There is a group of four zoom lenses, all Canon branded, that will cover 99% of situations you are ever likely to face. With the four lenses below you will have focal lengths of 16mm – 400mm covered, which should be more than enough for most.
There really is no need to have a bag of loads of lenses when you can achieve everything with the four zoom lenses:-
CANON EF 16MM - 35MM F4L IS
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- 16mm - 35mm/ 25.6mm - 42mm/ Aperture:- 4 - 22/ Min focus:- 11"/ Dimensions:- 3.25" x 4.44"/ Weight:- 21.7oz/ Image stabilization:- Yes/ Price (approx.) $USD/£GBP:-$1,000.00/£820.00
The 16mm – 35mm focal length is popular for landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes and with good reason. There are a few 16mm - 35mm zoom lenses out there but the best all-rounder is Canon’s f4L IS model. Even though the f2.8L is the flagship which many photographers consider the “pinnacle” the f4L IS model is the one to own.
Both the f2.8L and f4L IS lenses are top quality, strong, robust and weather sealed. Both of these lenses have excellent image quality and photos can be blown up to billboard size with minimal loss of quality. The main differences between the two lenses is the maximum widest aperture, the weight of each and, of course, image stabilisation in the f4 model.
With regards to image quality the f4L IS lens is the best and is sharper and crisper than the f2.8L, however you do have to go pixel peeping or create huge prints to notice it, and even then it is a close call. Even still, the f4L IS does have the upper hand.
The f4L IS lens is smaller and lighter than the f2.8L lens, the image quality of the f4L IS lens is better than the f2.8L (as above) and the f4L lens is considerably cheaper than the f2.8L lens. All things considered the f4L IS lens is the best out of the two and gives the biggest bang for the buck.
Buy the Canon 16mm – 35mm f4L IS lens from Amazon.com (US citizens) or buy from Amazon.co.uk (UK citizens).
CANON EF 24 MM - 70MM F2.8L
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- 24mm - 70mm/ 38.4mm - 112mm / Aperture:- 2.8 - 22/ Min focus:- 15"/ Dimensions:- 3.48" x 4.45"/ Weight:- 28.4 oz/ Image stabilization:- No/ Price (approx.) $USD/£ GBP:-$1,750.00/£1,000.00
A 24mm – 70mm zoom lens is another zoom lens that all photographers should have in their lens bag, and while there are a few different 24mm – 70mm models out there the one to get is the Canon 24mm – 70mm f2.8L model.
Okay, this is an expensive lens that isn’t cheap but there are times when it is worth digging a little deeper and spending a bit more, and buying this lens is one of those times. The Canon 70 – 70 f2.8L lens is an awesome lens and should be seen as an investment that will provide years of trouble free service.
The Canon 24 – 70 is an excellent lens for portraits and with the wide range of focal lengths you can switch between group shots (requiring wider focal lengths) to individual portraits (requiring longer focal lengths) without having to change the lens. With this lens you can work fast, work efficiently and keep portrait shoots moving, which not only get the job done quicker but also keep the models happy as there is no standing around.
The build quality of this lens is phenomenal, as is the image quality. This lens isn’t perfect and there are some negatives with the main one being its size and weight. This is a big and heavy lens and some models seem to find it quite intimidating, which can cause a few problems.
Even though this lens is best used for portraits and people type shots the 24mm – 70mm focal length is useful for photographing other subjects. The wide end of the lens is ideal for landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes, and the mid-range of focal lengths is ideal for general walkabout photography.
The Canon 24mm – 70mm f2.8 is an excellent lens. Buy the Canon 24mm –
70mm f2.8L from Amazon.com (US citizens) or buy from Amazon.co.uk (UK citizens).
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