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What is the meaning of "L" on Canon lenses?

John Schroeder , Mar 12, 2005; 06:01 p.m.

What is the true definition of the "L" in Canon "L" series lenses? I have been told it stands for luxury. Is this true?


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Eric Bell , Mar 12, 2005; 06:05 p.m.

It's true.

Don W , Mar 12, 2005; 06:16 p.m.

L = Lighten your bank account!

Canon "L" Series Information

John Schroeder , Mar 12, 2005; 06:21 p.m.

And Sony means "Grab your wallet" in Japanese.

Richard Cox , Mar 12, 2005; 07:32 p.m.

Literally, "luxury".

In my experience, it's Japanese for amazing image quality.

Robert McLaughlin , Mar 12, 2005; 10:21 p.m.

The correct pronunciation is "Ruxury." :-)

patrick tom , Mar 13, 2005; 12:32 a.m.

it means you can drop the lens a moutainside and it has a good chance to survive(provided you use protection)...lense hood or filter

see earlier post.http://www.photo.net/shared/community-member?user_id=414091.. little mishap with 100-400l lens

patrick tom , Mar 13, 2005; 12:45 a.m.

sorry that's "down a mountainside"

Undisplayable photo attachment:
shot with a 20d and a 10-22 efs -- IMG_0301 (1)print2 post ss tenn v for net.TIF)

John Crowe , Mar 13, 2005; 02:57 a.m.

"L" usually means that the engineers are trying to make glass do things that it is really not meant to do, so then they have to compensate for natural inferior performance by introducing radical designs and superior optical materials. Recently they have had to deploy a two tier system of "L" glass because some of it just gets too expensive to sell to the masses that they do like to sell to. Then you end up with some "L" glass being even better than other "L" glass. Don't forget though too that some slower non-L glass performs better than the faster "L" glass, except of course at the larger apertures that the non-L glass does not have. Perhaps it stands for "L"ots of choices!

Yakim Peled , Mar 13, 2005; 07:23 a.m.

>> L = Lighten your bank account!

L = Lots more keepers!


Happy shooting,

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