Canon L lenses are top quality pieces throughout the line. They typically have wide apertures (fixed throughout the zoom range for most L zoom lenses). Canon L lenses share a rugged build quality. The build quality combined with wide minimum apertures usually result in Canon L lenses being heavy.

The image quality of the Canon L lenses is generally as good as it gets. Contrast, sharpness, color, bokeh (background/foreground blur quality), flare, CA (Chromatic Aberration) … All are excellent. Full Frame camera body owners will especially find L series lenses to be (on average) significantly sharper toward the edges of the frame compared to lesser lenses.


Available Focal Lengths: 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm macro, 135mm

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ApertureMOD From Front of LensWeight
14mmMaximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
7.9″ (20.07 cm)1.42 lb (645 g)
24MMMaximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
9.84″ (25 cm)22.93 oz (650 g)
35MMMaximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
1.0′ (30 cm)20.46 oz (580 g)
50MMMaximum: f/1.2
Minimum: f/16
1.5′ (45 cm)1.30 lb (590 g)
85MMMaximum: f/1.2
Minimum: f/16
3.12′ (95 cm)36.16 oz (1025 g)
100MM MacroMaximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
1′ (30.48 cm)1.38 lb (625 g)
135MMMaximum: f/2
Minimum: f/32
3′ (91.44 cm)1.65 lb (750 g)