Best Canon Lenses For Landscape – Top 5 You Need To Know

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Hello! if you want to capture beautiful landscape photos here are the Best Canon Lenses For Landscape

Remember that the lens is the most important piece in your camera, The body of your camera is just a collecting receptacle for the work done with your lens.

1-Canon 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5


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Specifications:

  • EF-S Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-29
  • UD and Three Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Super Spectra Lens Coating
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.6″
  • 77 mm Filter Thread Diameter

This lens is s an ultra wide-angle zoom lens with dynamic expressive capability for all EF-S mount digital EOS cameras, exceptionally small and lightweight for maximum mobility.& is commonly used in landscape photography because of it’s quality & it’s super sharp images.

If you have a non-full frame Canon camera body, this lens is a must! this lens is just fantastic. The USM focuses instantly, even in an almost dark room, It has a very nice minimum focusing distance and very smooth bokeh when do you get really close to a subject, the only thing  I wish this lens had was a bigger aperture.

Compatibility:

Not suitable for 35 mm film SLR cameras or digital camera with image sensor bigger than APS-C size, only fits on the EOS Digital Rebel series or 20 D, 30 D, 40 D, 50 D, 60 D, and 7 DSLR cameras.

Why should I buy this lens?

  1. Super-sharp images
  2. Fast auto-focus
  3. lightweight


Sample photos captured by Canon 10-22 mm:

 

22 mm, 25 s, f/11, ISO 100

You can get the lens from here

2-Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4 L USM

Specifications:

 

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  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/4-22
  • Three Aspherical Elements, One Super UD
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Water and Dust Resistant
  • Internal Zooming and Focusing
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
  • 77 mm Front Filter Diameter

While an excellent ultra-wide zoom lens for film SLR cameras, the Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4L USM Lens is especially well suited for use with EOS digital SLR cameras, which usually have an imaging sensor size smaller than the 35 mm format, They say that when buying a home the most important thing is location. When it comes to landscape photos, the Canon 17-40 mm is super sharp The “L” in the name tells you that this is one of Canon’s pro-quality lenses, and the USM ensures that the focus is not only fast but exceptionally quiet.

The 17-40’s minimum focusing distance is just 11″ (28 cm) throughout its entire range of focal lengths, which makes it very useful for close-up work. All of the focusing and zooming action is done internally,

Compatibility:

This lens is a Canon ‘EF’ series lens, indicating it is for use with full-frame cameras. It works equally well with APS-C format DSLRs.

Why should I buy this lens?

  1. Fast auto-focus
  2. Superior build quality
  3. minimum focus distance


Sample photos captured by Canon 17-40 mm:

 

The sunrise over Phillip Island from Flinders jetty.

17 mm, 41 s, f/11, ISO 100

Sea

17 mm, 4 s, f/14, ISO 100

You can get the lens from here

 

3- Canon EF 14 mm f/2.8 L II USM (Prime Lens)

Specifications:

canon 14mm 1:2.8

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • Two UD and Two Aspherical Elements
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
  • Moisture Proof and Dustproof Sealing
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.9″
  • Rear Gelatin Filter Holder
  • Built-in Lens Hood

14 mm fast prime lens with Canon’s ring-type USM (Ultra-sonic Motor) for fast accurate AF. The lens is ideally suitable for the purpose of landscape photography with its short focal length, 114-degree angle of view and optimized image circle for a full frame DSLR.

This also falls under the “professional lens” category, and its price reflects it. Its image quality is impeccable, with an amazing field of view and no distortion whatsoever.

Compatibility:

The EF 14 mm f/2.8 L II USM is compatible with all EOS Digital SLR cameras.

Why should I buy this lens?

  1. Superior build quality
  2. Super-sharp images
  3. Fast auto-focus


4-Canon 24-105 mm f/4 L IS USM 


Specifications:

canon 24-105 mm

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/4-22
  • One Super-UD & Three Aspherical Elements
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Focus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Dustproof and Waterproof Sealing
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.5′
  • 77mm Filter Thread Diameter

I strongly recommend this lens it’s one of my favorite lenses, and the one I use always in the landscape also for wildlife. The incredible range and versatility make it useful for almost any situation. also it falls under the “professional lens” category.

The EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is the right focal length to work also as a great portrait lens. The bright constant f/4 aperture assists the full-frame sensor for which the lens is optimized. It takes amazing pictures, with great color representation and contrast. At f/4 the background is a very pleasant blur.Once you step up to an “L” lens you will not want to go back, if you are using crop body you will be excited to use it on a full frame body.

Compatibility:

35 mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor Canon (APS-should I

Why should I buy this lens?

