Best Canon Camera Lenses for 2016

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Best Canon Camera Lenses for 2016

Take a look at a solid assortment of Canon camera lenses that will meet most of your basic photography needs.*

Aside from the kit lens that came with your Canon DSLR, you will want to pick up a few lenses that are versatile vacation lenses, portrait lenses, zoom and macro photography lenses.

Most of the options on this list are in the affordable range and are the best Canon everyday lenses for the price. You won’t break the bank purchasing a new piece of glass, but you will expand your Canon camera lens arsenal immensely.

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Here’s Our Guide to the 10 Best Canon Camera Lenses for 2016:

 

 

#10 – Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Prime Lens

 

The EF 40mm F2.8 STM is an impressive little Canon walkaround lens to add to your arsenal. Also called the “Pancake” lens, this inexpensive and light weight Canon prime lens doesn’t take up a lot of room in your bag. It’s the perfect Canon multipurpose lens addition to your kit lens and will give you options for taking all around portrait or landscape shots on vacation or at home.

*This is an excellent back up lens when you want to shoot portraits. We also recommend the  Canon EF 85mm f1.8 Prime lens and the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8canon 40mm pancake lens, 40mm prime lens, dslr camera lens guide, dslr camera lens reviews, sony dslr camera lens, dslr camera lens types, dslr camera lens cleaning, dslr camera lens 101, dslr camera lens brands, dslr camera lens rental,L IS USM Macro Lens as portrait photography lenses for Canons.

The EF 40mm F2.8 STM has excellent image quality. The autofocus is almost completely silent, but it’s not super-fast. The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM’s  is subtle and unobtrusive – the perfect lens when you want to be more discreet in sensitive shooting situations. You can get beautiful soft-focus backgrounds at a short minimum focusing distance of only 0.98 ft./0.30 m. Learn More | Buy Now


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#9 – Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens – Chase Jarvis Recommends

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The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens is the first mid-telephoto macro lens to include Canon’s sophisticated Image Stabilization. The lens was developed to expand users’ photographic range and allow a broader range of photographers to enjoy macro photography and other uses easily. This lens from Canon is suitable for nature/concert/potrait and close up/product photography.  It’s the best everyday canon lens with a variety of applications. The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM has the highest quality optics available. Coupled with near-silent Ultrasonic focusing and life-size close-up capabilities (without an adapter) it gives the photographer limitless possibilities. Throw in the stellar build quality, including dust- and splash-proofing, and you are getting a superb lens package. Learn More | Buy Now


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#8 – Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM Telephoto Zoom Lens

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The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Telephoto Zoom lens is a dream come true for photographers and videographers looking to add versatility and range to their lens collection. This lens shows up twice on the Canon best selling lens list because the newer version, here, is Image Stabilized and has an STM motor. The #4 item on the list ranks high on the best seller list but has been discontinued. If you are looking for a more affordable option of this lens, buy the option #4.

Easily capture sharp images of faraway objects, even when handheld and not mounted on a tripod. Featuring Canon’s STM stepping motor and a high-speed CPU the rear focus mechanism supports Canon’s Movie Servo AF for smooth, quiet and continuous focus adjustments. The Canon 55-250mm Telephoto zoom lens features one UD lens element that reduces chromatic aberration helping you achieve excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. You can use a variety of filters because the front element does not rotate. The closest focusing distance is 0.85m or 2.8 ft and it weighs only 0.83lbs. While not super light weight, depending upon your camera body, it is a good walking around lens where you may want to capture images from far away. Learn More | Buy Now


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#7 – Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Standard Zoom Lens

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The Canon EF-S 18-55 IS II is a lightweight, compact, and affordable standard Zoom lens. This lens is perfect for indoor shooting as well as outdoors environments. It features Image Stabilizer technology to compensate for movement. This lens will let you take great photos in dim light conditions.  It’s a great all around lens to take on vacation because it’s not too expensive and lets you adjust to a variety of situations. Weighing only .5lbs you can easily carry it and your camera body without feeling weighed down. Learn More | Buy Now


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#6 – Best Canon Lens for Portraits* – Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Prime Lens (Also one of the best Canon walkaround lenses for Canon cameras.) –  Chase Jarvis Recommends the 85mm f/1.2L USM

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 The Canon EF 85mm f1.8 Prime lens is a practical medium telephoto lens that produces sharp and clear images at all apertures. The lens has been designed to give beautiful background blur, thereby bringing your subject into crisp view.

The ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) and fast f/1.8 aperture helps the subject zip into focus in the viewfinder.

You can easily use special filter effects because the front ring does not rotate. This standard zoom lens captures subjects plainly making it an excellent lens for portraits and images that require a natural looking depth of field. Learn More | Buy Now



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#5 – Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Prime Lens

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The 50mm f/1.4 Prime is one of Canon’s best lenses for everyday photography. It’s light weight yet durable. You are able to capture excellent photos in low light situations with awesome bokeh.  The only reason it’s not the #1 50mm lens (see #1 on our list) is the price. It’s about $200 more than the 50mm f1.8 lens sitting in the #1 position. But, for the price you get better opportunities in low light situations, and you are also getting a more solid lens overall. You won’t be disappointed at the versatility you can achieve with this lens. Learn More | Buy Now


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#4 – Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens

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The Canon 55-250mm Image Stabilized Telephoto Zoom lens captures long distance and low light shots well. You can capture the far-off action of athletes or easily zoom in for an intimate portrait of your child performing on stage. The high-zoom-ratio lens is equivalent to a focal length of 88-400mm in the 35mm format (when used on Canon EOS cameras compatible with EF-S lenses). There will be some noise when focusing; it’s not totally quiet. If you need to catch a shot quickly, you may want to use the manual focus because the auto focus is a little slow. This is a winner of a lens, though, and is now discontinued and available for about half the price as when it was first introduced. Learn More | Buy Now


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#3 – Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Wide Angle Lens

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The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Image Stabilization STM lens provides an ultra-wide angle of view in a compact, portable package. The 10-18mm lens is perfect for EOS cameras with an APS-C sensors. The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM delivers consistent, fast & quiet wide-angle performance that makes this lens ideal for everyday photography, travel, stills and movies. Learn More | Buy Now


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#2 – Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Prime Lens

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Incredibly compact and lightweight, the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a fast multipurpose lens with advanced auto focus and optics. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 38mm, this little lens is perfect for most situations. It’s small and compact, like the 40mm Pancake lens, which makes carrying a heavier camera a breeze. Delivering optical brilliance the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is an excellent prime lens for photographers who want a travel-friendly option in their collection. Considered the best canon pancake lens by most Canon photographers, pick up this lens if you want to replace your 18-55mm zoom. Learn More | Buy Now


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#1 – Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Prime Lens

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For me, this is the best Canon walk-around lens. Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a the perfect prime lens for most situations an avid photographer will encounter. More affordable than the 50mm f1.4 lens, this Canon 50mm is light weight and compact (.35lbs). It’s an excellent entry level priced prime lens for portraits, action, and nighttime photography. With an aperture of f/1.8 the Canon 50mm prime is solid in low light and is able to capture sharp images and movies with beautiful background blur thanks to its circular 7-blade design. And, this 50mm lens renders excellent bokeh.

An updated lens arrangement with new lens coatings helps create images with a superb color balance, plus it minimizes ghosting and flare. Performance is brilliant and near silent when in continuous Movie Servo AF mode.  The auto focus is super smooth for still photography also. Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 STM has a rugged metal mount and an improved minimum focusing distance of 1.15 ft. (0.35m) and a maximum magnification of 0.21x. This is the perfect lens for photographers and moviemakers to explore the endless possibilities with their Canon dslr cameras. Learn More | Buy Now


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Now that you have a list of the Top Ten Best Canon DSLR Camera Lenses (see all best selling dslr lenses on Amazon), explore the options to making your photography better. There is no greater feeling than buying a new toy to explore your world with. 


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*Top Ten rank is according to Amazon Best Seller’s List. These are proven choices by thousands of photographers over many years of purchasing history.

* Best Canon Lens for Portrait Photography as recommended by Digital Photography School

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