Canon EF 38-76mm f/4.5-5.6

Canon EF 38-76mm f/4.5-5.6

Lens Summary

Brand: Canon

Also Known As: Canon EF 38-76mm f/4.5-5.6

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Canon EF, Canon EF-S

Release Date: 1995-01-01

MSRP Price: N/A

Made in: Japan

Production Status: Discontinued

Canon EF 38-76mm f/4.5-5.6 Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length38-76mm
Mount TypeCanon EF, Canon EF-S
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm SLR
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio2x
Image Stabilizer (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/4.5-f/5.6
Minimum Aperturef/22
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)74.1°
Minimum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)27.8°
Optical Information
Lens Elements6
Lens Groups6
Diaphragm Blades5
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Minimum Focus Distance0.58m
Filter Information
Filter Size52mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialPlastic
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

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Light as a feather.
Reasonably sharp from F/5.6, very sharp at F/8
So cheap, you can use it in places you wouldn’t take an expensive lens.

Plastic build quality
Slow at 4.5
Vignettes a bit at the near end

A lens that doesn’t see a lot of use from me (duplicated inside the zoom range of better IS lenses). That said, it is appreciated for what it is, a good, light, budget lens. I often feel this lens, alongside the EF 22-55, are the bastard children Canon locked in the attic. No lens correction in camera, no lens correction on Lightroom. On a crop camera, this makes a good daylight/studio portrait lens. For £15-20, it’s worth a try. Alternatively, there’s the EF 35-80, which is very similar but does have lens correction availability in camera on modern DSLRs and LR. The extensions at either end of the focal range for that lens are weaker in terms of distortion, however.

Carl Morrow

A great lens for macro photography. Use a reverse lens adapter or extension tubes for best results. Very good glass in a cheap lens.