The entire Canon EF lens range

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kc1984
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The entire Canon EF lens range
Aug 8, 2011

Hi, just joined this forum a few days ago after a friend kept nagging me to join. Why? Because according to Canon Australia, I am one of only 3 people in Australia who owns the entire Canon EF lens range. That's right, I have every single lens in the current lineup. I also own the discontinued 50mm f1.0L. But never owned the 1200mm f5.6L (the only lens I have never owned).

My very first lens was the 28-105mm with the Canon EOS 5 in 1994. But when I bought the Canon EOS-1n the following year with the 85mm 1.2L, I developed an appreciation for Canon glass that spread like wildfire. It was only recently in 2009 when I bought the only lens in the EF range that I was missing, the 24mm f1.4L II that I finally had the complete line-up. I did it partly as a collector, not because I needed every single lens.

A friend has suggested to put all my lenses on display at a local camera meet here in Sydney. Allowing people to come and take a look and have a play with the entire Canon EF lens range. Will let you all know if this proceeds. Anyway, happy to help answer some of your lens questions, speaking from personal hands on experience with every lens in the current line-up.

And which is my favourite lens you might ask? My Top 5 would be:

1. 14mm f2.8L II
2. 135mm f2.0L
3. 85mm f1.2L II
4. 300mm f2.8L II
5. 50mm f1.4

Karl Gnter Wnsch
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So you're more sort of a collector, not user (n/t)
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That's amazing! Ate you 3 guys going to meet somewhere to share your experience? If so, it might be a good idea to hire some photographer to document it.

BTW, did you think of switching to Nikon? I mean, now, that there is no much more sense for you to stick with Canon.

I also apreciate your excitement about 300f2.8 L IS II. Overall great post. Thanks a lot.
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In reply to Karl Gnter Wnsch, Aug 8, 2011

No, I definitely make use of each lens, on a sort of rotational basis. For example, last weekend, I was out with the 14mm f2.8L II, the TS-E 24mm f3.5L II, and the 50mm 1.2L, doing exterior and interior shots of historic buildings. The previous week was spent with the 24mm f1.4L II, the 35mm f1.4L, and the 28mm f1.8. Being a collector was a driving force to get the entire range, but they don't sit around collecting dust.

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Wow ...

I tried the 14/2.8 II and 16-35/2.8 II and was not satisfied. I'm still waiting for a good Canon solution and will go Tokina if there's nothing coming up in the near future. (Use the Samyang 14mm right now that is much sharper than the Canon, though distortion needs some pp.)

What are the worst five lenses in the line up?

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In reply to verybiglebowski, Aug 8, 2011

I don't know who the other 2 people are that also own the entire EF range. They might be magazines, not individuals? But I like your idea, perhaps Canon can put the 3 of us in touch?

Switching to Nikon? No, already spent far too much money on Canon, however, I am really keen to try the Nikon 14-24mm. It appears to be something very special and is supposed to be better than my beloved 14mm f2.8L II from Canon.

Let me tell you, that you don't need to spend a lot of money on glass. There are some cracker lenses by Canon that are very cheap! The 35mm f2.0 can almost match the Canon 35mm f1.4L. And at f5.6, the 50mm f1.4 is as sharp as you can get. The 85mm f1.8 maintains terrific centre sharpness at all apertures and focuses faster than the big sister 85mm 1.2L II, but the big sister has better BOKEH. The 300mm f2.8L II is probably the greatest lens Canon have ever made. Image quality is flawless, better than the legendary 200mm 1.8L from years gone by.

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In reply to buellom, Aug 8, 2011

The worst 5 lenses? Not sure I want to confess this, don't want to upset owners of those lenses. Oh well, here we go then.....

I wouldn't say these are the worst, but more they are my biggest disappointments.....

