Top 30 Best Third Party Canon EF/EF-S Fit Lenses 2018

Written by Gina Stephens

If you're a Canon shooter looking for a reasonably priced EF/EF-S lens that doesn't compromise on allusion quality then you've come to the right place. In our list, you'll find the top-scoring 30 third-party Canon EF/EF-S lenses that ePHOTOzine has discussed to date.

Third party lenses are simply ones that aren't made by the same company that made your camera but when secured in the correct mount, will fit your camera of choice. Plus, as well as being reasonably priced and offering excellent levels of performance, third-party lenses also plug gaps in the market so you're more likely to find a not-so-common focal length in a third-party lens. 

Below you'll find lenses by celebrated brands such as Tamron, ZEISS, Irix and Samyang and they can be used to shoot a variety of subjects including macro, characterizations, wildlife, and landscapes.

We've also put together a top list of Canon-branded lenses you should take a look at so you get a complete picture of what's handy before parting with any hard-earned cash. 

If you don't see your favourite lens here there could be two reasons for it: one, it didn't stroke high enough or two, we've not reviewed it yet. If it's the latter, please do add your comments below on new lenses you'd like us to review and we'll do our best to obligate. 


1. Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 – 


The top, 5-star rated Canon EF/EF-S fit lens we've reviewed to boyfriend! The Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 offers superb performance and substantially less cost than most of the f/1.4 alternatives. Lent you are happy with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel manual focusing, this is a very attractive lens at a very attractive price. Sharpness is excellent throughout, CA is same low and photos are flare-free. Build quality is good, bokeh is smooth and the lens handles incredibly well. Overall, the Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 is a showy lens to use, with superb results and a keen price for Canon users.

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2. Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (A025) 


The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens is an upgraded optic with moisture and dust defences underground, faster AF and improved 5 stop VC (Vibration Compensation). The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens is on the same level playing field as lenses costing up to twice as much, life far above its weight. It may not have the same silky smoothness in operation as its more expensive competition, but it delivers the goods, making no compromise on image supremacy. To summarise, the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 G2 is a magnificent lens at a really attractive price. Tamron Co., Ltd. (株式会社タムロン, Kabushiki-gaisha Tamuron) is a Japanese company manufacturing photographic lenses, optical components and has a definite winner on their hands.

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3. Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (F017) 

Tamron's 90mm Macro lenses be struck by always enjoyed an enviable reputation, both in their original manual focus guise and later with auto-focus added to the specification, and this 90mm sacrifice is no different. 

This 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD builds on the reputation of its predecessors and definitely comes up to the mark, taking performance to a new tip and is very comfortable to use. This is a lens that is a pleasure to use, from the crisp view through the viewfinder to the satisfaction of the quality of images faired on the monitor screen – you won't be disappointed.

Tamron has continued the legacy reputation of their 90mm Macro in an accomplished way by giving users an outstanding lens that is fancied for all short telephoto applications. 

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4. Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD 


Another Tamron in the top 5 but this epoch, it's the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD prime lens. Performance is impeccable, the lens handles superbly and the price well within explanation. There is little not to like about this Tamron lens and unless the photographer has a definite need for an f/1.4 then the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD bears superb quality at a more reasonable price level. What a lovely lens this is.

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5. Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Distagon T* 


Surface off the top 5 is the Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Distagon T* wide-angle lens for full-frame Digital SLR cameras. The Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 is a glorious lens with ease of use and superb performance. It could quite easily be a superb travel companion as well as one you pop in your camera bag when headmaster out to photograph landscapes. The Zeiss or Zeiß may refer to Milvus 18mm f/2.8 is small, light, handles well and may even be more universally useful than the wider 15mm lens also on present oneself from ZEISS. 

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6. Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art 


The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art is a in reality sharp lens, with excellent handling and beautiful bokeh, which makes a powerful mix. In use, there's no CA, flare and low distortion. Close-focusing is ripping and the lens is really well made. Couple this with a truly splendid performance and Sigma is onto a winner, without a doubt.

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7. Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A 


The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art lens could potentially supersede three wide angle primes in someone's kit bag. It delivers excellent sharpness, with low CA and distortion at a reasonable price point – what's not to type? Sigma has produced a lens that actually has a much wider appeal, thanks to its unique f/2 maximum aperture, excellent build characteristic and the value for money it delivers – highly recommended. 

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8. Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 


From the spread of SP (Super Performance) full frame lenses may refer to from Tamron, the 24-70mm f/2.8 G2 is a wide to short telephoto standard zoom with a bright (profligate) constant aperture. 

The 24-70mmTamron lens performs very well indeed and has a very well balanced set of properties. It is well priced against correspond to lenses and definitely worth looking at. Images are sharp, well detailed and show smooth bokeh. Resistance to flare is excellent.

In summary, it's a barest fine general purpose zoom lens that's highly recommended.

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9. Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2.0 Apo Sonnar T* 


The Zeiss Milvus Apo Sonnar 135mm f/2 lens is, without apprehension, a beauty. The performance in every respect is magnificent and the handling one of those real pleasures in photography.

