Canon has been one of the most recognized brands in the photo world since 1933. Every year, they place themselves as an industry leader by inventing, innovating and fine-tuning photography & film equipment. Canon is also known for their lenses which offer exceptional optical performance. Canon has always been able to adapt to the needs of the photographer by creating niche lenses for the most complex situations. The EF lenses have been in existence since 1987 and have more than 50 different models. No wonder that some model are less known.
Here is a selection of fewer know lenses that you should absolutely try!
Tilt and Shift lenses
Designed for architecture photographers, these lenses allow you to manipulate perspective. The position of the photographer in front of a building causes a deformation of the image and the tilt option allows you to correct it. The Shift option allows you to move the plan without moving the camera. On a creative level, possibilities are endless. The Tilt function allows reducing the depth of field even with a small opening, which gives a small-scale model or toy effect, especially in wide-Angle. See the whole lineup here
Some lenses are very heavy, especially those with a large aperture. The pancake versions are ultra-light and compact. Perfect for when you want to leave with only a camera and a lens. A 24 mm f/2. 8 is available for APS-C and a 40 mm f/2.8 is available for full-frame sensors.
There is ‘close’ and then there is ‘very close’. The standard macro lenses have a magnification ratio of 1 to 1. The PM-E65 can do 5 to 1 magnification with ease. You will be amazed at the number of possibilities that the same subject offers when magnified 3, 4 or 5 times it’s size. This kind of lens is perfect for abstract lovers. You will discover a world of texture and patterns that will make give you tons of creative possibilites.
Fisheye (8-15 mm)
This type of lens is rather popular but still remains relatively unknown. The exaggerated deformation of a fisheye is an instantly recognizable style. Its 180-degree field of view is the widest possible angle for an EF lens. Used on a full sensor, at 8 mm, you get a circle effect with the completely black edges, at 15 mm, the frame will be very wide with a lot of deformation. The perfect lens to experiment with unexpected results for adventurous photographers.
The 135 Mm f2
One of the oldest lenses from the l series (1996), the 135 has never had a second version, which says a lot about its perfection. Despite the fact that it is one of the sharpest lens Canons ever built, portrait photographers often prefer 85 mm lenses. Most photographers are creatures of habit. We sometimes forget that there are other options. The unique perspective compression offered by the 135 and its incredible bokeh makes this lens a true classic.
Which one is your classic?