Canon Standard Zoom Lenses »
The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens was developed as a replacement for the famed 28-70 f/2.8 which became a staple for photographers who wanted to match the image quality of prime lenses with a more versatileRead More »
The Canon EF 24-105 f4 “L Series” lens incorporates an impressive range of focal lengths, high quality optical elements and image stabilization technology to produce a standard zoom lens that is sought after by professional andRead More »
The Canon 28-135mm f/3/5-5/6 IS standard zoom lens is a solid intermediate level performer that works well in a variety of applications. The versatile nature of this lens makes it a good “walkaround” lensRead More »
The EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS standard zoom lens is a great all-around lens for the consumer grade photographer looking to update their stock lens setup. It is designed with the consumer level photographer inRead More »
About Canon Standard Zoom Lenses
Canon distinguishes between telephoto zoom lenses and standard zoom lenses. This distinction does not make sense, since standard zoom lenses does exactly the same as telephoto zoom lenses, i.e. magnify distant objects with variable focal lengths as opposed to telephoto lenses with fixed focal lengths ( prime lenses). So, in principle all standard zoom lenses should also be called telephoto zoom lenses. Canon describes telephoto lenses as follows: “Telephoto zoom lenses allow you to capture details normally missed by the eye.
Capture the far off action of fast-paced sports or zoom in for an intimate portrait with a blurred background.” This could well be the description of standard zoom lenses, so Canon contributes to the confusion. Standard zoom lenses are described as follows: “This category features lenses with the most popular focal lengths, from wide-angle to telephoto, and a variety of apertures.
Having one of these is a must for any EOS camera system.” This description does not help very much. However, looking at the models classed as standard zoom lenses, one particular feature pops up: All of these lenses have wide angle abilities at the lower end of the zoom setting, from as low as 15mm to 24mm, for example: The EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, and the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM.
On the other hand, only one (very expensive) telephoto zoom lens in Canon’s list has this feature: The EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM. One might be mistaken to think that “standard” zoom lenses are the ordinary, inexpensive zoom lenses and that telephoto zoom lenses are the real McCoy. This is a mistake; standard zoom lenses can do what telephoto lenses can do (magnify distant objects at variable focal lengths), and can do something else as well: It can give you a wide angle view as well, if that is what you need.