Best Canon EOS Lenses

Best Canon EOS Lens- the 24-105mm L F/4

The search for the best Canon EOS Lenses starts with determining what you are going to use them for.  

Although we could say the 24-105mm f4 L lens is the most versatile and most useful generally, it may not be the best choice for all photographic occasions. 

Best Canon EOS Macro Lens

The two Canon macro lenses to be considered as the best are the Canon 60mm macro and the Canon 100mm macro.  Both of these lenses are good and fast with a maximum aperture of f2.8.

The 60mm f2.8 L lens is the clear winner for beginning macro photographers.  It currently is earning a 98% Canon Geek 4-5 rating.  This is an EF-S lens, meaning it only works on Canon cameras with an APS-C sensor like the t4i, t5i... 7D, 60D, 70D... and their predecessors. 

The 100mm f2.8 L lens is a good choice for the advanced macro photographer.  It currentl is earning a 97% Canon Geek 4-5 rating.  This is an EF lens, meaning it will fit both the APS-C cameras and also all of the full-sized sensors like the 5D series and the 1D series.

Here is more on these two Canon Macro Lenses.

Best Canon EOS Portrait Lens

Of the best lens categories covered in this article, the best Canon portrait lens is likely to be the most disagreed upon. I personally have used three different Canon lenses in the past while shooting portraits.  I now primarily use just two of them, the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 and the Canon 24-105 f4.0.

I use my 70-200 whenever I can because of the more pleasing perspective I get for posing from more of a distance to my subject.  When space is limited, for indoor portraits with less room, and when I am shooting large family and group poses I use the 24-105mm.

One of the most affordable portrait lenses for head shots is the Canon 85mm f1.8, particularly for an APS-C (1.6x) camera like the Canon EOS 70D.

Best Canon EOS Lenses for Video

There are too many good lenses to narrow down to a specific recommendation for the best Canon EOS Lenses for Video.  It really depends on what you are shooting for subject matter, but here is what you should know. There are two important characteristics to look for when searching for the best Canon lenses for video.

1. Having a lens with a large aperture (a fast lens) like f2.0 or 2.8 gives you the ability to get that cinema look, shallow depth of field and also lets you shoot with darker lighting conditions.

2. Most video shooters prefer zoom lenses over "prime" non-zooming lenses.  Part of the appeal of good video is zooming in and out to create more visual interest and action.

Sharpness is not as critical with video as it is with shooting still digital photos, so getting a good lens for video should not involve researching scientifically sharpness data to compare one lens to the next.

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