Best telephoto lens in the mid-price range: 8 models tested and rated

Best telephoto lens in the mid-price range: 8 models tested and rated

If you’re looking for an upgrade to your ‘budget’ telephoto but can’t stretch to a fully professional lens, there are some smart mid-range options to be had. We test 8 top optics to find out which is the best telephoto lens for your money.

Canon lenses: 40 tips for using, choosing and buying Canon-fit glass

Canon lenses: 40 tips for using, choosing and buying Canon-fit glass

Start getting more from your Canon lenses! In this expert guide written by our friends at the Canon magazine PhotoPlus you’ll find tips on how to use your Canon lenses to their full potential, as well as essential lens-buying advice and the best lens choices for different situations.

Canon lenses: what you need to know

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The most important piece of kit in your camera bag isn’t your Canon DSLR; it’s the glass you put in front of it. This might be a cliche, but it’s true. A high-calibre lens attached to a beginner-level camera will always produce better quality images than a top-end pro body fitted with a cheap kit lens.

That said, there’s an incredible amount of creative potential in the versatile 18-55mm kit lens that came with your EOS camera, and the chances are you may not be fully exploiting it. This guide will give you all the confidence you need to start doing just that. We’ll explain how you can get the best from the lens you own, whether that’s a standard zoom, a wide-angle, telephoto zoom or specialised macro lens for close-ups.

We’ll show you how different focal lengths can transform your photographic results, and explain how best to deal with optical problems you might face in the field. Get ready to see things more clearly…

DO or Di? Your lens markings explained

DO or Di? All your lens markings explained

Does your lens has more letters after its name than a retired rocket scientist. What do all these lens markings mean? You can refer to a lens simply by the name of the manufacturer, the focal length, and its maximum aperture – a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6, say, or Canon 50mm f/1.4. But as lenses have often evolved from decades of development, they usually have a line of additional letters after their names, stamped on the barrel or printed on the boxes.

Some lens markings are about manufacturer branding – defining a more recent range, or a lens that’s built to higher standards than another. Others are to do with the optics themselves, and to highlight specific technologies used in the lens construction. In the jargon-busting guide below, we’ll translate these lens markings for you.

Best lens: how to choose the ideal optic for your camera

Best lens: tips to choose the ideal optic for your camera

Are you thinking about buying a new lens for your DSLR or compact system camera?

Remember, the best lens isn’t always the most expensive. The best lens for your camera is the one with the features that best match your needs as a photographer.

These 9 essential tips should help give a solid foundation of what you might be looking for when you go to choose the best lens for your camera.

Canon boosts EF lens range with three new models

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Canon has announced three new EF lenses to add to its range, a 24-70mm f/2.8 ‘L’ series lens is joined by 24mm and 28mm fixed focal length prime lenses.

First up, the new EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM lens is added to Canon’s professional line and is an upgrade to the previous standard zoom lens.