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make a difference to your photography.
A whole world of possibilities.
There’s never been a better time to be a photographer. The ever-increasing sophistication of
digital cameras has opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities for everyone – from the
amateur to the professional.
When you buy a Canon EOS DSLR, you aren’t just buying a camera. You’re investing in a system
of lenses and accessories that empower you with the creative flexibility to make incredible images
and movies. With the right lens, anything is possible – and we’ll help show you how.
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HISTORY
OF EOS
6
CAMERA
BODIES
48
8
ACTION
64
PEOPLE
56
26
PLACES
24
Speedlite
FLASHES
DETAILS
ISSUE
HIGHLIGHTS
Exclusive interview with Canon Explorer
Jörg Kyas on p16
40
LIFE
Spotlight on Prime Lenses on p32
Focus on Tilt and Shift on p36
INNOVATION
ALWAYS
Starting with our first lens in 1946, we’ve been constantly developing
our technologies and manufacturing processes. In 1987, we launched
the Canon EOS Camera system. Now there are EOS cameras for every
type of photographer, from beginners to professionals. And that’s just
the beginning. More than 70 lenses give you unlimited scope for
creative control – so you can take exactly the shots you want.
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM
f/1.0L USM
& EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
to incorporate Canon’s
The world’s first3 lenses to drive an
DO lens elements.
World’s first3 interchangeable SLR
f/4.5 SSC
camera lens to employ Hybrid IS.
2012
2001
1995
1993
1989
1982
AF system with a stepping motor.
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
FD 400mm
1975
1973
1971
1964
1961
1953
1951
1946
1973
FL-F
300mm f/5.6
1969
Serenar
50mm f/1.8 I
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Worlds first1 camera lens
2013
EF 50mm
2011
f/2.8 SSC
2009
TS 35mm
2008
Canon
50mm f/0.95
FL
19mm f/3.5
Serenar
FD
55mm f/1.2 AL
EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
World’s first1 interchangeable
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Serenar
FD 35-70mm
100mm f/3.5 I
f/2.8-3.5 SSC
EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
FD 14mm f/2.8L
50mm f/3.5 I
EF 35-350mm
lens for 35mm cameras with
f/3.5-5.6L USM
an Image Stabilizer.
World’s first 2 camera lens
Extender 1.4x
to employ SWC.
The world’s first 3 ultraEF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
telephoto zoom lens with
The world’s first fisheye zoom
built-in extender.
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lens for shooting both circular
and rectangular full-frame
fisheye photos.
Claims were valid at the launch time of the respective lens.
1
For 35mm SLR cameras with interchangeable lenses. 2 Among photographic lenses. 3 For an SLR camera with an interchangeable lens.
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CHOOSE
YOUR
BODY
Finding the right camera for your needs
depends very much on how experienced you are
as a photographer.
If you’re just starting out, you need a high-quality
camera which is easy to use and offers creative
opportunities for you to grow as a photographer –
you might want to start off using automatic mode
and then gradually exert greater control over
exposure and depth of field by changing the lenses
you use.
If you’re an experienced photographer, you’ll need
high-quality equipment that can take you to the next
level – you might want to shoot semi-professionally
and need the image quality to back you up.
BEGINNERS
ENTHUSIASTS
PROFESSIONALS
EOS M
EOS 60Da
EOS 5D Mark III
APS-C
EOS cameras use one of two sensor sizes. The
smaller of these is called APS-C, and measures
22.5 x 15mm (approx.) in size. The larger 36 x 24mm
sensor is known as full-frame. Since APS-C sensors
crop the picture more than full-frame sensors, they
give a narrower field of view. This is often useful
for photographers wanting to get closer to their
subjects – such as wildlife, sports and action.
Designed specifically for
The EOS 5D Mark III is a full-frame,
astrophotography, the EOS 60Da is
22.3-megapixel DSLR with 61-point
enough to take anywhere. Enjoy simple
more sensitive to infrared light thanks
autofocus and 6fps continuous
creative controls and superb low-light
to a modified low-pass filter that sits
shooting. Capture high-quality Full-HD
performance for stunning images.
in front of the camera’s 18-megapixel
movies with manual control over
CMOS sensor.
everything from frame rate to audio.
EOS 70D
EOS-1D X
EOS 1200D
APS-C
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APS-C
Full-frame
Embrace every opportunity.
Capture the moment in stunning
The EOS-1D X combines speed with
Capture the emotion of the
stills and Full-HD movies with the
image quality to create the next
moment with a DSLR camera
high-performance EOS 70D,
generation camera for professionals.
that’s easy to use and delivers
featuring 7fps full resolution
Full-frame, 18-megapixel sensor with
results you’ll love.
shooting, an advanced 19-point
Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors sets the
AF system and Canon’s unique
standard, and up to 12fps shooting
Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.
takes it beyond.
APS-C
EOS 7D
APS-C
EOS-1D C
Full-frame
Full-frame
A small and responsive DSLR to
The EOS 7D combines high
A groundbreaking multimedia
take everywhere. The 18-megapixel
performance, versatility and cinematic-
camera that excels at both stills and
EOS 100D delivers superb photos
style HD movies. 18-megapixel
movie shooting, EOS-1D C brings 4k
and video, and features an optical
resolution delivers superb quality and
movies and advanced video functions
viewfinder and intuitive touch
8fps continuous shooting keeps you
like Canon Log Gamma to a high-
screen controls.
ahead of the action.
performance DSLR body.
EOS 700D
EOS 6D
APS-C
APS-C bodies can use both EF and EF-S lenses,
whilst full-frame bodies can use EF lenses only.
The EOS-M body uses EF-M lenses or, with a Mount
Adapter EF-EOS M, it can use both EF and EF-S lenses.
A cinema lens with EF mount can be used by all
EOS bodies.
Full-frame
lens compact system camera small
EOS 100D
WHICH SENSOR?
APS-C
An 18-megapixel, interchangeable-
Full-frame
Step into DSLR photography and
A 20.2-megapixel DSLR featuring a
let your creativity grow. Produce
full-frame sensor and compact design.
superb photos and video with an
Ideal for portrait photography and
18-megapixel sensor and enjoy
travel, offering tight control over depth
shooting with an easy-to-use Vari-
of field and a large choice of wide-
angle Clear View LCD II touch screen.
angle EF lenses.
Download the digital version of Explore EOS
for more information on EOS bodies.
See page 3 for download details.
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/2000 sec @ f/2, ISO 400
© Claudia Wycisk
PEOPLE
It’s often said that a face can tell a thousand stories.
It might be your daughter’s journey through childhood
or the depth and wisdom in the eyes of an old friend.
But the real beauty of portrait photography is that every
shot is as individual as the person in it. Capturing a face
can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding types
of photography. And, with a good lens and the right
technique, it’s easy to get the results you want.
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People
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
1/4000 sec @ f/1.2, ISO 250
© Thorsten Milse. Canon Ambassador
TURNING
HEADS
How to make your portraits stand out from the crowd.
P
eople make the most incredible
subject for photographers of any
level. And the potential for creativity
is infinite. No two shots of a person will
ever be the same – the slightest difference
in focus, lighting or expression can
uncover a different aspect of mood
or personality.
While there is no one approach to
shooting portraits, there are lots of factors
that can change the look and feel of a
photo. Do you want to pose your subject
or shoot them naturally? Do you want to
shoot from up high or low down?
For close-up portraiture, it’s important
to choose a lens with a focal length long
enough to let you stand a little distance
away, so you don’t crowd your subject.
A 50mm lens on an APS-C camera
is perfect for filling the frame with
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someone’s face or just their head and
shoulders. It’ll give you biting sharpness
and contrast so your subject will really
stand out from their surroundings, backed
up by silky smooth out-of-focus areas that
will hint at the subject’s location without
causing distraction. Or, if you are a fullframe photographer, look at the EF 85mm
f/1.8 USM or the EF 135mm f/2L USM if
you want to stand a little further away.
Choosing a larger aperture such as f/1.8
will allow you to pinpoint the focus to
an area as specific as the eyes. If you’re
shooting your subject side on, you could
set the lens even wider at f/1.2, so that
just one eye is in focus – such shallow
depth-of-field can create incredibly
intense portraits. Just be careful to focus
accurately, as there’s not much room
for error.
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
A higher performance 50mm lens,
with faster USM focusing and a larger
f/1.4 maximum aperture that’s ideal for
close-up portraiture.
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
A classic portrait lens, particularly for
those working with full-frame DSLRs. It
allows you to shoot with the flattering
perspective and shallow depth of field
that professionals love.
People
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
1/6000 sec @ f/2, ISO 250
Shot by Lili Love
It’s important to be comfortable when shooting.
Investing in an external battery grip makes your
camera easier to hold vertically, when shooting
in portrait orientation. Each one is specific to an
EOS camera and offers a shutter-release button
for vertical shooting, as well as space for an extra
battery – useful if you’re shooting all day.
Try to make the most of natural lighting, from a
window for example. If this isn’t possible, flash
can help, although you should take a few simple
precautions to ensure a natural result.
It’s
Child’s
Play
Kids can be brilliant at posing for the camera but
sometimes it can be hard to get natural shots of them
playing or simply being themselves. The solution?
Keep your distance. Use a telephoto zoom like the
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and you can capture
all the mischief and mayhem without the little ones
noticing a thing.
Children often lose interest in being photographed
quite quickly. You can use toys to help capture their
attention and keep them absorbed, or set up an
environmental portrait where you deliberately show
your subject in context – for example, on a climbing
frame or playing a game.
Using flash directly from on top of your camera can
look harsh and lacks atmosphere. Instead, try using
an external Speedlite flash – bouncing its light off a
wall or ceiling by rotating the flash head. Alternatively,
position a Speedlite away from the camera and
trigger it remotely, using a Speedlite transmitter.
Try aiming it at your subject from one side or point it
at a large reflective surface. And, if you have several
Speedlite flashes, you can light the background and
subject at the same time.
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, 1/250 sec @ f/11, ISO 250 © Joe Petersberger
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
This versatile, affordable and
lightweight telephoto lens lets you
keep your distance while shooting, so
children will never notice you are there.
Get even more telephoto reach with
a 300mm max zoom setting. USM
focusing helps track movement quickly
– perfect for energetic kids.
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People
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 1/100 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 320 © Flavio Bandiera. Canon Explorer
The Big Day
Weddings provide a unique opportunity for
photographing friends and family when they’re
looking their best. The shots you take can capture
memories that will last a lifetime.
Think about how you can best capture the mood and
feeling of the day. It might mean looking down from
the top of some stairs or crouching down to capture
a view of the smallest bridesmaid. Finding a new or
interesting angle can be a great way of creating a
distinct and memorable set of pictures.
Lighting can be a challenge during an indoor
wedding – you can’t have your flash going off
throughout the ceremony. To overcome this,
consider increasing the ISO sensitivity on your
camera. Take a few test shots (to see if your shutter
speed is fast enough to stop any blur) before
the bride arrives – you won’t have time to make
adjustments once she walks down the aisle.
Professionals using a full-frame camera often use
a wide-aperture zoom lens like the EF 24-70mm
f/2.8L II USM because it can take fantastic quality
shots in low light, such as during the ceremony
and reception. Plus, it covers a useful range of focal
lengths and maintains its large f/2.8 aperture at all
zoom settings.
A good alternative for APS-C cameras is the EF-S
17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. It has the range to capture
all types of shots, as and when they happen (from
portraits to group shots), and it shoots well in
low light.
A wide-aperture fixed focal length lens also makes
a excellent option for shooting a wedding, as they
are great at letting in lots of ambient light. Try the
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM: it’s lightweight, delivers
fantastic image quality and gives plenty of control
over depth of field.
EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
& EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
& EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is
a versatile upgrade for your kit lens.
Ideal for both wide-angle group shots
and individual portraits, plus image
stabilisation helps keep images sharp
at slow shutter speeds. If you want a
bit more telephoto reach, EF-S 55250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM allows you to
stand back and shoot candid close-up
portraits of family and friends from
a distance, without disturbing their
special moment.
Professional photographers using fullframe cameras often cover a wedding
with just a few lenses, for example, a
standard zoom, like the EF 24-70mm
f/2.8L II USM, and a telephoto zoom,
such as the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
USM. You can work in the same way
with an APS-C camera and these lenses.
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM , 1/30 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 1000 © Flavio Bandiera. Canon Explorer
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People
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, 1/200 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 400 © Jörg Kyas, Canon Explorer.
PERFECT PORTRAITS:
JÖRG KYAS
What is it about people photography that you
like so much?
I think it’s the communication – getting to know
people and getting in close to them. It’s my approach
really; I am often curious about people and I like
getting to know them through taking pictures.
When I was working as an assistant, I was involved
in lots of shoots with bands and the music industry.
That continued when I went solo as a photographer,
and now I also shoot for advertising agencies and
magazines too.
What are your favoured lenses? What approach
do you take for portrait photography?
By far my two favourite lenses are the EF 85mm
f/1.2L II USM and the EF 50mm f/1.2L USM. I’d say
I shoot more 80 per cent of my work on these two.
And when they aren’t quite what I need, I use either
the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM or EF 70-200mm f/2.8L
IS USM. With these four lenses we do everything.
of their bokeh – the character of the out-of-focus
backgrounds. I like to shoot with a wide-open
aperture. I think it somehow simulates how we
see with our eyes. If I need more front-to-back
sharpness, I can stop down to get more depth
of field.
There is also a creative challenge that comes
with working with lenses that don’t zoom.
That concentrates my mind on the subject I’m
photographing. In a way, when a lens’ focal length
is fixed, there is one less thing to worry about.
Would you recommend that approach to a
less-experienced photographer?
I would, yes. When you are new to photography,
there are lot of things you need to have your mind
on. Shooting with a fixed focal length lens that
doesn’t zoom removes one of the things you have
to think about. Keep things as simple as possible
and concentrate on the picture you are making.
The two fixed focal length lenses are great not
only because of their sharpness, but also because
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GET THE KIT
Do you use flash or daylight?
I prefer flash. I believe you should control as much
as you can in photography, so I like to take control
over where my light is coming from.
Take a look inside Jörg’s portable kit bag. This is a selection
of the equipment he uses for photographing people.
When I started out in photography, flash was tricky
to get right. But nowadays, the Canon E-TTL II flash
system makes it very easy. I have six Speedlite
600EX-RT flashes with an ST-E3-RT Speedlite
Transmitter that sits on my EOS 5D Mark III. They
work brilliantly – I use them for advertising work
and portraits on location in offices. I can shoot at
wide apertures for shallow focus and I can use fast
shutter speeds.
01. Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
02. Speedlite 600EX-RT
03. EOS 5D Mark III + battery grip
04. EOS 5D Mark II as backup body + battery grip
05. EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Now available: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
01
06. EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
07. EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
02
08. EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Now available: EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
imagePROGRAF iPF6450 printer
It’s a great lighting system to get into. You can start
small with just one flash, plus a Speedlite Transmitter
so you can use it off camera. Then maybe later you
can borrow a friend’s flash when you are shooting
together or buy a second Speedlite. But really, for
good pictures you just need one source of light.
It’s like I always say with good photography:
keep it simple.
“The two fixed focal length lenses
are great not only because of their
sharpness, but also because of their
bokeh – the character of the out-offocus backgrounds.”
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03
06
07
04
“I have six Speedlite 600EX-RT
flashes with an ST-E3-RT Speedlite
Transmitter that sits on my EOS 5D
Mark III. They work brilliantly… it’s
a great lighting system to get into.”
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Explore EOS and read more Ambassador
& Explorer interviews.
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05
19
18mm
24mm
40mm
85mm
135mm
300mm
Movies
FOCAL LENGTH
LENS
Action
APERTURE
Details
ALSO
SUITABLE FOR
PEOPLE LENSES
Life
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 1/160 sec @ f/13, ISO 100,
© Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images. Canon Ambassador
Places
People
800mm
EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
IS
f/3.5
USM
f/5.6
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
IS
USM
f/2.8
ULTIMATE
FLASH SETUP
EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
IS
f/4
USM
f/5.6
EF-S
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
IS
f/3.5
STM
f/5.6
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
IS
f/3.5
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
When shooting with a flash, more creative results can be
achieved by moving the flash away from your camera, so
light falls on your subject from a different direction. The
easiest way to do this is to link the flash to your camera’s
hot shoe using a Remote Cord OC-E3. This allows modest
distances between flash and camera, but more creative
options are available using wireless triggering.
IS
f/4
USM
f/2.8
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
IS
EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
L
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, 1/200 sec @ f/11, ISO 200
USM
f/1.4
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
EF (Fixed Focal Length)
STM
f/2.8
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
II
f/1.8
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
USM
f/1.4
B
A
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
L
USM
f/1.2
C
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Main flash: Speedlite 600EX-RT
A
A = Main flash
Speedlite 600 EX RT
B Fill flash: Speedlite 600EX-RT
C
B = Fill flash
Speedlite 580EX II
USM
f/1.8
Camera: EOS 5D Mark III with ST-E3-RT
Entry-level Lens
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USM
f/2
If your camera does not have a built-in flash, use the ST-E2
Speedlite Transmitter which sits in your camera’s hot
shoe. Alternatively, some Speedlites (such as the 600EX or
600EX-RT) can be mounted on-camera and used to trigger
a second flash positioned some distance away.
*Distance outdoors may be less.
STM
f/5.6
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Some EOS bodies have an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
that allows a second flash to be fired from up to 10m*
away using flashes of visible or infrared light. This ‘optical
wireless triggering’ gives you more options when it comes
to positioning your lights.
The Speedlite 600EX-RT can also be controlled with radio
triggering, using the ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter or
a second 600EX-RT. This allows greater camera-flash
distances (up to 30m) and allows Speedlites to be
positioned in locations that don’t have direct line of site
with the camera. Up to 15 flashes can be positioned off
camera and fired remotely.
f/5.6
Mid-level Lens
Professional Lens
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18mm
ALSO
SUITABLE FOR
24mm
40mm
85mm
135mm
300mm
800mm
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
USM
18mm
24mm
40mm
85mm
135mm
300mm
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
800mm
L
Hybrid IS
USM
f/2.8
USM
f/1.2
Tilt & Shift
EF (Fixed Focal Length)
II
USM
f/2.8
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
L
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Macro
Movies
Action
Details
FOCAL LENGTH
LENS
Life
APERTURE
Places
f/2.8
EF 100mm f/2 USM
USM
f/2
TS-E 90mm f/2.8
f/2.8
EF 135mm f/2L USM
L
USM
f/2
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
L
II
USM
f/2.8
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
L
II
USM
f/2.8
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
L
Hybrid IS
USM
f/4
EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
L
IS
Technologies
USM
f/4
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
L
IS
USM
L-series
Canon L-series lenses offer the highest levels of performance in
the range and are built to deliver professional-level image quality
and durability.
Detects ‘camera-shake’ movements that can cause blur in pictures
and corrects for this by moving a lens element to compensate.
f/2.8
EF (Zoom)
L
Image Stabilizer
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
L
IS
II
USM
Ultrasonic Motor
USM
f/2.8
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
L
Stepping Motor
Lenses using STM technology focus smoothly and quietly when
shooting video, and extremely quickly when capturing stills.
USM
DO
f/4
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
L
STM
Lenses featuring a USM AF motor focus very quickly and in
near silence.
IS
USM
Diffractive Optics
II
Lens version
Lenses incorporating DO technology offer superb image quality
from a dramatically smaller and lighter design, great when portability
is important.
III
Lenses are sometimes replaced with new and improved models
and have numerals after their name to indicate which version it is.
f/4
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
IS
f/4
Hybrid IS
Hybrid Image Stabilizer
Compensates for the two types of camera shake encountered in
macro photography: angular rotations and lateral shift movements.
USM
f/5.6
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MTF charts and lens diagrams.
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EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
DO
f/4.5
IS
USM
f/5.6
EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
L
f/4.5
22
f/5.6
IS
USM
Entry-level Lens
Mid-level Lens
Professional Lens
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TAKING
CONTROL
OF LIGHT
Finding the right flash for your photography depends
very much on the subjects you like to shoot. A flash
should enable you to take creative control over how
you light your shot – whether it’s night or day,
indoors or out.
MACRO FLASHES
Speedlite FLASHES
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II
Speedlite 90EX
Speedlite 430EX II
A high-performance Macrolite flash
A compact, high-performance flash
A powerful and versatile flash, the
delivering creative lighting solutions for
that delivers superbly lit everyday
Speedlite 430EX II will expand your
photographers shooting close-up images,
shots, such as portraits and indoor
shooting options with a Guide
both on location and in the studio.
scenes, plus creative lighting effects.
Number of 43, wireless slave flash
The ideal companion for the EOS M.
ability and nine custom functions.
Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX
Speedlite 270EX II
Speedlite 600EX
Take control of your macro
Explore the creative side of lighting
A powerful flash gun for use both
photography lighting with the
with the Canon Speedlite 270EX II –
on and off the camera.
Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX. Designed
a compact flashgun that is as easy
for macro specialists, it provides
to use off camera as it is in your
versatility in both light direction
camera’s hotshoe.
and power.
TRANSMITTERS
Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2
Small, lightweight and portable,
Speedlite 320EX
Speedlite 600EX-RT
Featuring Wireless Slave technology,
A powerful flash gun for use both
a bounce/swivel head and a constant
on and off the camera. Built-in radio
LED light source for video work,
triggering offers remote lighting
the Canon Speedlite 320EX opens
control over distances up to 30m.
up new creative possibilities for
EOS photographers.
the ST-E2 is a dedicated infrared
transmitter to control two groups of
remote wireless slave Speedlites.
Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
Fire compatible Speedlite flashguns
over distances of up to 30m. Radiofrequency control provides reliable
operation, even when direct line of
sight is not possible.
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PLACES
We often use our cameras the most when we’re travelling –
incredible landscapes, bustling marketplaces and stunning
architecture all make irresistible subjects. Your adventure in
photography begins here too. These shots bring their own
creative challenges and opportunities for experimentation
with your chosen lenses. Think big.
