Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Canon EF 100 2.8L macro, EF-S 15-85mm and EF-S 18-135mm lenses

Along with the much awaited Canon EOS 7D, cannon also announed three new lenses. one EF L series lens and 2 EF-S lenses

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM 1-to-1 Macro Lens

We need to wait and see how this lens compares to the existing 100mm macro

  • Canon’s second L series macro after the 180mm and the most affordable L macro
  • 1:1 real macro and should we well suited for portrait use as well
  • Ultrasonic focusing with Full time manual focus
  • Canon's sophisticated Image Stabilization
  • Filter Size - 67mm Max. Diameter x Length - 3.1 x 4.8 in. / 77.7 x 123mm Weight - 22.0 oz. / 625g
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.99 ft. / 0.3m (maximum close-up magnification: 1x)


Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom Lens

This is a new lens probably inspired from the similar offering from Nikon. This is a very useful focal range for a camera buyer who just needs one walk around lens.

  • EF-S Only – will work with APS-C type cameras only
  • 18-135mm lens with f3.5-f.5.6 aperture (36mm Equiv of 29mm-216mm) is a very useful focal range to have
  • Image stabilization helps compensate for the small aperture and for low light shots
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Filter Size: 67mm and Weight 455g


Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM UD Wide Angle Zoom Lens

This new lens goes wider than your average kit lens (15mm vs 18mm) and does even better at the telephoto end (85mm vs 55mm).

This might be of interest to landscape and architecture shooters. Pretty expensive compared to your average kit lens but you can sure take some shots with this that your kit lens cant. The only other wide EF-S offering from canon is the 10-22mm lens. It remains to be seen how well this lens handles distortion and vignetting.

  • EF-S Only – will work with APS-C type cameras only
  • 15-85mm lens with f3.5-f.5.6 aperture ( 35mm Equiv of 24-136mm)
  • Lens Construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
  • Filter Size: 72mm, Weight 575g
  • USM focus and Closest Focusing Distance: 1.15 ft. / 0.35m


Canon is listening to customers and providing more choice in lens for starters and enthusiasts. The set of lenses announced by canon will be a welcome addition to its existing range. I think the Canon EF-S 15-85mm will be the lens to watch out for with lot of people taking up photography as a serious hobby, they need a good walk around lens like this one.

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