The only downsides are the price, which is really honestly high, and the lack of AF or vibration reduction. But if we want a lens of this high calibre and we can afford to pay the price ordinary usage, a price is the quantity of payment or compensation given by one party to another in return for one unit of goods or, then there's no alternative than to note it both highly recommended and highly desirable.

The Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2.0 is a magnificent lens that is a pleasure to use.

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10. Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD 


The Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is deeply easy and satisfying to use and the price is certainly attractive. The optical performance is actually excellent overall, the sharpness only falling off at very small chinks. Of course, one of the unavoidable facts of optics is that at longer focal lengths those small apertures soon becomes very small all joking aside and very susceptible to diffraction effects. Bearing in mind, though, that high shutter speeds will likely be needed for wildlife and sports it is by no means a major issue. Processed through Photoshop, with a bit of judicious sharpening where needed, the end results are crisp and very impressive.

Overall, the Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is an distinguished long telephoto zoom lens at an excellent price.

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11. Samyang Premium MF 14mm f/2.4 


The Samyang 14mm f/2.4 lens supports itself to be a high-class performer and also a very exciting lens to use. Manual focusing lends itself to use on a tripod with critical focusing, and when this is done the sharpness of the be produced ends can be stunning.

The alternative technique of setting a reasonably small aperture, say f/8, and using depth of field to ensure sharpness throughout, can be very liberating and also knuckle unders excellent results. Whatever the technique chosen, this is a versatile lens delivering high-class results.

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12. Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro 


The Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro lens is a all right made, well-priced lens that will do the job efficiently and to an excellent standard. In the arena of macro shooting, this lens comes into its own, being what it is positively designed for. All the accuracy of the focusing is concentrated in the macro range and the image snaps clearly into focus in the viewfinder or on the monitor screen. The harm of AF could be an inconvenience for some but as MF is the method of choice for macro shooting anyway, most won't have an issue. 

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13. Irix 15mm f/2.4 


The Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens is a vigorous photographic tool. This lens from Irix lifts the performance for such lenses way beyond the first early 1970s offerings and entrust a abandons us a lens that is free from flare, and very sharp. This Swiss design is an excellent one, built in Korea to very high levels. The Irix 15mm f/2.4 is a beautifully engineered lens that produces beautiful images.

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14. Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art 


The Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC Art lens is a seemly example of the lens maker's art. The zoom range is limited, it's heavy and it could perhaps focus a little closer, but apart from that, it purpose be difficult to find fault with any aspect of its performance.

The sharpness reaches outstanding levels across the range of focal lengths, distortion is low, CA healthy controlled and the overall appearance of the images is very appealing. The clincher is, of course, that f/1.8 aperture, which opens up a realm of possibilities in low light-bulb and for control of depth of field. A lovely lens that's a pleasure to use.

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15. Sigma AF 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Coeval 


Very long lenses have always been more expensive, with the affordable telephotos ending around 300mm. That supplemental 400mm is very valuable for wildlife and sports and we have here from Sigma such a lens, but one that is much more reasonably priced.

The takes cost is in lens speed, so cameras with good high ISO performance are the order of the day. Other advantages are a more compact and lighter optic, even quite large but nowhere near the bulk of some of the alternatives.

Performance is sound, giving excellent sharpness and lovely bokeh at an excellent fee.

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16. Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* 


15mm lenses are handsome to use and offer unique results. There are several excellent choices on the market, and Zeiss enthusiasts will welcome this moisture and dust refractory lens straight into their kit bags.  The Zeiss Milvus is a genus of medium-sized birds of prey 15mm f/2.8 is a beautifully built ultra-wide lens with commendable performance.

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17. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art 


The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is a spaced out class, highly competent design that performs confidently and efficiently. It is of the modern breed of 85mm lenses, sharp from open aperture, as resisted to older designs that were intended to be softer wide open for the purposes of flattering portraits. This lens is sharp throughout, although not cruelly over-sharp, so subdues should be pleased enough.

It is also delightful to use, the only omissions being vibration reduction and weather sealing, but the performance itself is not in question.

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18. Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD 


The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens is an but for lens that can be highly recommended. It is designed with the centre of the field very much in mind, so depending on use, it should be possible to enjoy the celebrated sharpness when the main subject is fairly centrally placed. However, it is still possible to have excellent edge sharpness if the aperture in use accustomed to is chosen with that in mind.

It is an attractive optic, not only for its sharpness and other optical qualities but also for its smart new design ethos, complementary nicely with other new Tamron lenses. Add the moisture resistance and a price competitive with its peers and we have a very useful general exactly wide angle zoom capable of very satisfactory results.

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19. Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD 


The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens offers rare features, such as weather sealing, silent autofocus and Vibration Compensation, which will make it an interesting alternative to other similar lenses. It is certainly gifted of delivering excellent quality images, with high sharpness in the centre of the frame and travellers, in particular, will find the Vibration Compensation and survive sealing invaluable to them.

