The only lens I will attach to my Canon cameras nowadays are Canon l series lenses. I appreciate this may sound an obnoxious thing to say but having been majorly in to digital photography for several years now, and being the owner of several different lenses including third party camera lenses, Canon lenses (but not the Canon l series lenses) and Canon l lenses I have reached the decision where if I can’t use a Canon l lens with my Canon cameras (I do have a different branded mirrorless camera I use and this is obviously excluded) I won’t both taking the photo.
If you have not used Canon l series lenses before I am sure you are wondering what all the fuss is about, and why I rate them so highly.
Canon l lens build quality
The Canon l lens build quality is second to none, and even though the Canon l series lenses are expensive I do struggle to see how Canon can use such high quality materials and charge the price they do for the lenses.
Canon l series lenses are weather sealed which means dirt, dust and moisture is kept out. I have used my Canon l series lenses in some inhospitable environments (including in the rainforest, wading in stormy seas, out on a dusty safari and also in desert conditions) and I have never had issues with dirt and dust.
Canon l series lenses feel strong and sturdy, and you know that once it is clicked on to the front of the camera it will remain in situ. Buy a Canon l lens and, providing you don’t do something silly with it, you will have a lens that will last a lifetime. They are absolutely bulletproof.
Canon l series lens image quality
The Canon l lens image quality is, just like the build quality, second to none. Canon uses the highest grade optics in the l lenses, and the results are images that are tack sharp from the centre of the frame to the edges. Colours are bright and vivid but also accurate, and there is minimal issues with distortion and the like.
The top quality glass is heavier than cheaper optics, and the Canon l series lenses do feel heavier in the hand, but not so much that it becomes an issue.
Buy a Canon l lens and you will be stunned and amazed by the image quality and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Canon l series lens compatibility
The Canon l lenses will be compatible with all future models of camera which means that when you change your camera you will not have to invest in a new range of lenses as well. When using third party lenses there is a risk that the lens may not work with Canon’s cameras of the future.
Canon l series lens perceptions
Canon l lenses are not only well built and offer exceptional image quality but they also look the part too. A Canon l lens looks professional and this is very important if you want to make money with your camera since looking professional will make customers think they have made the right choice using you as a photographer and, providing you do a good job, they are more likely to recommend you to family and friends.
Looking professional is very important as you won’t win work without looking professional. It doesn’t matter how good your photos are, if you don’t look the part or have the gear that looks the part, you will not win work in the competitive world of photography.
Buy a Canon l lens and, trust me, you will look very professional and give off the right vibe.
I am sure you have read Canon l lens reviews and seen just how highly Canon users rate them. When I first read reviews about the Canon l series lenses I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical. I mean, how could any lens be so good? It just didn’t add up. Well, I can honestly say the reviews are spot on and all the positive things you read about them are true. Canon l series lenses are serious bits of kit and will take your photographs to the next level.
If I had my time again I would have immediately invested in Canon l lenses rather than starting off with cheaper third party lenses and then upgrading to Canon l series lenses, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. When I first started out I didn’t appreciate what a difference the more expensive lenses did so I went for the cheap and cheerful option and bought third party lenses.
The third party lenses weren’t bad, and I did manage to capture some great shots with them however once I had the chance to test out a Canon l lens and compare the photos of the same subject taken with my third party camera lenses it soon became obvious I needed the Canon l series lenses to take my photography to the next level and achieve my aim of making some money with my camera.
Over the years I have wasted money on third party camera lenses and rather than buying cheap to begin with I should have invested more money and bought the Canon l series lenses in the first instance. If you shoot a Canon camera and are starting to upgrade your kit lens and invest in new lenses I strongly advise buying Canon l series lenses in the first instance. Okay, they are expensive and the financial hit can be painful but, and you will have to trust/believe me on this, you will only end up spending the money buying Canon l lenses further later on, and in the future the price of the Canon l series lenses is likely to have increased so you may as well buy them now.
The Canon l series lenses I have in my lens bag
All of the Canon l series lenses I have in my bag I use and I would recommend each and every one of them. If you don’t use Canon l series lenses I have to ask the question “Why not?”
If you are thinking of upgrading to Canon l series lenses, or looking to invest in a Canon l lens or two (or even more) but are still undecided because of the high cost all I can say is go for it and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. Canon l series lenses instantly improved my photography and took my skills to a whole new level, and I think a canon l lens or two would do the same with yours.
When I invested in Canon l lenses and saw the improvement in my photos this motivated me to do more and more with my photography, which accelerated my skills and knowledge which had the knock on effect of increasing my knowledge and improving my techniques higher than faster than I could have imagined, and all I can say is a huge thanks to Canon l series lenses.
Links to Canon lens reviews
I, like all photographers carry many different lenses around with me and other lenses that I use include the following:-
Canon lens review - 100mm f2.8L IS macro
Whilst it is possible to do macro photography on a budget and use close up filters, reversing rings or extension tubes if you want to capture the highest quality macro photos you need a designated macro lens.
