Have you just bought a fantastic Canon DSLR for yourself? If you really want to bring your photography skills and photo quality on a completely new level, buying a high-quality lens is of the utmost importance.
Let’s admit it – there are tons of different lenses out there, and you’re probably wondering which one should you buy. We’ve prepared a special list of 10 best Canon DSLRs lenses for you in 2021.
Top 10 Best Lenses for Canon DSLRs in 2021
Travel and Landscape Photography
- Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD
- Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
- Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM
- Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS
Portrait and Outdoor Photography
Wildlife and Sports Photography
Before we start, lets first answer this question:
Can You Use Any Canon Lens on Any Canon Camera?
The answer is yes to every camera except if you have a full frame Canon camera (1D, 5D and 6D). If you have a full frame camera you can only use EF lenses and if you have a crop sensor camera you can use EF or EF-S lenses. Even if you have a mirrorless camera you can use every lens from this list and every lens made for Canon camera with the use of an adapter.
Travel and Landscape Photography
1. Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD
- Minimum Object Distance:9.4 inches
- Angle of View (diagonal) - 108°44'-60°2'(for APS-C format)
Starting off our list, we have an amazing Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD lens which promises a lot at an affordable price. This lens comes with a 10-24mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/3.5-4.5. Furthermore, it’s a huge upgrade over Tamron’s original wide-angle zoom lens adding a renewed autofocus system that’s both quicker and more accurate. The highlight of this lens is probably its build quality. It’s sturdy, but also lightweight with its 440g. Dimensions-wise, it’s not too big, packing 84x85mm.
To make things better, it has great optical image stabilization, making your videos and photos look much better. You can now pretty much forget about shaky videos, as this stabilization works like a charm. As for the build quality, it includes well-known weather seals and a fluorine coating on the front element, which prevents the lens from being damaged.
At this price, you ain’t gonna find a better buy than this, that’s for sure!
2. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
- 17-55mm wide-angle zoom lens with f/2.8 maximum aperture for Canon DSLR cameras
- AD and aspherical elements deliver impressive image quality through entire zoom range, Closest focusing distance : 1.15 feet
- Image Stabilizer lens groups shift to compensate for image shake even in dim lighting
When we compare the pricing between this one and the first one on the list, it’s clear that Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM is more expensive. However, I still think that the first one represents a better buy. While this lens is a bit older, it still provides an image quality that’s unparalleled at this price. Used by both professionals and semi-professionals, this lens boasts a focal length of 17-55mm with the maximum aperture of f/2.8.
One thing that makes this lens stand out is its amazing autofocus and image quality. We have ring-type ultrasonic autofocus which works fast and is razor-sharp. On the other side, I’m surprised we don’t have weather seals here, especially given the price. And what’s even less impressive is the lack of lens hood. Unfortunately, you’ll have to buy it separately.
Putting the not-so-good stuff aside, I think this lens is one of the best you can get for the price, despite its age. With its impressive image quality and fast aperture rating, you can’t go wrong with this one when it comes to travel photography.
3. Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM
- Ultra-wide-angle zoom lens
- Fast F2.8 maximum aperture
- Falls into Sigma's Art range of lenses
This lens is aimed towards users that use full-frame DSLRs hence the astonishing price. The lens comes with the ultrasonic autofocus with laser-grade precision but lacks any image stabilization, which is something I don’t like here. Despite its top-grade image quality, the lack of stabilization will still prevent you from capturing stable videos. But, if you want to capture sharp photos, that’s where this lens will exceed your expectations.
During my time with it, I noticed that picture quality and sharpness are unparalleled across the entire image frame, even with the higher aperture settings. To make things better, Sigma’s beautiful lens is sturdier than ever! Its build quality is really over the top, and that’s more exaggerated thanks to its superb handling.
The only downside is that there isn’t filter thread and of course, I think it’s not too wide, especially compared to some of the Canon’s lenses.
4. Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS
- Prime wide-angle lens, ideal for indoor, architectural, and landscape applications
- Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions.Ultra Wide Angle in 109.5掳.
- Manual focus design permits selective control over focus placement
Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS is an affordable lens. But, since we’re talking about an affordable lens, some sacrifices need to be made, right? Let’s begin with the good stuff first. It’s a lens for APS-C DSLRs that packs a focal length of 10mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 – pretty standard features. The design is pretty modern and compact, with its dimensions of 87x104mm and weight of 580g. As for the image quality, it’s quite good, yet not impressive. The highlight of this lens is, for sure, its fast aperture rating.
Not only it’s fast, but one of the fastest for the price. And build quality is really decent too, despite its low weight. And now we come to the less positive things. It’s the lack of autofocus. Such a shame, as most lenses have this feature at this price. However, this problem is rectified by enabling an enormous depth of field combined with a short focal length. The other problem is that there isn’t any kind of optical image stabilization, which is a bit more forgivable.
But, if you want a wide-angle for your APS-C camera, this is an amazing buy. If we take a look at today’s lens market, there aren’t a lot of APS-C wide-angle lenses, which goes in favor of this product. For those who want solid image quality, build quality, fast aperture rating, Samyang will successfully fulfill the expectations.
Portrait and Outdoor Photography
1. Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM
- OS functionality and newly designed HSM for success on any shoot
- Lens barrel designed for high rigidity
- This all-new 24-70mm F2.8 lens from SIGMA delivers the performance and functionality that help pros succeed in news, nature, and many other fields of photography.
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM is still a choice of many professional photographers around the world. If you prioritize the image quality over any other parameter, I would say this is a must-buy. Honestly, it’s such a joy to look at the photos made with this lens. Since it has ultrasonic autofocus and 4-stops stabilizer, even videos will look professional. And if you’re a fan of heavy and sturdy lenses, this one is built like a dumbbell. With its weight of 1020 grams, I can’t say it’s exactly compact and lightweight.
But, this one has a filter thread of 82mm, which is really nice to have. Thanks to its amazing autofocus and image quality, you’ll be able to experience the bokeh effect at its finest. And since we have a 4-stop optical stabilizer, the blur will be reduced to a minimum, even when using slow shutter speeds.
If you don’t care about its enormous weight, it’s a great buy.
2. Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
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Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM represents a neat, beautiful, and elegant solution from Canon. This lens looks really nice and manages to capture photos which are as beautiful. For this amazing image quality, we can “blame” ultrasonic autofocus which comes alongside 4-stop optical stabilization. And you don’t have to choose between respectable image stabilization and wide aperture, as we have both of them here! This lens is particularly great for shooting portraits with its ability to produce a tight depth of field and accentuate the subject properly.
The reliable image stabilization provides sharp handheld images at any time of the day, making this, already great lens, more amazing. And for those who like to have it all, the great news is that there is a filter thread of 77mm, as well as ASC (Air Sphere Coating) for minimizing flare and ghosting. The only real downside of this lens is the price.
1. Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro
- 16-300mm zoom range for the perfect all around lens
- Minimum Focus Distance :15.3in.(0.39m)
- Lens hood included, Piezo Drive autofocusing
Moving on, we have a real-deal lens for macro photography, and it’s no other than a well-known Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. This lens provides excellent performance for macro photography. Since this is a superzoom lens, we’re talking about a focal length of 16-300mm and a maximum aperture of f/3.5-6.3. Tamron also provides a solid optical image stabilization and of course, weather seals. With its weight of 540g, it’s surely a lightweight option, which is something I always praise.
Now, having in mind that this lens offers huge viewing angles and an enormous zoom range, what could go wrong? Well, since we have a huge zoom range, image quality is still a bit compromised. That’s not strange in macro photography and it’s even great to have such a capable camera at this price. If you aren’t a professional photographer, you’ll still barely notice any compromises and sharpness drops at the long end.
Tamron is simply remarkable, especially since this is a superzoom lens.
2. Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro
- Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction
- Durable Fluorine Coating on the front element repels water and fingerprints
- Advanced coating technology reduces flare and ghosting
When talking about macro lenses, you probably think about all these amazing Canon lenses. But, Tamron is a company that knows how to retaliate and with their SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro lens, they finally did it! Not only this one will save you some cash, but it also brings another plethora of amazing features at your glance. First of all, this is the second generation of Tamron 90mm lenses, which means new features and improved performance. Truly, this lens comes with ultrasonic autofocus, offering 4-stop optical image stabilization. Not bad, huh?
Furthermore, we have a fluorine coating on the front element, and weather-seals made their return again. A newly added feature called Hybrid VC System is also here, and it’s aimed towards increasing and improving overall image stabilization. Since this is a macro lens, the tight stabilization is needed, and Tamron did it very well. With its true 1.0x magnification, you’ll be able to capture jaw-dropping macro photos, with only minimal compromises when it comes to the image quality.
Aside from this, Tamron doesn’t offer any special features and even excludes G2 designation, which many new lenses have. I would still say that this is a great buy for all macro photographers.
Wildlife and Sports Photography
1. Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
- Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens
- Tiffen 77mm Digital HT Multi Coated Circular Polarizer
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM is yet another superzoom lens, and it’s the most expensive product on our list. While superzoom lenses are often used for travel photography, I’m quite surprised that this one isn’t viable for that purpose. The reason behind this is that this one is built like a proper Sherman Tank. With its weight of 1670g and 92x184mm dimensions, you’ll feel like you’re holding a canon in your hands.
But, this lens is coming from the Canon L-series, and as such, its build quality is undisputed. There is optical image stabilization, and the image quality is surprisingly good for a superzoom lens. I mean, 28-300mm focal length is something that’s more than sufficient these days. Thankfully, Canon wasn’t greedy, and they included a filter (77mm) as well as weather seals.
2. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM
- Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens
- Front-focusing method with helicoid ring drive
- No deductibles or hidden fees. Free shipping on all repairs. Fully transferable.
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is a lens that is now more than a decade old, but this guy still packs a punch. Being a telephoto lens, this one has a focal length of 70-300mm, which is more than enough for the price. As for the image stabilizer, it has one, but this one is a bit outdated and a bit sluggish. However, the USM autofocus works very well, making capturing wildlife and sports events easier than ever.
The minimum focus distance is 1.2m, which is still nice for a telephoto camera. And with the inclusion of a 67-millimeter filter, we can say that it has almost everything it needs to have, except water seals. But, Canon won’t go down without a fight, even though it’s an old lens. With its awesome LCD info display mounted on the lens, we can say this one is pretty unique.
The main downside of this lens is its price, as you can buy newer, more capable competitors for even a bit lower price. Still, if you find a great deal for this lens, I would still recommend getting it, despite its age.
Which Lens Should You Buy?
Simply put, you should buy the lens that suits your needs the best. For most of us, a standard zoom lens is great. It can be used as both wide-angle and a telephoto lens for simple day-to-day shooting. But, if you want to shoot specific photos, here’s how you should base your criteria:
- Telephoto lens – shooting wildlife and sports events.
- Wide-angle lens – shooting landscapes and outdoor scenery.
You should also take a price-to-performance ratio into considerations. Some lenses are very good, but they also cost too much.
Other criteria include image quality, stabilization, weather seals, dimensions, and weight. The last two are relative, and it’s a matter of personal taste and comfort. As for the image stabilization and weather seals, they are always a welcome addition for increased image quality and lens protection.
If you want to use your camera not just to shoot photos, but videos, you’ll be better off with a camera that has OIS (optical image stabilization). For example, those who are in the event photography, OIS is of particular interest, as you’ll need to capture some videos, too.
In conclusion, buying the right lens for you is of the utmost importance. Given the performance you can get out of these, they represent great value for the price.