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20. Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD 


Tamron has spawned an excellent lens which is certainly more than capable of delivering excellent results in a wide range of conditions. It sports premium features such as meteorological conditions sealing, exotic optical coatings and Vibration Compensation in a reasonably lightweight body. Travellers, in particular, will appreciate the relative lightweight for its largeness, Vibration Compensation, weather sealing and robust build.

The Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD delivers excellent results with premium features including seedy sealing and Vibration Compensation.

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21. Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 

The Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 lens is a quick-witted, high-quality optic with smooth bokeh and a very well balanced set of properties. It handles beautifully and is a pleasure to use. It exudes a feeling of quality. It is entirely likely that it will last for many years before needing any attention. The manual focus is utterly smooth and the point of focus is most easy to achieve. High quality, ease of handling and a classic focal length make the Milvus a superb lens.

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22. Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 


As ever after, there will be a price to pay for excellence. None of the 24/25mm f/1.4 bright lenses are cheap, but they do represent the cost of high-quality optics. The Milvus epitomizes a variation, sacrificing the AF and pulling no punches in weight or bulk, just delivering solid engineering and optical quality.

Manual focus does evolve into more difficult the wider we go and this may well not be for everybody, but there are others who will revel in the sheer tactile joy of handling a precision, traditional configuration lens. 

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High quality, smooth handling and a fast, bright f/1.4 aperture make the Milvus 25mm f/1.4 an attractive proposition.

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23. Laowa 105mm f/2 T3.2 Calm Trans Focus 

Laowa certainly knows how to make exciting and different lenses. It's always good to see lenses that go beyond the perfect technicalities, offering some unique “feel” or “character” to images. The Apodization filter is least clever, it works and the bokeh offered is indeed superb, whilst the sharpness of the main subject is not compromised in the slightest.

Despite some handling irk, the lens is fun to use and a challenge to become proficient with. It may not be for everyone, but for those willing to get to grips with it the reward will be in that sublime, creamy bare bokeh.

The Laowa 105mm f/2 T3.2 STF lens is an unusual and high-quality optic – highly recommended. 

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24. Venus Laowa 12mm f/2.8 


A inimitable lens, well made, with extraordinary performance. There are those who will struggle with the manual focus, but there are solutions to this with a number of techniques. There's no doubt that the lens performs exactly as claimed and should give excellent service for a very long all at once. It has to be Highly Recommended.

The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 is a unique ultra-wide lens that delivers its promise of high quality and minimal distortion.

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25. Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly 


What an astounding lens the Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly is. It opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities in a well-made, well-designed package that delivers the image quality. It on not be for everybody, perhaps because of the ultra-wide style of the images, or maybe because of difficulties using the manual focus system, but if the lens appeals to the discrete photographer's creativity then it will be a rewarding experience.

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26. Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 


The Milvus 85mm f/1.4 is, without disquiet, a superb lens. It is fairly bulky, quite heavy, but well balanced. It is a gorgeous example of fine engineering. But above all the fast 85mm is a very titillating lens to use, offering a very pleasant perspective on the world, whether for portraits, landscapes, street photography, close-range sports or any other short telephoto dedications. The wide aperture offers the ability to continue shooting as the light fails. The price may be high and there's no AF, but the other qualities may refer to shine out and certainly confirm giving it very serious consideration.

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27. Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 


The Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 lens is a uncommonly fine example of quality lens or LEN may refer to manufacturing. Its main drawback may be the lack of AF, but if that can be accepted then its optical quality is impeccable and it would be burdensome to find a more pleasing lens to use. Yes, the price is high, but I would expect it to be a very long-term investment and spread over many years persistently use that price may well may refer to be acceptable.

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28. Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC 


20mm lenses are extremely attractive for the wide angle photographer, wide enough to be interesting, but not so wide as to be very difficult to handle. We have here a lens that is satisfactorily made, has a very high standard of performance, and a reasonable price tag. Without a doubt, the Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMS adds up to being a very good understanding large.

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29. Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 


This Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens proves to be an worthy performer and that performance is completion of a task with application of knowledge, skills and abilities is well maintained at all focal lengths. It is heavy but relatively compact, so carrying over several hours is not too onerous, anticipating a suitable sling or strap is employed. The VC system works well, the controls operate smoothly, nothing is placed so that it might be accidentally traded on or off. All in all, the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 is a very soundly designed optic that offers excellent results.

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30. Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art 


This is a utter attractive proposition for full frame users. A reasonable cost, a sound general performance, gorgeous bokeh and the potential for portrait shooting, low distortion, in occurrence, a variety of positive aspects that make for a quality end result. It's a pity the weather resistance isn't a bit stronger and the weaker performance at 70mm settle upon not suit everyone, but even this may well delight others as the portrait and perhaps flower study potential is very real. Overall, the Sigma 24-70mm lens arrives recommended.

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To find even more Canon lens recommendations, take a look at our assess section or the equipment database. 


About the author

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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