Canon L-Series Lenses

Compatible Cameras: Canon C300/ C300 Mk2/ 5D, EF Mount Arri Amira, EF Mount Red;  With Adaptor: Sony F5/ F55/ F3/ FS7/ A7S / A7S Mk2, Panasonic GH4, Black Magic

Canon 8-15mm L Series f4 Fisheye Lens

Stills style zoom lens
Auto/ Manual Focus
Daily rate: £25 +VAT

Canon 16-35mm L Series Lens

Stills style zoom lens
Auto/ Manual Focus
Daily rate: £30 +VAT

Canon 24-70mm L Series Lens

Stills style zoom lens
Auto/ Manual Focus
Daily rate: £30 +VAT

Canon 70-200mm L Series Lens

Stills style zoom lens
Auto/ Manual Focus
Daily rate: £39 +VAT

Canon 24-105mm L Series Lens

Stills style zoom lens
Auto/ Manual Focus
Daily rate: £25 +VAT

Canon 100mm Macro L Series Lens

Stills style macro prime lens
Auto/ Manual Focus
Daily rate: £30 +VAT

Canon 2X Extender MkIII

2 stop light loss
Extends the focal length of a lens by 2X
Supports Auto/ Manual Focus
Daily rate: £18 +VAT

Our thoughts

The Canon L series zoom lenses are well known, what can I say; they are what they are. If there’s a downside to them it’s that they’re designed as stills lenses, to be used with autofocus and camera aperture control. Also you need to be very careful to check focus when you zoom in or out as the focus doesn’t necessarily track accurately as you would expect from a video lens. I would ideally check by hitting the autofocus button or magnify, if you have the time.

The speedbooster series and full frame adapters work well with these lenses and enable you to use them on a variety of video cameras. However I think they still make most sense when used in conjunction with the Canon C300 (with autofocus upgrade)/ C300 mk II, as they have a sophisticated autofocus system that works extremely well with these lenses.

Manual focus pulling on these lenses can be quite tricky, and if you use a follow focus you ideally want a small cog on the follow focus to give you maximum control.

It’s worth considering the Canon 2x extender if you want to go really long. With it the 70-200mm becomes 140-400mm, you do loose 2 stops of light (exposure at f2.8 becomes the equivalent of f5.6) which might seem a lot but with the sensitivity of modern cameras is fine under most circumstances. We stock a good range of these lenses, including the 24-105mm, which is slower at F4 and some people turn their noses up at. Although it is slower it’s the same optical quality as the rest of the L-series lenses and I think having that extra bit of length makes it a very good standard lens at a very reasonable price.

SLV is open as usual - Coronavirus Update - January 2021

With yet another lockdown announced we are staying open for business as TV and Film production has got green light to keep running but have altered the way we work to maintain a safe working environment. As a small but resilient company and we are always happy to tailor our services to your specific requirements.

Here is an update about the procedures and facilities we have put in place.


You must wear a face covering when indoors unless you are a talent in front of the camera but then yo have to keep safe distance.

Studio 2 is now available for full 10-hour day hire only and comes with the the extra room above it as standard to accommodate extra crew numbers. Contact us for more details.

Our studios have fresh air ventilation systems which provide a constant supply of fresh air as opposed to a recirculation system. They are also quiet enough to run whilst recording sound

We have just installed a dual internet system that runs on fast 5G in addition to fibre broadband so that we can offer a very robust internet connection for live video streaming etc.

We can provide a reliable online video stream from the studios so that your client can monitor the shoot remotely

There is remote audio and video monitoring provided from the studio to the client room and both dressing rooms for Studio 1 and to the client room for Studio 2. Studio 1 also have a microphone set up in the green room so that you can communicate remotely via the PA

We have opened a roof garden in addition to the private yard so we can offer clients more outdoor ancillary space

Safe equipment handling

All equipment supplied by SLV is made safe using a combination of quarantining, disinfection, UV-C light and ozone sanitising

Our staff members wear appropriate PPE whilst handling equipment

Workstations are being sanitised before and after use

Our vans are sanitised before and after use

Studio sanitation

Hand sanitiser is provided on main entry to the premises and around the building

We ask that crew and clients arrive with their own PPE, however we have it available to purchase if required

Everyone, including SLV staff, entering the premises will have their temperature measured and we reserve the right to refuse entry of anyone displaying symptoms of Covid -19

Client facing staff wears PPE

The Studio 1 showers are still available to use however we ask that people bring their own towels

Studio 1 and studio 2 are to use separate toilets and kitchen facilities provided if both are in use on the same day

We are currently limiting the maximum number of people inside each studio space to 10 people for Studio 1 and 3 people for Studio 2.

The premises are being sanitised at the end of each working day

We strongly suggest all the productions and clients coming to our studios to read the latest APA COVID-19 Shooting guidelines. You can find the most up to date version by clicking link below:

APA COVID-19 Shooting Guidelines

We now have the NHS Covid-19 App venue QR code in place.


We know that things are very difficult in our industry right now, however we would like to reassure our clients that we are here to help get the industry back on its feet.

Take care and hope to see you soon,

SLV Team