1. 75-300mm f4 - 5.6 III @ 75mm
2. 100 -300 f4.5 - 5.6 USM @ 300mm
3. 50mm 1.2L - expected so much more, performance is average.
4. EF-S 18-135mm f3.5 - 5.6 IS

5. 28mm f2.8 - I'd give this away for free, but then I would no longer own the entire EF range.

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i was going to ask why the 50 1.4 above the 1.2, i like that you have a reasonable priced consumer prime in your top 5

so you're not saying the 50 1.2 is actually worse than the 1.4, it's just that it didn't live up to expectation?

I would love to have a go with all those lenses if just the once!

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How is the 300 2.8 IS II better than the 200 2 IS?

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Earlier this year, I spent a day with the 50mm 1.0L, 50mm 1.2L, 50mm 1.4 and 50mm 1.8. I love 50mm primes. Often my walkaround lens. The 1.4 was the sharpest of the bunch. The 1.2L had the best colour and contrast. The 1.8 which is so very cheap, was just half a step behind the 1.4. Great little lens. The rare and expensive 1.0L, comes in last place. It's not bad, it's just that the other 3 are better. Shooting at 1.0 is very usable and a privilege to do so.

The 300mm f2.8L II was better than the 200mm f2.0L when I used them both at an indoor karate grading event. I'm splitting hairs here, they are both fantastic. Razor sharp wide open, colour and contrast 10/10. My results showed the 300mm to be slightly better at 2.8 than the 200mm was at 2.0 and 2.8. But at 4.0, they are even. The 135mm f2.0L was a close third, just a bit short in the reach.

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Glad to hear it . Some things are meant for collecting - lenses are not in that class .

I have a weird set , but each was bought for a reason . A few have not seen use in a couple of years , but nice to know they are there .
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An impressive achievement - and not seen very often world-wide I'm sure

How about a picture of the collection to rival the official one Canon always use on ads

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kc1984 wrote:

Hi, just joined this forum a few days ago after a friend kept nagging me to join. Why? Because according to Canon Australia, I am one of only 3 people in Australia who owns the entire Canon EF lens range.

Pardon my curiosity, but why in the world would you do this?

Thanks,

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Since you have the EF lineup covered, I'm curious to know which bodies you currently have?
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So you have the 70-200 f4 Non IS
And the
70-200 f4 IS
And the
70-200 f2.8 non IS
And the
70-200 f2.8 IS II
And the
70-300 IS USM
And the
70-300 L
And the
75-300 III
And the
75-300 USM III
And the 100-400 L

Yeah that makes sense. I'm sure you rotate all of those on a regular basis too.

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kc1984 wrote:

Switching to Nikon? No, already spent far too much money on Canon, however, I am really keen to try the Nikon 14-24mm. It appears to be something very special and is supposed to be better than my beloved 14mm f2.8L II from Canon.

I've had the opportunity to shoot with one of these on a friend's D3s. It's an outstanding lens.

C'mon Canon, give us one of those!

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Collecting lenses makes no sense? really? people collect fountain pens, dolls, clocks and watches, whatever. Lenses generally hold their value very well over time, have a utility, and most are different enough to worth having. Not that I would own every lens in the line up (mainly really cheap poor optics lenses like the 75-300).
My question is, how do you feel the 70-300L compares to the 100-400L?

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Do you own all the EF-S lenses too?

You should seriously do some sort of testing that isn't already covered by one of the other lens review sites. Maybe auto focus speed or sharpness at a distance.
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When I win the lottery, I will join that club.

Every time I am ready to buy a new lens, the price goes up, and I have to keep saving.

And yes, I shoot pictures with ALL my lenses.

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In reply to harrygilbert, Aug 8, 2011

Hi Kc1984,

You stated that the 300L F/2.8 IS II was better than the 200L F/2.0 IS which is surprising to me as I had no idea that the 300 F/2.8 IS II was in production and for sale.

You are prepared I guess to buy all of Canon's newer Telephoto lenses once they are available for sale.
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