Top 10 – Best Buy Lenses for Canon – 2013

Best Buy Lenses for Canon – by Canon5Dtips

Which lens should You buy next?

If you are looking for best lens for Canon SLR, you may be flooded with professional reviews, specifications and mixed comments from consumers.  It can be an intense and time consuming task to search for new lenses especially if you are on a tight budget and want good quality. There are plenty of amazing reviews about almost every lens, but reading all of those long articles can sometimes just be too difficult.  We understand how tough lens research can be and have made things a bit easier for you by putting together concise information (only the most important facts) on each of the top 10 lenses for Canon in an easy-to-read format, we present you best buy camera lenses.

Be careful not to fall to the myth of thinking that expensive gear magically transforms you into a better photographer.  First, you need to work on yourself by ‘developing your eye’ and honing your techniques.  Equipment is important, but how good is it if you don’t know how to use it properly?

We present you with best buy lenses for canon dslr list of lenses that are value for money, but the final decision winds down to you based on your level of knowledge or in better terms — your professional level.  Within this carefully researched list, we have also included third party lenses including lenses from manufacturers Sigma, Tamron and Zeiss.  We compared particular third party lenses to their Canon lenses competition, and we came to the conclusion that some of them were not of the standard that we were looking for to make the list. Take caution when buying third party lenses as some owners complain about focusing and other mechanical problems.  However, third party lens manufacturers may offer a longer warranty period than Canon and lower prices which can come in handy.

With Canon Lenses, you pay for the lens as well as the brand name — but is it worth the extra money?  Frankly, we believe it is.  You may not agree with us, but buying expensive lenses and keeping them in good condition can be a real deal, as you will be able to sell them later for a slightly lower price.  In an interesting way, it may turn out to be just like a long time rental.

Just remember, “Saving money in the short term could cost you money in the long term!”

Before Buying

Within the list, there are lenses that might cover your desires all at once, but you may need more lenses to properly cover your specific photography needs.  It comes down to what kind of photography you are into.

If possible, test the lenses that you are interested in before buying.  Seeing a lens being operated on video or on a webpage is not the same as having that lens attached to your D-SLR camera and operating it yourself.

About The List

These lenses received the highest votes by owners and therefore we consider them to be the consumers’ top 10 lenses for Canon D-SLRs.

Fisheye and tilt-shift lenses are not covered in this article but we will cover them in another article.

Note that this is introduction article, and that each lens will be presented with more details and example shots in separate articles. Each lens will have list of alternative lenses we chose based on use, price, focal range and sensor size.

We have made specific mention of APS-C and FF sensors in relation to the lenses. When switching a camera body from APS-C to Full Frame (FF), you need to use a lens with a longer focal length to achieve same effect, and on the other hand, when switching from a FF to APS-C you will need to use a lens with a shorter focal length.  For example, a 30mm or 35mm lens on an APS-C Camera can be used as alternative for a 50mm lens on a Full Frame (FF) Camera.  This is because the size of an APS-C sensor is 1.6 times smaller than 35mm sensor, and therefore would magnify a scene 1.6 times than what would be viewed on a FF Camera.  In more precise numbers, a 30mm lens would act like 48mm on cropped sensor (APS-C), 35mm as 56mm and 50mm as 80mm.

We have even selected zoom lenses as alternatives to prime lenses. We chose short focal range zoom lenses while taking sharpness into consideration.

A number of persons gave poor ratings to some of these lenses due to weight.  However, there is more to the rating of a lens than weight and it is certainly not the most important factor to consider.  Nevertheless, the specifications for each Canon lens are displayed along with comparisons with alternative lenses, so you can always take weight into your consideration when choosing.

For each lens that we have reviewed, we have chosen not to include the price of the lens as a con (disadvantage).  Instead, you will notice that the price of each lens and its alternative(s) are compared and shown under the heading “Alternative Pros & Cons”.

Best buy lenses for Canon – list

Best Buy Lenses for Canon - Canon EF 16-35mm-best-buy-lenses-for-canon
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Best Buy Lenses for Canon - Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
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Best Buy Lenses for Canon - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
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Best Buy Lenses for Canon - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
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Best Buy Lenses for Canon - Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
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Best Buy Lenses for Canon - Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
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Best Buy Lenses for Canon - Canon 100mm f2.8L Macro
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro
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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM •••• ••• •• •••• •••
Best Buy Lenses for Canon - Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
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Best Buy Lenses for Canon - Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
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Best Buy Lenses for Canon - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM •• •• •• •••• ••

Notice:
Best buy (value for money) lenses: Top quality lenses can get pretty heavy on your budget, but in light of the long term and your photography skill level, they may be very well worth the purchase. Of course, if you don’t earn money with photography, and you don’t plan to, it may be better to consider alternative lenses to fit your budget.

Best buy lenses can be different for each individual. You should determine what is most important for you. When buying photography gear, you can save money by paying in cash upfront, because you are most likely to receive deals that way.

Remember that lenses should outlast your camera body. Simply put, lenses are more important.

Note: If you have any other best buy lenses proposal for this article, please let us know.

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