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L-Series: The Mark of Distinction

Canon L-Series lenses are renowned for astounding quality, breakthrough technology and high performance design. But don't take our word for it.


Over 3 out of 4* professional photographers who shot professional football’s big game were using Canon cameras and lenses.


60%** of the winners of the World Press Photo of the Year Competition used Canon equipment. The next leading brand was used by 18%.



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Innovations & Milestones

Motivated by the need to develop lenses to ideally complement their cameras,
Canon produced its first in-house camera lens: the Serenar 50mm f/3.5 I. Serenar means
“clear,” a perfect representation of the influence behind the first Canon lenses.
Canon’s first camera lens to use fluorite
FL-F 300mm f/5.6
World’s first large-aperture aspherical SLR lens
with automatic diaphragm control
FD 55mm f/1.2 AL
Canon’s first camera lens to use a UD lens
FD 300mm f/4L
As autofocus began to revolutionize photography in the
second half of the 1980’s, Canon’s engineers designed
the EOS System around the brilliant EF mount. Capable of
transmitting exposure and distance information quickly,
the EF mount enabled the first EF lens, combining amazing
autofocus speeds with stellar optics in designs that
propelled Canon toward the 21st Century.
EF 35–105mm f/3.5–4.5
EF 35–70mm f/3.5–4.5
EF 50mm f/1.8
EF 300mm f/2.8L USM
Ultrasonic Motor (USM)
USM lenses use less power, and their
focusing action is much faster and
quieter than with conventional motors,
making them ideal for tracking
fast-moving subjects with minimal
camera noise.
Ring-type USM
Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras
EF 50mm f/1.0L USM
Among interchangeable lenses for 35mm SLR cameras
EF 35–350mm f/3.5–5.6L USM
Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras
EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM
Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)
Canon’s lens-based Optical Image Stabilizer
systems are highly regarded in the industry.
They’re designed to make possible sharp,
virtually blur-free handheld shots at lower
shutter speeds, accounting not only for
camera shake but to accommodate subject
movement and panning with ease.
Among interchangeable lenses for 35mm SLR cameras
EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
Optical Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer unit moves to
counteract the camera shake
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM
Correcting Chromatic Aberrations
with a Diffractive Optics (DO) Lens
Refractive Optical
Image formation in
the blue, green and red
wavelength order
DO Element
Image formation in
the red, green and blue
wavelength order
Refractive Optical Element
and Multi-Layer DO Element Combined
Chromatic aberration canceled out
Among interchangeable lenses for 35mm SLR cameras
As digital SLR photography began to phase out traditional
film photography, Canon introduced its first digital-only lens
series, EF-S. EF-S lenses take advantage of Canon’s digital
APS-C sized sensors, resulting in smaller, more lightweight
designs with brilliant optical performance.
EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6
EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 USM
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Subwavelength Coating (SWC)
The Subwavelength Coating (SWC) is a
proprietary lens coating that is utilized
on large-curvature lens elements that
are mainly found in wide-angle lenses to
significantly minimize the occurrence of
ghosting and flare.
The incident light is guided as if drawn from
the top to the base of the wedges
Among photographic lenses
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Hybrid Image Stabilizer
Canon's Hybrid Image Stabilizer employs a
highly sophisticated algorithm that
combines the feedback of both the
acceleration sensor and angular velocity
sensor, and moves the image stabilizer lens
elements to effectively compensate for
both rotational and linear camera shake.
Hybrid IS dramatically enhances the effects
of Optical Image Stabilizer.
Rotational camera shake         Linear camera shake
Among interchangeable lenses for 35mm SLR cameras
EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6L IS USM
Fluorine Anti-smear Coating
The fluorine anti-smear coating helps
keep soiling, smears and fingerprints to
a minimum for easy cleaning.
As Canon’s influence into the world of professional moviemaking
became more and more significant, Canon introduced the amazing
Cinema EOS System of cameras and optics. Designed to meet the
exacting standards of professional cinematographers and
videographers, Canon’s Cinema Lenses are critical in helping them
to realize their creative visions for the big screen.
CN-E24mm T1.5 L F
CN-E50mm T1.3 L F
CN-E85mm T1.3 L F
CN-E14.5–60mm T2.6 L S
CN-E30–300mm T2.95–3.7 L S
EF 8–15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras
EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Stepping Motor (STM)
Canon STM lenses deliver stunning
autofocus performance with an
outstanding level of smooth and
quiet continuous autofocus,
optimized for video shooting and
still image capture.
Gear Type STM
Lead Screw Type STM
Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras
EF 200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
Built-in 1.4x Extender
Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras