Top Canon Lenses for 2019

Go longer, wider and closer with your canon camera.  Here are the best Canon lenses to get for your EOS DSLR or EOS M mirrorless camera.  If you have just bought a Canon DSLR or EOS M mirrorless camera, you have opened the door to a whole new world of possibilities.  Both DSLR and mirrorless cameras take interchangeable lenses, which is the key to unlocking photographic potential.

1.  Telephoto Zoom:

This lens will literally cover the distance; in sports and wildlife photography, a telephoto zoom is a must.  A telephoto zoom is the first lens most photographers will buy.  It is a must-have lens whenever you can’t get as close as you might like to.  With telephotos, get a full frame EF lens.  The smaller sensor brings a “crop factor” that gives lenses a longer effective focal length on these cameras, but for telephotos that is an advantage.

  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

Perfect for your Canon DSLR and if you want to stay on brand.  An affordable full-frame telephoto lens that features Canon’s latest 4-stop IS, Nano USM technology and an on-lens LCD display.

  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM III

A fast aperture telephoto zoom lens and extremely versatile and very popular with professionals and amateurs. 

  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM II

Relatively compact and lightweight with updated stabilisation and performance. It has a rugged durable design, a four stop Image Stabiliser and specialised lens elements.

  • Canon EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM

A small and portable telephoto zoom for Canon EOS M cameras.

2.  Wide-Angle Zoom:

Your standard zoom lens is quite versatile, but it does not give a wide enough angle of view.  Wide angle lenses are important tools for photographers who take pictures of real estate, landscapes, interiors and large groups of people.  A lens is considered “wide angle” when it has a focal length of 35mm or less.

  • Canon EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM

A small yet ultra-wide lens for Canon EOS M Cameras.  The lens will deliver very good sharpness and contrast, particularly for an ultra-wide angle zoom lens.

  • Canon EF-S 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM

Offers a much wider zoom range than a regular APS-C Canon kit lens.  This is one of the best standard zoom lenses Canon make, combining a great zoom range and a modern image stabiliser with a fairly compact size.

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

Compact and lightweight with good autofocus and stabilisation.  

  • Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Relatively compact and lightweight, with the added attraction of image stabilisation.  Covering a useful wide-angle focal length range, this lens is distinguished by its constant f/4 maximum aperture, sophisticated optical design, and use of image stabilisation for sharp imagery. 

  • Canon 17-40mm f/4L Lens

With a combination of versatile and accessible focal length, this is one of the most popular lenses in Canon’s line-up.  Featuring a constant f/4 maximum aperture along with a sophisticated optical design and durable construction.

3.  Macro Lens:

A Macro lens will enable you to get right up close to tiny subjects and capture them in pin-sharp detail.  Macro lenses are a favourite with nature photographers.  A “real” macro prime lens will deliver a full 1.0X magnification at its closest focus setting, meaning that the subject you are shooting will be reproduced at full life size on the camera’s image sensor.

  • Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

For use with Canon’s APS-C sensor cameras, the lens features a unique built-in Macro Lite technology to illuminate close-up subjects.

  • Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM

A remarkable EOS M lens that gets you much closer to your subjects.

  • Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro

Incredible in every way – from its image quality to its bokeh to its superb handling.  The lens is tack sharp at f/2.8 becoming incredibly sharp at f/3.2 and beyond.  Backgrounds are smooth and manual focusing is easy via the large focus ring.

  • Canon 180mm f/3.5L Macro

This is a specialist lens if you really love shooting insects.  At 180 mm, this lens will get you all the reach you need for insect photography.  It is nicely built and comes with a tripod mount attached.  The manual focus ring is accurate and smooth.

  • Canon 60mm f/2.8 Macro

A shorter focal length macro lens.  60mm is not nearly enough for insect photography but this lens is perfect for traveling and 60mm is a useful focal length.  You can easily use it for portraits or street photography.  Get this lens if you are not sure about macro photography but want to do a bit of experimenting in the genre.

4.  Portrait Lens:

A portrait lens will give you the perfect working distance for flattering features and background blur you can’t get with a regular zoom lens.  With a tight depth of field, it will enable you to throw the background out of focus and make people stand out from their environment.  

  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM

A great, wide aperture portrait lens for full frame Canon DSLRs.  When buying a portrait lens, you usually need to make a choice between image stabilisation or a fast f/1.4 aperture.  This Canon lens gives you the best of both worlds, with no compromise in features or image quality.

  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

A great low-cost portrait lens for APS-C Canon DSLRs. 

5.  Fisheye Lens:

Not everyone is a fan of Fisheye photography due to the extreme amounts of distortion that it produces.  Wide angle shots have proven to be quite useful for certain types of photography that require you to capture even more of a scene in a way that normal wide-angle lenses never could.  Fisheye lenses can open a world of possibilities with unique images. Fisheye lenses will not only help you capture circular and diagonal distortion effects, but they will also allow you to have even more fun with your camera.

  • Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

This top-rated wide-angle zoom lens offers a useful focal range and produces stunning image quality.  This lens produces a diagonal fisheye effect on both APS-C and full-frame cameras.  It has autofocus, is weather-sealed and is capable of producing tack sharp, professional-quality images.

Other Brand Lenses Compatible with Canon:

  • Sigma

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM|S is a classic in both zoom range and aperture rating.  This is a telephoto lens and is compatible with Canon EF cameras.  Popular for sports photography.

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM|C is a super-telephoto lens for Canon DSLRs.  If money is no object, this sports lens will be your favourite super-telephoto zoom for your Canon camera.

  • Tamron

Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is a high-quality APS-C wide-angle zoom with image stabilisation.  Tamron makes some great lenses that cost less than Canon equivalents.  This lens has 4-stop VC (vibration compensation) stabilisation, and HLD (high/low toque-modulated drive) autofocus system.

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro is a modern classic macro lens that works great on any Canon DSLR camera.  This is a high-quality Tamron “G2” lens, with improved optical performance, nano-structure coatings, weather-seals and a fluorine coating on the front element to repel moisture and grease.