9m/3' close-focus

25.0 oz./708g

Sigma 150-500mm

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 Review 27 October 2010

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

180mm      index

Canon 180mm f/3.5 L Macro Review

180mm f/3.5 L Macro

1997-today

Full-frame, 1.3x and and APS-C coverage

77mm metal filter thread

37.285 oz./1,057.0g lens only

41.360 oz./1,172.6g with collar

1:1 close focus.

 

200mm      index

Canon 200mm f/2 IS

EF 200mm f/2L IS USM 23 January 2008

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon 200-400mm

Canon EF 200-400mm F/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x May 2013

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Sigma 200-500mm

Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 12 March 2008

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

300mm      index

Canon 300mm Lenses Compared

Canon 300mm f/4 L IS Review

300mm f/4 L IS

1997-, Full-frame, 1.3x and and APS-C coverage

77mm filters

41.6 oz./1,180g lens only

45.8 oz./1,298g with collar

4.9'/1.5m close focus.

Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS II

300mm f/2.8 IS II L  (specs and pricing.)

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

enlarge image.

Canon 300mm f/2.8 Review

300mm f/2.8 L

1987-1999

Full-frame, 1.3x and and APS-C coverage, 48mm drop-in filters, 100.7 oz./6.3 lbs./2,855g, 10'/3m close focus.

 

400mm      index

Canon 300mm f/4 L IS Review

400mm f/5.6 L

1993-today

Full-frame, 1.3x and and APS-C coverage

77mm metal filter thread

42.6 oz./1,207g lens only

47.5 oz./1,346g with collar

11.5'/3.5m close focus.

Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS II

400mm f/2.8 IS II L  (Just a link to the specs.)

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

enlarge image.

Canon 400mm f/4 L DO IS II

400mm f/4 L DO IS II L  (Just a link to the specs.)

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

500mm      index

Canon 500mm f/4 L IS II

Canon EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM 07 February 2011

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

600mm      index

Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II

Canon EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM 07 February 2011

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

800mm      index

Canon 800mm f/5.6

EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM 23 January 2008

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

Telephoto Extenders      index

Canon Extender EF 2x II Review

Extender EF 2x II 16 October 2014

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

Canon Extender EF 1.4x II Review

Extender EF 1.4x II 16 October 2014

for all formats, including 35mm and full-frame.

 

Lens Comparisons       top

Ultra-Ultrawides compared 26 March 2015

Canon 300mm Lenses Compared October 2014

Premium 50mm lenses compared September 2014

Canon Ultrawide Lens Sharpness Comparison 16 July 2014

Canon 10-18mm IS vs. 16-35mm f/2.8 L II 12 June 2014

Canon 50mm Lenses Compared 05 Nov 2013

Best Macro Lenses

Canon Ultrawide Lenses Compared

 

Manual-Focus FD Lenses       top

 

More Lens Articles       top

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Lens Sharpness 22 May 2008

Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 12 March 2008

Sunex 5.6mm Fisheye Review 29 February 2008

Canon Date Codes 01 August 2007

Calculating Angle of View 06 July 2007

What is an L Lens? 26 July 2007

What are the Best Portrait Lenses? 01 March 2008

How to Use Nikon Lenses on Canon Cameras

 

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