The Best Canon Lenses to Buy in 2021

17/04/2020 7:52 am

If you’re the proud owner of a Canon digital camera, you probably already know how good they are at virtually every type of photography. From landscape images to portrait photography, vlogging, and wildlife shots, Canon DSLR and mirrorless cameras are well-suited to a range of photography styles and skill levels. Better yet, the right digital camera lens can improve all of these qualities and add new features to your Canon camera.


With plenty of options on the market, it can be difficult to know which will best suit your camera, shooting style, and skill level. To help you make the right decision, our expert team has put together a guide to the best buy Canon lenses in 2021 in popular categories including prime, macro, and telephoto zoom lenses.

Standard Zoom Lenses

Although they are frequently overlooked by enthusiasts and more experienced photographers, standard zoom lenses are an important part of the Canon lenslineup. A standard Canon zoom lens is the perfect lens for newbie photographers and can help build photography skills you’ll use for years to come. 


Since they are so lightweight and simple to use, standard zoom lenses allow you to explore a range of photography styles, angles, and composition techniques - all without having to swap between multiple lenses. This versatility makes them a great choice for more seasoned photographers who love to travel light while still being able to shoot everything from portraits to landscape images.


Scroll on to discover our top pick of Canon standard zoom lenses in 2021.

Best Canon Lenses 2020
Best Canon Lenses 2020




Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS USM


  • Versatile focal length - greater range than a basic 18-55mm lens
  • Very effective Image Stabilisation (IS) - 4-stops of stabilisation
  • UD and Aspherical lens elements - high-quality optics 
  • Improved Nano USM AF system - fast and quiet performance that is suitable for both stills and video
  • APS-C compatible


Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM II


  • Versatile focal range - wide enough for landscapes but with enough reach for everyday shooting tasks
  • Constant f2.8 aperture - great low-light performance
  • L-series build and optical quality - reliable, long-lasting performance
  • Dust and moisture-resistant - suitable for outdoor use
  • Suitable for full-frame and APS-C format Canon EOS DSLRs

Telephoto Lenses




Not just for landscape or wildlife photographers, a telephoto lens is a versatile, high-performance addition to any photographer’s tool kit. Thanks to their long reach and handheld-friendly build, these lenses can be used to capture a range of subjects while keeping your distance. For this reason, telephoto lenses have fast become a favourite of wedding photographers wishing to capture intimate moments without disturbing the happy couple. 


The best telephoto lenses are also equipped with a fast and quiet AF motor that enables smooth, rapid zoom even during filming.



If you’re ready to add one to your lineup of photography accessories, we recommend the following Canon telephoto zoom lenses.


Best Canon Lenses 2020
Best Canon Lenses 2020



Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM II


  • Long-range, portable handheld-friendly build
  • Built-in Image Stabilisation (IS) - take sharp and blur-free images, regardless of lighting conditions
  • Nano USM AF motor - suitable for sports and video
  • Unique LCD screen - quick and easy readout of essential settings


Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM III


  • Premium L-series build quality - suited to professional use
  • Dust and moisture resistant design
  • Built-in Image Stabilisation (IS) - take sharp and blur-free images, regardless of lighting conditions
  • Fast and quiet USM AF motor
  • Incredible sharpness and detail, corner to corner, throughout the zoom range
  • Constant f2.8 max aperture

Wide Angle Lenses

Do you constantly find yourself stepping back to fit more detail into your photographs? Are you looking to freshen up your photography by expanding your field of view? If so, a wide angle lens could be right for you. Thanks to their shorter focal length and wider field of view, wide angle lenses can frame expansive views, making them ideal for landscape and architecture photography.


This digital camera lens type can fit more into a frame than a standard zoom or prime lens, and is consequently favoured for real estate photography and other indoor shots.


Top tip: Take your next family or group photo with a wide angle lens to capture every smiling face in stunning detail and focus.


Our favourite Canon wide angle lenses in 2021 are below.


Best Canon Lenses 2020
Best Canon Lenses 2020



Canon EF 16-35mm f4


  • L-series quality at a reasonable price
  • Built-in Image Stabilisation (IS) - great for available light landscapes
  • F4 constant aperture
  • Fast and quiet USM motor
  • Premium optical quality and workhorse build quality


Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM


  • Suitable for APS-C format Canon EOS DSLRs
  • 16-28mm equivalent focal length
  • Compact and portable build - ideal for travel
  • STM motor - great for stills and video

Prime Lenses



Once the standard digital camera lens, prime lenses are now generally only used by experienced enthusiasts and professional photographers. As they don’t zoom, you’ll need to get on your feet and physically get closer to your subject if you want a tighter shot - but don’t let this put you off! Physically adjusting your shot in this manner can improve your photo compositionskills and enhance your photography overall.


Beyond this, there are plenty of trade-offs for the absence of a zoom functionality, including a lower price, greater portability, amazing image quality, and a faster maximum aperture. Read on to discover our top picks of Canon prime lenses this year.

Best Canon Lenses 2020
Best Canon Lenses 2020



Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM


  • Incredibly compact size
  • Fast f1.8 maximum aperture  - create portraits with beautifully blurred backgrounds
  • Photo and video-friendly STM AF motor
  • Canon’s super spectra coating - no flare or ghosting


Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM


  • Ultra-bright f1.4 aperture - brilliant, shallow depths of field
  • Suitable for studio and on-location shoots
  • Suitable for full-frame and APS-C format Canon EOS DSLRs
  • Sharp and detailed images, from corner to corner


Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM


  • Longer focal length - a favourite of portrait photographers
  • Fast and accurate ring-type USM motor
  • Budget-friendly
  • Suitable for studio and on-location shoots

Macro Lenses

Proof that bigger doesn’t always necessarily mean better, macro lenses let you capture even the most minute subjects in incredible detail. A closer minimum focus distance makes this type of digital camera lens a must-have for any wildlife or nature photographer interested in capturing insects, leaf details, and similar small subjects. Most modern macro lenses feature 1:1 magnification capability, allowing you to capture a small subject in real size on your camera’s sensor.


In spite of their name, macro lenses aren’t just for macro work: They can also be used for everyday photography and to capture highly detailed, intimate portraits.



Find our top two picks for Canon macro lenses in 2021 below.


Best Canon Lenses 2020
Best Canon Lenses 2020

Canon EF 100mm f2.8 L Macro IS USM


  • F2.8 maximum aperture - reduce backgrounds to blur with ease
  • Built-in Image Stabilisation (IS) - ideal for stable, handheld shooting
  • Premium L series optics and reliable build quality
  • Focus limiter switch


Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 Macro USM


  • APS-C compatible
  • 96mm equivalent focal length - perfect for macro photography and tightly-cropped portraits
  • Bright f2.8 maximum aperture
  • 20cm closest focus
  • 1:1 magnification

Explore new possibilities with a new camera lens

If you’re looking to explore new photography techniques, refine your existing skill set, or both, a new camera lens could be the way to achieve this. The right lens can sharpen your skills, refresh your approach to photography, and even inspire you to start shooting new subjects and in different locations.


Our guide to Canon lenses can help you decide which camera lens to buy, but other Ted’s resources can help make your decision as straightforward as possible. Read our 2021 Digital Camera Lens Buying Guide now, or pop into your local Ted’s store to get advice in person!


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