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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 Canon lenses

New 2017

Canon EF 200-600mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM

canon ef 200 600mm is patent
  • Rumored super-tele zoom for full-frame format
  • Patent (pictured) registered in 2014
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Affordable and lightweight lens for action and sports photographers
  • Priced to compete with 150-600mm lenses from Sigma and Tamron
New 2017

Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS

canon ef 85mm 12 ii
  • Rumored professional portrait lens
  • Slots in between 85mm f/1.2L II and 85mm f/1.8
  • Image Stabilizer
6 Apr

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

canon efs 35mm 28 macro is stm
  • Compact Macro Lens for APS-C Format
  • Integrated Macro LED light
  • Field of view corresponding to a 56mm lens on full frame
  • One Glass-Molded Aspherical Element
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Life-size 1:1 Maximum Magnification
  • Front filter: 49mm
  • Weight: 190g / 6.7 oz
  • Size: 69 x 56mm / 2.72 x 2.2"
  • In stock at major vendors from June 2017
  • Launch Price: $349
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
15 Feb

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 STM

canon efs 18 55mm 40 56 stm
  • Compact Standard-Zoom Lens for APS-C Format
  • 20% smaller than its f/3.5-5.6 predecessor
  • Field of view corresponding to a 19-88mm zoom on full frame
  • Lead Screw-Type STM Autofocus System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Front filter: 58mm
  • Weight: 215g
  • Size: 67 x 62mm
  • Launch Price: $249
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
15 Sep

Canon EF 70-300 F4-5.6 IS II USM

canon ef 70 300mm 40 is ii
  • Tele-Zoom Lens for Full-Frame Format
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • One Ultra Low Dispersion Element
  • NANO USM Autofocus System
  • Full-Time Manual Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Lens Information Display
  • Launch Price: $549
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
25 Aug

Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS II USM

canon ef 24 105mm 40 l is ii
  • L-Series Zoom Lens for Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to 22
  • Rounded 10-Blade Diaphragm
  • Four GMo Aspherical Elements
  • Air Sphere Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time MF Override
  • Zoom Lock Switch
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Launch Price: $1,099
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
25 Aug

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III

canon ef 16 35mm 28 iii
  • Professional wide-angle zoom for Full-frame
  • Update of the 16-35mm f/2.8L II
  • BR element to reduce chromatic aberrations
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Subwavelength and Air Sphere Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Exposed Elements
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time MF Override
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Launch Price: $2,199
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon

Canon EF-mount lenses

The table below provides 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. If you are not interested in information on EF-S lenses in the listing below, you can hide the respective rows by un-selecting the checkbox in the table header.

