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Vello Auto Lens Adapter for Canon EF/EF-S Lens
he Vello Auto Lens Adapter for Canon EF/EF-S Lenses to Canon EOS M Camera enables you to use your Canon EF and EF-S lenses with the Canon EOS M mirrorless digital camera system, which uses an EF-M lens mount. It is fully compatible with all lens functions, including image stabilization, electronic aperture control, and autofocus. A tripod adapter is provided for reducing strain on the camera when using heavier lenses. This mount can be removed for using longer telephoto lenses that feature their own tripod collar. And, included with the adapter are front and rear caps for storage.
Purchase 15-45mm EF/EFS to M Adapter - $59.95
 
Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R
Extending the range of compatible lenses, the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R is a lightweight, compact lens adapter designed for attaching any EF or EF-S-mount lens to the EOS R mirrorless digital camera. This simple adapter retains full autofocus and image stabilization capabilities and contains no optical components, thereby maintaining the original optical quality of the mounted lens. It is also dust- and water-resistant, making it suitable for use in harsh weather conditions.
Purchase Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - $99.00
 
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye
(Note: Lenses are listed in order of starting focal length)

This is really one of the lower priority lenses you should consider if you are just getting started. I would say the Canon 16-35mm 2.8 L II is a more important lens to get first, but the 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom is a tool every serious pro will eventually want to have. It is great for Extreme Wide Angle Shots, Landscapes, Event Shooting, Water & Abstract Photography. This is my favorite lens when doing surface water photography. Event shooters will love the zoom feature, Works excellent on both 1.6x and full frame cameras.

I was on the fence about this Fisheye Zoom for a couple months before I actually went for it, and I have not regretted it once. The more I shoot with it, the more I discover how useful it really is.

Im not a fan of having to have the lens hood on in order to use the cap (I usually get rid of my lens hoods as soon as I get them). Also not a fan of the curved glass but no way around this as it is a fisheye, just be really careful not to scratch it.
Purchase the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye - $1,249
 
Canon 14mm 2.8 L II
For the most part, this is a lens that you will probably end up renting a few times before knowing if you will want to buy it. It is one of the more expensive ones on this list, and it is different in that there is very little vertical distortion in the corners. Horizontally, there is some stretching, but for architecture, landscape and other wide angle shots it is really quite a spectacular lens.

Im finding that I use it most when going for wide shots underwater and with the steadi-cam. Again, this is a very niche lens that will be one of the last you will add to your collection.
Purchase Canon 14mm 2.8 L II - $2,099
 
Canon 16-35mm 2.8 L II
As far as L lenses go, this is the 3rd most important lens you should get, with the Canon 24-70 2.8 L being the 1st, and the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS L II being the second. More on those later.

The 16-35mm 2.8 is a MUST have general purpose wide angle lens for any kind of serious professional use. Whether you are shooting, events, sports, wedding, landscapes, even certain types of portraits, it is very, very versatile and pretty good in low light at a max aperture of 2.8.

One negative is that you will see distortion and some vignetting in the corners, otherwise, it is a GREAT lens.
Purchase Canon 16-35mm 2.8 L - $1,449
 
Tamron 18-270 8-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon
If I am taking a long trip, and I could only bring one lens with me, this is it. While it clearly suffers in low light, in my book it is probably the best all round, general purpose lens available. While it won't give you the same quality as Canon L lenses, its versatility is hard to beat! (Pretty light too!). There are many arguments that can be made that this should be your first lens as well, instead of going with an 18-55 kit lens.

Tamron has regular rebate offers that usually will bring it down into the $350 range. With a 6 year warranty, wow, hard to beat that value.
Purchase Tamron 18-270 - $449
 
Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L II
I can say definitively, this should be your 1st "L" lens. I bought mine nearly 9 years ago and still use it nearly every single time I shoot.

This is what I believe is the perfect general use lens for shooting weddings, portraits & Video with dSLR Cameras. I believe you can cover an entire wedding with the 24-70 2.8.

There are many out there who will argue that the Canon 24-105mm f4 is a better all purpose "L" lens because it has Image Stabilization and a wider focal length, to which I answer: that extra stop is HUGE (think about it, the 24-70 will let in twice the amount of light as the 24-105 when shooting wide open).

There are others who will say the Canon 17-55 2.8 Canon 17-55mm f2.8 is a better choice for those shooting with 1.6x Crop Sensors, because the equivalent focal length would be closer to "24-70". This is true, however, I still say stick with the 24-70 2.8, because it works GREAT on both 1.6x and Full Frame Cameras. EF-S Lenses like the 17-55 won't work on a Full Frame camera, and if you ever upgrade, you wouldn't be able to use it.

The 24-70 2.8 L is about to be upgraded (long awaited) to a version II lens. This should occur later this fall and I will update this page as soon as I have it in my hands. Until then, take it from a maven, this is the first "L" lens you will want to purchase.
Purchase Canon 24-70 2.8 L II - $1,749
 
Canon 24mm 1.4 L
The widest true low light lens Canon makes, it is great for Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions, but I have also used it for portraits, architecture, night shooting, painting with light, video & steadicam type shots.

