Best Lenses For Canon APS-C DSLRs

4 March 2019 9:35:18 AM AEDT

Best lenses for Canon APS-C

Entry-level DSLRs have come a long way in recent times. With the correct lens choice, your 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 picking the right lens to add to your kit?

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

Advanced Standard Zoom - Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM

If you purchased your Canon APS-C DSLR new, chances are it came with a standard kit lens, probably in the 18-55mm format. Though these are very user-friendly lenses that are designed as fuss-free options for beginners, it is not hard to see their limitations. A lens like this one, the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM, offers a vast increase of zoom when compared to the 18-55mm offerings, which it pairs with a more advanced, fast Nano USM autofocus system and an Image Stabiliser. This lens could be classed as an advanced standard zoom lens.


  • Increased zoom range
  • Speedy Nano USM AF system
  • 4-stop Image Stabilisation
  • Sleek design
  • Advanced optics


Alternative Options -

A standard zoom lens refers to a lens that is versatile and suited to general purpose applications. Generally, these lenses start at a landscape-suited wide-angle focal length and zoom out to allow you to frame your portraits and similar shots.


Here are some more advanced standard zoom lenses to replace your standard kit lens.

Best lenses for Canon APS-C

Canon 18-135mm IS USM Sample Image

Wide Angle Zoom Lens - Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM

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 this information can take a while to fully understand, it is so useful to know that Canon makes specific lenses for APS-C format DSLRs to combat this issue. Enter the Canon 10-22mm USM lens. This lens covers an equivalent 16-35mm zoom range when mounted on your Canon APS-C DSLR, which has long been the favoured territory of Landscape enthusiasts, and photographers with similar wide-angle interests.


  • Useful wide-angle zoom range
  • Fast USM AF system
  • Rugged build
  • Advanced lens coatings
  • Advanced optics


Alternative Options -

The Canon 10-18mm lens is a budget-friendly zoom lens in a similar focal range, while the Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 features a brighter aperture throughout and is a little cheaper than the Canon 10-22mm.

Regular Price: $699.95

Special Price $599.95

Best lenses for Canon APS-C

Canon 10-22mm USM Sample Image

Telephoto Zoom Lens - Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS II USM

The telephoto zoom lens is an idea that simultaneously draws some users to interchangeable lens cameras and scares others away. 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, modern lenses are becoming lighter, without a sacrifice to quality or usability. This Canon EF 70-300mm is USM II lens is an excellent option if you find your subjects are often out of your reach, while its speedy AF system and effective Image Stabiliser allows you to achieve excellent results without too much of a struggle.


  • Long 112-480mm Zoom Range
  • Fast Nano USM AF system
  • High-quality optics
  • Built-in Image Stabilisation


Regular Price: $799.95

Special Price $699.95


Alternative Options -

If you are game, you can go even longer with your telephoto zoom lens, opting for a super-telephoto such as the Tamron 150-600mm G2. If you are on a strict budget, you can try out the Canon 75-300mm III but don't forget to pack a tripod for this non-IS enabled lens.

Regular Price: $1,899.95

Special Price $1,799.95

Best lenses for Canon APS-C

Canon 70-300mm IS USM II Sample Image

Prime lens - Canon 50mm f1.4 USM

A prime lens is a single focal length optic, which means it doesn't feature any zoom. With the obvious drawback of these lenses being you have to move in and out to frame your images, their benefits include sharper, lighter and brighter offerings, well-suited to handheld shooting. This Canon prime lens, the 50mm f1.4 USM provides a portrait-friendly focal length when mounted on APS-C cameras, with its bright f1.4 aperture providing classy, sharp images, with shallow depths of field. This lens is also full-frame compatible which is handy if you upgrade further down the track.


  • Ultra-bright f1.4 aperture
  • Fast USM AF system
  • High-quality optics
  • Also full-frame compatible


Regular Price: $599.95

Special Price $499.00

Alternative Options -

The Canon 24mm f2.8 STM is a featherweight prime lens with a wider focal length that is custom built for APS-C DSLRs. The Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens provides stunning optical and build quality, in a larger and heavier package.

Regular Price: $1,199.95

Special Price $1,099.95

Best lenses for Canon APS-C

Canon 50mm f1.4 USM Sample Image

All-In-One Zoom Lens - Tamron 18-400mm VC

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 are suited to taking over the job of several lenses in your kit. The Tamron 18-400mm VC lens fits that bill perfectly, covering an astonishing wide to tele range, and doing so in a relatively portable package.


  • Surprisingly compact build
  • Huge wide to tele zoom range
  • VC Stabilisation
  • Fast HLD AF system


Regular Price: $999.95

Special Price $899.95

Alternative Options -

While the Tamron 18-400mm VC lens is the current king of the all-in-one zoom lens market, there are still other worthy options available. Both the Canon 18-200mm and Sigma 18-300mm obviously don't match the zoom range of the Tamron lens, both lenses are cheaper and smaller - the Sigma considerably so.

Regular Price: $749.95

Special Price $649.95

Best lenses for Canon APS-C

Tamron 18-400mm VC Sample Image

One of the major benefits of DSLR cameras is the huge range of lenses and accessories and resulting flexibility. The Canon EF lines lineup is among the most extensive on the market, the trick is knowing where to start and what lenses are suited to your camera, and shooting style.

Hopefully, we have set you on the right path towards your next lens purchase, and your continued growth as a photographer.

Best lenses for Canon APS-C


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