Headline Specifications of Canon DSLR Lenses
Wideangle Zooms Focus
System
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Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM USM rear YES 3.1 x 3.3 in 19.0 oz 2010 1249 latest check
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM USM 67 no 3.0 x 2.8 in 8.5 oz 2014 299 latest check
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM USM 77 no 3.3 x 3.5 in 13.6 oz 2004 799 latest check
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM USM rear YES 4.3 x 5.2 in 41.6 oz 2015 2999 latest check
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM USM 77 YES 3.3 x 4.1 in 21.2 oz 2001 1499 discont. check
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM USM 82 YES 3.5 x 4.4 in 22.4 oz 2007 1599 discont. check
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM USM 82 YES 3.5 x 5.0 in 27.9 oz 2007 2199 latest check
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM USM 77 YES 3.3 x 4.4 in 21.7 oz 2014 1199 latest check
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM USM 77 YES 3.3 x 3.8 in 17.6 oz 2003 799 latest check
Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L AF 72 no 3.5 x 3.1 in 20.1 oz 1989 1199 discont. check
Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM USM 77 no 3.3 x 2.7 in 12.0 oz 1993 449 discont. check
Wideangle Primes Focus
System
(type)
Filter
Type
(size)
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Sealing
(y/n)
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(dia x len)
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Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM USM rear YES 3.0 x 3.5 in 19.8 oz 1991 2199 discont. check
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM USM rear YES 3.1 x 3.7 in 22.8 oz 2007 2199 latest check
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye AF no no 2.9 x 2.4 in 11.6 oz 1987 699 discont. check
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L MF no YES 3.5 x 4.2 in 28.9 oz 2009 2149 latest check
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM USM 72 no 3.0 x 2.8 in 14.3 oz 1992 539 latest check
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM USM 77 YES 3.3 x 3.0 in 19.4 oz 1997 1349 discont. check
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM USM 77 YES 3.7 x 3.4 in 22.9 oz 2008 1549 latest check
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 AF 58 no 2.6 x 1.9 in 9.5 oz 1988 349 discont. check
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM USM 58 no 2.7 x 2.2 in 9.9 oz 2012 599 latest check
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM STM 52 no 2.7 x 0.9 in 4.4 oz 2014 149 latest check
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L MF 72 YES 3.4 x 3.1 in 20.1 oz 1991 1349 discont. check
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II MF 82 YES 3.5 x 4.2 in 27.9 oz 2009 1899 latest check
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM USM 58 no 2.9 x 2.2 in 10.9 oz 1995 449 latest check
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 AF 52 no 2.6 x 1.7 in 6.5 oz 1987 249 discont. check
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM USM 58 no 2.7 x 2.0 in 9.2 oz 2012 549 latest check
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM USM 72 YES 3.1 x 3.4 in 20.5 oz 1998 1399 discont. check
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM USM 72 YES 3.1 x 4.2 in 26.8 oz 2015 1799 latest check
Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 AF 52 no 2.6 x 1.7 in 7.4 oz 1990 299 discont. check
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM USM 67 no 3.1 x 2.5 in 11.8 oz 2012 849 latest check
Standard Zooms Focus
System
(type)
Filter
Type
(size)
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Sealing
(y/n)
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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM USM 72 no 3.2 x 3.5 in 20.3 oz 2009 799 latest check
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM USM 77 no 3.3 x 4.4 in 22.8 oz 2006 1149 latest check
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM USM 67 no 3.1 x 3.6 in 16.8 oz 2004 599 latest check
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF 58 no 2.7 x 3.1 in 6.7 oz 2003 199 discont. check
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II AF 58 no 2.7 x 3.1 in 6.7 oz 2005 199 discont. check
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS AF 58 no 2.7 x 2.8 in 7.1 oz 2007 199 discont. check
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II AF 58 no 2.7 x 2.8 in 7.1 oz 2011 249 discont. check
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM STM 58 no 2.7 x 3.0 in 7.2 oz 2013 249 discont. check
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM STM 58 no 2.6 x 2.4 in 7.6 oz 2017 249 latest check
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM USM 77 YES 3.3 x 4.9 in 33.5 oz 2002 2099 discont. check
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM USM 82 YES 3.5 x 4.4 in 28.4 oz 2012 1899 latest check
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM USM 77 YES 3.3 x 3.7 in 21.2 oz 2012 1499 latest check
Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM USM 67 no 2.9 x 2.7 in 13.4 oz 1996 399 discont. check
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM STM 77 no 3.3 x 4.1 in 18.5 oz 2014 599 latest check
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM USM 77 YES 3.3 x 4.2 in 23.6 oz 2005 999 discont. check
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM II USM 77 YES 3.3 x 4.6 in 28.0 oz 2005 1099 latest check
Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM USM 77 YES 3.3 x 4.6 in 30.4 oz 1993 1299 discont. check
Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM USM 58 no 2.8 x 3.0 in 11.6 oz 1991 149 discont. check
Canon EF 28-90mm F4-5.6 USM USM 58 no 2.8 x 2.8 in 7.1 oz 2000 249 discont. check
Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM USM 58 no 2.8 x 3.0 in 13.2 oz 2000 539 discont. check
Canon EF 28-105mm f/4.0-5.6 USM USM 58 no 2.8 x 3.0 in 13.2 oz 1992 499 discont. check
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM USM 72 no 3.1 x 3.8 in 19.0 oz 1998 499 latest check
Canon EF 35-80mm f/4.0-5.6 AF 52 no 2.7 x 2.4 in 6.3 oz 1990 129 discont. check
Super Zooms Focus
System
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Filter
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(size)
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(y/n)
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS AF 67 no 3.0 x 4.0 in 16.0 oz 2009 499 discont. check
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM STM 67 no 3.0 x 3.8 in 16.9 oz 2012 549 discont. check
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM USM 67 no 3.0 x 3.8 in 18.2 oz 2016 599 latest check
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS AF 72 no 3.1 x 4.0 in 21.0 oz 2008 699 latest check
Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM USM 72 no 3.1 x 3.5 in 17.6 oz 2000 799 latest check
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM USM 77 YES 3.6 x 7.2 in 58.9 oz 2004 2499 latest check
Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM USM 72 YES 3.3 x 6.6 in 48.9 oz 1993 1799 discont. check
