Opinion: Why I only buy Canon DSLRs

December 26, 2021

You know where you are when shooting with a Canon DSLR camera. Guest writer John Bridges shares his thoughts.

You know where you are with a Canon, whether you are using a Canon EOS 60D, 70D, 80D or 90D they all look the same, and when it’s time to upgrade you just buy the next one in the list like the 70D or 80D, you don’t even have to think about it or look at what’s new and different with the new cameras, you just have to buy the new one when it comes out.

In fact, Canon made things even easier with the Canon EOS 5D, just buy the next EOS 5D, the Mark II, if you have the original, the Mark III when you have had enough of the Mark II, and the Mark IV, when you have had enough of the III.

First of all you need to make sure the D is at the end of the number, if the D is at the start of the number then you are entering Nikon territory!

Top Canon EOS 70D

It’s either the Canon EOS 70D or 90D, John isn’t sure. Can you tell the difference?

Can you tell the difference?

It doesn’t matter if you are using a new Canon and whether it is the latest and greatest or an older Canon they all look the same, all buttons and controls are in one place and have a build quality reassuring. The trigger handle and buttons all look and feel the same. They also deliver all the same photos. Of course, if you are technical you can look at all the specific details, but I prefer to take pictures.

Hide the number on the camera, and you can even pretend you have the latest version and wow your friends.

As always, the 50 mm 1.8 lens …

Likewise with the choice of lens you have – it doesn’t matter, you can choose the Canon 50mm f / 1.8 then Canon and come out with a new 50mm f / 1.8 II lens and later another 50mm f / 1.8 STM lens, from so that when i want to make a change, i can just buy the latest version. Not that there is anything wrong with the 50mm lens I already have.

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 STM

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 STM

No matter which one you buy, they are all the same. You know where you are with the Canon 50mm f / 1.8 lens, you don’t have to worry about innovation here, you don’t have to worry about the arrival of a new unique or weird lens. in the world of digital SLRs… You can leave that to mirrorless cameras.

Canon EF24-70mm f / 2.8L II USM

One of many Canon EF 24-70mm f / 2.8 lenses

Zoom lenses …

I think the same can be said with the zooms, you don’t have to worry about anything weird coming up like with mirrorless cameras. You know you can go out and get a 24-70mm (so popular these are, Canon has a total of four 24-70mm lenses just for fun, although two have IS, and one is an f / 4 , rather than f / 2.8). Want to be different, to go against the grain? Take a look at Tamron, Sigma or Tokina 24-70mm lenses.

It’s like they all know the secret, the 24-70mm is the only lens you’ll ever need (that and the 50mm 1.8, obviously). In fact, you can leave it permanently on your camera, and never change lenses, you will still find the 50mm setting in the middle of 24 and 70mm. Keep it simple, silly.

Canon EF 70-200mm

One of Canon’s many EF 70-200mm lenses

But if you want another goal …

There is also the 70-200mm lens, the other must have a lens for DSLRs (after 24-70mm and 50mm lenses). In fact, there are several 70-200mm lenses available. Why try something new, when you can put out a 70-200mm lens over and over again. Canon being so passionate about this lens, they give you a choice of 6 different EF 70-200mm lenses currently listed on their website! *

You know where you are with a 70-200mm lens. But be aware that there are other lenses, some are bold enough to come up with a slightly different zoom range, there is even a 70-210mm lens, but like I said stick with it. you know, and you know what you get with a 70-200mm lens. A 70-210mm lens is obviously inferior to a 70-200mm lens, simply because it’s different.

Because everyone uses Canon, you can get a good deal!

Canon EF lenses and cameras have been around for years, there are plenty of them and you can find a good deal by buying second-hand. Want a 50mm f1.8 lens? You can get a new one for £ 129 for the fancy STM version, but get one of the others, and you plan to pay just £ 66 used. One of the many reasons I only buy Canon DSLRs.

If it’s not broken, why fix it?

Image stabilization – I don’t need image stabilization or IS, nor image stabilization in the body. Everyone knows the rule of thumb, you simply use a shutter speed equal to or greater than your lens focal length, so 1 / 50s on a 50mm lens, or faster, and you’re in. Plus, by using faster shutter speeds, I don’t have to worry about motion blur or subject movement like I would if I were using shutter speed and image stabilization. slower.

Eye / face detection AF – I don’t need eye or face detection autofocus. When I focus on a portrait using autofocus I want to know that it’s due to my own hard work taking multiple shots just to make sure I put the eye (s) in focus, and it was my technique and skill, not some smart, fancy AF system that decided for me that the eyes needed to be in focus.

Don’t get me started on the video …

This article is meant to be a humorous take on the camera market, maybe even a satire, and could be applied to other brands as well.

* Canon EF 70-200mm lenses listed on

  • Canon EF 70-200mm f / 2.8L IS III USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f / 2.8L IS II USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f / 2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f / 4L IS II USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f / 4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f / 4L USM