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Best lenses for Canon crop cameras

Recently, I have often been asked questions regarding the choice of lenses for crop camera. That's why I decided to write this article. I haven't photographed crop for many years. Although I started with a Canon 300D back in 2003 (then this model had just appeared) with an EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens. Later to him were acquired Canon 24-70mm f2.8L USM и Canon 70-200 f4L USM... These are two great lenses. But now, given the widest range of optics, I would choose completely different models for the crop.

Recently tested Canon M50, for little money - a good crop camera.

I didn’t shoot with all the models that I will write about later, because I work with a full frame.

Choosing a set of lenses depends on what you are shooting the most. Typically, when I ask people this question, they answer something like: well so that shoot portraits and landscapes and anything in general.

Lenses to shoot anything.

canon 18-135 stm is vs 15-85A lens for all occasions on a crop: Canon EF-S 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 STM IS... Both wide angle and portraits can be shot at 135mm and very inexpensive. From this series there is still a wonderful Canon EF-S 15-85mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS USM... Slightly better in picture quality, convenient and not cheap.

But I would not choose zooms with such a wide range of focal lengths and a weak aperture. Aperture ratio is our everything. The f3.5-5.6 lens is sad. The 5.6 aperture at the long end of the lenses described above is good for portraits with very very long stretches. Also, 18mm on the crop is a comfortable angle, but not super wide. 15mm is better, but still not comparable to 14mm full frame.

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 USMThere is one more lens for all occasions from Canon that you should pay attention to - Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 USM... In terms of focal length and aperture ratio, it is analogous to 24-70 f2.8L at full frame. In terms of image quality, it is also very good. I am personally very surprised that the 17-55 f2.8 costs about the same as the 15-85mm f3.5-5.6. The choice is unambiguous in favor of a lens with a higher constant aperture ratio.

My choice

Personally, I would take the following set for my crop:
1) Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM - really wide angle
2) Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM - standard lens for all situations
3) Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM or Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM - for portraits

1) The first lens will give a truly expanded perspective. For a crop, it simply cannot be wider (only fish, but this is not for everybody). Lack of a lens in a weak aperture. But this is not critical for such focal lengths.Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM

Alternatives to this model are Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8. Both models will be more expensive. As for any Tokina, Tamron, Sigma and others like them, I will write at the end of the article.

2) A 24mm pancake is great. It is a very compact, sharp and fast lens. It is also inexpensive. On a full frame basis, this would be approximately 38mm. This is not a wide angle. But, at the same time, comfortable enough for most situations. You will need to shoot it from the camera if you want to take a portrait with a strong background blur or a wide panorama. Although, if without art, and it can be removed both. By the way, it is also a convenient focal point for studio work.

Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM

3) Fast lenses 50mm or 85mm, which will fit 80mm and 136mm on a full frame - a great choice for portrait photography on the crop. I do not advise taking Canon 135mm f2L... Even on a full frame, it is not very convenient in terms of focal length, on a crop it will be horror (almost 200mm). If desired, of course, portraits can also be 300mm to shoot, but this is for the enthusiast.

50mm 85mm

This is my choice based on the specifics of my work: wedding photography, reports, portraits, photos in the studio. This set, in addition to the optimal choice of focal lengths and aperture, is also very inexpensive, compact and lightweight. I don't shoot wildlife, so I didn't consider long lenses here (take any 70-200L - you won't regret it).

As for third party zoom lenses. All sorts of Tamrons, Tokins, Sigms, etc. - FORGET ABOUT THEM... They seduce buyers with their parameters and price. And also mysterious names, such as - TAMRON SP AF 17-50 mm F / 2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical... So many promising letters in the title ... so many accolades on the internet. The picture on this lens is characterized by dull and dull color reproduction. I shot with different Sigmas and expensive и not really - no matter how praised they are, Canon's color rendition is always at its best. Autofocus performance with third-party lenses also leaves a lot to be desired.

Seduces many Sigma 18-35mm f1.8ART... The lens is interesting for its excellent sharpness at any aperture and attracts with a constant f1.8 aperture. It has a quality, heavy and bulky body and a nice zoom ring. Autofocus on DSLRs tends to let you down at the most important moment. Everything is fine on mirrorless cameras with autofocus. Color rendition and drawing - as I wrote above. The zoom range is small, which makes it a very conventional zoom. The lens has no stabilizer. My opinion is “well, this”. Canon EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS I think it's a more interesting option.

I advise you to watch my latest video about choosing optics for Canon crop:

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By the way, if you think about whether to go to full frame, I advise here this article.

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