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Best Lenses For Canon 70D and 80D: A Detailed Overview


Overview of the Best Lenses for Canon 70D and 80D

With the EOS 70D, Canon was able to make a substantial impact. This mid-range DSLR comes with evolutionary new features. The 70D is the first DSLR camera to feature dual pixel AF technology which has taken auto-focusing when shooting videos in full HD to a whole new level and with maximum ISO of 25,600; you also get excellent low light performance. With 98% viewfinder coverage, maximum shutter speed of 1/8000s, 0.95x magnification and DIGIC 5+ image processor the Canon EOS 70D is one of the most promising camera within the 1000 dollars price range. In this article we are going to talk about some of the best lenses for Canon 70D and it’s successor the Canon 80D.


Best ‘All-in-one’ lenses (Standard Zoom)


Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS


You can go from wide to telephoto with the Canon EF-S 18-200mm lens. This standard zoom lens is very convenient, since you won’t need to carry many different lenses if you got one of these. The Canon EF-S 18-200mm built quality is pretty solid. The zoom ring is very smooth which is very important for movie making. Though the auto-focus is pretty fast but it is a little noisy. The image stabilization on Canon EF-S 18-200mm is also pretty decent. The image quality is not as impressive as it tends to get soft in the corners whereas in the middle the sharpness is pretty regular.

Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

If you are thinking how different can the Canon 17-55mm be from the kit lens the Canon 18-55mm, then let me assure you, it is totally a different lens. It lets in a lot more light compared to the kit lens. The autofocus on this lens is amazingly fast and fairly accurate. The zoom ring and the focus ring are very smooth and precise and you can move the focus ring even when it is set on autofocus. Compared to the kit lens the built quality is pretty sturdy and it also a lot bigger in size. This lens is particularly useful for portrait photographers. It stands out as one of the best lenses for canon 70D and 80D.


Best Telephoto lenses

Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

With the Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS you get a wonderful zoom range. The image stabilization on this lens is also pretty impressive, even at 250mm it keeps the image very still. The autofocus on this lens is very good and very quiet. The built quality is pretty good and the zoom ring and the focus ring are very smooth. Though the maximum aperture is quite slim, but this particular lens is a winning combination with the Canon EOS 70D.


Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS

The Canon 70-300mm gives you an amazing zoom range, with fast autofocus. Both the zoom ring and the focus ring are pretty smooth. There are two modes of image stabilization on this lens, it works really fine and it keeps the image still no matter how much you zoom in. The built quality of the Canon 70-300mm is pretty solid. Overall this is a very good lens if you own a full frame camera, but for the Canon EOS 70D or 80D, the Canon 55-250mm is always a better choice.


Best Wide angle lenses

Canon 10-18mm f/4-5.6


For wide angle photography the Canon 10-18mm is the lens you need. The built quality of this lens is pretty solid and this lens also comes with image stabilization for those low light situations. The zoom ring on this lens is very smooth unlike the focus ring. The Canon 10-18mm is also very quiet and very accurate. This lens works brilliantly with both the Canon EOS 70D and the EOS 80D.


Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

This is an awesome lens if you are into landscape or architectural photography. The Canon 10-22mm built quality of this lens is really decent. The focus ring and the zoom ring on the Canon 10-22mm are very smooth and very precise. The motor is very fast and very quiet. This really is an amazing lens if you are practice a lot of outdoor photography. But you will need to purchase a lens hood when taking pictures in direct sunlight.


Best Portrait lenses (Fast Primes)


Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

For a portrait photographer the Canon 50mm version II is a must have. The Canon 50mm is inexpensive and just as convenient. The built quality of this lens is not that exciting and the low light performance can also be a little disappointing. The auto-focus is a little slow and the motor is little loud. But for the price the Canon 50mm is the best portrait lens you can buy. Here are some sample photos made with this lens.


Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

If you like wide angle the Canon 40mm is a pretty precise. The built quality of this lens is pretty solid and the motor is amazingly quiet. The autofocus isn’t that fast but it isn’t too slow either and the focus ring is also very smooth on this lens. This is certainly a very good lens for movie-making.


Best Macro lens

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

With the Canon EF-S 60mm you can get real close to your subjects and you can also use it like a portrait lens. The built quality is really sturdy and it is very light in weight. The autofocus function on this lens works really good; it is not only fast but it also very quiet. And for manual focusing the focus ring is very smooth and just as precise. With this lens you will those blurry backgrounds you are always talking about, as you can see in these examples. But since there is no image stabilization, the performance in low light is not that impressive. The image quality of the Canon EF-S 60mm is brilliant, with this lens you can get real close to the subject. The colour and contrast of the image are generally quite good and with this lens you will get real sharp images.

That’s the end of our overview of the best lenses for canon 80D and 70D. We hope this guide will help you narrowing down your choice.