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Best Canon Lenses for 2014

Updated on February 21, 2014

Best Canon Lenses for Entry, Mid, and Professional Level Photographers

Most times its not the camera itself but rather the lens and the photographer that makes the difference between an adequate picture and one that's professional. In this lens I'll review some entry, mid-level, and professional Canon Lenses that can help you to take the kind of pictures you've always wanted.

Budget Canon Lens
Budget Canon Lens

Best Budget Canon Lens for Entry-Level Photographers 2014

Canon EF 50mm Camera Lens

The aperture on this lens is found to be one of the best that Canon offers with f/1.8 max aperture. While it is made of plastic it is surprising what kind of great low light pictures you can get with it.

The Gauss type optical design gives you sharp contrast and detail, and it focuses up to 18 inches for very nice close up shots. Another thing I really like about this lens is just how natural the pictures look. This is due to its better than average color balance.

The lens is fixed, which can bother some people, but in my opinion - it isn't too wide. You might have to get a little more creative when it comes to framing your shots if you are getting used to a fixed lens.


While it is sometimes slow to focus and has a minimum focus link - you still get more than what you pay for with the Canon EF 50mm, a highly-rated lens that is lightweight and takes great pictures for a fraction of the price of other lenses.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

Canon EF-S Telephoto Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S Telephoto Zoom Lens

Canon EF-S 55-250mm Telephoto Zoom Lens

With more versatility, this telephoto lens contains all of Canon's image stabilizing technology while being lightweight as well. It has a focal length of 88-400mm in the 35mm format and a shutter speed about 4 times faster than other lenses. It incorporates a UD glass lens to correct aberration and increase image quality for every part of the zoom range.

The closest focusing distance you get with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm lens is 3.6 feet; so this does not make a good lens for someone who specializes in super close up shots. I can personally vouch fir weight of the lens as it is fairly easy to transport. Some of you may prefer metal mounts instead of plastic, like this one uses, but you should not notice the difference unless you happen to be rough with your camera.

This lens takes very sharp pictures and is a good deal for the price. The Focus isn't super fast, especially in low light situations, and the color isn't perfect for close-ups, but overall this is another good option for entry to mid-level photographers.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras

Canon USM Lens
Canon USM Lens

Canon EF 70-300mm USM Lens

Not only does this camera have image stabilization, it has a 3 stop stabilizer for ultimate reduction of camera shake that includes a ring type ultrasonic monitor (USM). I love how sharp my pictures come out with it and love the EMD that gives very nice backgrounds for pictures taken with large apertures.

The lens is coated with Super Spectra and the way the lens was shaped will reduce flare and ghosting.

While it doesn't have a hood, and picture quality is still somewhat diminished in low light - the autofocus is very responsive and overall this makes a great option for a mid to professional level photographer. It's especially useful for those of you who like to take nature or sports shots.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras

Canon Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens

Canon EF 17-40mm USM Wide Angle Lens

Lenses with USM technology take pictures very fast and very quietly; the glass elements also give very good optics in all kinds of shooting conditions.

This lens was made with weather resistant construction so you can shoot outdoors without worry of your camera collecting moisture and getting ruined. It is very sturdy, well-made, and yet it's lightweight and easy to carry.

The lens is resistant to flare so the hood isn't needed in a lot of cases, but I do like having the option just in case I decide to use it. If you rely on very sharp pictures, especially for distance shooting, you might be disappointed at some of the pictures you get with this lens; however, if you are not too picky when it comes to sharpness, this camera is still a very solid choice.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

Canon EF 50MM f1.4 USM Telephoto Lens
Canon EF 50MM f1.4 USM Telephoto Lens

Canon EF 50mm USM Lens

As a mid-grade priced lens, this one is one of my favorites and a favorite for many of my friends as well. It uses Gaussian optics for less astigmatism effects and gives pretty clear images with very little flare. The USM is micro and the lens gives you full time manual focusing capabilities.

Overall this lens is a good choice for casual photographers. For super close pictures, you can get up to 1.5 feet away. You'll love that the autofocus is quiet, that it comes with a metal mount, and that sharpness is exceptional. This would be a good lens for someone who needs a fast lens for low light situations and but is probably not a good option for someone who wants wide angle photography.

Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

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      robertred24 4 years ago

      I am just remembering my old Canon camera during the '80s....