Canon Fast Glass

Canon Fast Glass – Wide Aperture Canon Lenses Make A Difference

Photographers are a weird bunch, somewhat like golfers or any other hobbyist you can think of. Gear is IMPORTANT! And Canon Fast Glass is right up there with that new camera you have on your list.

Let’s face it, you can take a great photo or portrait with your present equipment, but wouldn’t the results be so much better if you had the perfect lens? “We feel ya, baby!”

Does A Wide Aperture Really Make A Difference?

Here are two examples of the difference between wide apertures and narrow apertures. You can see what a big difference Depth of Field and background blurriness (or clutter) has on an image.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Lens
Wide Aperture
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Lens
Narrow Aperture
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens with wide aperture
Birdhouse photo taken with Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens at an Aperture setting of f/1.8. Notice the blurry background.
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Lens with narrow aperture setting
Birdhouse photo taken with Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens at an aperture setting of f/22. Background is quite “cluttered”.
Picture of flox taken with wide aperture
Flox photo taken with Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens at an Aperture of f/1.8. This one has a very prominent subject without background distractions.
picture of flox taken with narrow aperture
Flox image taken with Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens at an Aperture of f/11. See how the background draws your attention away from the flowers?
Portraits with Canon Fast Glass
Extra Wide Aperture
Innsbruck day 3 #328
This photo uses a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens for Canon. The setting is f/1.6. Just a street shot with excellent bokeh!
Anneke @ 50mm f/1.8
Animals are super subjects for wide aperture lenses and pet portraits. this one was taken with the super cheap Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Week # 12
Another remarkable blurred background by the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens.

This is a look at the line-up of Wide Aperture Prime lenses available for your Canon digital SLR. The lenses listed on this page can be used on all models whether full-frame or crop frame. The list is not exhaustive, but it is fairly comprehensive with regard especially to portrait photography. The lenses listed here have plenty of user satisfaction behind them, or they would not be on the list.

The way the list is compiled begins with the lowest focal length and cheapest price, moving to the longest focal length. Notice that not all listings are from Canon, but they are all quality choices.

Canon Fast Glass – Wide Aperture Canon Lenses for the Discerning Photographer

Canon 50mm f/1.8 camera lensCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 camera lens has been referred to as the “thrifty fifty” and a few other names to indicate that it is good and CHEAP. It is definitely Canon Fast Glass, and it will give you plenty of great photos with that Depth of Field that will make you look like a pro. Of course, to keep the price down, it is made of plastic and it feels a bit like a toy, but don’t let the look and feel of it deceive you.

See more about the Canon 50mm f/1.8

Canon 50mm f/1.4 camera lensCanon EF 50mm f1.4 USM

Results in terms of image quality are similar to the Canon 50mm f/1.8, however, the build quality is so much better. The more professional “feel” of the f/1.4 will be quite obvious to you if you do a side-by-side comparison. Also, the added f-stop makes a difference in bokeh, which is really important in fast lenses.

See more about the Canon 50mm f/1.4

Canon 50mm f/1.2L LensCanon EF 50mm f/1.2mm
The high-performance, weather-resistant Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L lens delivers all the superb image resolution and contrast you expect in a Canon L Series lens. If you want the very best that money can buy in a 50mm lens, this one’s for you!
Canon 85mm f/1.8 lensCanon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
If a prime lens is what you want (many pros use only prime for portraits), this one is well worth your consideration. Super wide aperture and fast focus so you can keep your camera off the tripod giving you more flexibility. Comment from – “Best bang for buck. With this performance, how can you justify 85mm L which is 5 times the cost of this, just for F1.2 and red ring?”

More about the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens

Canon 85mm f/1.2L lensCanon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM
The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L camera lens is top of the line – truly the choice of many professionals. Notice the f/1.2 aperture. When you put this lens on your Canon DLSR, your attitude will change, you will walk with a swagger in your step, and you will feel like a pro. The price tag reflects the quality, too.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens for CanonSigma 85mm f/1.4mm

The Sigma 85 f/1.4 delivers the goods in terms of quality and build. Hand-held low light shots are beautifully rendered with bokeh that is practically unparalleled. In fact, many photographers claim this lens is as good or better than Canon’s own 85mm f/1.2L. Now that’s quite a claim considering the price of the Sigma is about half that of the Canon lens.

See a full review of the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 lensCanon EF 100mm f/2.0
The Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 is does not get as much press as some of the other lenses in this line-up, but you can get fast glass at a bargain price here. The lens is compact and light, and it is ideal for portraits and low-light work when a mid-range telephoto lens is called for. It provides that little bit extra of telephoto power as compared to Canon’s 85mm f/1.8 USM lens which is sometimes necessary outdoors or for candid shooting.
Canon 135mm f/2.0L LensCanon EF 135mm f/2L USM
If you are looking for the best “dedicated” portrait lens, this is the one for you. Nice big aperture in a Canon L lens. The results are indisputably awesome.

More about the Canon 135mm f/2