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Crop Sensor (EF-S) lenses

EF-S lenses can only be used on Canon "crop" sensor (APS-C) cameras (with the exception of some of the very oldest models such as the D30, D60, and 10D).  They project a smaller image circle than EF lenses and are thus typically smaller and lighter for a particular focal length.  APS-C sensor cameras with EF-S mounts are still backwards compatible with all EF full frame optics!

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-f/4.5

The Canon EF-S 17-55mm IS lens is an excellent choice for a walkaround lens on a crop sensor camera if you can manage its weight.  It focuses quickly and with great accuracy, and has excellent color and contrast with little distortion.

The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-f/4.5 wide angle lens is a good affordable wide angle lens for crop sensor cameras.  It focuses accurately (although the DoF is generally quite large with a low magnification lens such as this one) and the peripheral vignetting and focal plane distortion are not generally objectionable with the types of photos you'll be shooting with the lens.

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8

The Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens, although inexpensive, has good optics for the price.  It makes a great compact walkaround lens for an APS-C crop sensor camera when paired with a small camera like the Canon SL1. The stepper motor focusing (STM) is quiet and does not cause noise when video recording.

The Tamron 17-50mm lens is a very sharp lens, but focuses extremely slowly and loudly with its micromotor (it'll scare small animals), and often hunts for focus, especially in poor lighting conditions.  It's a poor choice for moving subjects.


Full frame (EF) lenses

Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Canon 100mm f2/.8 Macro

The Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens is a fabulous and affordable telephoto zoom lens.  It is extremely sharp, focuses quickly with its USM motor, and has great contrast and color.  Its less expensive non-IS brethren is also a good lens, but limits you to tripod or bright light shooting.

The Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens is yet another tack-sharp, accurately focusing Canon lens with great colors and contrast.  It can hunt for focus in low light conditions and does not focus as quickly as the 70-200mm L lenses.

Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

The Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens, similar to the Canon 28mm f/2.8 STM  lens, although inexpensive, has good optics for the price.  It makes a great compact walkaround lens when paired with a small camera like the Canon SL1.

The stepper motor focusing (STM) is quiet and does not cause noise when video recording.



Canon 50mm f/1.4

Canon 50mm f/1.8

The Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens is an older lens with a micromotor focusing system.  It focuses rather slowly and is slightly soft with apertures greater than f/2.8.  A fast lens such as this has to have perfect focusing, which may require lens focus microadjustment on bodies that support it, and/or a trip back to Canon for calibration.  The lens is also not the most durable of the lenses that Canon makes.

The Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, often referred to as the "Nifty Fifty" is a very inexpensive 50mm lens with good optical qualities.  It focuses faster than the f/1.4 50mm lens, but it always takes a little patience to use this lens.  The "manual focus" ring is a joke and not for actual use.