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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Field Guide by Charlotte K. Lowrie

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Chapter 10: Exploring Lenses and Accessories

P hotographers value their “photographic eye” as the doorway to unique expression. Just as the eye is the interpretive lens of the photographer, the lens is likewise the interpretative lens of the camera. It’s no surprise that Canon has long referred to its extensive lens lineup as “The Eyes of EOS.” With more than a half-century of experience in making lenses to exacting standards, Canon’s lens lineup now includes more than 60 lenses ranging from an 8mm fisheye to the 800mm super-telephoto lens.

And without question, the higher the lens quality, the better the images you’ll get with the 5D Mark III. High-resolution lenses capture and retain excellent image detail even as you enlarge images for printing.

As you buy new lenses, remember that you are building a system of lenses that will last for years. Over time, your investment in lenses will be much greater than your investment in camera bodies.

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The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens provided extremely fine detail and high contrast in this image of the lower area of Deception Falls in Washington state. Exposure: ISO 100, f/22, 2.5 seconds using a negative 1-stop of exposure compensation.

Evaluating Lens Choices for the 5D Mark III

Given the wide range of Canon EF lenses, you can find a lens for virtually any shooting situation. And if you include third-party lenses, your options are even ...

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