  1. Clarity
  2. Build quality
  3. Fast auto-focus
  4. Super-sharp images



Sample photos captured by Canon 24-105 mm:

 

24 mm, 1/500 s, f/4, ISO 200

You can get the lens from here

5-Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L II USM Lens


Specifications:

 

canon 16-35 mm

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 16-35 mm f/2.8
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 108°10′-63°
  • Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.92 ft./0.28 m
  • Filter Size: 82 mm, P=0.75 mm/1 filter
  • Max. Diameter x Length: 3.5 in. x 4.4 in./ 88.5 mm x 111.6 mm

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens is a high performance, water-resistant, and ultra wide-angle L-series lens. The optical design has been improved to offer better edge-to-edge image quality.

All of the “L” lenses deliver optical performance equal to similar fixed focal lengths lenses, and the USM lenses do this with silent, high-speed focusing. Distortions and aberrations are remarkably small for a lens of such amazing capabilities.

Compatibility:

35 mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor Canon (APS-C)

Why I should buy this lens?

  1. Amazing sharpness for night photography
  2. Sharp, fast
  3. Build quality


If you want to go deep in landscape photography, I highly recommend to read this comprehensive guide. from lightstalking.com.

If you enjoyed my review for the best canon lenses for landscape photography kindly Share & if you have any comments just post below & I will be glad to help you :).

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52 Comments

  • As a Canon fan searching the internet for reviews and recommendations of lenses, I came across your post. As I’m a bit of an avid landscape photographer I was looking for a new lens suitable for shooting landscapes. Unfortunately I can’t buy the 10-22mm wide angle lens, as I have a full frame camera and that’s an EF-S mounted lens. The 17-40mm looks like the one for me as it’s a bit cheaper than the 14mm prime lens. Thanks for the info.

  • Hey,

    I myself am not into anything to do with cameras or photography but my partner is and he is very interested in everything cameras.

    I will definitely be sending him over to your website, you made everything clear and very easy to understand especially to someone like me who hasn’t got the first clue about camera lenses.

  • Nice review! I like Canon 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 and I am using it all the time. With Lee filter for landscape, this lens takes great quality photos. It is a great lens in the dark room, I often use it for concert photography too and it works perfectly.

    Could you recommend what is best for street photography (narrow street or alley)?

    • Thanks Alex for your comment The Canon EF 17-40mm F/4 will fit well in street photography & also the Canon 16-35mm F/2.8 will give you amazing results.

  • thanks for the review! Ive recently got into videography and photography for shooting my music videos and promo pics, it was too expensive to have other people do it, so I learned it myself! the canon 10-22 seems to be the perfect fit for me, might need to look into purchsing it.

    Matt TheDopestMatrix

  • Those photos captured with those lenses look great!

    I remember when I bought my Nikon D50 way back in 2006, for years I just stuck with the standard 18-55mm kit lens. This was fine for a long time, but eventually I really wanted a telephoto lens with a long zoom range, and I bought one that goes all the way up to 300mm. I can take completely different photos with that lens. It’s quite amazing really.

  • Hi there.

    Great article, These lenses look brilliant!

    I am considering buying my first camera very soon and also trying to decide which lens I should get. I want to start up a YouTube channel but am on a budget right now. I’ve heard that it’s best to save money on the camera and splash out on a good lens. Is this true?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hannah.

  • I have been wanting to upgrade to a DSLR for a long time.I hesitate because I have been using a point and click forever and I still don’t know what all the features do. I do however research them from time to time and where I live in Idaho there are a lot of really amazing scenic places to take pictures. Knowing which lenses to get for those kinds of shots is going to be helpful.

    I also like that you offer free photography classes online! It’s definitely a hobby I am looking to get better at.

    • Thanks, Kody, I feel happy to read comments like yours on my website as I spend a lot of effort in writing the course & also I’m trying hard to share my photography experience with everybody.

  • I love the way you described every single lens and described exactly what they could be used for. I like the hook used in the beginning where it said it’s the most important piece of equipment for the camera. I looked at the pictures that each lens took and was surprised as to what they could do. There are not many places we could see what kind of pictures each type of lens takes. One thing could improve upon is making the pictures all the same size and position them to the right of each of the articles of the lens that you’re describing. That way people could read the statistics about the lens and then see a quick photo. Another thing to do is provide a small preview of the photo and have people zoom into it when they click it, that when they get a feel of the real resolution that the picture is. I’m not saying that the formatting that you have is bad, I’m just merely making a suggestion to what I would do. Other than that excellent work.

