Canon Standard Lens Lineups

I’ve put together a few packages of Canon EF lens lineups for standard photography:

Update

I heard from the WI Masonic Journal photgrapher that he uses a 3 lens approach:

EF 17-40mm f/4L
EF 50mm f/1.8
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L

Other photographers on the ‘net agree with this approach and even use the 70-200mm f/4L for budget reasons.

Also, several folks have written in Canon forums to say that they’ve replaced the heavy zoom lenses with a few good primes.  Canon does make a solid series of excellent quality primes all over the focal spectrum.  I do like primes so this might be a good option, especially since they’re way cheaper than top-quality zooms.

L-series

Standard Zoom:  EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Telephoto Zoom:  EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Wide-Angle Prime:  EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Wide-Angle Prime:  EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Wide-Angle Prime:  EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
Normal:  EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Medium Telephoto Prime:  EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Telephoto Prime:  EF 135mm f/2L USM
Telephoto Prime:  EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
Macro:  EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

EF Standard

Standard Zoom:  EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Telephoto Zoom:  EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Wide-Angle Prime:  EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
Wide-Angle Prime:  EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
Wide-Angle Prime:  EF 35mm f/2
Normal:  EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Medium Telephoto Prime:  EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Medium Telephoto Prime:  EF 100mm f/2 USM
Macro:  EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

EF Budget

Standard Zoom:  EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Telephoto Zoom:  EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
Wide-Angle Prime:  EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
Normal:  EF 50mm f/1.8
Medium Telephoto Prime:  EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Medium Telephoto Prime:  EF 100mm f/2 USM
Macro:  EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

EF-S High-End

Standard Zoom:  EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Telephoto Zoom:  EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Macro:  EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

EF-S Compact

Standard Zoom:  EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

EF-S Standard

Standard Zoom:  EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Telephoto Zoom:  EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

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  1. #1 by Joshua on July 19, 2012 - 3:40 PM

    Even some folks that prefer non-L primes to L zooms for the wider apertures. I think about my current limitations and a 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4, or 100mm f/2 look pretty good and are reasonably priced.

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