Canon Lenses

Complete Canon Lens List

Canon has been producing auto-focus lenses since the late 1980s, and surprisingly, some of the early lenses are still in production. From the beginning, Canon made the decision to design their focusing motors into the lens, rather than relying on a single motor in the camera body to do the work. Consequently, all Canon AF lenses, regardless of age, will fit (and function) on any Canon AF body.

In the digital age, Canon started producing EF-S lenses in addition to their EF line. The EF-S series are designed specifically for cameras with smaller, APS-C sensors. These lenses are NOT compatible with full-frame SLRs.

This is a table of Canon lenses, and lenses for Canon made by other manufacturers. You can sort the table by clicking the arrows at the top of each column, but sorting by price doesn’t work very well right now.

You can also filter the results by typing in the search field. For example, if you only want to see EF-S lenses, just type “EF-S” in the search field, and only those lenses will be displayed. Similarly, if you only want to see “L” lenses, or “Prime” lenses, or “macro” lenses, the table can be filtered that way, too.

Lenses (Updated 3/1/2017)Min. (mm)Max. (mm)Max AperturePrice
(Amazon, 3/2016)
Canon Extender EF 1.4x III1.4x1.4x$429
Canon Extender EF 2x III2x2x$429
SIGMA 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Circular Fisheye (prime)4.54.5f/2.8$899
Canon EF 8-15mm USM Fisheye815f/4$1249
Rokinon 8mm F3.5 HD
FISHEYE (removable hood, APS-C)
88F/3.5$242
Rokinon 8mm F/3.5 FISHEYE (APS-C)88F/3.5$232
SIGMA 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye (prime)88f/3.5$899
SIGMA 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM8 -16f/4.5-5.6$699
Rokinon 10mm F/2.8
ULTRA WIDE ANGLE (APS-C)
1010F/2.8$402
SIGMA 10mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Fisheye (prime)1010f/2.8Discontinued
$379+
Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] SP1024f/3.5-4.5$499
Tokina AT-X 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 Fisheye1017f/3.5-4.5 $486
Tokina AT-X 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 NH Fisheye1017f/3.5-4.5$599
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM10 -18f/4.5-5.6$279
Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM10 -22f/3.5-4.5$649
SIGMA 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM10 -20f/3.5$449
SIGMA 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM10 -20f/4-5.6$344
Irix 11mm f/41111f/4Coming Soon
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM1124f/4$2899
Tokina AT-X 11-16 f/2.8 II PRO1116f/2.8$418
Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 DX1116f/2.8$449
Tokina AT-X 11-20 F2.8 PRO DX1120f/2.8$478
Rokinon 12mm F/2.8
FULL FRAME FISHEYE
1212F/2.8$499
SIGMA 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II1224f/4.5-5.6$949
SIGMA 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG ASP HSM1224f/4.5-5.6$613
Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art1224f/4$1,599.00
Tokina AT-X 12-24mm f/4 II1224f/4$509
Tokina AT-X 12-28 f/4 PRO DX1228f/4Discontinued
SIGMA 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM ART1414f/1.8Coming Soon
Canon EF 14mm II USM (prime)1414f/2.8$2099
Rokinon 14mm F/2.8
FULL FRAME ULTRA WIDE ANGLE
1414f/2.8$339
Rokinon SP 14mm f/2.4 Premium1414f/2.4$999
Tokina AT-X 14-20 F2 PRO DX1420f/2$899
Canon EF 15mm Fisheye (prime)1515f/2.8Discontinued
($565 Used)
Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM1585f3.5-5.6$799
SIGMA 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye (prime)1515 f/2.8$609
Tamron 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD SP1530f/2.8$1199
ZEISS Distagon T* 15mm f/2.81515f/2.8$1948
Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.81515f/2.8$2,649.99
Irix 15mm f/2.41515f/2.4$393.01
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II USM1635f/2.8L$1449
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 III USM1635f/2.8L$1,999.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM1635f/4$999
Rokinon 16mm F/2.0
HIGH SPEED WIDE ANGLE (APS-C)
1616F/2$359
Tamron 16-300MM F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro16300F/3.5-6.3$549
Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 FX1628f/2.8$556
Tokina AT-X 16-50mm f/2.8 PRO DX1650f/2.8Discontinued
Canon EF 17-40mm USM1740f/4L$699
Canon EF-S 17-55mm IS USM1755f/2.8$879
Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM1785f/4-5.6$375
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L1717f/4$2149
SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM1750f/2.8$419
SIGMA 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM1770f/2.8-4$349
SIGMA 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM (C series)1770f/2.8-4$499
Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] SP1750f/2.8$499
Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] SP1750f/2.8$649
Tokina AT-X 17-35 F4 PRO FX1735f/4$439
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS1855f/3.5-5.6$199
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM1855f/3.5-5.6$249
$106 (White Box)
Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS II1855f/3.5-5.6$199
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM1855f/4-5.6$249
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS18135f/3.5-5.6Not Recommended
$499
$268 (White Box)
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM18135f/3.5-5.6$549
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
(power zoom)
18135f/3.5-5.6$599
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS18200f3.5-5.6$392 White Box
SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM ART1835f/1.8$799
SIGMA 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM1850f/2.8-4.5Discontinued
SIGMA 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM Contemporary18125f/3.8-5.6$410
SIGMA 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Contemporary18200f/3.5-6.3$399
SIGMA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM18250f/3.5-6.3$349
SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM (Contemporary)18300f/3.5-6.3$499
Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO18200f/3.5-6.3$189
Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD, F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD18270f/3.5-6.3$449
ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.51818f/3.5$1199
Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.81818f/2.8$2,299.00
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM (prime)2020f/2.8$539
SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ART2020F/1.4$899
SIGMA 20mm f/1.8 EX DG ASP RF2020 f/1.8$629
Rokinon 21mm F/1.4
HIGH SPEED WIDE ANGLE (APS-C)
2121F/1.4$449
ZEISS Milvus 21mm f/2.82121f/2.8$1649
Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II USM2470f/2.8$1749
Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS USM2470f/4$849
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM2470 f/2.8LDiscontinued ($600-1000 Used)
SIGMA 24-70 f/2.8 OS HSM ART2470f/2.8Coming Soon
Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM2485 f/3.5-4.5Discontinued
$130
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM24105f/3.5-5.6$599
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM24105f/4L$999
Canon EF 24–105mm f/4L IS II USM24105f/4L$1,099.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM (prime)2424f/1.4L$1479
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 (prime)2424f/2.8Discontinued
$190+
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM (prime)2424f/2.8$599
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM2424f/2.8$129
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift (prime)2424f/3.5L$1899
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt-Shift (prime)2424f/3.5L$790+
Rokinon 24mm F/1.4
FULL FRAME WIDE ANGLE
2424F/1.4$549
Rokinon 24mm F/3.5
FULL FRAME TILT-SHIFT
2424F/3.5$759
SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM ART2435f/2$999
SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM2470f/2.8$749
SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG (OS)* HSM ART24105F/4$899
SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM ART2424F/1.4$849
SIGMA 24mm f/1.8 EX DG ASP Macro2424 f/1.8$549
Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 Di VC USD2470f/2.8$1299
Tokina AT-X 24-70 F2.8 PRO FX2470f/2.8$880
ZEISS Distagon T* 25mm f/22525f/2$1272
Canon EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6 USM II28105f/4-5.6Discontinued
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM28135f/3.5-5.6$399
Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM28200 f/3.5-5.6Discontinued
$179+ Used
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM28300f/3.5-5.6L$2449
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM (prime)2828f/1.8$477
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM (prime)2828f/2.8$439
SIGMA 28mm f/1.8 EX DG ASP Macro (prime)2828 f/1.8$449
Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO SP2875f/2.8$499
Tamron 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD28300f/3.5-6.3$849
ZEISS Distagon T* 28mm f/22828f/2$949
ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.42828f/1.4$4490
SIGMA 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM ART (prime)3030f/1.4$499
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM3535f/1.4L$1799
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM3535f/1.4L$999
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM3535f/2$549
Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 (prime)3535f/2Discontinued
$250+ Used

