Canon Lens Buying Guide

20/01/2020 2:21 PM

Entry-level DSLRs have come a long way in recent times. Now, with the correct lens, pictures taken with your APS-C format Canon EOS camera can rival those of the pros. But where do you start when it comes to choosing the right lens to add to your kit?

 

Read on for our picks of the best Canon lenses for APS-C DSLRs.

Best lenses for Canon APS-C

If you purchased your Canon APS-C DSLR brand new, chances are it came with a standard kit lens, probably in the 18-55mm format. Though the user-friendly options make great camera lenses for beginners, they’re not without limitations.

 

The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM lens offers a vast increase of zoom when compared with the 18-55mm standard kit lens offerings, and incorporates image stabilisation and a faster, more sophisticated Nano USM autofocus system. This lens could be classed as an advanced standard zoom lens. Alternatively, consider a standard zoom lens, which is versatile and suited to general photography applications. Typically, these lenses start at a landscape-suited wide-angle focal length and zoom out to allow you to frame your portraits and similar shots.

 

Strengths

 

  • Increased zoom range
  • Speedy Nano USM AF system
  • 4-stop Image Stabilisation
  • Sleek design
  • Advanced optics
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The APS-C sensor of your entry-level Canon DSLR causes the focal length of attached lenses to be magnified by about 1.6x. This is known as crop factor. While a crop factor is great for shooting portraits or landscapes in detail, Canon does make specific lenses for APS-C format DSLRs to combat this magnification. 

 

Enter the Canon 10-22mm USM F3.5-4.5 lens. This lens covers an equivalent 16-35mm zoom range when mounted on your Canon APS-C DSLR, making it perfect for landscape photography and other subjects requiring a wide angle lens.

 

Strengths

  • Useful wide-angle zoom range
  • Fast USM AF system
  • Rugged build
  • Advanced lens coatings
  • Advanced optics
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The telephoto zoom lens is both a major draw card and deterrence for photographers considering a new DSLR lens. When some novices think of DSLRs they think of long, cumbersome lenses that will do permanent damage to their necks after a long day of shooting. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the case: Modern lenses are becoming lighter, without sacrificing quality or usability. 

 

The Canon EF 70-300mm is USM II lens is an excellent option if you find your subjects are often out of your reach. Its speedy AF system and built-in image stabilisation technology allows you to achieve excellent results without too much manual adjustment.

 

Strengths

 

  • Long 112-480mm Zoom Range
  • Fast Nano USM AF system
  • High-quality optics
  • Built-inimage stabilisation
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A prime lens is a single focal length optic, which means it doesn't feature any zoom. While the obvious drawback of these lenses is that you have to move in and out to frame your images, their benefits include sharper, lighter and brighter offerings that are well-suited to handheld shooting. 

 

When mounted on APS-C cameras, the Canon 50mm f1.4 USM prime lens provides a portrait-friendly focal length. Its bright f1.4 aperture provides sharp images with shallow depths of field and is also full-frame compatible, making it handy if you upgrade further down the track.

 

Strengths

 

  • Ultra-bright f1.4 aperture
  • Fast USM AF system
  • High-quality optics
  • Also full-frame compatible
Best lenses for Canon APS-C
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One of the major benefits of DSLR cameras is the huge range of lenses and accessories and resulting flexibility. The range of Canon EF lenses, for example, is among the most extensive on the market: The trick is knowing where to start and what lenses are suited to your camera, photography needs, and shooting style.

 

Similar to a standard zoom lens, an all-in-one zoom lens is versatile and designed to be put to a myriad of uses. Generally, these lenses have a longer range and take the place of several other lenses in your kit. The Tamron 18-400mm VC lens fits that description perfectly, covering an astonishing wide to tele range while remaining lightweight and portable.

 

Strengths

 

  • Surprisingly compact build
  • Huge wide to tele zoom range
  • VC Stabilisation
  • Fast HLD AF system
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The best camera lens is one that suits your style

When choosing a camera lens, it’s important to consider a range of factors including performance, cost, and versatility. If you love landscape photography,portrait shots, or another specialised area of photography, you should also consider how a lens meets the particular needs of this photography type.


Still not sure which lens suits you? Browse our range of digital camera lenses now or get advice from a friendly team member at your nearest Ted’s Cameras store today!


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