Starting with Canon Lenses and below Canon 5D Mark III.
The first digital Canon I picked up was the 20D for documenting vehicle accidents and crime scenes and over the years a few other models include 400D, 5D and 5D Mark III. I have always preferred the pro lenses with the red ring and to this day have kept the original 24-105mm F4 which is maybe a little long in the tooth. The interesting thing is with newer lens releases the 24-105mm seams quite noisy with the internal stabilisation. 24-105mm still produces beautiful photographs if you decided to join the Canon brand either with a crop sensor Camera like the 80D or full frame like the 5D Mark III Its one lens I would recommend to start off with.
[•] Canon 8-15mm F4 Fisheye Lens
When you first unbox this lens you will notice upon removing the lens cap (Canon carefully packaged the lens with fabric to protect the front element) You will find with the design that when you go to put the lens cap back on it will not fix securely.
To solve the problem buy some velcro tape and use the soft side and cut two 1cm squares and stick them to the inside of the lens cap. This will make the lens cap a snug fit when you put lens cap back on. (Problem Solved but Canon should check their quality control for the amount of money people spend to get this lens)
The Canon 8-15mm F4 L is a unique lens for the unbelievable angle of view and crazy distortion it produces.. It is perfect for being creative and a must for photographers that want to shoot spherical panoramics. The reason why it is so successful for panoramics is that you reduce the amount of photographs you will need to take. The less photographs taken between shots for example on a windy day can determine if the sky and clouds will match up. On the 15mm index you can take 8 photographs in a 360 degree turn which comes in very handy.
The reason to choose this lens is the possibility of being the most creative compared to all the EOS lenses available. It is a fun lens and helps create unique one of a kind looks to photographs. Friends will love having their portrait taken and will make their face look funny.
Not the cheapest fisheye in comparison to other DSLR camera brands but it performs as one of the better performers.
Final conclusion and main reason for purchase of this lens would be for creating spherical panoramics. Excellent for location shots created with multiple images taken on a tripod and panoramic head then stitched together on PC with Software like PTGui and Photoshop. Websites such as http://www.360cities.net/ are great for showing this in interactive form. Here is a completed example https://www.360cities.net/image/sea-cliff-bridge-nsw-australia
The 8-15mm does offer many options in expanding anyone’s photography skills. It will keep you very busy if you enjoy shooting outdoors and multiple locations and even better when you get to share the experience with older loved ones that are confined to the indoors.
[•] Canon 16- 35mm F2.8 USM II Wide Angle Lens
I think most people bypass this Lens and go for the 17-40mm mostly on price… but seriously consider this lens and collect all your coins from the money box as its perfect for landscapes & weddings. It gives a wide open feel to an image. 35mm focal length is great for street photography and at 16mm even nicer for that wide open landscape shot.
The 16-35mm F2.8L is an excellent wide angle zoom for landscapes and general photography. The lens really exceeds as a wide because the open aperture of F2.8 allows for plenty of light.
The lens is a chameleon with each focal length changing quickly to adapt to different photographic needs and excels in at Landscapes at 16mm, Photojournalism at 28mm and Street photography at 35mm.
Wedding photographers would call this lens a secret weapon.
[•] Canon 24-105mm F4 USM V1
Canon EOS 24-105mm F4L is a lens that should be talked about. Will last on average between 5-7 years until the aperture unit will fail with a reading error on camera “Error01”. Cost of repair $460 and will take about 1 month to be returned. On a brighter note the 24-105mm is a good all rounder lens perfect for 99% of your photography. Other benefits are for video use if your an avid video blogger.
Prone to vignetting around the corner edges and will have to resort to using photoshop for correction. 24-105mm is nicely combined with a 70-200mm lens with the only draw card being the weight which does add up.
Conclusion the lens is perfect for anyone starting with a full frame DSLR and can’t go wrong with the really nice images it produces with that signature L glass.
[•] Canon 50mm F1.2L USM
The infamous Canon 50mm F1.2L. Probably the most talked about lens in the Canon line up. Folks argue about the sharpness at F1.2 which can be hit and miss but this can be with most lenses when opened up to the aperture value of F1.2.
Overall it is a nice performer and does compete with many others in the 1.2 category. You often hear the Nikon photographer often ask Nikon for a 1.2 version. Lucky for us Canon shooters 😉 The 50mm has the advantages of electronic focusing over Nikon and Leica and works best on full frame. The strength in the lens used as a really nice portrait lens for any professional you will see many wedding photographers shoot with this 50mm.
50mm 1.2L has a monster feel about it in terms of build quality and finish. When it comes to photography it excels in producing a fine depth of field and stunning bokeh. It is one lens I can recommend for professionals or the photographer that’s prepared to spend a little extra to add quality to their camera bag.