If you are a wedding photographer, this is a lens that you should strongly consider after the Canon 24-70 2.8L II, Canon 70-200 2.8 IS L , Canon 16-35mm 2.8 L II , and Canon 50mm 1.2 L, as it will allow you to get some absolutely incredible, clean, low ISO noise type shots at dark receptions.
Purchase the Canon 24mm 1.4 Lens - $1,549
 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 II Tilt-Shift Manual Focus
Not your average run-of-the-mill lens, in fact I would only encourage it's purchase after you have rented it at least 2 times and really know what you are getting into- it is expensive. Tilt shift lenses allow photographers to bend the DOF plan resulting in smaller strips if focus, while leaving the periphery in extreme bokeh and when used correctly, create a "miniature" type look, even with full size cityscapes.

Tilt shift lenses also allow for distorting architectural perspectives, and probably the most famous motion picture use of a tilt shift lens was in the movie "The Social Network" (rowing scene).

A handful of photographers are employing the 24mm TS as their signature portrait lens using only a strip of focus, or in creating very abstract type looks.

Fun to experiment with but definitely not a common lens that many photographers will have in their bags.
Purchase the Canon 24mm Tilt-Shift - $1,899
 
Canon EF 35mm 1.4 L
A fantastic portrait and low light lens. It is more of a niche type lens for those of us who obsess about portrait shots and only want to use primes. I've used it diving several times because it works well in low light.
Purchase the Canon 35mm 1.4 L Lens - $999
 
Canon 50mm 1.4
Nearly every single professional photographer I know owns this lens, also referred to affectionately as the "nifty fifty". Excellent in low light with a maximum aperture of 1.4, beautiful Bokeh. It is small, light, compact and relatively inexpensive. (The 1.2 version costs 5x more). Because it is so small and light, it is a GREAT low light travel lens. Truth be told, I tend to use my 1.4 more than my 1.2 these days and cannot recommend it higher.
Purchase the Canon 50mm 1.4 Lens - $329
 
Canon 50mm 1.2 L
If I am doing any serious portrait work, this is the lens I use. It is one of Canon's current widest aperture lens at 1.2, which means it performs very well in low light.

Granted your DOF is about as thick as a sheet of paper at 1.2, once you get the technique down, it is tack sharp. Canon's new touch screen monitors will make focusing with this lens even easier. Plays very well on 1.6x crop cameras.

It is expensive, much bigger and heavier than the 1.4, but for serious portrait work, you won't find much of a better lens anywhere. Highly recommended for pros that can afford it, if you are not a pro, stick with the Canon 50mm 1.4
Purchase the Canon 50mm 1.2 Lens - $1,349
 
Canon 70-200 2.8 IS L II
Yes it is a big, heavy lens, but this is the 2nd most important "L" lens you should purchase. At 2.8, it is solid in low light. With a focal range of 70-200mm, it is outstanding for portraits on both full frame and 1.6x crop cameras. Very good for sports, weddings, receptions, parties. In fact anything you want to shoot that is 12 - 50 feet away, this would be a lens you will want to consider. The glass is also very "clean", when I say that I mean the colors are luscious and beautiful, visibly so more than other lenses. Image Stabilization makes it that much better in low light or for longer distances.

I know it is ridiculously expensive, but in terms of its focal range, aperture and quality- you won't find a better lens anywhere.

However, because it is so expensive, you may consider the Canon 70-200 f4 which runs just under $600. Its an f4, and lacks IS, but is also an excellent lens.
Purchase the Canon 70-200 2.8 L II Lens - $1,949
 
Canon 85mm 1.2 L
This is the only lens on this list that I do not own or shoot with regularly, but I include it here because I get so many questions about it.

The Canon 85mm 1.2 L is cost, size and weight prohibitive. Yes, the Bokeh and low light wide open is ridiculous and a favorite tool of top end portrait and wedding pros, but to me, it isn't worth the weight and bag space to lug it around. I would definitely recommend renting this one before actually buying it. When you pull it out of the box, you will see what I mean.
Purchase the Canon 85mm 1.2 L - $1,849
 
Canon 100 mm Macro
I believe this is one of the very best all round macro lenses available. It is expensive, but the quality of the images you get from using it will be unmatched. I use it extensively on my Canon 5D III for underwater macro.
Purchase the Canon 100mm Macro - $799
 
Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6 L IS
A bit of an odd ball lens in that it is push-pull zoom. The biggest and heaviest lens on this list, it shines in outdoor Nature and Sports shots with its extremely wide focal range of 100mm-400mm. Paired up with the Canon 7D , it makes for outstanding images in brighter day light. That said, its not-so-wide max aperture of f4.5-f5.6 means that it is really hampered in low light. What I am saying is, don't expect to be able to use this for indoor sports. I also love to use this lens for moon shots, just remember to put it on a tripod and use a timer to avoid camera shake.
Purchase the Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 - $1,299
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