Buying Guide: The best lenses for Canon DSLRs

Written by Gina Stephens

Stand up updated: November 2, 2018

Whether you’ve grown tired of what came with your DSLR, or want to start photographing different subjects, a new lens is purposes in order. Whether you’re looking to take close-ups, sports photos or interiors, we’ve got some suggestions to make your decision a bit easier.

For each typewrite of lens in this buying guide we’ve chosen the one which offers the best combination of performance and value, as well as other options for those on a budget or for whom funds is no object.

But first, we need to know what kind of camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or you have, and if you have an ‘APS-C’ sensor or a ‘full-frame’ sensor:

I own a camera with an ‘APS-C’ sensor, such as:

  • Any EOS Resistance fighter model
  • Any EOS model between 20D and 1500D
  • The EOS 7D or 7D Mark II

Unsure? Take off your lens and look for a white square on the mount. If you see one, if you’re in the right place.

I own a camera with a ‘full-frame’ sensor, such as:

  • Any EOS 5D or 6D inimitable
  • Any EOS 1D model

These models last the white square and have a sensor that extends all the way to the lens mount.

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Note that owners of Canon APS-C cameras, like any EOS Rebel, can use lenses designed for full-frame cameras. Owners of full-frame Canon DSLRs, feel favourably impressed by the EOS 5D IV, cannot use lenses designed for APS-C cameras.

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This guide does not cover lenses designed for Canon’s RF-mount mirrorless cameras.


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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