Best Canon Lens For Nature Photography

Best Canon Lens For Nature Photography

1. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Canon’s Best Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Landscape photography often makes use of wide through ultra-wide focal lengths to take in large amounts of beauty and to keep both the foreground and background in sharp focus. This lens has a wider angle of view range than the 24-something mm lenses listed below this one. The 16-35mm range provides some of the most-desired landscape focal lengths, though a telephoto zoom may be desired in addition to this lens for tighter-framed/more-compressed distant landscape photos. Especially attractive for landscape photography is that this lens delivers very impressive image quality completely into full frame lens corners. Also very desired for handheld landscape photography is that this is image stabilization – this is the only full-frame-compatible ultra-wide angle Canon-mount lens featuring image stabilization. The weather does not always cooperate with photographers shooting outdoors and this lens’ weather sealed build quality is meant to help in those inclement weather situations. With a modest overall size, weight and price along with accurate autofocus, this lens is a solid choice for both amateur and professional landscape photographers.
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Best Canon Lens For Nature Photography

Ian Cameron-Reid I’m disappointed to read your article and no mention of probably the best wide angle lens on the market. It’s the Nikon 14 – 24mm F2.8 AF-S ED lens. I own one and love it, the results are stunning. Ian Nicolaas Strik 3rd party lenses have come a long way! Probably one of the best wide angle lenses is the Tamron 15-30mm. I own that, along with their 24-70 and 70-200. If you are going to mention only Canon and Nikon, you missed the boat with the Nikon 14-24. Canon shooters have bought Nikon adapters in order to use the Nikon 14-24. elkhornsun The concept of a “normal” focal length is very misleading. We see with our minds and not our eyes which is how people overlook the tree in the background that in an image looks like it is sprouting out of the head of the person in the foreground. It is also why so many mediocre images are taken using a “normal” focal length lens as so much extraneous material is included in the image and detracts from the intended subject. When I view a scene, more often than not it is with the perspective of a lens that is double the “normal” focal length and that excludes a lot of the surrounding area and provides the same image magnification as my mind’s eye portrays. Not any different than using a 200mm lens to take a picture of a distant object to create an image that is closer to what we see when looking at it and focusing our attention on it while excluding everything on either side or in the foreground that a “normal” lens would have included in the image. The “normal” focal length is a compromise lens which makes sense if you are a war photographer and can only put one lens on your Leica camera (and where there is not the option of a telephoto lens anyway). Otherwise it is a waste of money as much better images can be created with much shorter or much longer focal length lenses. Cesar Munoz it’s kind of sad that you didnt even bothered to mention some lowe-cost alternative, maybe not the cheapest one, but for example canon have other lens and it will help to hear recomendations for people that want to start with this kind of photography
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Best Canon Lens For Nature Photography

This is my favorite super telephoto lens in Canon’s lineup when I use a tripod. I have the Series I version of this lens and have been holding off on an upgrade until the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS + 1.4X is available for comparison. The EF 500mm is one of Canon’s sharpest lenses, and it’s a great wildlife lens. When I use a full sized tripod, this lens is my choice. Sadly, the Series I lens has been discontinued and replaced by the Series II version. The new lens reduces the weight by 1.5 pounds and comes with improved optics but at a much higher price. If you already have the Series I lens, I am not recommending an upgrade unless money is no concern. Personally, I don’t find the marginal improvement to be worth the price, but if you’re looking for a super telephoto lens, this is an excellent choice. Try to purchase a lightly used Series I lens if you’d like to save.
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Best Canon Lens For Nature Photography

Sigma 50-500mm Lens – This is the only lens being included on this list that does not have drop dead amazing optics.  This lens produces acceptably sharp, but not ridiculously sharp, images.  It has a good autofocus and a convenient focal range, but what makes this lens outstanding is that it allows tens of thousands of hobbyist photographers to shoot wildlife and sports who otherwise would not be able to afford a true telephoto lens.  Generally, wildlife/sports lenses cost well over $6,000; therefore, the availability of this lens has broken down barriers in the industry and created opportunities for photographers.  Here is a link to the Canon version of this lens.  Here is a link to the Nikon version of this lens.  Here is a link to the Sony version of this lens.
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Best Canon Lens For Nature Photography

8. Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens I Love This Lens! The TS-E 24L II has the best image quality of any 24mm prime lens I’ve ever used. Actually, there are very few lenses that reach this level of image quality excellence. Solid build quality and tilt, shift & rotation movements in an ideal-for-landscapes 24mm focal length gives you an overall awesome landscape lens choice. This is often the lens I have mounted when I am tripod-based and waiting for the prefect sunrise or sunset. This is a manual-focus-only lens and no Canon TS-E lens is currently weather sealed.
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Best Canon Lens For Nature Photography

Josh, where have you seen a 28mm lens marked as a telephoto? If you use a 28mm lens on a full-frame or APS-C camera it’s a wide-angle. On a micro four-thirds camera it’s more like a normal lens. Perhaps you have seen a ‘telephoto zoom’, in which case the word telephoto refers to the high end of the focal length range. The focal length of a lens is fixed (or the focal length range of a zoom) – a 28mm lens is 28mm lens no matter what camera you use it with. But the field of view changes according to the size of the sensor. The smaller the sensor, the narrow the field of view. So it’s probably more accurate to talk about field of view when it comes to determining whether a lens is a wide-angle, but also probably over-complicating things. Bottom line: If you use a 28mm lens on a full-frame or APS-C camera it’s a wide-angle lens.
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Best Canon Lens For Nature Photography

April 6, 2014 Reply Bill D’Innocenzo Great review and summary. These lenses seem mostly suited for full frame cameras. I was wondering if you have ever reviewed lenses that are more suited towards crop sensor cameras? Based on what I read here, I extrapolated it along with reviews found elsewhere and purchased a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom lens to replace the kit lens that came with my D3100 – an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom lens. Note that the new lens is a constant f-stop lens throughout the zoom range — how do they do that?!?!?! I opted for a new lens vs. a new camera — was thinking about the D7100, but thought I’d see if a better lens would improve my images more than moving from a 14.2 to a 24 MP camera. I’ll post my comments on my choice once I’ve had a chance to compare the kit lens vs. the MUCH better lens.
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Best Canon Lens For Nature Photography

9. Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Ultra-Wide Aperture, Excellent Image Quality, Excellent Weather-Sealed Build Quality F/1.4 is the widest aperture currently available on any lens wider than 50mm. And this is the best night sky lens in Canon’s lens lineup. The wide aperture can also give your images a blurred background look that sets them apart. This is a great lens overall – including great image quality. The 24mm focal length is my most-used for full frame landscape photography.
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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens – This is truly a fantastic macro lens.  Perhaps its greatest feature is the silent-wave motor.  The only negative to this lens is that I generally prefer to shoot at a slightly longer focal length than 100mm for macro shots, but this is perfect for any subject that won’t move away from the lens (i.e. no bugs).  Canon offers a 180mm macro lens, but it is so expensive that there is nothing “outstanding” about it at the price of $1,800.
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It’s also worth pointing out that all of the focal lengths given in my examples are using a camera with a full frame sensor. If you’re using a crop sensor camera (with a smaller sensor than full frame) then you will need to multiply your focal length by your ‘crop factor’. That’s 1.6x for Canon crop cameras (1.3x for older 1D’s) or 1.5x for Nikon. There are plenty of other crop factors for different camera makes, so a quick online search will find out your specific camera’s crop factor. Adding these to your lens’ focal length will give you a figure which is comparative to what to expect when looking through the viewfinder. So as such, you may need to get an even wider lens on a crop body to translate into a ‘standard’ lens. For example a 10-22 lens on a Canon crop body will interpret into a 16 – 35mm lens.