Explore Wildlife Lenses

Up Close And Versatile

Wildlife photography is all about getting your subject up close whilst keeping your distance. You will need a lens with a good zoom capability to be able to capture your shots without disturbing a most likely nervous subject. For the very best results it’s important to have the right combination of camera and zoom lens, and here is our recommended selection.


Don't Compromise

Animals are notoriously unpredictable, especially in their native environment, so speed and the ability to get near to distant and often moving subjects, counts in capturing that perfect shot.

Compatibility: EOS cameras and EF lenses work together for the very best results. EF lens mounts connect the lenses electronically enabling highly accurate real time data transfer. Only genuine Canon lenses on Canon cameras gives you optimum performance in both speed of autofocus and image quality.

Reliability: Canon lenses are built with outstanding optics that keep colours accurate and contrast high for best in colour reproduction and highly detailed images. The specially developed coating on Canon lenses resists smudging and reduces lens flair when shooting in bright sunlight.

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a professional workhorse telephoto zoom lens ideal for capturing wildlife with it precision high performance features.

Its long zoom range means you can get close to your subject without disturbing them. And with its fast aperture and powerful image stabilizer you can track even the fastest and most agile of subjects.

A must have in every wildlife photographer’s kit bag. 

Indri Lemur in the dark rainforests of Madagascar

“I took this image of an Indri Lemur in the dark rainforests of Madagascar. The 70-200 f2.8 IS lens provides excellent low light capability, both in terms of image quality and AF speed, in challenging situations like this where I am hand-holding.”

Andy Rouse, professional aviation and wildlife photographer, on Instagram @wildmanrouse

The professional EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is ideal for photographers who are travelling light and can only take one telephoto lens with them.

A great choice for wildlife photography, the 400mm maximum length will get you closer to your subject than ever before without sacrificing autofocus performance or image quality.

The 100-400mm zoom range lets you react quickly in a fast-changing situation and gives you more flexibility for composition without having to change lens or move closer to your subject.


The EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM is a professional grade L-series zoom lens that’s compact for travel, ideal for action, wildlife and sports. Its 8 blade circular aperture creates beautiful background blur, making your subject stand out with dramatic effect. 

A ring USM (Ultrasonic motor) uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive extremely rapid auto focus with near-silent operation. 

This lens will enable you follow and capture your subject regardless of the speed it travels.


Wildlife Photography Tip

Key for shooting wildlife is patience. You might have to wait a long time to get the shot you want, so just make sure you are ready when it happens.

Birds for example can be difficult to shoot; you often need to zoom out to locate them but then zoom in quickly to capture the shot up close. That can take practice.

A Winning Combination

The EOS 7D Mk II with EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS is the perfect combination for wildlife photography. 

The EOS 7D Mark II is built for those with a love of speed. Shooting bursts of images at up to 10 frames per second with advanced autofocus and tracking capabilities let you capture the moment you want, no matter how fast the action. 

Winning Combination

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