Rokinon 35mm F/1.4
FULL FRAME WIDE ANGLE
3535F/1.4$399
SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART prime3535f/1.4$899
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 SP Di VC USD3535f/1.8$599
ZEISS Distagon T* 35mm f/1.43535f/1.4$1299
ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/23535f/2$1049
YONGNUO YN 35mm f/23535f/2$99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake (prime)4040f/2.8$149
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift (prime)4545f/2.8$1399
Tamron 45mm f/1.8 SP Di VC USD4545f/1.8$599
Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM (prime)5050f/1.2L$1349
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM (prime)5050 f/1.4$349
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II (prime)5050f/1.8$120
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM5050f/1.8$110
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro5050f/2.5Discontinued
$150-250+
Rokinon 50mm F/1.4
FULL FRAME HIGH SPEED
5050F/1.4$399
SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM ART50100F/1.8$1099
SIGMA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 DC OS HSM50200f/4-5.6$349
SIGMA 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM50500f/4.5-6.3$1459
SIGMA 50mm f/1.4 DG HSD ART5050F/1.4$949
SIGMA 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM (prime)5050f/1.4$324+ Used
SIGMA 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro (prime)5050f/2.8Discontinued
ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.45050f/1.4$1099
ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar 1:2 Macro5050f/2$1279
ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.45050f/1.4$559
YONGNUO YN 50mm f/1.85050f/1.8$60
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM II55200f/4.5-5.6$239
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS55250f4-5.6Discontinued
$142(new)
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM55250f4-5.6$289
Tamron 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di II LD MACRO55200 f/4-5.6$199
ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.45555f/1.4$3298
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro (prime)6060f/2.8$419
Tamron 60mm F/2 Di II LD [IF] MACRO 1:1 (prime) SP6060f/2$524
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro (prime)6565f/2.8$1049
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM70200f/2.8L$1949
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM70200f/2.8LDiscontinued
$900+
Check Prices On Ebay
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM70200f/2.8L$1249
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM70200f/4L$1149
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM70200f/4L$599
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM70300f/4-5.6$399
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM70300f/4-5.6$549.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM UD70300f/4-5.6L$1249
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM70300f/4.5-5.6$1399
SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO70200f/2.8$1149
SIGMA 70-300mm f/4-5.6DG Macro70300f/4-5.6$149
SIGMA 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro70300f/4-5.6$139
SIGMA 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS70300f/4-5.6$359
SIGMA 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro (prime)7070f/2.8Discontinued
Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD [IF] MACRO SP70200f/2.8$769
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP70200f/2.8$1399
Tamron 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO70300f/4-5.6$164
Tamron 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD SP70300f/4-5.6$449
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD G270300f/4-5.6Coming Soon
(Announced in Japan)
Tokina AT-X 70-200 F4 FX VCM-S70200f/4(Not currently available for Canon)
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III75300f/4-5.6$189
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III USM75300f/4-5.6$179
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM75300f/4-5.6Discontinued
Tokina AT-X 80-400mm f/4.5-5.680400f/4.5-5.6$596
Canon EF 85mm f1.2L USM II8585f/1.2L$1899
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM (prime)8585f/1.8$369
Rokinon 85mm F/1.4
FULL FRAME
8585F/1.4$239
Rokinon 85mm f/1.2 Premium8585f/1.2$999
