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5 Most Popular Canon Lenses


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As a beginner, you may find it hard to choose the best lens for you when there are so many available. Why not look at what others buy, which will give you a great idea on what most people photograph, and with what you surely can’t go wrong.

Here are the 5 most popular Canon lenses, and the majority of them are very affordable (ranging from $100 to $500). Constantly buying new cameras won’t really change your photographs that much, it’s the lenses that play an important role here!

1. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II


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Before I say anything else, just keep in mind that this lens costs $100. It’s the cheapest out there, so it must be bad right? Nope, it offers much better image quality than the kit lens and many other zooms, has maximum aperture f/1.8 which is brilliant for low light, and is really lightweight. The only downside is that the auto focus can struggle in low light, and that it doesn’t have such good build quality. Unless you plan on throwing it around, it shouldn’t be a problem!

Fits on: All Canon DSLR Cameras.

2. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II


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You’re looking at the cheapest, most popular telephoto lens. It’s a great addition to the kit 18-55mm, because you’re covered from 18 to 250mm, and there are so many places where you can use it (bird photography, sports, animals, nature, sky). Fast auto focus, great image quality and low price put it currently at number one spot on Amazon, and second most popular based on TDP’s readers!

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3. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM


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My all-time favorite prime lens, the 50mm f/1.4. Why is it more expensive? First, better image quality throughout all aperture sizes. Second, the build is much more professional like, and it feels like an actual lens. Besides that it also features an USM motor for fast and accurate focusing, and offers a slightly larger maximum aperture (useful in really dark conditions). I’ve been using it for over 5 years now and it’s perfect for portraits, animals, all around stuff etc.

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


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While the 55-250mm only fits on APS-C cameras, the 70-300 will fit on every single Canon DSLR (and SLR) ever created. It’s twice as expensive, but that’s because you’re getting better image quality, an Ultra Sonic Motor and tougher build quality. Due to its “average” aperture sizes, it won’t be the best for low light but if your DSLR performs good at high ISO then you’re pretty much covered. When shooting outside, you will love it!

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5. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM


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First word that comes to my mind; razor sharp images. I bought the 85mm f/1.8 three years ago to on the day I had to shoot a concert, so I was a bit nervous if the range, or quality wouldn’t be good enough. Everything I’ve read about it turned out to be true; this is an amazing piece of glass, and the price you have to pay is ridiculously low. Great for low light, portraits, and everything else. It’s the sharpest lens on the list!

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  • CameraDude

    Is there a big difference between the 50mm 1.8 and 1.4 when used for video? (indoor and outdoor interviews, scene collecting, etc)

    • If you’re gonna use the 50mm f/1.8 at f/1.8, it’s not going to give the best quality (best at f/2 – f/4). The 50mm f/1.4 on other hand, is much better completely wide opened, but is also the best when slightly stopped down. I hope I didn’t complicate it too much.

      The difference is definitely not worth the extra $200 if it’s only going to be used for videos!

      • CameraDude

        I use a t3i and am a amateur photographer. For video, is f/2 – f/4 something I adjust on the camera?

        • Yes, all settings can be adjusted on the camera, including aperture (super fast, can also be done while recording).