    • Hello there,

      Thanks for dropping by, I appreciate your comment & I’m glad that you liked the review, I will consider your feedback in the future as this review was my first one to be posted on the website.

  • Hi Ehab,

    Thanks for the write-up. I currently own a Canon EOS Rebel XSI with the 18-55mm, 55-250mm and 75-300mm lenses. They are all great lenses but I have to say after reading your article the one that I am missing to round out my rig is the EF 17-40mm f/L.

    Do you know if the the 17-40mm f/L lenses has the ability to blur the background when capturing say portrait photos?

    Thanks
    – Dwayne

    • Hey Dwayne,

      Thanks for passing by, you have a great collection of lenses but actually Canon 17-40 mm will not be a good choice for portrait photos as its aperture is F/4 which is not that wide, check here my review of the cheapest Canon lenses you will find the first lens in the review is Canon 50 mm F/1.8 which is a perfect choice for portrait photos as it’s wide aperture also it is inexpensive lens.

      Ehab

  • Thanks for the great review on lenses used for taking pictures of landscape. Was wondering if you knew what the best camera lenses for a newbie photographer starting out would be and reasonably a good price? Its for my wife I think i might get here one christmas since its. coming up here shortly.

  • My daughter loves photography and she wants a cannon D5 for her birthday. Is this lens compatible with that camera? If its not do you have a recommendation of a lens I can get for her? We live in a rural area next to a lake and she love to take nature shots. Is this lens good for that?

    • Hello, Canon 5D is a professional camera with full frame digital sensor 35 mm, any lens with EF mount will fit Canon 5D, so in this review all the lenses compatible for Canon 5D except the first lens canon 10-22 mm, so choose any of the other 4 lenses, they all are amazing lenses for landscapes :).

  • Hi Ehab,
    It really looks like you’ve had your work cut out for you with these reviews! After taking a closer look at all of them, I’d say my choice would be the Cannon-EF.
    Reason being, I like having the freedom to take better night shots in case the occasion arises. Water resistant always helps too, you never know what mother nature will want to dump on you while you’re out taking shots!
    Thanks for the post!
    Brian

  • I’ve been looking into upgrading the lens on my SLR for a few months now but I must say it gets awfully confusing at times. I notice here that you indicate that this lens is only suitable for certain cannon models and not many of them seem to be SLR. Is there anywhere I can go online for free tutorials with this sort of thing?

    • Hey Chris, thanks for posting here,

      Actually Canon makes two types of lens mounts: EF-S and EF, The EF-S mount Canon introduced it as a mid-range (DSLR) models, including the Rebel EOS, & introduce EF lenses for it’s professional grade (DSLR) Cameras.The thing you should know that if you have the camera lens mount with EF lens mount so your camera can accept both types of lenses, But if your camera have EF-S mount so it will accepts only EF-S Lenses.

      So as you solved this conflict & knew what is your lens mount compatibility you can easily choose Canon lenses or other brands for Canon mount

      Hope that it’s clear now for you,if you still confused just post here again & i will glad to help you


  • I just revisited this site again I notice what you said about the pictures being resized through WordPress. So I clicked the picture and it was outstanding picture quality. These cameras now a days are very impressive with what they can do now a days. It almost seems like your there in the picture.

  • Well, I have found my one-stop-shop for my questions and queries on photography: specifically lenses! There is an entire education surrounding photography and the many types of picture taking! I take a number of pictures on my travels, ranging from portraits to landscapes, to action and panoramic photos. So much to learn! Thanks for all your insight and expertise!

  • A lot of the pictures look kind of blurred I wasn’t really too impressed to be honest. I don’t know too much about photography but I do appreciate photographers capturing some great scenes around the world. I don’t know if the pictures came out like that because of a filter that was put on or because the image that was used was expanded too much and not a high quality image that you downloaded.

    • Hey Brandon, Actually the photos are re-sized by word-press that’s why you see it little blurry, before every sample picture i wrote a note that you have to click on the picture so you can see it in actual size & you will find it very clear, anyways thanks for your feedback & i just added NOTE in the beginning of the review regarding this issue.

  • Well let me start by saying nice site it is very informative on choosing the rite lens for the rite shot. the information on your site has given me the edge I needed to purchase the rite lens for my photographic needs I am starting a new business as a photographer and have been searching for info on lenses and came across your site. thanks for the info and keep up with the great work

  • Hello Ehab! First of all I’d like to say that Canon is may favorite brand. Not only as photo cameras but when have to choose a printer. As many of us for everyday I use iPhone to capture pics mainly for notes or reminders as we almost forget how to make notes by pencil. My son enjoy photo cameras and recently he sent me and pictures from sky. Apparently captured by drone.