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
3.2 sec @ f/7.1, ISO 100
© Brent Stirton/Reportage
by Getty Images. Canon Ambassador
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EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, 1/320 sec @ f/8, ISO 100 © Lucie Debelkova. Canon Explorer
Places
WHICH LENSES
TO PACK?
ON THE
ROAD
Choose the right kit for your next big trip.
I
f you are going away for a long trip,
there can be a temptation to try and
pack for every eventuality. The same
goes for photography – we want our
best lenses, flashes and accessories.
But baggage space and weight is often
restricted. Some subjects have obvious
lens choices – wide angles for landscapes,
telephoto for safaris – but if you’re
planning a mixture of activities and
destinations, how do you choose the
right kit? The trick is to see the restriction
to one or two lenses as a creative
challenge rather than a problem. Allow it
to open up different ways of working, for
example without a flash or with smaller
maximum apertures.
The most important considerations when
deciding which lenses to take will be their
versatility and weight. If you’re shooting
street scenes or wildlife, you won’t have
much time to change lenses – a zoom will
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is
an affordable, lightweight and compact
telephoto zoom lens that gives you
huge framing flexibility – perfect to take
on the road.
give you the flexibility to quickly get
the framing you want without missing
the moment.
A good way to compromise between
convenience and performance is to take
a pair of lenses. A standard 18-55mm
zoom will cover wide angle for landscapes
and enough zoom for portraits. Match
it with a telephoto zoom, like the EF-S
55-200mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, to get a closer
view of far-off subjects.
But if you really want to travel light, only
take one lens which includes a larger
zoom range. The EF-S 18-200mm f/3.55.6 IS makes an excellent all rounder
for an APS-C camera. And full-frame
photographers should look at the
EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM for
similar flexibility or the EF 24-105mm
f/4L IS USM for superb image quality and
zoom range for many types of subject.
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
& EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
Or, if you’re shooting with a full-frame
camera, consider the lightweight and
compact pairing of the EF 24-70mm
f/4L IS USM and the EF 70-200mm f/4L
IS USM. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
is a spectacular all-round zoom lens
that’s as at home shooting landscapes
as it is shooting on the street. And for
professional-level image quality without
the weight of a wide-aperture telephoto,
look at the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM.
Both have Image Stabilizer technology.
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Places
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
WIDE OPEN SPACE
It’s not difficult to see the attraction of landscape photography. Natural subjects give you a huge palette to
work with. As many of the elements of a landscape are static, they are also ideal places to experiment with
camera settings and creative executions. Try moving your camera to change the position of the horizon
into the bottom or top third of your frame and you will vastly increase the impact of your shot – you can
apply the same technique with buildings and interiors too.
25 sec @ f/25, ISO 100
© Lucie Debelkova. Canon Explorer
Ultra wide-angle lenses are the ideal tools for
landscapes and their use is not limited to getting
more in the frame. Used well, an ultra wide-angle
lens can add drama and manipulate perspective,
creating a photo that is dynamic and mesmerising.
A good wide-angle shot should make you feel like
you are being drawn into the photograph.
The EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-5.6 USM will give you
dramatic breadth and perspective when used
on an APS-C camera. With a focal length range
equivalent to 16-35mm on a full-frame EOS, and
a minimum focus distance of 0.24m, it’s great for
getting close to foreground details while the rest of
the scene fills the frame. If you’re shooting a busy
crowd or market scene, don’t be afraid to get very
close to your subject. Your photos will really feel
like they are amongst the action.
If you’re using a full-frame EOS camera, the EF 2470mm f/2.8 II USM is a professional-grade zoom
that’s a good choice for landscape photography.
The lens boasts image quality that rivals many
prime lenses and features a range of focal lengths
for flexibility while on the move. The EF 17-40mm
f/4L USM or EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM also
make a good choice if you want a portable, ultra
wide-angle lens that is great for big skies and
wide-open spaces.
You may be a fan of fixed focal length lenses.
If so, consider the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM for a
tremendous field of view – 114°. And if you want
the widest angles possible, the EF 8-15mm f/4L
Fisheye USM can capture circular and rectangular
images with a 180° diagonal angle of view.
There’s also an ultra wide-angle lens for EOS M
cameras. The EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is ideal
for those big-sky landscapes or for getting in lots
of foreground detail. Whichever wide-angle lens
you choose, find your subject and see how you can
make the most of your frame.
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM
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Places
EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
20 sec @ f/4.0, ISO 12800
PRIME
LENSES
I
t might seem strange to go for a lens that provides
only one angle of view. After all, zooms offer the
convenience of having a range of focal lengths
in just one lens. But fixed focal length lenses –
those that don’t zoom – have advantages of their
own. They deliver superb image quality and many
professionals use them for this reason alone. There
is also a creative advantage that comes from only
having one focal length. Zooms can make you lazy,
whereas a fixed focal length forces you to move to
find the right composition.
Fixed focal length lenses often feature very wide
maximum apertures, which makes them a great
choice when you want to shoot in low-light
conditions. Or when shallow depth of field is
needed for creative effects.
Landscape photographers using an EOS camera
should look to the wide-angle prime lenses in the
EF range. The EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM and EF 20mm
f/2.8 USM lenses offer ultra-wide angles of view and
extended depth of field, so you can make the most
of foreground detail. The EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM are more conventional wideangles that cover focal lengths loved by landscape
photographers, thanks to their broad coverage and
dramatic perspective. Lenses like the EF 24mm f/1.4L
II USM are popular with documentary photographers,
who often shoot in unpredictable lighting conditions.
Prime lenses offer fantastic sharpness, even at the
edges of the frame, meaning you’ll be able to capture
a huge level of detail from a landscape scene. Their
compact design makes them highly portable, so you
can take plenty of different focal lengths with you
wherever you go.
© David Noton. Canon Explorer
EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
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Places
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
1/320 sec @ f/8, ISO 100
Shot by Karl Blackwell
LIVING IN
THE CITY
C
ityscapes are filled with photographic
opportunities. It might be reflections in a glass
tower block. Or the sun setting over famous
landmarks. Even the morning commute can make an
incredible subject to shoot.
Try capturing sweeping panoramas and impressive
architectural photos. Ultra-wide angle lenses are
useful as they let you get more in the frame when
space is tight and you can’t move back any further.
Plus, looking upwards with such lenses can add
drama and exaggerate perspective.
Alternatively, you could use a telephoto lens to
pick out details – modern architecture is full of
abstraction. Isolate a few floors of an interesting
building or use reflections to your advantage.
If you are after a more natural view of architecture,
you may want to avoid the converging perspective
that appears when looking up at tall buildings
with wide-angle lenses. Professional architecture
photographers find this distracting and often use
tilt-shift lenses (like the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II) to
avoid the effect.
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 1.3 sec @ f/11, ISO 400 © Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images. Canon Ambassador
EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
Gives an ultra-wide angle view of the
world on APS-C cameras. Perfect for
capturing dramatic landscapes and
an entire scene when shooting in
restricted spaces.
A flexible ultra wide-angle zoom
lens that gives a spectacular view
of architecture when used on a
full-frame camera. Perspective is
exaggerated, particularly when the
lens is aimed upwards at
tall buildings.
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Places
EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
IS
f/4
STM
f/5.6
EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
STM
Photographed using tilt
f/2
EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
IS
f/4.5
By using up-down shift movements, a Canon TS-E
lens can shift your point of view upwards, without
angling the camera. This avoids perspective problems,
and ensures that buildings look like they are standing
straight and tall. Additionally, angular tilt movements
can extend depth of field for maximum front-to-back
sharpness or limit it for a ‘toy-landscape’ look.
STM
f/5.6
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
USM
f/3.5
f/4.5
EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
IS
f/3.5
USM
f/5.6
Photographed using reverse tilt
The TS-E 17mm f/4L is an ultra-wide angle lens that’s
great for shooting in confined spaces and including
foreground detail. Tilt and shift movements help deliver
natural perspectives. And the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II is a
conventional wide-angle focal length that’s loved by
landscape and architectural photographers.
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF-S
IS
USM
f/2.8
EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
IS
f/4
USM
f/5.6
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
IS
f/3.5
STM
f/5.6
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
IS
f/3.5
f/5.6
Photographed without using shift
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
IS
f/4
STM
f/5.6
EF (Fixed Focal Length)
EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
L
II
USM
f/2.8
EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
USM
f/2.8
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
Photographed using shift
IS
USM
f/2.8
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Entry-level Lens
Mid-level Lens
Professional Lens
24mm
40mm
85mm
135mm
300mm
800mm
Movies
Action
Details
FOCAL LENGTH
LENS
18mm
EF-M
Wide-angle lenses are essential for architectural
photography, but they can make the side of buildings
converge, so they appear to be falling over backwards.
Specialist architectural photographers use tilt-shift
(TS-E) lenses to overcome this problem.
APERTURE
People
FOCUS ON
TILT SHIFT
Life
ALSO
SUITABLE FOR
PLACES LENSES
18mm
ALSO
SUITABLE FOR
24mm
40mm
85mm
135mm
300mm
800mm
EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
IS
USM
L
f/4
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
L
II
USM
SWC
f/1.4
24mm
40mm
85mm
135mm
300mm
Movies
IS
f/3.5
USM
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
IS
USM
L
f/4
USM
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
IS
EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
f/4
USM
f/5.6
USM
EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
f/1.8
EF (Fixed Focal Length)
L
f/4
f/2.8
DO
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
IS
L
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
IS
USM
f/5.6
800mm
EF (Zoom)
18mm
Action
FOCAL LENGTH
Details
LENS
Life
APERTURE
People
EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
f/4.5
IS
USM
f/5.6
USM
f/2
TS-E 17mm f/4L
EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
L
L
USM
SWC
f/4
f/1.4
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
Tilt & Shift
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
STM
f/2.8
L
II
SWC
f/3.5
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
TS-E 45mm f/2.8
II
f/2.8
f/1.8
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
TS-E 90mm f/2.8
USM
f/2.8
f/1.4
EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
L
USM
Technologies
SWC
f/4
IS
IS
USM
Ultrasonic Motor
Lenses featuring a USM AF motor focus very quickly and in
near silence.
Detects ‘camera-shake’ movements that can cause blur in pictures
and corrects for this by moving a lens element to compensate.
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
L
USM
Image Stabilizer
f/4
EF (Zoom)
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
f/2.8
L
II
L
Hybrid IS
L-series
USM
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
f/4
L
STM
USM
L
Hybrid IS
USM
f/4
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
L
II
USM
SWC
Stepping Motor
DO
Diffractive Optics
Lenses incorporating DO technology offer high image quality and
a dramatically smaller and lighter design, great when portability
is important.
f/2.8
Entry-level Lens
Mid-level Lens
Professional Lens
SubWavelength Structure Coating
Inspired by the surface of a moth’s eye, this coating allows more
light to pass through to the image sensor with lower levels of flare
and ghosting.
Lenses using STM technology focus smoothly and quietly when
shooting video, and extremely quickly when capturing stills.
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
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Hybrid Image Stabilizer
Compensates for the two types of camera shake encountered in
macro photography: angular rotations and lateral shift movements.
Canon L-series lenses offer the highest levels of performance in
the range and are built to deliver professional-level image quality
and durability.
II
Lens version
III
Lenses are sometimes replaced with new and improved models
and have numerals after their name to indicate which version it is.
LIFE
One of the joys of photography is using your camera
to tell the stories of everyday life. There is beauty
in the simplest of subjects – reflections in a shop
window or someone you pass in the street. And once
you start looking for these shots, you’ll see them
everywhere.
Taking your camera with you everywhere means
you want lenses that are small, discreet and flexible
enough for all eventualities. Then it’s just a case of
finding your shots.
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
1/160 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 100
Shot by Patrick Harrison
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Life
READY FOR
ANYTHING
Find the right walkabout
lens for you.
ONE
FOR ALL
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
With a wider focal length range than
an 18-55mm, this is a great lens to
travel with.
Find your walkaround lens and you’ll never look back.
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
M
ost photographers have a
favourite lens that they’ll always
take with them when space is
limited – a tried and tested go-to lens for
all eventualities. The right lens for street
photography usually comes down to a
compromise between portability and
versatility. It should be small enough that
you can carry your camera comfortably
with you all day, yet with the flexibility
of varied focal lengths and the ability to
shoot in low-light conditions.
The EOS 100D and EF 40mm f/2.8
STM pancake lens make an excellent
combination for everyday documentary
photography. It’s small and discreet
enough to fit in your bag and its f/2.8
maximum aperture lets you keep
shooting when the light starts to fade.
Everyday life presents a myriad of
photography opportunities. Try to see
the mundane with fresh eyes. Look
for things that don’t initially seem
photogenic, such as washing on a
balcony, a dog waiting for its owner
or a greengrocer selling fruit.
If your EOS came with a standard
18-55mm zoom, you could use this
as your go-anywhere lens. They’re
lightweight and cover a useful range
of focal lengths. A more advanced and
versatile alternative is the EF-S 15-85mm
f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. It offers a wider angle
of view at the short end of the zoom and
more telephoto reach at the long end.
It’s perfect for shots on the go – Image
Stabilizer helps keep pictures sharp in
low light and USM auto focusing snaps
a scene into focus quickly and quietly.
Enhanced quality and a wide f/2.8
aperture at all zoom settings,
perfect for low-light work and
depth-of-field control.
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
A more portable 24-70mm standard
zoom lens that’s lighter than the f/2.8
version. The EF 24-70mm f/4L USM uses
an Image Stabilizer to guard against
camera shake.
If you shoot with an EOS-M, you already
have one of the most portable street
photography cameras available. Pair this
with an EF-M 22mm f/2 STM and you’ll
have an EOS that’s not much bigger than
a compact camera.
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
1/40 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 400
Shot by Patrick Harrison
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Life
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
3.2 sec @ f/9, ISO 400
© Ulla Lohmann. Canon Explorer
How to Shoot
in Low Light
F
ixed focal length lenses often have much larger apertures than zooms and this is a huge advantage
when shooting in low light conditions. By opening up a lens’ aperture to f/1.4, you let through four
times as much light as a zoom lens used at f/2.8. This is enough to take a shutter speed of 1/15sec
up to 1/60sec – fast enough to shoot hand-held without camera shake or subject movement spoiling the
sharpness of the image.
Documentary photographers tend to shoot with
wide-aperture prime lenses for this reason. Fixed focal
length lenses allow them to shoot using the ambient
light available, resulting in atmospheric pictures that
capture the mood of the occasion. Try to get in close to
your subject and fill the frame for a dramatic result.
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
A super wide-angle lens, with a huge aperture
to match. Popular with photojournalists
shooting close to their subject, this lens is
perfect for photographers who demand the
highest levels of performance.
