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Which Lenses To Pick For Canon t6

by Cassie
(Sauk City, WI)

Canon t6 and 18-55mm Lens

Canon t6 and 18-55mm Lens

"We had a canon rebel t2i and upgraded to a t6. We plan to sell the t2i and a few of our lenses (we have 5.) I am having trouble with picking which 2 or 3 we should keep. We use it for portraits of our children, vacation photos and landscape photos. The lenses we have are: EFS 18-55MM, EF 75-300MM, EF 50mm, EFS 55-250MM, and EFS 10-18MM. Thanks!".

Hi Cassie,

Thanks so much for asking me for advice on which 2 lenses to keep for your new Canon t6. The Rebel t6's are quite a bargain now that they've been around for 4 years, having been announced in 2016.

When taking a quick glance at your existing collection of lenses for your t6, I'd say that keeping both the 55-250mm and the 75-300mm would not make sense. They are too close in what they provide you in terms of focal length. Secondly, because you are limiting yourself to just 2 lenses, I'd say the 50mm lens is a luxury you'll have to forgo as well.

The 18-55 is my least favorite of all the focal lengths that Canon zoom lenses come in, but it's the only lens you have that covers the moderate wide angle focal lengths. The 18-55 (only 3x) zoom is too pedestrian for me personally for a general purpose lens, but if you are only choosing 2 from the lenses you already have, it's the one must keep lens for your t6. It is good for photographing portraits of your grandchildren.

Best Single Lens For Canon t6

If you were limited to just one lens for your Rebel t6, and you were not choosing from the ones you already own, I'd steer you toward the Canon 18-135.
Canon 18-135mm Lens
When I updated from my Canon 70D to a 90D, I also had quite a collection of lenses, but researched extensively on just one lens that could handle almost everything for me. When I'm hiking I add the 10-18-it's nice and small-for extra wide angle.

Best Canon t6 lenses

If you're able to keep 3 lenses for your Canon t6, the third choice would be to keep your 10-18mm. You mentioned you're going to shoot landscapes with your t6. With "crop" cameras like your t2i, your t6, and my 90D, the 1.6x Crop Factor dicates that you keep a super wide lens like the 10-18mm.

That lens gives you the same view as a 16-29mm lens would on a full frame camera. That's a real nice wide angle view for landscape photography. I use my 10-18mm on my 90D quite a bit for wide angle photos. It's also great for large group photos in small room and for shooting creative strong perspective images.

That leaves you with choosing between the Canon 55-250 and the 75-300 for the telephoto to keep for your t6. I think you'll really like the extra reach of the zoom with the 75-300mm length. I don't believe the "gap" you have between 55mm and 75mm will hurt your photography in any way.

On my! I hope that wasn't too long winded. So, final answer:

Two t6 Lenses

1. Canon 18-55mm
2. Canon 75-300mm

Three t6 Lenses

1. Canon 10-18mm
2. Canon 18-55mm
3. Canon 75-300mm

Cassie, please let me know what you decide on. It really depends on your shooting style, what you want to photograph, and how much you're willing to carry along on your photo adventures.

Thanks again,

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Lens options
by: Cassie

Thanks for your input! I figured the distance lenses were redundant, so I went with the 300. I like the 50 for our close up work, but after playing with it last night, I went with the 3 lenses you suggested. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction!

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Lens Compatibility
On Canon T6 With a 28-70mm f/2.8 Lens

by Jen
(New York)

Canon 28-70 F/2.8 Lens

Canon 28-70 F/2.8 Lens

"Hello. My kid is a street photographer and her birthday is in July. I want to know before a buy her a new lens that it’s compatible with the Canon Eos Rebel T6 she already owns. Do you know if this camera is compatible with the Canon EF 28-70mm F2.8 / 28-70 2.8 USM Lens? Thank you."

Hi Jen,

Thanks for your questions about what lenses are compatible with your Canon T6 camera and happy birthday to your daughter.

The Canon T6 (and the other Rebel cameras) are what's called APS-C "crop" sensors, meaning their sensors are a "cropped" or smaller version of the full frame Canon DSLR cameras. That means that usually photographers will match them up with the smaller Canon EF-S lenses, but you don't have to.

Canon Crop Sensor Lens Compatibility

The crop sensor cameras can take either the EF-S (smaller) Canon lenses or the full frame EF lenses, like the EF 28-70mm f/2.8 you asked about. The good thing about outfitting her with the EF 28-70 lens is that she could keep it and use it on a full frame camera in the future if she ever updated her camera down the road.

Canon 28-70mm Lens Angle of View

Mounted on the T6 camera, the 28-70 lens will give her an equivalent angle of view as a 45 to 112 mm lens, which is a good range for street photography.

That version of the 28-70mm has a maximum aperture of f/2.8. that makes it a fast lens, which is good for shooting in the natural existing light of the street environment.


Here are a couple of articles relating to lens compatibility with cameras:

Canon EF versus EF-S Lenses
What is a Full Frame Camera

Hope that helps!

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by: Anonymous

My only comment about this lens and the T6 is that the lens will outlive the camera.
It is a top quality lens which will still be going strong when she decides to move on to a higher spec camera.
It is still my everyday lens with my top of the range Canon 1D X mk 3.

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Canon Camera t6 Lenses

Canon t6 Camera and Beginner Kit Lens

Canon t6 Camera and Beginner Kit Lens

What are the best lenses for an amateur? Would an 85 mm 1.8 work on this (Rebel t6) camera?

Thanks for asking about the best lenses for you Canon t6. You can fit both EF and EF-S lenses on your Canon t6. The 85mm f/1.8 is an EF lens and an excellent lens for the money. It's great for shooting portraits and it was the lens I first used as a beginning Canon shooter in my portrait business many years ago.

Beginner t6 Lenses

Generally, newbie photographers start with a zoom lens that covers wide angle to telephoto angles so that they can use it for a larger variety of purposes. Don't misunderstand me, the 85mm is a great lens. I just think it may be a bit limited if it is the only lens you have to use. Your t6 camera has a 1.6x Crop Factor, so the 85mm lens will give you an angle of view equivalent to that of a 136mm telephoto lens.

When they were first released in 2014, many of the Canon t6 cameras were sold with one of the 18-55mm lenses included as part of a kit. It's a popular combination because it gives the amateur photographer a nice low price point to enter the world of Canon DSLR photography.

Canon rebel t6 lens
My Recommended Canon Rebel t6 Lens
The Canon 18-135mm Nano

Best Starter Lens For Canon T6?

You'll benefit by reading this post on the Canon 18-135 lens. That's the one lens I recommend above others for Canon shooters just starting out with a crop camera like the Canon t6. The 18-135mm is a bit more of an investment than the usual 18-55mm Kit Lenses (also worth reading) but gives you a much better zoom range than the 18-55 kit lenses.

If you really have to keep within a budget, the 18-55mm lenses will suit you fine for your t6.

I hope you found this helpful. Feel free to comment if you have any further questions about the best Canon t6 lens for a beginning photographer.


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