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Canon EF lens releases

The extensive line of high quality lenses has been at the core of Canon's DSLR system. EF-mount glass caters to the whole spectrum of photographers, from the casual shooter to the professional, and Canon has been developing its lens offerings and updating existing optics on a regular basis. Unlike some other camera manufacturers, the company does not publish a roadmap of upcoming lens releases, but based on industry news and rumors, we can expect a number of new DSLR lenses for the EF-mount over the coming months.

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So what is in the pipeline or rumored in terms of lens releases? Given that the EF lens catalog is rather complete, the focus of Canon has been on updating and modernizing existing lenses. Focusing motors that are fast and provide smooth and quiet AF for video applications, more effective optical image stabilization, and better lens coatings to reduce flare have thereby been at the forefront of the innovations. Some recently released optics have, however, also seen a fundamental re-design of their optical formulas or are, indeed, entirely new lenses. The listing below acts as a roadmap of recent and upcoming lens launches, and the subsequent table-listing makes it possible to compare the headline specifications of the new optics with existing lenses in the EF-lineup.

New Lenses for Canon EF

Sep 2018

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM

canon ef 400mm 28 iii
  • Tele-photo Prime for Full Frame
  • USM autofocus
  • Aperture range: f/2.8 - 32
  • Aperture blades: 9, rounded
  • Construction: 17 elements in 13 groups
  • Filters: rear
  • Dimensions: 343 x 163 mm (14.0 x 6.7")
  • Weight: 2,840 g (100.2 oz)
  • Launch Price: $11,999
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
Sep 2018

Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L IS III USM

canon ef 600mm 40 iii
  • Tele-photo Prime for Full Frame
  • USM autofocus
  • Aperture range: f/4 - 32
  • Aperture blades: 9, rounded
  • Construction: 17 elements in 13 groups
  • Filters: rear
  • Dimensions: 448 x 168 mm (18.3 x 6.9")
  • Weight: 3,050 g (107.6 oz)
  • Launch Price: $12,999
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
Aug 2018

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2

tamron 15 30mm 28 vc usd g2
  • Wide-angle Zoom for Full Frame
  • USD autofocus
  • Aperture range: f/2.8 - 22
  • Aperture blades: 9, rounded
  • Construction: 18 elements in 13 groups
  • Filters: none
  • Dimensions: 145 x 98 mm (5.9 x 4.0")
  • Weight: 1,110 g (39.2 oz)
  • Launch Price: $1,299
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
Aug 2018

Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD

tamron 17 35mm 28 40 osd
  • Wide-angle Zoom for Full Frame
  • Autofocus operation
  • Aperture range: f/2.8 - 16 / 22
  • Aperture blades: 7, rounded
  • Construction: 15 elements in 10 groups
  • Filter size: 77
  • Dimensions: 93 x 84 mm (3.8 x 3.4")
  • Weight: 460 g (16.2 oz)
  • Launch Price: $599
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
Jun 2018

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM

canon ef 70 200mm 28 is iii
  • Tele-photo Zoom for Full Frame
  • USM autofocus
  • Aperture range: f/2.8 - 32
  • Aperture blades: 8
  • Construction: 23 elements in 12 groups
  • Filter size: 77
  • Dimensions: 199 x 89 mm (8.1 x 3.6")
  • Weight: 1,480 g (52.2 oz)
  • Launch Price: $2,099
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
Jun 2018

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM

canon ef 70 200mm 40 is ii
  • Tele-photo Zoom for Full Frame
  • USM autofocus
  • Aperture range: f/4.0 - 32
  • Aperture blades: 9
  • Construction: 20 elements in 15 groups
  • Filter size: 72
  • Dimensions: 176 x 80 mm (7.2 x 3.3")
  • Weight: 780 g (27.5 oz)
  • Launch Price: $1,299
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
Apr 2018

Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro

venus laowa 25mm 28
  • Macro Prime for Full Frame
  • Manual focus operation
  • Aperture range: f/2.8 - 16
  • Aperture blades: 8
  • Construction: 8 elements in 6 groups
  • Filters: none
  • Dimensions: 65 x 82 mm (2.7 x 3.3")
  • Weight: 400 g (14.1 oz)
  • Launch Price: $399
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
Apr 2018

Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro

venus laowa 100mm 28 macro
  • Macro Prime for Full Frame
  • Manual focus operation
  • Aperture range: f/2.8 -
  • Aperture blades: 9
  • Construction: 12 elements in 10 groups
  • Filter size: 67
  • Dimensions: 125 x 72 mm (5.1 x 2.9")
  • Weight: 638 g (22.5 oz)
  • Launch Price: $449
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
Feb 2018

Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4

tokina opera 50mm 14
  • Standard Prime for Full Frame
  • Autofocus operation
  • Aperture range: f/1.4 - 16
  • Aperture blades: 9, rounded
  • Construction: 15 elements in 9 groups
  • Filter size: 72
  • Dimensions: 108 x 80 mm (4.4 x 3.3")
  • Weight: 950 g (33.5 oz)
  • Launch Price: $949
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
Feb 2018

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

sigma 105mm 14
  • Tele-photo Prime for Full Frame
  • Autofocus operation
  • Aperture range: f/1.4 - 16
  • Aperture blades: 9, rounded
  • Construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
  • Filter size: 105
  • Dimensions: 132 x 116 mm (5.4 x 4.7")
  • Weight: 1,645 g (58.0 oz)
  • Launch Price: $1,599
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon

Canon EF-mount lenses

The tables below provide a listing of Canon EF and EF-S lenses with their main specifications and prices at the time of their launch. The list covers Canon's current lens catalog, as well as discontinued optics. The listed prices are not adjusted for inflation, so that older lenses may appear relatively cheap in nominal terms and might have been subject to subsequent price increases.

The list contains both EF lenses, which can be used on both full frame and APS-C cameras, and EF-S lenses, which are especially designed for APS-C. The EF-S optics have a format factor of 1.6, so that a 50mm focal length will give the same angle of view as an 80mm lens on full frame. EF-S lenses do not cover the entire area of a full frame sensor and have rear elements that are closer to the camera's sensor to make more compact lens design possible. In order to prevent damage to the lens or the camera's mirror, EF-S lenses have a tab on the lens mount that prevents them from being mounted on full frame bodies.

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Canon DSLR Lenses
#  Lens
Designation
Focus
System
(type)
Filter
Type
(size)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Lens
Dimensions
(dia x len)
Lens
Weight
(net)
Product
Launch
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
1
 
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USMUSMrearY79 x 83 mm540 g20101,249i
2
 
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STMUSM67n75 x 72 mm240 g2014299i
3
 
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USMUSM77n84 x 90 mm385 g2004799i
4
 
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USMUSMrearY108 x 132 mm1,180 g20152,999i
5
 
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USMUSMrearY77 x 89 mm560 g19912,199i
6
 
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USMUSMrearY80 x 94 mm645 g20072,199i
7
 
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 FisheyeAFrearn73 x 62 mm330 g1987699i
8
 
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USMUSM72n82 x 88 mm575 g2009799i
9
 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USMUSM77Y84 x 103 mm600 g20011,499i
10
 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USMUSM82Y89 x 112 mm635 g20071,599i
11
 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USMUSM82Y89 x 128 mm790 g20162,199i
12
 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USMUSM77Y83 x 113 mm615 g20141,199i
13
 
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4LMFnY89 x 107 mm820 g20092,149i
14
 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USMUSM77Y84 x 97 mm500 g2003799i
15
 
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USMUSM77n84 x 111 mm645 g20061,149i
16
 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USMUSM67n79 x 92 mm475 g2004599i
17
 
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AF58n69 x 80 mm190 g2003199i
18
 
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IIAF58n69 x 80 mm190 g2005199i
19
 
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ISAF58n69 x 70 mm200 g2007199i
20
 
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS IIAF58n69 x 70 mm200 g2011249i
21
 
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STMSTM58n69 x 75 mm205 g2013249i
22
 
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STMSTM58n67 x 62 mm215 g2017249i
23
 
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ISAF67n75 x 101 mm455 g2009499i
24
 
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STMSTM67n77 x 96 mm480 g2012549i
25
 
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USMUSM67n77 x 96 mm515 g2016599i
26
 
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ISAF72n79 x 102 mm595 g2008699i
27
 
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USMUSM72n77 x 71 mm405 g1992539i
28
 
Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8LAF72n89 x 79 mm570 g19891,199i
29
 
Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USMUSM77n83 x 69 mm340 g1993449i
30
 
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USMUSM77Y83 x 77 mm550 g19971,349i
31
 
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USMUSM77Y94 x 87 mm650 g20081,549i
32
 
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8AF58n67 x 48 mm270 g1988349i
33
 
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USMUSM58n68 x 56 mm280 g2012599i
34
 
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STMSTM52n68 x 23 mm125 g2014149i
35
 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5LMF72Y86 x 78 mm570 g19911,349i
36
 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L IIMF82Y89 x 106 mm790 g20091,899i
37
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USMUSM77Y83 x 124 mm950 g20022,099i
38
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USMUSM82Y89 x 113 mm805 g20121,899i
39
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USMUSM77Y83 x 93 mm600 g20121,499i
40
 
Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USMUSM67n73 x 69 mm380 g1996399i
41
 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STMSTM77n83 x 104 mm525 g2014599i
42
 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USMUSM77Y84 x 107 mm670 g2005999i
43
 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM IIUSM77Y84 x 118 mm795 g20161,099i
44
 
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USMUSM58n74 x 56 mm310 g1995449i
45
 
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8AF52n67 x 42 mm185 g1987249i
46
 
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USMUSM58n68 x 52 mm260 g2012549i
47
 
Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USMUSM77Y84 x 117 mm862 g19931,299i
48
 
Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USMUSM58n72 x 77 mm330 g1991149i
49
 
Canon EF 28-90mm F4-5.6 USMUSM58n70 x 71 mm201 g2000249i
50
 
Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USMUSM58n72 x 75 mm375 g2000539i
51
 
Canon EF 28-105mm f/4.0-5.6 USMUSM58n72 x 75 mm375 g1992499i
52
 
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USMUSM72n78 x 97 mm540 g1998499i
53
 
Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USMUSM72n78 x 90 mm500 g2000799i
54
 
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USMUSM77Y92 x 184 mm1,670 g20042,499i
55
 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USMUSM72Y79 x 86 mm580 g19981,399i
56
 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USMUSM72Y80 x 106 mm760 g20151,799i
57
 
Canon EF 35mm f/2.0AF52n67 x 42 mm210 g1990299i
58
 
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USMUSM67n78 x 63 mm335 g2012849i
59
 
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STMSTM49n69 x 56 mm190 g2017349i
60
 
Canon EF 35-80mm f/4.0-5.6AF52n69 x 61 mm180 g1990129i
61
 
Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USMUSM72Y85 x 167 mm1,385 g19931,799i
62
 
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STMSTM52n68 x 22 mm130 g2012199i
63
 
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8MF72n90 x 81 mm645 g19911,349i
64
 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USMUSM72Y91 x 81 mm985 g19892,599i
65
 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USMUSM72Y86 x 66 mm580 g20061,599i
66
 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USMUSM58n74 x 50 mm290 g1993349i
67
 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8AF52n67 x 42 mm190 g1987149i
68
 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 IIAF52n68 x 41 mm130 g199099i
69
 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STMSTM49n69 x 39 mm159 g2015129i
70
 
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 MacroAF58n74 x 50 mm290 g1993329i
71
 
Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro Tilt-ShiftMF77n87 x 115 mm945 g20172,199i
72
 
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USMUSM52n70 x 97 mm310 g1998179i
73
 
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 ISAF58n70 x 108 mm390 g2007349i
74
 
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS IIAF58n70 x 108 mm390 g2011349i
75
 
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STMSTM58n70 x 111 mm375 g2013349i
76
 
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USMUSM52n73 x 70 mm335 g2005469i
77
 
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.5 1-5x MacroMF58n81 x 98 mm710 g19991,099i
78
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USMUSM77Y85 x 194 mm1,310 g19951,349i
79
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USMUSM77Y86 x 197 mm1,570 g20011,699i
80
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USMUSM77Y89 x 199 mm1,490 g20101,999i
81
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USMUSM77Y89 x 199 mm1,480 g20182,099i
82
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USMUSM67Y76 x 172 mm710 g1999799i
83
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USMUSM67Y76 x 172 mm760 g20061,249i
84
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USMUSM72Y80 x 176 mm780 g20181,299i
85
 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USMUSM67n79 x 145 mm708 g2016549i
86
 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USMUSM58n77 x 143 mm630 g2005649i
87
 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USMUSM67Y89 x 143 mm1,050 g20101,349i
88
 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USMUSM58n82 x 100 mm720 g20041,299i
89
 
