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You have several ways to get cheap canon lenses, sometimes without any compromise in quality or function. If you are looking to get an additional Canon lens as an accessory or you only have a Canon body and are looking for one main lens to buy, here are your options:
This article will give you a list of examples of cheap lenses for your Canon.
Whether it's a new car, a new pair of shoes, or a new piece of camera gear, it's always exciting to start to use something where you're the first one to do so. Here's a list of lenses that you can buy new and are not at all expensive.
|Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens||$125||MOST AFFORDABLE 50. The "Nifty Fifty" lens is small and light, good for travel and street photography. Here's a comparison of all three 50mm lenses.|
|Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6||$199||PRICED NEW. BARGAIN! The standard "kit" lens for the smaller APS-C Canon cameras. General purpose beginners lens that often comes with consumers level Canon DSLRs.|
|Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1||$399||MIRRORLESS. The standard "kit" lens for Canon full frame mirrorless cameras. General purpose beginners lens. NON-professional version of the 24-105 L. Lighter weight and smaller profile. Variable maximum aperture. Still has image stabilization|
|Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 prime lens||$499||TELEPHOTO. This is a great portrait lens. If you want to shoot headshots, full body portraits, or small families, consider this lens. It's fast. It's sharp. It's cheap.|
|Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6||$199||SPORTS. This is a solid lens for shooting sports and wildlife. It will fit Canon full size and crop DSLRs. It's an older model lens and comes with a nicely reduced pricetag.|
Most buyers of Canon cameras buy their cameras along with a "kit" lens packaged with a few accessories like a battery, charger and camera strap. The kit lenses are good general purpose zoom lenses, usually not particularly fast in terms of maximum f-stop.
As an example the Canon T3i kit lens is the 18-55 mm f3.5-5.6 EF-S and sells separately for round $200. It's a good bargain lens if you only have an APS-C camera like the Canon Rebel T3i, T4i, T5i, 60D, 70D, 77D 80D, 90D, 7D, and 7D II.
If you are looking for genuine Canon lenses but don't want to pay new lens prices, then you can go used or re-furbished. Most come with a limited warranty but you can get re-built lenses at the Canon Refurbished store on their main web site.
|Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8||$494||CLASSIC. An all-time favorite of Canon shooters. Save money on a used version I of this model. Versatile for portraits, youth sports, backyard wildlife. Large maximum aperture for shooting under dim conditions.|
|Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS NANO USM||$298||VERSATILE. For APS-C crop Canon DSLRs. My favorite lens for my smaller Canon Bodies. Great zoom range, light, and affordable.|
|Canon 24mm f/2.8 EF||$228||WIDE ANGLE. For full frame Canon DSLRs. Fast and compact, good for street photography, nighttime photos and for shooting indoors in smaller spaces.|
|Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS||$116||TELEPHOTO ZOOM. For APS-C (Crop) Canon DSLRs. Covers medium to full magnification zoom. Great for photographing birds, wildlife, sports, and other distant objects.|
|Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6||$43||KIT LENS. For APS-C (Crop) Canon DSLRs. For those on the strictest of budgets, the no-frills starter lens to match with your Canon DSLR body. Basic wide angle to medium telephoto zoom will handle a variety of subjects.|
Ebay. If it's a main stream lens and desired by many, bidders may bid the price too high to really make it a bargain. You also run the risk of getting a lemon form a not-so-trustworthy seller.
The major camera retailers like B+H PhotoVideo, Adorama and Sammy's camera have a limited selection because their main focus is new cameras, lenses and accessories. I'm a big fan of KEH, which is now where I check first to see what they've got in inventory.
For some photographers, they just want to take pictures that come out. If their camera and lens combination succeed and producing photos that are fairly sharp they are happy as a pig in mud.
For others, they only want the best lenses at low cost. Alternative lens manufacturers that have a good reputation like Sigma, Tamron, or Rokinon, or Tokina. I won't discuss Nikon since this is the Canon Camera Geek web site. ;-)
|Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II||$249||VERSATILITY. For Canon APS-C "crop" cameras. A 10x zoom gives you wide to super telephoto focal lengths.|
|Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Lens||$289||SUPER WIDE. Specialty lens for photographing landscapes, the nighttime sky, and strong perspective photography. Fits full frame and crop Canon camera bodies.|
|Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro||$229||INTERMEDIATE TELE. Solid magnification zoom lens for cheap price. Fits Canon full frame and APS-C cameras.|
|Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3||$869||POWER. High magnification zoom lens for photographing birds and other wildlife, distant landscapes and sports. Fits Canon full frame and APS-C cameras.|
There are too many bargain Canon lens alternatives to go over in one article, but I can give you some valuable advice. Don't go super cheap. Stick with one of the off-brands I mentioned above.
Early on in my digital photography career I bought a cheapo 100-300mm "sports" lens from Albinar. It truly was a piece of junk. I learned a valuable lesson with that one. It only cost about $100, but the chromatic aberrations and lack of sharpness produced below-average photos.
The goal isn't to just get cheaply made lenses at a bargain, but rather to get affordable lenses for Canon cameras that perform up to your specific expectations. Another consideration is how much you're spending on your camera that you're going to attach your affordable lens to. The brings up the related questions if it's safe to buy a used Canon camera.
For more on prices you may be interested in this post: Canon Lens Cost. Have a blast. Keep shooting your Canon.
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The very affordable Canon 50mm f1.8 Lens is a good example of a fast lens that won't empty to your bank account.
NON-zoom lenses force you to move around a bit while composing your photographs.
This is a great way to challenge yourself to becoming a better photographer.
The Affordable Canon 28-135mm EF f3.5-5.6 zoom lens.
Works with full-sized sensors or Aps-C cameras and costs less than $500 new.
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