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Best Rated Canon EOS Prime (Fixed) Lenses – Comparison and Reviews 2016

April 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Canon DSLR Lenses, Digital SLR

Best Rated Canon SLR Prime Lenses Comparison & Reviews – This is a roundup of the best rated Canon EF prime lenses (also known as fixed focal length lenses). They come in Wide Angle, Standard (Normal), Macro, Telephoto, and Super Telephoto. Unlike zoom lenses, prime lenses are fixed at a specific focal length. Although zoom lenses are very versatile, the prime lens can give you less distortion, more clarity, and offer faster (lower f-stop) lenses. All Canon SLRs can use EF lenses and EF prime lenses. This includes EOS and Rebel Series. These lenses are offered at Deep Discount Prices from Amazon and other top rated vendors. Compare the lenses below by features and reviews. Also see our Canon EOS Zoom Lens Page.


Best Rated Canon EF and EF-S STM Lenses

Canon’s STM lenses have near silent Autofocus for taking video. The STM stands for Stepper Motor. They come as kit lenses with the latest APS-C DSLRs that have Full Time Autofocus. This includes the Canon T4i, T5i, T6i, 7D Mark II, 70D, and 80D

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Canon EF 22mm f/2 STM Lens
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EF 50mm
f/1.8 STM
E 24mm
f/2.8 STM
EF 40mm
f2.8 STM
EF 22mm
f/2 STM

Best Rated Canon Wide Angle Prime Lenses
(Comparison & Reviews 2016)

Canon EF 14mm f2.8L Lens Canon EF 20mm f2.8 Lens Canon EF 24mm f1.4L Lens Canon EF 28mm f1.8 Lens
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14mm
f2.8L II USM
Ultra Wide Angle Lens
20mm
f/2.8 USM
Ultra Wide Angle Lens
24mm
f/1.4 L USM II
Wide Angle Lens
28mm
f/1.8 USM
Wide Angle Lens

Best Rated Canon Wide and Standard Prime Lenses
(Comparison & Reviews 2016)

Canon EF 35mm Lens Canon EF 50mm Lens Canon EF 50mm Lens Canon EF 50mm Lens
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35mm
f/1.4L USM
Wide Angle Lens
50mm
f/1.8
Standard Lens
50mm
f/1.4 USM
Standard Lens
50mm
f/1.2L USM
Standard Lens

Best Rated Canon Macro Prime Lenses (closeup lenses)
(Comparison & Reviews 2016)

Canon EF 50mm Lens Canon EF-S 60mm Lens Canon EF 100mm Lens Canon EF 100mm Lens
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50mm
f/2.5
Macro Lens
60mm
f/2.8 Macro USM
Macro Lens
100mm
f/2.8 USM
Macro Lens
100mm
f/2.8L IS USM
Macro Lens

Best Rated Canon Medium Telephoto Prime Lenses
(Comparison & Reviews 2016)

Canon EF 85mm Lens Canon EF 85mm Lens Canon EF 100mm Lens Canon EF 135mm Lens
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85mm
f/1.8 USM
Medium Telephoto Lens
85mm
f1.2L II USM
Medium Telephoto Lens
100mm
f/2 USM
Medium Telephoto Lens
135mm
f/2L USM
Medium Telephoto Lens

Best Rated Canon Telephoto Prime Lenses
(Comparison & Reviews 2016)

Canon EF 200mm Lens Canon EF 200mm Lens Canon EF 300mm Lens Canon EF 300mm II Lens
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200mm
f/2.8L II USM
Telephoto Lens
200mm
f2L IS USM
Telephoto Lens
300mm
f/4L IS USM
Super Telephoto Lens
300mm
f/2.8L II IS USM
Super Telephoto Lens

Best Rated Canon Super Telephoto Prime Lenses
(Comparison & Reviews 2016)

Canon EF 400mm Lens Canon EF 400mm II Lens Canon EF 400mm II Lens Canon EF 500mm II Lens
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400mm
f/5.6L USM
Super Telephoto Lens
400mm
f/2.8L II IS USM
Super Telephoto Lens
400mm
f/4 II DO IS USM
Super Telephoto Lens
500mm
f/4L IS USM
Super Telephoto Lens

Best Rated Canon Super Telephoto + Fisheye Prime Lenses
(Comparison & Reviews 2016)

Canon EF 600mm Lens Canon EF 800mm Lens Sigma Canon 15mm Fisheye Lens Rockinon 8mm Fisheye Lens
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600mm
f/4L IS USM
Super Telephoto Lens
800mm
f/5.6L IS USM
Super Telephoto Lens
15mm
f/2.8
Fisheye Lens
8mm
f/3.5 HD
Fisheye Lens



Canon DSLR Lenses: Glossary of Terms

Canon EF-S Lenses = were specifically designed for Digital SLRs with APS-C sized imagers (not full frame). These include: Digital Rebels XT, XTi, XS, XSi, T1i, T2i, T3i, T4i and Canon EOS 7d, 7d Mark II, 20d, 30d, 40d, 50d, 60d and 70d. SLRs with APS-C size imagers have a conversion factor of 1.6 applied to the lens focal length.
APS-C Imager = This imager is smaller than a Full Frame imager. Lenses used on SLRs with APS-C imagers have a focal length about 1.6x that of full frame imagers. This means that the telephoto end of the lens will be greater. New digital lenses have been developed for these type of SLRs.
Full Frame Imager = This means that the imaging sensor is the same size as 35mm film. 35mm lenses will operate on these DSLRs with the same focal lengths as they do on 35mm film cameras.
IS = This denotes that this lens has built-in image stabilization to negate vibration and camera shake that can make pictures blurry. This is especially important with telephoto lenses where camera shake is magnified.
USM = This lens has an Ultrasonic Motor – This is a special type of motor within a modern autofocus canon lens that allows for extremely quick focus shifts with very little sound. (Non USM lenses can be slow and noisy).
Canon L Lens = If you see a capital “L” in the lens description (such as f4L, f4 L, f/2.8L for example) it signifies that this lens is part of the L Series which incorporates superior lens construction and USM for quiet, high-speed autofocusing. These are superior lenses.


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