Having or owning a 50mm is a must have even if you get the other versions of F1.4 or F1.8 you cannot go wrong. Probably the most talked about lens in the Canon line up from some of the previous points compared to Nikon and Leica.
The beauty of a 50mm lens is what you see and photograph is equivalent to the human eye. The lens will help you shoot in low light situations if your the type of photographer that ventures out at nights to see a local band or late night function.
I could of easily chosen the Sigma equivalent to save some money but in the long term have always felt we should match the brand of lens with the brand of camera.
Conclusion I honestly prefer the 50mm for product photography and feel its strength lies in its focal length especially when you photograph anything through the viewfinder you see what you get with all captures. Everything feels proportional and should be considered as a must have starter lens.
[•] Canon 70-200mm F2.8 V1
The original canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS really set the benchmark when it hit the scene. Unfortunately this lens becomes quite cumbersome with its weight but the good thing is that’s its a pretty sharp lens that produces dynamic and beautiful results.Great if you want to start modelling photography or photography of people, kids or animals as it is super fast and gives you ample distance between your subjects.Would or should you get this lens or the 2nd generation? Well of course you would and put your hand up for this Lens and say “Please Sir I want some more” …(Dam Oliver Twist) ” Please Sir can I have this Lens”This Lens will produce award winning photos and not have you invading people’ personal space.
Price wise you either have to wait for a tax return or get a second job to pay for it. I personally had to sell my left kidney and pinky toe but it was worth it. But now with the newer version out I might have to sell my other kidney to upgrade to the newer version.
The main reason for this choice is the combination of teaming it up with a 24-105mm f4 for travelling.
[•] Canon Series Lens’s Line-up Overall Review
When I started photography my first Pro series lens in the Canon lineup was the 24-105mm F4L which really started my Lens collection.
Next to follow in the line up was the infamous 70-200mm F2.8L and even though a series’ II has superseded this one it is still an excellent lens and perfectly combined with the 24-105mm as a travel companion.
Later on after saving and skimping I bought the 16-35mm F2.8L and this is an excellent wide angle zoom for landscapes and general photography as the 35mm really exceeds especially with the aid open aperture at F2.8 and great for street photography.
Last but not least in this bad arse criminal line up is the beautiful 50mm 1.2L which is a monster when it comes to producing a fine depth of field and stunning bokeh. It is one lens I can recommend as everyone that gets into photography needs a 50mm.
[•] Canon 5D Mark III Camera
Still a favourite work horse of a camera with excellent dynamic range any professional would be still happy to shoot with for weddings or sports. Might be a little long in the tooth but is no slouch. Mirrorless camera’s would easily distract someone from getting this camera but don’t forget that the colours out of this camera are superb. Over the years I have always taken the photographs in RAW and done minimal adjustment to the image. The images speak for themselves and the number one reason why I will always keep a 5D close at hand.
As Canon released the uncompressed HDMI video output firmware update for uncompressed HD output to an external recorder. The 5D Mark III feels lacklustre with little improvement to external recording… ProRes video codec is nice but whats the use if its not much better than the internal compressed video to the SD or CF card.
Canon why not produce 10bit 4:2:2 for Professionals with the 5DIII. Magic Lantern seem to be giving a bit of a shake up with .DNG files exporting with interesting test results especially in Dynamic Range and image quality..
These type of hacking developments imply Canon are crippling their cameras with software with deliberate limitations.. Is this done to protect their cinema line C100, C300 and C500?
5DIII has been proven to be a fantastic camera for product photography. Time and time again can produce excellent results even equipped with the 430EXII flash for studio work.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III – Key features:
22.3 Megapixel full-frame sensor
Up to 6fps continuous shooting
Native ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity
Full HD video with manual control
14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor
Enhanced Weather sealing
8.11cm (3.2-inch) 1,040,000-dot screen
HDR mode with presets
Canon do reign as king in the world of auto-focus in a DSLR. Perfect for sports shooting and I can’t fault the brand in this field of work.
Last but not least it would be nice to see .H265 Video codec introduced to the Canon DSLR’s as soon as possible.
After using this camera since day one release I believe the DSLR is going the be replaced by mirrorless. I do prefer to photograph studio work with an optical viewfinder in low light. I have kept this camera when many others have sold theirs to do the switch which is quite popular on YouTube these days. The photographer now wants a lighter camera and that means lighter lenses but the new RF release is not a good sign for Canon. IBIS will be placed into the future camera’s and it won’t surprise me that lenses are reduced in both cost of production and size to accommodate the mirrorless direction.
Above photograph a perfect example of 5DIII with 24-105mm F4L capable of studio work with Elinchrom flash setup.
Overall rating for the 5DIII is 8.5 out of 10.
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