  • Hey there,

    I stumbled upon your site, which is amazing I must say! Such useful and quality content.

    Very well written and easy to understand, especially for beginners.

    I will definitely visit your site in the future, thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with us and good luck.

    Kind regards

    Ct.

  • WOW!

    I didn’t realize just how Cannon lenses could create such Amazing landscape photo effects 🙂

    My mom loves taking landscapes, and I reckon one of these Cannon lenses would make an ideal gift for her at Christmas time!

    The EF 14 mm Prime Lens sounds like a great choice because the specs are Awesome, and I like the idea of fast auto-focus too!

    Neil

  • Hi Ehab,

    Wow the pictures are incredible. I’m not very much into making pictures I just love to look at them 😉 and the ones you have on your page are great. Have you made all of them by your own?

    I have a friend who loves photographing and I will definitely recommend this page to her 😉

    Cheers

    Don

    • Hi Don,

      Thanks for your comment actually this just sample free pictures with descriptions under each pic for ISO & aperture & shutter speed, my pictures will be available on the website for sale soon 🙂

      I am glad that you will recommend my page to your friend kindly share & tag her in the sharing post 🙂

  • Hi Ehab,
    Great reviews you’ve got there. I’m not a professional photographer and my camera lies idle for months sometimes- that reminds me I should remove the rechargeable cell today, its been months already- but I certainly can tell what a quality lens looks like. What you have reviewed are amazing pieces. What does unit f in aperture range mean?

    • Hey Boni,

      F-Stops are how aperture size is measured. A small F-Stop such asf/2:0 means the aperture will be wide open and lots of light allowed into the camera. A higher F-Stop like f/32 gives a small aperture that doesn’t let so much light in.

      & i will add more tutorials about this in “become a professional photographer” page.

  • Hello Ehab,

    For me, it is crystal clear which lens I have to buy first if I have decent camera body (Preferable Canon)…

    You also made a nice description of every lens, I am surprised how fast things also in the photgraphy world evoluating…

    For me, the best thing to understand the explanation you give on your page is the example pictures!

    Cause I don’t know anything about photography, lenses and the terminology.

    But together with examples I understood things better and it are all very beautiful pictures…

    Grtz,

    Bert

    • Thanks bert, if you want to know about photography lenses & terminologies you can click in “Become a professional photographer” tab i’m sure you will like & learn a lot from this page.

  • I’m a landscape-freak!

    And I’m planning on stepping over to Canon (I had a Nikon D5500 that I sold recently).

    Taking landscapes is far my favorite way to use my cam so I need to get a Canon landscape lens.

    What do you think how big is the difference between the two ends of the scale, the 10-22 and 16-35 lenses?

    Which one of the four would you recommend for a hobby photographer?

    Thank you in advance!

    Adam

    • Hey Adam,

      First of all these 2 lenses are amazing for landscape shoots.

      But actually the differences between them depends on what other kind of photos you wanna capture beside landscape shots, if you wanna shoot photos for these categories ( indoor photography,architectural photography,Funny Carton photos) sure 10-22 mm will be your choice because of it’s ultra wide angle 10 mm, but if you wanna capture some (portrait,close up) sure the 16-35 mm will be your choice, because of it’s aperture F/2.8 which will gives you amazing blur background in portrait photos while in the 10-22 mm the maximum aperture is F/3.5 at 10 mm & F 4.5 at 22 mm which will not give you good portrait photos, the 16-35 mm falls in “L” Category which is a “professional lens” & it’s price is around U.S $ 1,500, while the 10-22 mm is U.S $ 600.

      Finally after reading this now you can make your decision, but in both decisions i’m sure that you will get amazed by your photos result 🙂

  • Hey, I appreciate your write-ups on all of these different lens options. When I buy a lens, I’ll want to quickly see the differences between each, so this page would prove helpful in that case.

    I really enjoy photography, especially of landscapes. Another skill I’m working on at the moment is painting landscapes, it’ll take awhile before I’m adept, haha.

    Bryan-

    • Hey Bryan thanks for your comment, if you are a fan of photography especially Landscape photography you will find here a a lot of stuff that you will like.

  • I find your site very informative and I learned a lot about Canon cameras and how to take great pictures. I like your lesson on how to use the camera and its features. I pretty much only knew zoom and take picture button. Plus, I find myself taking pictures with my cellphone more than anything. However, I think professional photography is absolutely beautiful and using a professional camera is the best. Thanks for the lesson and showing me ways to take great pictures.

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