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
A smaller wide-angle prime lens that uses an
Image Stabilizer to deliver sharp images in low
light conditions.
EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
A classic reportage lens used by photojournalists.
On a full-frame camera this offers a broader field
of view than a traditional 50mm lens, whilst
maintaining a natural perspective.
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM, 1/400 sec @ f/4, ISO 800 © Jeff Ascough. Canon Ambassador
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18mm
ALSO
SUITABLE FOR
LIFE LENSES
24mm
40mm
85mm
135mm
300mm
800mm
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
STM
EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
EF-M
IS
f/3.5
24mm
40mm
85mm
135mm
300mm
800mm
Movies
EF (Fixed Focal Length)
18mm
Action
FOCAL LENGTH
Details
LENS
Places
APERTURE
People
f/2.8
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
II
f/1.8
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
USM
f/1.4
STM
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
f/5.6
L
EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
USM
f/1.2
STM
f/2
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
L
EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
IS
f/3.5
USM
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
L
f/2.8
USM
EF-S
USM
f/5.6
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
IS
f/3.5
L
f/4
IS
USM
USM
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
L
Hybrid IS
USM
f/4
II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
f/5.6
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
f/3.5
EF (Zoom)
EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
IS
II
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
f/2.8
f/4
USM
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
f/5.6
IS
IS
f/4
L
II
USM
f/2.8
STM
EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
f/5.6
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
L
IS
USM
f/4
IS
f/3.5
f/5.6
Technologies
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
IS
USM
IS
f/2.8
EF (Fixed Focal Length)
L
II
USM
SWC
L
USM
f/2.8
EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
SWC
L-series
STM
USM
f/1.8
SubWavelength Structure Coating
Inspired by the surface of a moth’s eye, this coating allows more
light to pass through to the image sensor with lower levels of flare
and ghosting.
Canon L-series lenses offer the highest levels of performance in
the range and are built to deliver professional-level image quality
and durability.
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
IS
Hybrid Image Stabilizer
Compensates for the two types of camera shake encountered in
macro photography: angular rotations and lateral shift movements.
Detects ‘camera-shake’ movements that can cause blur in pictures,
and corrects for this by moving a lens element to compensate.
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
f/1.4
Hybrid IS
Image Stabilizer
Stepping Motor
II
Lens version
Lenses using STM technology focus smoothly and quietly when
shooting video, and extremely quickly when capturing stills.
III
Lenses are sometimes replaced with new and improved models
and have numerals after their name to indicate which version it is.
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
IS
USM
f/2
EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
L
USM
Ultrasonic Motor
Lenses featuring a USM AF motor focus very quickly and in
near silence.
USM
f/1.4
Entry-level Lens
46
Mid-level Lens
Professional Lens
47
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
1/3200sec @ f/4.5, ISO 100
ACTION
One of the great challenges of photography is how
to capture a world full of movement in a single static
image. You can use a long exposure to let parts of
a scene blur. Or you can freeze movement into the
briefest of moments, using very fast shutter speeds.
And then there’s every variation in between.
But it’s not just about selecting the right camera
settings. When you’re shooting sports, animals or
any fast-moving action, choosing the correct lens
for the job is crucial.
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Action
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
EXPLORING
THE URBAN
JUNGLE
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
CHOOSING THE
RIGHT BODY
Amazing wildlife shots are closer than you think.
B
ackyards, gardens and empty streets
are all havens for urban wildlife. You
might want to capture the moment a
heron lands on your bird table or a fox returns
from its nightly forage. Stunning wildlife
photography doesn’t always need an exotic
location. Everything you need to create a
spectacular shot is around the corner from
your home.
The first thing to consider is how close
you can get to your subject. If you’re
photographing birds in your back garden,
you won’t be able to get too near without
scaring them away. A telephoto zoom will
allow you to really close in on your subject
and fill the frame.
The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is a good
entry-level telephoto zoom – you’ll get plenty
of reach and high image quality. Used on an
APS-C camera, its focal length is equivalent
to 88-400mm on a full-frame EOS – enough
to fill the frame with fast-moving subjects
such as birds or squirrels. With built-in optical
Image Stabilizer technology, you can shoot
Photographers shooting with APS-C
sensor cameras can enjoy greater
telephoto reach than those shooting
with the same lens on a full-frame
camera. This is because the smaller
sensor crops the image by 1.6 times.
EF-S lenses, which are designed for use
only with APS-C cameras, are smaller,
lighter and often more affordable too.
handheld images at slower shutter speeds
than normal, without unintentional blur
from camera shake.
Preparation can help you get the shots you
want – put out food on a bird table or hang
a feeder from a tree which has good leaf
colour. You can also use your home as a
hide – if you shoot from an open window,
birds will be less likely to notice you.
Full-frame users can enjoy the benefits
of a larger sensor, which include greater
control over depth of field in order to
isolate a subject against an out-of-focus
background. Full-frame cameras also
let you take advantage of the full field of
view offered by the range of EF lenses.
Also look for cameras that can shoot
continuously at high frame rates – 7fps
in the case of the EOS 70D or 8fps for
the EOS 7D, and up to 14fps in the
professional EOS-1D X. Cameras that
have multiple autofocus points can
track subjects as they move quickly
around the frame.
If you want a bit more magnification, look
for a zoom that extends to 300mm, such as
the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. Used on a
full-frame camera, this will fill the viewfinder
with subjects from your garden or park. And
on an APS-C sensor camera it will give a view
equivalent to a 480mm lens, which takes you
even closer.
Further afield, look for juxtapositions
between man-made and natural worlds.
Unusual contrasts help keep images
interesting – a bird on a branch is expected,
a starlings’ young contrasting with neon or
concrete isn’t.
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, 1/3200 sec @ f/7.1 ISO 1250, © Brutus Östling. Canon Ambassador
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Action
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
1/2000 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 500
© Brutus Östling. Canon Ambassador
SAFARI SHOTS
Make the most of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for
shooting exotic wildlife.
W
hether you’re whale watching in Iceland,
orangutan spotting in Borneo or gorilla
tracking in Uganda, animal safaris are
one time when you need to be sure you have the
right kit for the job. But the right kit depends very
much on your level of experience as a photographer,
the subjects you will be photographing and how
much you want to spend.
If you’re planning the trip of a lifetime, consider
investing in some serious lenses. You’ll get better
image quality, bigger apertures (crucial when
shooting at fast shutter speeds) and quicker
autofocus. Lenses higher up the EF and EF-S
ranges use USM autofocus, which is super fast
and near silent.
BIG LENSES FOR BIG TRIPS
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
A 70-300mm zoom combines useful telephoto focal
lengths into just one lens – great when you need to travel
light. The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is ideal for those
starting out in photography, while the EF 70-300mm
f/4-5.6L IS USM uses L-series design and construction to
professional-level performance.
EF 100-400mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Providing even more reach, this versatile lens is popular
with photographers going on safari. Image Stabilizer
technology guards against camera shake.
EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
The 300mm prime lens is a good choice for those
wanting the best image quality from a telephoto lens.
The EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a classic choice for
professional wildlife photographers. The EF 300mm
f/4L IS USM offers the same magnification but is more
affordable. A smaller maximum aperture makes it smaller
and more portable.
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, 1/400 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 1000 © Joe Petersberger
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EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III, 1/400 sec @ f/6.3,
ISO 3200 © Brutus Östling. Canon Ambassador
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24mm
40mm
85mm
135mm
300mm
800mm
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
L
IS
II
USM
f/2.8
18mm
18mm
24mm
24mm
40mm
40mm
85mm
85mm
135mm
135mm
300mm
300mm
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EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
L
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
800mm
800mm
L
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
EF-S
IS
IS
f/4
STM
EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
EF (Zoom)
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
II
DO
f/4.5
L
III
f/5.6
f/4
EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
USM
III
f/4
f/4
IS
II
USM
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
SWC
f/2.8
f/4.5
f/5.6
EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
L
L
IS
USM
EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender
1.4x
USM
f/5.6
L
f/4
IS
USM
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM
DO
IS
USM
f/4
Extender EF 1.4x III
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
L
IS
II
USM
SWC
f/2.8
Extenders
EF (Fixed Focal Length)
USM
f/5.6
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
L
USM
EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
USM
f/2
IS
IS
f/5.6
EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
L
USM
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
USM
f/4
IS
IS
f/5.6
f/2.8
L
USM
f/5.6
f/5.6
L
USM
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
f/5.6
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
f/4
IS
f/4
IS
f/3.5
USM
f/4
Extender EF 2x III
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
L
IS
II
USM
SWC
USM
SWC
f/4
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
L
IS
II
f/4
EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
L
IS
USM
Technologies*
f/5.6
EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
L
f/3.5
IS
USM
f/5.6
IS
Image Stabilizer
USM
Ultrasonic Motor
DO
L
Diffractive Optics
L-series
STM
SWC
Stepping Motor
SubWavelength
Structure Coating
II
Lens version
III
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
L
USM
f/2.8
Entry-level Lens
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Mid-level Lens
Professional Lens
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DETAILS
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
1/250 sec @ f/9, ISO 400
© Joe Petersberger
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Discovering macro photography can open up a
whole new way of seeing the world. You might want
to capture the exquisite detail in the wing of a butterfly
or a flower bud. Or you might choose to get creative –
you can find the most stunning patterns and effects
by magnifying the surface of everyday objects. The
possibilities are endless.
Details
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, 1/50 sec @ f/5.6 ISO 800, Shot by Patrick Harrison
WHAT’S
COOKING?
How to use a macro lens for food photography.
F
ood photography is a great way of showing off
your talents – both culinary and photographic –
to the world. You might blog your pictures
and recipes or even be putting together your own
recipe book.
Macro lenses come in different focal lengths.
Those that are more telephoto in nature allow you
to stand further back from your subject, which can
be handy when photographing insects or other easily
scared wildlife.
Good food photography often focuses on details,
from the preparation of the raw ingredients to those
all-important finishing touches. Using a macro lens
to shoot a close-up of some peppercorns or a few
spices is highly evocative, and gives a great idea of
the flavour of your dish. True macro lenses magnify at
life size. This means the lens can reproduce an image
on your camera’s sensor at the same size it is in real
life – known as a 1:1 ratio.
The very shallow depth of field available when
shooting close-ups means you need to be accurate
and precise with focusing. But you can use shallow
focus to highlight just a few details, such as the
sprinkles on the top of a cupcake. For those shooting
with APS-C cameras, the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro
USM is a great choice, delivering superb image
quality and focusing down to just 20cm.
One of the 100mm macro lenses in the EF
range offers a similar shooting perspective for
full-frame users.
Lighting is another consideration when shooting
close up. Professional food photography makes use
of sophisticated flash lighting, but you can achieve
similar results using daylight from a window. Your
kitchen is a near-perfect location for a food shoot,
with worktops at an ideal height. Choose one with
a window to one side or behind or try using a large
piece of white card as a reflector to bounce light back
on to your subject. Blur from camera shake can be an
issue when shooting macro photography, but using
a tripod or a lens with an Image Stabilizer will help
ensure crisp images.
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
A versatile Macro lens offering superb
performance at any aperture, right
across the frame.
Designed exclusively for use on APS-C cameras,
where it gives a similar angle of view to a 96mm
macro lens on a full-frame camera. Excellent for
general macro photography and close-ups with
shallow depth of field.
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 1/200 sec @ f/14, ISO 160 © Gary Schmid. Canon Explorer
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Details
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
1/250 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 500
© Brutus Östling, Canon Ambassador
It may sound obvious, but make sure you don’t
get too close. Try shooting with a more telephoto
macro lens – you’ll get the same degree of
1:1 life-size magnification, but from a further
distance away. The EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro
USM is great for insect photography for this very
reason – and it’s suitable for both full-frame and
APS-C shooters. The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS
USM is also a good choice, though you’ll need to
get a little closer to fill the frame.
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, 1/1250 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 500
© Brutus Östling, Canon Ambassador
Such a large distance from your subject is not
as crucial when photographing still objects like
wild flowers or fungi. A more conventional macro
lens is also more lightweight and portable – try
one of the two 100mm macro lenses in the EF
range if you shoot on a full-frame camera; APS-C
photographers can get a similar angle of view
from the EF-S 60mm f2.8 Macro USM.
Blur due to camera shake is also magnified when
shooting with a macro lens and can rob you of
that biting sharpness that makes close-up photos
so evocative. Plus, the small apertures needed to
get reasonable depth of field often require long
shutter speeds. So try using a tripod to achieve
impeccably sharp close-up work.
TAKE A
CLOSER
LOOK
The natural world is teaming with life, from insects
and spiders to flowers, grasses and seeds. Patterns,
textures and details are everywhere. And you don’t
have to go far to find them – with a macro lens and a
keen eye, you’ll be amazed at what you can discover
in areas as familiar as your own back garden.
Much macroscopic wildlife is easily frightened off
by the presence of a photographer, but there are
a few ways to improve your success rate when
stalking insects, spiders and other such critters.
The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens also
features Hybrid Image Stabilizer technology,
which helps combat camera shake. Conventional
IS corrects for shake in two angular directions,
but Hybrid IS also detects and compensates
for lateral shift movements, which means you
can shoot handheld at longer shutter speeds.
This can be a huge advantage when working
quickly – you can recompose quickly to frame
that spectacular-looking butterfly.
EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
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24mm
40mm
85mm
135mm
300mm
800mm
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
L
Hybrid IS
USM
f/4
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
EF-S
EF (Zoom)
18mm
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Life
ALSO
SUITABLE FOR
DETAILS LENSES
Places
Shot on MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo, Shot by Nikola Rahmé. Focus stack of this sleeping wasp
found on late afternoon. 24 natural light shots taken at 3.9x magnification, combined in software, uncropped.
People
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USM
f/2.8
EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
f/2.5
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
USM
f/2.8
Macro
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EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
L
Hybrid IS
USM
f/2.8
EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
L
USM
f/3.5
MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo
f/2.8
Technologies
IS
USM
Image Stabilizer
Detects ‘camera-shake’ movements that can cause blur in pictures,
and corrects for this by moving a lens element to compensate.
L
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Macro Ring Lite & Twin Lite flashes
Extension Tubes
Extreme macro
These flashes are designed especially
for even lighting of close-up subjects.
They attach to the end of your camera’s
lens and surround a subject with light.
You can then vary the amount of light
coming from each side of the flash
to emphasize texture and introduce
shadow. You may need a Macro Lite
Adaptor to attach the flash to the end
of the lens.
Selected EF or EF-S lenses can be
made to focus more closely by using
an Extension Tube. The tube fits
between a lens and an EOS body
and contains no optical elements,
although it does maintain camera-lens
electrical connections.
The MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo
is a macro lens that starts where others
finish. It offers magnifications starting
from 1x to 5x life-size, for unbelievable
close-up views of a secret world.
Canon EF Extension Tubes are
available in lengths of 12mm and
25mm. Fitting the 25mm tube to
an EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
reduces the lens’ closest focusing
distance from 85cm to 26.6cm.
Ultrasonic Motor
Lenses featuring a USM AF motor focus very quickly and in
near silence.
L-series
Canon L-series lenses offer the highest levels of performance in
the range and are built to deliver professional-level image quality
and durability.
Hybrid IS
Hybrid Image Stabilizer
Compensates for the two types of camera shake encountered in
macro photography: angular rotations and lateral shift movements.
Entry-level Lens
Mid-level Lens
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Movies make a great addition to your photography –
particularly for special occasions such as birthdays,
parties, weddings or on holiday. You can use the
movie mode on any current EOS DSLR to capture
great quality Full-HD video clips. Or, if you want to
pursue movies to a professional level, the Cinema
EOS system and flagship EOS DSLRs can provide
everything you need to shoot cinema-quality films
and documentaries.
Shot by Karl Blackwell
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Movies
The secret to good movies is not to film one scene for
too long. Watch any professionally shot footage and
you’ll notice that each clip is very short. If your EOS
has Video Snapshot mode, use it to limit the length
of the clips captured to two, four or eight seconds.
The camera will then join the clips together for you
and let you edit their order, creating your own mini
movie, without you having to do a thing. You can
then watch it back either on the camera straight
away or at home, on your computer or HDTV.
DISCOVER MOVIES
Use your EOS to capture all the action.
It’s easy to start using your camera for movies – all the lenses in the EF and EF-S range can be used for
shooting moving footage. If your EOS features Hybrid AF or Dual Pixel CMOS AF, look for lenses with
STM technology. They’ll autofocus smoothly and quietly, so they won’t distract attention from what
you are filming. You can also use your EOS’s Movie Servo AF feature to help keep your subject looking
sharp – it will refocus to track objects as they move around the frame.
One thing to consider is camera shake – it can make
your videos look amateurish. Lenses with IS can
help keep things steady and some lenses in the
range include Dynamic IS for an even better result.
Another trick is to hold your camera close to your
body to steady it – if your EOS has a Vari-angle screen,
position it so you can compose your frame with the
camera held at chest or waist height. Experiment
and see what works best for you.
If you are choosing an EOS camera for the first
time, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens
is an affordable standard zoom lens suited to a
variety of subjects. You’ll get smooth, near silent
focusing when capturing video, plus swift and
accurate autofocus for stills. Or, if you’re looking
for something more flexible, the EF-S 18-135mm
f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is a great all-purpose zoom for the
photographer who wants to shoot stills and movies
from wide-angle or telephoto viewpoints. It’s the
perfect travelling companion for APS-C sensor EOS
cameras. Another option is the EF-S 55-250mm
f/4-5.6 IS STM, a portable telephoto lens that’s
great for filming closer to the action. Built-in image
stabilization helps keep your footage steady.
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to watch the EOS 700D sample movie.
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Movies
HOW TO
MAKE A
SHORT
FILM
C
anon EOS DSLRs have opened up the world of movie
making to everyone, from the amateur to the professional.
Cameras like the EOS 5D Mark II revolutionised the video
industry and enabled movies to be shot that would previously
have required specialised kit, a big budget and a crew of people.
The EOS 5D Mark III continues this legacy and every camera in
the EOS range can now capture Full-HD video.
Whatever your level, there are plenty of ways to get creative
with EOS movies. You could make a short documentary about a
passion in your life or tell the story of a well-known organisation
in your community. Or maybe you’d like to interview a relative
about stories from their past – something the whole family
will enjoy sharing.
Look at how big-budget TV dramas and Hollywood blockbusters
are filmed – can you borrow any technique that will give your
projects the same look and feel? A static, tripod-mounted
camera not only makes shooting easier, but also lends an elegant
look to video footage. Compose scenes like a still picture, then
let movement happen within the frame without moving the
camera to follow it.
All of the tips and tricks that you use for shooting still photos still
apply to movies. When people are talking to the camera, make
sure you have tight focus on their face, then use a large aperture
to blur the background behind them for emphasis. If your EOS
allows manual control in movie mode you can experiment with
different apertures and shutter speed settings. A wide-aperture
50mm or 85mm prime lens is superb for this job, as is the
telephoto end of a wide-aperture zoom lens, like the
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM or EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
USM for full-frame users.
Specialist lenses can also lend a unique look to DSLR
video. Try getting close to moving details with a
macro lens, like the EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, or
using a tilt-shift lens, like the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II to
create a shallow focus ‘miniature’ effect. You’ll be
amazed at what you can achieve.
CINEMA EOS
Cameras and lenses in the Cinema EOS system
are designed for professional cinematographers,
and offer superb tonal accuracy, brilliant colour
reproduction and up to 4K resolution. The compact,
modular design of the C100, C300 and C500
cameras means they can be used with any of the
lenses in the EF range, as well as with specially
designed Canon Cinema lenses.
Download the digital version of Explore EOS to read
our exclusive interview with Canon Ambassador
Richard Walch and watch the EOS 6D sample movie.
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18mm
ALSO
SUITABLE FOR
IS
f/4
24mm
24mm
40mm
40mm
85mm
85mm
135mm
135mm
300mm
300mm
Details
Action
Life
135mm
300mm
800mm
L
II
USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
L
IS
USM
II
f/2.8
800mm
800mm
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
L
Hybrid IS
USM
f/2.8
STM
f/5.6
Maximum relative aperture
EF-M
EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
IS
f/3.5
85mm
f/2.8
Macro
18mm
18mm
Places
FOCAL LENGTH
LENS
EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
People
APERTURE
40mm
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EF (Zoom)
MOVIES LENSES
24mm
STM
CN-E15.5-47mm T 2.8L S
f/5.6
L
1: 2.8
EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
STM
CN-E14.5-60mm T 2.6L S
f/2
L
1: 2.6
EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
IS
f/4.5
CN-E30-105mm T 2.8L S
STM
L
f/5.6
1: 2.8
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
IS
CN-E30-300mm T 2.95-3.7L S
USM
L
f/2.8
1: 2.95
1: 3.7
EF-S
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
IS
f/3.5
CN-E14mm T 3.1L F
STM
L
f/5.6
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
IS
f/3.5
STM
f/5.6
Cinema EOS
1: 3.1
CN-E24mm T 1.5L F
L
1: 1.5
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
IS
f/4
CN-E35mm T 1.5L F
STM
L
f/5.6
1: 1.5
CN-E50mm T 1.3L F
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
IS
L
USM
1: 1.3
f/2.8
CN-E85mm T 1.3L F
EF (Fixed Focal Length)
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
IS
L
USM
1: 1.3
f/2.8
CN-E135mm T 2.2L F
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
IS
L
USM
1: 2.2
f/2
CN7x17 KAS S/E1
17-120mm
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
STM
1: 2.95
f/2.8
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
USM
1: 3.9
Technologies*
L
II
L-series
III
Lens version
f/1.4
EF (Zoom)
IS
70
Image Stabilizer
USM
Ultrasonic Motor
STM
Stepping Motor
Hybrid IS
Hybrid Image Stabilizer
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
f/2.8
L
II
USM
Entry-level Lens
Mid-level Lens
Professional Lens
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