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Canon EF telephoto lenses

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L

  • 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L (160-640mm effective):
    • $A2979
    • a bit soft at 400mm wide open; push-pull zoom; not so good on a 1Ds;
    • can be hand-held at 400mm at 1/125th sec with IS.
    • seems it is not recommended, but it is sharper at 400mm f/5.6-8 than a 70-200mm f/2.8L with 2x tele.
    • it is not sealed at the rear and thus when zooming it can suck air and potentially dust into the system and onto the camera sensor.
    • variable quality with some saying resolution on their versions only adequate for 8”x10” prints.
    • unfortunately, Canon do not have an equivalent of the faster Nikon 200-400mm f/4 lens.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM

  • introduced in 1991 and helped Canon snatch the pro camera system crown from Nikon
  • very similar in build and optical performance to the EF 85mm f/1.8 although the latter only has a plastic filter thread
  • 8 elements in 6 groups, no special glass
  • 460g, 75mm x 71.5mm
  • close focus 0.9m
  • 58mm metal filter thread
    • negligible distortion or CA
    • well controlled vignetting
    • sharp wide open although corners in particular are much better at f/4
    • performs a little better than the 85mm f/1.8
    • one of the best non-L Canon EF lenses - great value for money

Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM

Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

  • Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
    • 2008; 2.5kg; close focus 1.9m; circular aperture; $US5999 RRP

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 II L USM

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS USM L with 1.4x tele-extender

  • produced 2013
  • 3 IS modes
  • Full-time manual focus override, AF stop buttons, a focus preset and a focus limiter function
  • Power Focus mode to provide smooth, electronically controlled focusing that is well suited to video applications.
  • $US11,799

Canon EF 300mm f/4 IS L

  • 300mm f/4 IS L (480mm effective):
    • 1.19kg $A2429; 77mm filter ($A1799 online); 221mm long
    • close focus 1.5m with 0.24x max. magnification; 8 blades;

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 USM L

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Canon EF 400mm f/4 IS DO L

  • 400mm f/4 IS DO L:
    • 1.94kg; $A11179; introduced in 2001; ($A8149 online)
    • tends to have DO artefacts as it was Canon's 1st attempt at designing a DO lens (uses diffraction gratings), but otherwise, almost as good as the 300mm f/2.8, and better than the 300mm f/2.8 with 1.4x teleconv.
    • models after 1998 are supposedly better.
    • a favorite for wildlife photographers, many of whom handhold this lens.
    • some feel it lacks the contrast of the other L lenses.
    • probably not the best for astrophotography as it has both IS and DO elements which are not so good on pinpoint light sources like stars.

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 IS L

  • 400mm f/2.8 IS L:
    • 5.37kg; $A13709 ($A10,000 online)
    • not so good for astrophotography - presumably due to aberrations from optical IS

Canon EF 500mm f/4 IS L

Canon EF 600mm f/4 IS L

  • 600mm f/4 IS L:
    • 5.36kg; $A15299 ($A11000 online)
    • this is much more difficult to handle and use than the 500mm f/4 but once mounted it works well.
    • requires a full size Wimberley mount
    • Samir Kharusi feels that this lens competes well with modern APO refractors in 2007 for astrophotography - see here, with better edge to edge performance although not quite as good contrast or image detail in the centre. Has enough aperture and magnification to provide good webcam images of Saturn using a 1.4x converter + a 5x TV Powermate although having some bluish flare decreasing detail and contrast.

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

photo/canoneftele.txt · Last modified: 2013/05/14 20:55 by gary1