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10 Most Popular Lenses for Canon DSLRs


Take a look at the 10 most popular lenses for Canon DSLR cameras.

The large majority of lenses here have 3 things in common; their image quality is great, they’re perfect for many types of photography, and are super affordable.

10 Most Popular Canon Lenses:
 Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
2. Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
3. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
4. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
5. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
6. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
7. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
8. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
9. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
10. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM

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1.  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

canon-ef-50mm-1.8-stm-lensThere are many reasons why the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM takes the first spot. It has excellent image quality, a big f/1.8 aperture for getting that background blur and shooting in low light, is small and lightweight, and focuses quickly and silently.

It’s also the cheapest Canon lens available! This makes it great for beginner and professional photographers, and it’s also perfect for almost any type of photography, from portraits, weddings, general stuff, low light, sports etc.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews here.

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

canon-efs-10-18mm-is-stm-newThe Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM replaces the old 10-22mm, costs less and offers the same image quality. It’s got an STM for silent and accurate focusing (great for video as well) as well as Image Stabilization.

If you are into landscape, architecture, indoor or nature photography, you’ll love it as it’s sharp and affordable.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews here.

3.  Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 STM

canon-ef-s-24mm-2.8-stmThe Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 STM is an extremely small, lightweight, high quality prime lens excellent for traveling and wideangle photography.

Yes, it does look like it’s not finished, but there’s an actual term for such thin lenses; pancake lenses. It’s got great colors, sharpness and overall quality, and is worth every dollar.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews here.

4.  Canon EF 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

canon-efs-55-250mm-is-stm-telephotoThe new Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM looks better and delivers higher quality images throughout all focal distances, features Image Stabilization and STM for better auto focusing. If you want to shoot wildlife, sports or any type of action where you can’t always be close to your subject, but are on a budget, this is the lens for you!

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews here.

5.  Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

canon-50mm-1.4-lensThe Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 is twice as expensive as the f/1.8, but offers only a slightly wider maximum aperture. Is that it? Of course not, the biggest difference is in the size and build quality, faster auto focus thanks to USM (Ultra Sonic Motor) and better image quality and sharpness, especially when shooting at its largest aperture.

Personally I would recommend you to go with the f/1.8 above, unless you really know you need a little bit larger aperture (aka most of your photography is indoors and you need as much light as possible).

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews here.

6.  Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

canon-ef-85mm-1.8-lensThe Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is razor sharp and offers better image quality than most higher priced lenses out there! Excellent for concerts, portraits, or simply anytime where professional like quality is a must. I’ve been using it for years and can’t come up with a single bad thing about it (it’s also just as cheap as all the lenses above).

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews here.

7.  Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

canon-ef-40mm-2-pancake-lensThe Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is another $150 pancake lens, this time with a slightly longer focal length. It’s quite similar to the 50mm f/1.8, so go with this one if you really need something small and light to go with your compact DSLR.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews here.

8.  Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5-6. IS USM

canon-ef-70-300mm-4-5.6-is-usm-telephotoIt offers 50mm more reach than the 55-250mm above, slightly better quality at the 300mm distance, an Ultra Sonic Motor for silent and more accurate focusing, and just feels better in hands. It’s around $200 more expensive, so I’d recommend if you are quite serious when it comes to sports, wildlife or any telephoto work.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews here.

9.  Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

canon-ef-70-200mm-f2.8l-is-ii-usm-telephotoThe Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is almost more expensive than all of the lenses above combined, but for a really good reason. See the L next to its aperture size? It stands for Luxury, and L lenses offer the best image quality, tack sharp images, beautiful colors, fast auto focusing system and improved weather-sealing (waterproof in some cases). Whether you’re serious about photography, or just want the best option out there when it comes to sports, wildlife, weddings, portraits or almost any type of photography, you’ll want this.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews here.

10.  Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro

canon-ef-100mm-f2.8l-is-usm-macro-lensFinally, a macro lens! This one belongs to Canon’s L line as well, so great image quality is expected. It was also Canon’s first lens to feature Hybrid Image Stabilization (more chances of getting a stable shot without a tripod). Mounted on on APS-C camera, it’s equivalent to 160mm, meaning you can get some awesome close up shots.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews here.