Photography Notebook Photography Notebook: Lenses

With interchangeable lenses, you can capture a variety of views in photos. My goal in buying lenses is to cover the various focal lengths used in photography--ranging from ultra-wide angle to telephoto focal lengths. As I've gained more experience, I've gotten to know the focal lengths I use often, the performance of different kinds of lenses, and what works best for the kind of shots I like. This page covers lenses for my full frame camera. See a separate page specifically for the Rebel cameras and a separate page specifically for EF-S lenses used on the Rebel cameras.

Pictures with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens

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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens on the on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Photos Slideshow by Most Recent Comments This is the lens often sold with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body and thus can be considered the "kit" lens. It is perfect for so many types of photos. I use it more than any of my other lenses.

Its size is 83.5 x 107mm and weight is 670g.

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Pictures with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens

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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens on the on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Photos Slideshow by Most Recent Comments

Its size is 88.5 x 111.6mm and weight is 640g.

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Pictures with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Photos Slideshow by Most Recent Comments This is a telephoto lens. These pictures are without the extender (see below).

Its size is 76 x 172mm and weight is 760g. You can view these photos sorted by most interesting.

Pictures with the Canon Extender EF 2x III

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens with the Canon Extender EF 2x III on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Photos Slideshow by Most Recent Comments You can get a short piece of equipment that fits onto the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens which doubles its focal length. This is tricky to use--I will prove more notes here soon about the issues: with the extender on the lens, the autofocus doesn't work; the lens of course gets very heavy--I use a bracket that holds it on my tripod.

Its size is 72.0 x 52.7mm and weight is 325g.

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Pictures with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Photos Slideshow by Most Recent Comments This is a prime lens.

Its size is 85.4 x 65.5mm and weighs 545g. You can view these photos sorted by most interesting.

Pictures with the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens

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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Photos Slideshow by Most Recent Comments This is a prime lens. Its small size (68.2 x 22.8mm) and weight (130g) have earned its nickname as a "pancake" lens as well as the "shorty forty" lens. This small size and weight is an excellent way to lighten your load as a photographer and take more spontaneous photos. You can view these photos sorted by most interesting.
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