Canon’s Telephoto lens lineup

Including medium telephoto, telephoto, tele-photo zoom, and super-telephoto, Canon offers telephoto lenses for virtually any photographic application where you need to get closer to your subject without moving. Figure 6-22, taken at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, was shot with a telephoto lens; the athlete, USA’s Mariel Zagunis, had no idea I was taking the shot because of my distance from her — which is often very useful for both photographers and athletes.

If you need to get close to a subject but it's physically impossible to do so, a telephoto lens will do the trick. This athlete had no idea I was taking this photo at the Olympic Games, but it looks like I'm directly in front of her. Taken with a 1D Mark II, 70-200mm f/2.8L lens, ISO 400, 1/250 second at f/3.2.

In the medium telephoto category, Canon offers these prime lenses:

  • EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
  • EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
  • EF 100mm f/2 USM

In the straight telephoto category, Canon offers these prime lenses:

  • EF 135mm f/2L USM
  • EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus
  • EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
  • EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Canon’s telephoto zoom category includes the following lenses (you can also review the list of normal zoom lenses as several of those extend into the telephoto range):

  • EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
  • EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
  • EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
  • EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
  • EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II
  • EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
  • EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM (see 6-23)

Photos of wide areas, if you are far enough away, require the use of a telephoto lens, such as this image of Marseilles, France, and the famous Chateau d'f. Taken with a 1D Mark lln using an EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lens, ISO 100, 1/1250 second at f/6.3.

In the super telephoto category, Canon offers these prime options:

  • EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
  • EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF 600mm f/4L IS USM

Category: Canon Lens Lineup, Science of Lenses

Comments are closed.