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USMUSM58n78 x 138 mm650 g1995479i
90
 
Canon EF 80-200mm f2.8 L AF72Y84 x 186 mm1,330 g19891,299i
91
 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USMUSM72Y91 x 84 mm1,025 g19871,849i
92
 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USMUSM72Y91 x 84 mm1,025 g20061,999i
93
 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USMUSM77Y89 x 105 mm950 g20171,599i
94
 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USMUSM58n75 x 71 mm425 g1992399i
95
 
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8MF58n88 x 74 mm565 g19911,299i
96
 
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro Tilt-ShiftMF77n87 x 117 mm915 g20172,199i
97
 
Canon EF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USMUSM58n71 x 115 mm420 g2002199i
98
 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USMUSM58n75 x 73 mm460 g1991449i
99
 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USMUSM58n79 x 119 mm600 g2000599i
100
 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USMUSM67Y78 x 123 mm625 g20091,049i
101
 
Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USMUSM58n73 x 121 mm540 g1990299i
102
 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USMUSM77n92 x 189 mm1,360 g19981,699i
103
 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USMUSM77Y94 x 193 mm1,570 g20142,199i
104
 
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USMUSM72Y83 x 112 mm750 g1996999i
105
 
Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 SFAF52n69 x 98 mm390 g1987399i
106
 
Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Tilt-ShiftMF82n89 x 139 mm1,100 g20172,199i
107
 
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USMUSM72Y82 x 187 mm1,090 g19961,399i
108
 
Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USMUSMrearY130 x 208 mm3,000 g19883,495i
109
 
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USMUSMrearY128 x 208 mm2,520 g20085,699i
110
 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L USMUSM72Y83 x 136 mm790 g1991699i
111
 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USMUSM72Y83 x 136 mm765 g1996749i
112
 
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4xUSMrearY128 x 366 mm3,620 g201311,999i
113
 
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USMUSMrearY128 x 252 mm2,550 g19995,399i
114
 
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USMUSMrearY128 x 249 mm2,400 g20106,099i
115
 
Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USMUSM77Y90 x 221 mm1,190 g19971,499i
116
 
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USMUSMrearY163 x 349 mm5,370 g19997,999i
117
 
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USMUSMrearY163 x 343 mm3,850 g20109,999i
118
 
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USMUSMrearY163 x 343 mm2,840 g201811,999i
119
 
Canon EF 400mm f/4.0 DO IS USMUSMrearY128 x 233 mm1,940 g20005,999i
120
 
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USMUSMrearY128 x 233 mm1,200 g20146,899i
121
 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USMUSM77Y90 x 257 mm1,250 g19931,349i
122
 
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0L IS USMUSMrearY146 x 387 mm3,870 g19997,599i
123
 
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0L IS II USMUSMrearY146 x 383 mm3,190 g20119,499i
124
 
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L IS II USMUSMrearY168 x 449 mm3,920 g201111,999i
125
 
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L IS III USMUSMrearY168 x 448 mm3,050 g201812,999i
126
 
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L IS USMUSMrearY168 x 456 mm5,360 g19998,849i
127
 
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USMUSMrearY163 x 461 mm4,500 g200812,999i
128
 
Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USMUSMrearY228 x 836 mm16,500 g199389,999i

Further Reading

A more comprehensive compendium that also contains information on Canon FD lenses has been made available by Christian Schnalzger on Google Docs. Also, the EF-mount is well supported by third party lens producers, and you can find an overview of the offers of Sigma and Tamron for Canon DSLR on separate pages. Moreover, if the existing catalog of native EF lenses does not contain what you are looking for, what about using some legacy lenses on your EOS via an adapter? Admittedly one loses autofocus and aperture coupling, but there are some truly excellent lenses that were originally designed for Leica-R or Contax cameras and work very well on a modern digital camera. Or if you are looking for a bargain, what about some legacy third party optics from Soligor, Tamron Adaptall or Vivitar?

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