Are you prepared for Canon PhotoMarathon XVI Singapore 2018 with the right gear? In this article, our EOS World Community Ambassadors provide their insights for the best lenses to use for Singapore’s largest annual photo competition!

What are the best lenses to use for Canon PhotoMarathon XVI 2018 Singapore?

Seasoned photographer, Isaac Ong, who focuses on landscapes, portraits, macro and infrared photography recommends the EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USMEF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF-S17-55mmf/2.8L IS USM.

Photo by Isaac Ong
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | f/2.8 | ISO 5000 | 1/13s

Professional product and still life photographer, Pichan Cruz, who occasionally shoots cityscape and architecture images also recommends the EF24-70mm f2.8L II USM, and EF50mm F/1.8 STM lenses.

Photo by Pichan Cruz
Canon EOS 6D |EF24-70mm f2.8L II USM | f/7.1 | ISO 1600 | 1/1200s

Travel photographer, Kajan Madrasmail, switches between the EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM.

Photo by Kajan Madrasmail
Canon EOS 5D Mark III |EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM  |f/16 | ISO 100 | 0.3s

Jun Pagalilauan believes that imagery matters the most and recommends the EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and the EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM to achieve his vision.

Photo by Jun Pagalilauan
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM | f/16 | ISO 400 | 1/160s

Former Canon PhotoMarathon winner, Lemjay Lucas, also trusts the popular and versatile EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM.

Photo by Lemjay Lucas
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM | f/8 | ISO 100 | 0.8s

Why did you pick these lenses and how do they help?

EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM combines a flexible zoom range with image stabilisation, fantastic image quality, and helps isolate a subject from the background. The EF24-70mm f2.8L II USM and EF-S17-55mmf/2.8L IS USM are superb walk around lenses covering a wide range of focal lengths,” says Isaac Ong.

Photo by Isaac Ong
Canon EOS 7D Mark II |EF-S17-55mmf/2.8L IS USM | f/8 | ISO 100 | 0.8s

EF24-70mm f2.8L II USM is best for all around shooting during the Canon PhotoMarathon and covers wide and tight shots. The EF50mm F/1.8 STM is also a good option. It is light to carry around, inexpensive, and produces sharp images,” tells Pichan Cruz.

Photo by Pichan Cruz
Canon EOS 6D | EF50mm F/1.8 STM | f/13 | ISO 500  | 1/180s

EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM will help to capture wide as well as medium zoom range shots. If you analysed the past PhotoMarathon winning shots, they fall under these focal length ranges. It’s also better to carry lightweight on the long day than bringing too many items,” explains Kajan Madrasmail.

Photo by Kajan Madrasmail
Canon EOS 6D |EF24-70mm f2.8L II USM | f/4 | ISO 1600 | 1/2500s

“The EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM and the EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM can cover both wide and zoom areas. They are both fast lenses and can produce quality images,” adds Jun Pagalilauan.

Photo by Jun Pagalilauan
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM | f/16 | ISO 100 | 1/25s

“I would stick to my EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM. It is perhaps the most flexible amongst Canon’s line of L lenses because of its wide and zoom focal lengths, packed into one lens. The aperture of this lens is also enough to produce top-notch quality images, especially when used with a full-frame body. Another advantage of using this lens for this type of competition is its light weight. During the CPM, do expect to walk and run trying to capture the moment and having a lightweight gear helps you move faster and conserve energy as well. Plus, it’s my pick because I captured my winning shot with this lens for CPM 2014,” concludes Lemjay Lucas.

Photo by Lemjay Lucas
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM | f/11 | ISO 100 | 38s

Keep these tips in mind for the upcoming Canon PhotoMarathon XVI Singapore 2018, and get your cameras ready to roll!

Featured photo by Jun Pagalilauan.