Canon zoom lenses

Choosing lenses for DSLR : What to choose for Canon Cameras

After buying a new APS-C DSLR Camera with a lens bundle you might have realized the pictures are not all that great where the quality doesn’t meet your expectations . Sticking with your kit lens you will never realize the true potential of your DSLR. If you thought a DSLR with a bundled lens is the do all and end all of photography than you are in for an unpleasant surprise. With good skill you can still take good pictures with your Canon kit lens but their are dedicated lenses for different focal lengths whose quality cannot be matched by most lenses which are bundled with your DSLR.So here we are going to recommend lenses which are dedicated for different focal lengths and also categorize the cheap and expensive ones for you to decide when you think about moving on from your kit lens.


General purpose lens

Value option

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Similar to Nikon , Canon also keeps updating their kit lenses but the names remain almost similar to the previous generation so be sure to note the Full Name so that you don’t end up with an old lens .General purpose lens have come a long way and this lens comes with a new autofocus motor that is why the “STM” in the Name .The STM motor helps in providing silent continuous Auto focus while shooting videos which should really entice people who use their cameras to take movies often. There are no moving elements on the outside in this lens and the Image stabilization in this lens further helps in taking sharp pictures during low light so all these factors makes considering this lens for general purpose photography a decent choice. Normally kit lenses are not regarded highly by professionals but similar to Nikon , even Canon has stepped up its Game with this lens and you can rest assured this will serve you well for your general purpose needs.


Ideal option

Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM for Canon -$700 to $800

Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM

This is a lens by Sigma which has the performance of 3 prime lenses in a single package. It has an aperture of F1.8 which means you should be able to take amazing pictures in low light and for indoors photography. If you plan to do lots of shooting in low light or indoors or for taking lots of people pics for good memories than this should be your ideal lens. If you have a cheap general purpose lens like any Canon 18-55 mm than don’t expect extraordinary  quality in low light or indoors. With this lens you have less zoom range to work with as compared to EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM but what you are missing out on zoom you are gaining in exceptional pictures so that shouldn’t be a tough compromise to make keeping that in mind.We wish the asking price was less for this lens but you can rest assured you will get beautiful pics with this lens.


Telephoto Lens

Value option

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM should be the perfect choice for zoom lens with good optics and solid Value for Canon APS-C DSLR cameras. It can meet your long range photo taking requirement and also provide good value at $299. Autofocusing is fast with the new STM motor and this lens comes with Image Stabilization which means you can take better pictures in low light than a comparable lens with no Image Stabilization.


Ideal option

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is the ideal telephoto option  for Canon APS-C DSLR cameras with sharp optics and fast autofocusing  for capturing fast action at different focal lengths. This lens will give you longer reach than the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and also faster auto-focusing and better build quality which the 55-250mm cannot match and also whenever you make the shift from APS-C DSLR to Full-Frame this lens will still serve you on your new Full frame camera as the 70-300mm is an EF lens which means it is actually a Full frame lens which is compatible and works perfectly well on APS-C DSLR’s on the other hand EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM  is strictly meant for only APS-C DSLR’s and not Full-Frame Cameras. 


Prime Lens

Ideal option with amazing value

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

There are some lenses in Canon and Nikon which provide tons of value with minimal compromise in picture quality. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is one such lens and we suggest you to get this lens as soon as you buy a new Canon APS-C DSLR . If you have a small budget for lenses and you feel your kit lens doesn’t meet your expectations then you can take our word for it for what its worth that there is no substitute to this lens and it produces exceptional photos and provides tons of value for the price. This is the first lens to buy for your Canon camera as its cheap, produces superb professional looking pictures as opposed to a kit lens and you can be sure to impress your friends with the photos from this lens. Note that this lens has no zoom and the 50mm focal length might be a little narrow for general purpose photography but a kit lens cannot match nor produce the pictures possible with this lens. 


Wide angle Lens

Value option

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM – $279.99 

 

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

 

For your various shooting requirements a General purpose lens wont always make the cut for all situations so a Wide angle lens will be required sooner or later when your General purpose lens cant meet your  requirements. If you have a Canon DSLR then there is no other Wide angle lens to start with other than the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM . This lens provides good value for money and might also be a reason to go for a Canon DSLR instead of  a Nikon DSLR because the cost of a Wide angle lens made by Nikon which is the AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm F3.5-4.5G ED  is almost $900  whereas this Canon lens is priced at around $280 which is not even half the price of the Nikon lens so if your still on the fence on choosing your next DSLR you should definitely take this into account as you will pay less for Wide angle with Canon.


Ideal option

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

 Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

So  you want better build quality, better optics and a higher zoom range then this lens is the perfect choice and it is still less than the price of the wide angle lens provided by Nikon. This lens also has faster optics with maximum aperture of f 3.5 as compared to f4.5  which you will get with Canon EF-S 10-18mm which means better pictures in low light and the extra zoom range will also give you more reach to work with which is always welcome.


All in one Lens

Ideal option

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

So you want one lens which can do everything and not carry a heavy lens bag wherever you go. Your best and ideal option is the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS  which covers the whole range from wide angle to telephoto. So whether you want to take pictures from really far or a few centimeters away from the subject this lens has you covered but there is a reason dedicated lens for different focal range exist because of their benefits over an All in one lens. For example you might struggle to take fast moving subjects in low light, action photography ,indoor family pictures in less than adequate light, portrait pictures, pictures with bokeh among other things but that is not to say this lens is not capable of taking good pictures. It is a lens which can definitely meet your expectations but every lens has its limitations. So go ahead and weigh the pros and cons carefully before deciding to go for an All-in-one lens.


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