Category: Lens accessories

As with cameras, lenses can be complemented by a variety of accessories that improve, extend, and or alter their performance. A variety of products exist that you may want to consider, depending on how and when you are using your lenses.

Additionally, a number of products have been designed to help you care for lenses and keep them in top condition. Fortunately, Canon lenses are remarkably durable and able to withstand rigorous use anywhere in the world. However, it’s worth knowing how to ensure they work at their peak capability and provide you with the best-possible image quality.

Cleaning and storing lenses

Cleaning and storing lenses

It’s easy to become obsessed with keeping a clean lens, doing everything you can to keep even the smallest speck of dust off of the glass. However, while it’s of course advisable to keep lenses reasonably clean of dust and certainly devoid of oily smudges such as fingerprints, in reality a bit of dust isn’t [...]

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Using lens hoods

Using lens hoods

Many lenses ship with a hood, which is advisable to use in a number of photographic situations. A lens hood provides protection for the lens, such as from bumping into things or if the lens is dropped, and it can prevent things, such as raindrops, from getting onto your lens and affecting an image as [...]

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Filters worth considering

Filters worth considering

Lens filters — whether they’re dropped in at the back-end of a long super-telephoto lens or screw-mounted onto the front of the most common lenses — can be very useful for a variety of photographic purposes and can even save you a lot of money in the event of a lens accident. From colored filters [...]

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Protective and uv/haze filters

Basic protective filters, also known as neutral filters, offer no additional protection or filtration for your lens. They are made of pure optical glass and are widely available from various filter manufacturers such as Tiffen and B&W. Note that technically these are not actually filters because they aren’t filtering anything, but they usually are grouped [...]

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Skylight and warming filters

A skylight filter helps you moderate what can be too much blue in your image, especially on sunny days with an excessive amount of blue sky. It’s a subtle effect, providing just enough filtration to your image that the color is much better balanced; it is especially effective in a shady area under a cloudless, [...]

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Polarizing filters

Polarizing filters

Polarizing filters are like sunglasses for your camera (see 7-5), and they are one of the few filters that feature the capability to rotate one of the two optical elements to achieve the best effect. A polarizer reduces the glare in an image, while improving the contrast in your photo. Colors appear more saturated and [...]

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Colored filters

There are a number of filters that provide varying levels of color that can affect your image. While many of the colored filters were designed originally to filter colors that would be rendered onto film, today’s digital capabilities — both in the camera and the software — mitigate the need to use them. One of [...]

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Infrared filters

Infrared filters

Infrared photography has become very popular, especially since it’s been discovered that digital image sensors are very sensitive to what’s called the near-infrared spectrum. This is light that’s just outside of visible red light, where nothing that’s illuminated by thermal radiation can be seen. Infrared filters are very dark, and make the world appear as [...]

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Neutral density filters

Neutral density filters

Neutral density filters, often just called Neutral density filters, effectively reduce the amount of light reaching your image sensor, but do not affect the color. Why are they useful, you might wonder? In particularly bright conditions, they are very practical and allow you to shoot longer exposures. For example, if you want to shoot a [...]

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Softmat (soft-focus) filters

Softmat (soft-focus) filters

Sometimes it is desirable to gain a soft-focus effect on the parts of your image that surround the subject, but not to be as blurry as you see in a narrow-depth-of-field image. A Softmat, or soft-focus, filter provides this effect using diffracted light, and it is especially useful in certain types of portraits as well [...]

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Consider a tripod mount for specialty lenses

Consider a tripod mount for specialty lenses

Every camera comes with the ability to be mounted to a tripod using the screw mount on the bottom of the body. However, when using larger lenses, which place a significant amount of weight onto the overall camera and lens combination, having a tripod or monopod attached to the bottom of the camera body isn’t [...]

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Consider a filter

Consider a filter

Using filters is a great way to extend the functionality of your lens, whether you’re adding a special effect, eliminating hazy conditions, or optimizing sunlight using polarization (filters are covered in more detail later). However, the way you attach a filter to your camera lens varies depending on the lens size. For most lenses up [...]

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Consider a close-up lens

Consider a close-up lens

Close-up, or macro, photography requires either a lens dedicated to functioning at close range or one that has the ability to take short-distance images along with other features. Several Canon lenses offer a macro function either as an option to other capabilities or as their primary purpose, and they vary according to how specialized you [...]

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Extendthe range of L series lenses

Extendthe range of L series lenses

Suppose you’ve invested in a Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM lens, and you’re finding that you’d like just a little more length on the focal length. One good option, barring going out and buying a longer lens, is to consider one of Canon’s lens extenders. These are small devices that you mount to your [...]

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