SIGMA 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM (prime)8585f/1.4$869
SIGMA 85mm f/1.4 ART (Prime)8585f/1.4$1,199.00
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 SP Di VC USD8585f/1.8$750
ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.48585f/1.4$1799
ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.48585f/1.4$4200
ZEISS Planar T* 85mm f/1.48585f/1.4$999
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift (prime)9090f/2.8$1399
Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 (prime) SP9090f/2.8$499
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Prime) SP9090f/2.8$599
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Prime) SP (New SP Line)9090f/2.8$649
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM100400f/4.5-5.6$2099
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM100400f/4.5-5.6L$1331
SIGMA 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary100400f/5-6.3Coming Soon
Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM (prime)100100f/2.0$499
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro (prime)100100 f/2.8$549
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro USM (prime)100100 f/2.8$799
Rokinon 100mm F/2.8
FULL FRAME MACRO
100100f/2.8$549
SIGMA 100-300mm f/4 EX DG APO HSM100300f/4Discontinued
$1499 New
Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 AF Pro D Macro (prime)100100f/2.8$340
ZEISS Milvus 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar 1:2 Macro100100f/2$1684
SIGMA 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro (prime)105105f/2.8$619
SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM SPORT120300f/2.8$3599
SIGMA 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM120400f/4.5-5.6Discontinued
$500 Used
SIGMA 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art135135f/1.8Coming Soon
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM (prime)135135f/2.0L$999
Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Soft Focus (prime)135135 f/2.8Discontinued
$150+
Rokinon 135mm F/2.0
FULL FRAME TELEPHOTO
135135F/2$549
ZEISS Apo Sonnar T* 135mm f/2135135f/2$1650
Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2135135f/2$2,151.69
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary150600F5-6.3$989
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM SPORT150600F5-6.3$1799
SIGMA 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro150150f/2.8$859
SIGMA 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro (prime)150150f/2.8$1099
Tamron 150-600MM F/5-6.3 Di VC USD SP150600 F/5-6.3$989
Tamron 150-600MM F/5-6.3 Di VC USD SP G2150600 F/5-6.3$1,270.99
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM (prime)180180f/3.5L$1399
SIGMA 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro180180f/2.8$1699
Tamron 180mm F/3.5 Di LD [IF] MACRO 1:1 (prime) SP180180f/3.5$739
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x200400/560f/4$10,999
Canon EF 200mm f/2.0L IS USM (prime)200200 f/2.0L$5699
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM (prime)200200f/2.8L$750
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM300300f/2.8$6099
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM300300f/2.8Discontinued
$2700+
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM300300f/4$1299
Rokinon 300mm F/6.3 Mirror
COMPACT TELEPHOTO FOR DSLR's
300300f/6.3$249
SIGMA 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM300800F/5.6$7,999
SIGMA 300mm F2.8 EX APO DG (HSM)*300300f/2.8$3399
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM400400f/2.8$9999
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM400400f/4$6899
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM400400f/4Discontinued
$2400+
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM400400f/5.6$1149
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM500500f/4$8999
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM500500f/4Discontinued
$4250+ Used
Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sport500500f/4$5,999.00
SIGMA 500mm F4.5 EX DG APO (HSM)*500500F/4.5$4999
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM600600f/4$11,499
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM600600f/4Discontinued
$3200+ Used
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM800800f/5.6$12,999
SIGMA 800mm F5.6 EX APO DG HSM800800F/5.6$6599