Having used a Canon macro 100mm f2.8 in the past I was impressed with it but once the 100mm f2.8L IS lens was released I simply had to have one.
This lens is absolutely awesome and not only can it record levels of detail you can’t see with the naked eye, it is tack sharp and it also has image stabilisation to enable sharp hand held shots at slower shutter speeds.
For an honest and unbiased review of the Canon 100mm f2.8L IS macro lens (yes I had to part with my own hard earned cash and buy it myself and wasn’t lucky enough to get given one to road test for free) and to see what it can do you may wish to take a look at this article. If you want a macro lens forget about the rest and go for this, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Canon lens review – 24mm -70mm f2.8L
The 24mm – 70mm focal range is useful for many things including landscapes, portraits, seascapes, travel and for general walkabout photography, and if there is one zoom lens every photographer should have in their lens bag it is a 24-70 zoom.
I originally bought the 24-70 for portraits because I had read about (and seen) the high image quality and the smooth and creamy bokeh.
It wasn’t until after I had the lens for a few weeks that I realised just how versatile it is, and I now use it for many different types of photo. The Canon 24-70 f2.8L lens is my workhorse and a lens I couldn’t live without and if you haven’t got a 24-70 lens I have to ask the question “why not?”
For a quick and honest review of the Canon 24-70 f2.8L lens (once again, it is a lens I had to buy myself and didn’t get gifted one to road test and report on) this article is something you should read.
Canon lens reviews - 50mm f1.8 “Nifty Fifty”
I only use Canon L series lenses these days, and upgraded from all my other non- L series lenses however I did keep my Canon 50mm f1.8, and couldn’t bear to part with it.
I bought the 50mm f1.8 as the first upgrade to my kit lens, and whilst it look and feels more like a toy than a serious piece of photography equipment it is a top performer and I have managed to get some cracking images using it.
I bought the f1.8 because the f1.2L is (in my opinion) way too expensive and I couldn’t justify the high price tag. Sure I would love an f1.2 lens but I am not prepared to pay that much for it. I chose the f1.8 over the f1.4 because, whilst the 1.8 is a little slower, the image quality of the 1.4 wide open isn’t that good and at f1.8 the 1.8 and the 1.4 are identical. The 1.4 is better built but the 1.8 is far better value for money.
For an honest and unbiased review of the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens take a look at this article. This is one lens you really do need, even if you are like me and only shoot L series lenses.
Canon lens review - 70-200 f2.8L IS
Every photographer needs a standard zoom in their kit bag and a 70-200 fits the bill perfectly. The Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS lens is Canon’s flagship 70-200 zoom (it is also available in f4L, f4L IS and f2.8L versions, which are obviously cheaper) and quite rightly so.
This 70-200 is a top quality lens and is the choice of many professionals. Okay, it is expensive but then you do get what you pay for.
With a maximum f2.8 aperture this zoom lens is ideal in all conditions (both indoor and outdoor as well as in good light and low light) so you will never struggle again.
For an honest and unbiased review of the 70-200 f2.8L IS lens (this is a lens I wish I was given for free to test out and report on – unfortunately I had to part with my own money, although I am so glad I did) you need to take a look at this article.
Canon lens review - 16-35 f4L IS
If you are serious about landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and interiors you need a wide angle lens and the Canon 16-35 f4L IS should be top of your list. I chose the f4L IS over the f2.8L because the image quality of the f4L is better, the f4L is smaller, lighter and more manageable, the f4L has image stabilisation and the f4L is cheaper (you get a lot more bang for your buck).
The Canon 16-35 f4L is an awesome lens. The image quality is second to none and since it is built like a tank (i.e. very tough and durable) it is more than capable of being able to deal with whatever weather conditions Mother Nature throws at it.
For an honest and unbiased review of the 16-35 f4L IS lens from a long term user (once again, I was not blessed by any camera store for a free lens to put through its paces and report on) this article may be something you want to take a look at.
Canon lens review - 100-400L IS
The Canon 100-400 is, without a doubt, the best value for money super zoom lens on the market and I am stunned how Canon can sell such a top quality lens at such a great price. Okay, there are cheaper alternatives out there, and these cheaper alternatives go longer than 400mm but the image quality of the cheaper alternatives is absolute rubbish.
Combine that with the speed of the lenses (narrow maximum apertures of f6 or more) and it is easy to see the cheaper lenses simply aren’t worth buying. The image quality of the Canon 100 – 400 is awesome, the build quality is awesome and it is also affordable.
The Canon 100 – 400 is the ideal lens for motor sports, wildlife, bird photography and all other situations where you need to get up close to the subject whilst standing far away from it. I even use my Canon 100 – 400 for dragonfly photography! If you need a super zoom lens, and let’s face it who doesn’t? this is the lens you need.
For an honest and unbiased review of the Canon 100 – 400 from a long term user (this is one lens I didn’t have to buy because it was a gift from my wife. Strictly speaking, I guess I did buy it then – D’oh) you need to take a look at this article.
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