Standard Primes Focus
System
(type)
Filter
Type
(size)
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Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM STM 49 no 2.7 x 2.2 in 6.7 oz 2017 349 latest check
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM STM 52 no 2.7 x 0.9 in 4.6 oz 2012 199 latest check
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 MF 72 no 3.5 x 3.2 in 22.8 oz 1991 1349 latest check
Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USM USM 72 YES 3.6 x 3.2 in 34.7 oz 1989 2599 discont. check
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM USM 72 YES 3.4 x 2.6 in 20.5 oz 2006 1599 latest check
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM USM 58 no 2.9 x 2.0 in 10.2 oz 1993 349 latest check
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 AF 52 no 2.6 x 1.7 in 6.7 oz 1987 149 discont. check
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II AF 52 no 2.7 x 1.6 in 4.6 oz 1990 99 discont. check
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM STM 49 no 2.7 x 1.5 in 5.6 oz 2015 129 latest check
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro AF 58 no 2.9 x 2.0 in 10.2 oz 1993 329 latest check
Tele Zooms Focus
System
(type)
Filter
Type
(size)
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Sealing
(y/n)
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Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM USM 52 no 2.8 x 3.8 in 10.9 oz 1998 179 discont. check
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS AF 58 no 2.8 x 4.3 in 13.8 oz 2007 349 discont. check
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II AF 58 no 2.8 x 4.3 in 13.8 oz 2011 349 discont. check
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM STM 58 no 2.8 x 4.4 in 13.2 oz 2013 349 latest check
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM USM 77 YES 3.3 x 7.6 in 46.2 oz 1995 1349 latest check
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM USM 77 YES 3.4 x 7.8 in 55.4 oz 2001 1699 discont. check
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM USM 77 YES 3.5 x 7.8 in 52.6 oz 2010 1999 latest check
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM USM 67 YES 3.0 x 6.8 in 25.0 oz 1999 799 latest check
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM USM 67 YES 3.0 x 6.8 in 26.8 oz 2006 1249 latest check
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM USM 67 no 3.1 x 5.7 in 25.0 oz 2005 549 latest check
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM USM 58 no 3.0 x 5.6 in 22.2 oz 2005 649 discont. check
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM USM 67 YES 3.5 x 5.6 in 37.0 oz 2010 1349 latest check
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM USM 58 no 3.2 x 3.9 in 25.4 oz 2004 1299 latest check
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM USM 58 no 3.1 x 5.4 in 22.9 oz 1995 479 discont. check
Canon EF 80-200mm f2.8 L AF 72 YES 3.3 x 7.3 in 46.9 oz 1989 1299 discont. check
Canon EF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM USM 58 no 2.8 x 4.5 in 14.8 oz 2002 199 discont. check
Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM USM 58 no 2.9 x 4.8 in 19.0 oz 1990 299 discont. check
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM USM 77 no 3.6 x 7.4 in 48.0 oz 1998 1699 discont. check
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM USM 77 YES 3.7 x 7.6 in 55.4 oz 2014 2199 latest check
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x USM rear YES 5.0 x 14.4 in 127.7 oz 2013 11999 latest check
Tele-photo Primes Focus
System
(type)
Filter
Type
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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM USM 52 no 2.9 x 2.8 in 11.8 oz 2005 469 latest check
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.5 1-5x Macro MF 58 no 3.2 x 3.9 in 25.0 oz 1999 1099 latest check
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM USM 72 YES 3.6 x 3.3 in 36.2 oz 1987 1849 discont. check
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM USM 72 YES 3.6 x 3.3 in 36.2 oz 2006 1999 latest check
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM USM 58 no 3.0 x 2.8 in 15.0 oz 1992 399 latest check
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 MF 58 no 3.5 x 2.9 in 19.9 oz 1991 1299 latest check
Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM USM 58 no 3.0 x 2.9 in 16.2 oz 1991 449 latest check
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM USM 58 no 3.1 x 4.7 in 21.2 oz 2000 599 discont. check
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM USM 67 YES 3.1 x 4.8 in 22.0 oz 2009 1049 latest check
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM USM 72 YES 3.3 x 4.4 in 26.5 oz 1996 999 latest check
Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 SF AF 52 no 2.7 x 3.9 in 13.8 oz 1987 399 latest check
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM USM 72 YES 3.2 x 7.4 in 38.4 oz 1996 1399 latest check
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM USM rear YES 5.0 x 8.2 in 88.9 oz 2008 5699 latest check
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L USM USM 72 YES 3.3 x 5.4 in 27.9 oz 1991 699 discont. check
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM USM 72 YES 3.3 x 5.4 in 27.0 oz 1996 749 latest check
Super-tele Primes Focus
System
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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM USM rear YES 5.0 x 9.9 in 89.9 oz 1999 5399 discont. check
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM USM rear YES 5.0 x 9.8 in 84.7 oz 2010 6099 latest check
Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM USM 77 YES 3.5 x 8.7 in 42.0 oz 35431 1499 latest check
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM USM rear YES 6.4 x 13.5 in 135.8 oz 2010 9999 latest check
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM USM rear YES 6.4 x 13.7 in 189.4 oz 36161 7999 discont. check
Canon EF 400mm f/4.0 DO IS USM USM rear YES 5.0 x 9.2 in 68.4 oz 2000 5999 discont. check
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM USM rear YES 5.0 x 9.2 in 42.3 oz 2014 6899 latest check
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM USM 77 YES 3.5 x 10.1 in 44.1 oz 1993 1349 latest check
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0L IS USM USM rear YES 5.7 x 15.2 in 136.5 oz 1999 7599 discont. check
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0L IS II USM USM rear YES 5.7 x 15.1 in 112.5 oz 2011 9499 latest check
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L IS USM USM rear YES 6.6 x 18.0 in 189.1 oz 1999 8849 discont. check
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L IS II USM USM rear YES 6.6 x 17.7 in 138.3 oz 2011 11999 latest check
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM USM rear YES 6.4 x 18.1 in 158.7 oz 2008 12999 latest check
Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM USM rear YES 9.0 x 32.9 in 582.0 oz 1993 89999 discont. check

Further Reading

The EF-mount is well supported by third party lens producers also, 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?