Notes

Some of the manufacturers throw around the term “Macro” pretty loosely in naming their lenses, when they really just mean “close-focusing”. All Canon macro lenses focus 1:1, as do the 3rd party prime lenses. Don’t expect the same performance from zoom lenses listed as “Macro”, though.

As a matter of practicality, I’ve decided NOT to include most lenses that are discontinued or otherwise no longer available. Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 mark I was replaced by the mark II, for example, so the original is not listed, nor is the f/1.0, even though its replacement, the f/1.2, is not exactly the same.

Glossary

  1. IS, OS, and VC : All refer to image stabilization that is built into the lens. IS is Canon’s designation, OS is Sigma’s, and VC is Tamron’s.
  2. USM, HSM, USD and PZD : All refer to ultrasonic motor technology, which is faster and quieter than standard micro-motor.
  3. EF-S : EF-S is Canon’s line of lenses designed for cameras with APS-C sized sensors. They will not function correctly on full frame sensor cameras.
  4. Fisheye : A fisheye is a lens that does not have rectilinear correction; straight lines are distorted and appear dramatically curved.

If there are additional lenses that you think should be included, please comment below, or email me. Similarly, if there are terms that you think should be in the mini-glossary here, just let me know.

 

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  • I just bought my first DSLR CAMERA A “new to me” canon T3i body only. The first lens I got is a new canon 50mm f1.8. I am not a professional or an amateur, I just like to take pictures of all kinds of things (my kids mostly). A few friends have asked me to take family and senior pictures and we are going on vacation this year, so I am trying to get a couple lens (that won’t cost me too much). Quality is important to me. The 50 is nice, but no zoom. I have been looking for months and am completely overwhelmed. I have seriously considered the 18-55 stm and 55-250 stm, but just not convinced.

  • I’m going to purchase the Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D Macro Lens for Canon to take photos of a couple of rocks I’m selling – is there an Amazon.com link on here I should use so it tracks back to this site? I’m ready to buy right now so I will wait until you respond before making a move – just know I’m ever-so-slightly impatient (read: very) in situations like this. Thanks –

    Michele

  • Hi Everyone:

    There seems to have been a database problem when I imported this table into a new system, and the longest telephotos have been cut off. I’ll be fixing this list as I get a chance over the next few days.

    – Matthew

  • What lense would you suggest for an upgrade from a basic cannon rebel eos system. Around $250.. I am an amatuer. But I am heading to Europe and want a better lenses. Thank you

    • It really depends on what you’re planning on photographing. In general, the Canon kit lens (18-55) is quite good optically, and it has image stabilization… the only real downsides are that the AF motor isn’t lightning fast, and it doesn’t have the widest apertures. I think that the Canon 55-250mm (~$200) would be a great addition to the kit lens. It’s much the same: very impressive optical quality for the price, and with image stabilization.

      If you’re looking for a single lens, though, that will replace your kit lens and improve on it, I don’t think there’s one that I’d recommend. Even if you were willing to spend $650 for a lens, the optical quality of the available all-in-one type zooms is really very poor, and they’re still expensive. You might as well be using a point and shoot with a good built in zoom instead.

      The one lens that I would recommend as a general, walk-around lens would be the new Canon 18-135mm STM (not the old model). Unfortunately, it’s a little expensive ($500).

      You might consider, though, a prime lens for a specific purpose. So, if you want a lens that will give you really good low-light performance (and shallow depth of field for portraits), you could buy the Canon 50mm f/1.8, which is inexpensive ($105), feels a bit cheap, but has really excellent image quality. Good for portraits and low light situations where you don’t want to use a flash. I think every photographer should have one of these in their kit. It’s not a wide angle or a telephoto, though, so it’s not the best lens to carry if you’re only going to carry one lens.

      Good luck!

      – Matthew

  • I am a junior photograph. i want to buy a canon lense. I do not have an idea about that that. I want to know about what is the difference between Telephoto and zoom lense. Plz give me some information about this in simple language.

    • Hi Kamal,

      I don’t know how I missed your comment, but now that I’ve found it…

      A telephoto lens is ANY lens that makes an object look larger through the viewfinder than it would with the naked eye. This means that for a 35mm camera, any lens that is more than about 70mm is a telephoto (though most lenses between 50mm and about 80mm are considered “normal” rather than telephoto). It’s the opposite of wide-angle.

      A zoom lens is simply a lens that you can change the power of the lens (technically, the focal length or field of view)… ie, zoom in and out. But you can have a wide angle zoom lens or a telephoto zoom lens (or a zoom lens that zooms from wide angle to telephoto).

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