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Canon EOS Prime (Fixed) Lenses – Comparision and Reviews

April 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Canon DSLR Lenses, Digital SLR

Canon SLR Prime Lenses – This is a roundup of 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 distoration, 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.

Canon Wide Angle Prime Lenses

Canon EF 14mm

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

Canon Wide and Standard Prime Lenses

Canon EF 35mm

Canon EF 50mm Canon EF 50mm Canon EF 50mm
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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

Canon Macro Prime Lenses (closeup lenses)

Canon EF 50mm Canon EF-S 60mm Canon EF 100mm Canon EF 100mm
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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

Canon Medium Telephoto Prime Lenses

Canon EF 85mm Canon EF 85mm Canon EF 135mm Canon EF 135mm
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85mm
f/1.8 USM
Medium Telephoto Lens
85mm
f1.2L II USM
Medium Telephoto Lens
135mm
f/2.8 with Softfocus
Medium Telephoto Lens
135mm
f/2L USM
Medium Telephoto Lens

Canon Telephoto Prime Lenses

Canon EF 200mm Canon EF 200mm Canon EF 300mm Canon EF 300mm
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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 IS USM
Super Telephoto Lens

Canon Super Telephoto Prime Lenses

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

Canon Super Telephoto + Fisheye Prime Lenses

Canon EF 600mm Canon EF 800mm Canon EF 15mm Sigma 10mm
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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
10mm
f/2.8 EX DC HSM
Fisheye Lens



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, 20d, 30d, 40d, 50d and 60d. 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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