Top 5 Most Popular Canon Lenses
The offer of the Japanese manufacturer in terms of objectives is very varied. However, choosing a lens can be difficult given the large number of possibilities on the market, both in the Canon offer and under the “signature” of independent brands (Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, etc.). I compiled this article based on a statistic of Canon lenses popularity among Flickr users.
Following is a top 5 of the most popular lenses for Canon DSLRs, in order of their popularity. Attention, this classification is not based on the performance of the objectives but on the number of users of the Flickr platform who have objectives produced by Canon. For obvious reasons, we have excluded from the list the objectives that are usually sold in a “kit” with the devices.
1. Canon 50mm f/1.8 II
The Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 II lens is the most popular product from Canon and this is due to its excellent performance and very low price. It has probably the best value for money in the entire range of Canon lenses and the outstanding optical performance recommends it for any photographer, whether amateur or professional. Of course, there is no perfect lens, and the Canon 50mm f / 1.8 also has its weak edges: the plastic mount and the focus ring are not very precise.
Even so, given the optical qualities and low price, the lens remains an option worth considering. It is a lens compatible with both Full-Frame and small format sensors, APS-C and with a maximum f / 1.8 aperture is bright enough to be used without problems in low light situations.
2. Canon 70-200 f/4 L si Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L
Canon 70-200 f / 4 L USM and Canon 70-200 f / 2.8 IS L USM are two lenses that cover the same focal length in the telephoto range. The differences between the two are given primarily by the high brightness of the second (f / 2.8) and its optical image stabilization system.
However, although different in performance, both lenses enjoy about the same popularity among photographers and that’s because, optically, both are very good. The price difference is probably the reason for choosing between the two. Even so, both lenses are extremely popular and benefit from very good optics!
3. Canon 10-22 f/3.5-5.6
The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f / 3.5-4.5 USM is part of the range of lenses compatible only with DSLR cameras with low sensor (APS-C), but even so it enjoys a very high popularity.
It is an ultra-wide lens that covers an equivalent focal length of 16-32 mm (standard 35mm) and brings the “super-wide world” to owners of cameras with a small sensor. Although it’s not a Canon professional-class lens, it’s just as optically efficient.
4. Canon 17-40 f/4 L USM
The Canon 17-40 f / 4 L USM lens is part of the Japanese manufacturer’s “pro” range. With a very good optics, Canon 17-40 f / 4L USM is recommended for landscape photographers.
It is compatible with both DSLR cameras with APS-C format sensor and Full-Frame ones, the latter being a super-wide lens. It is also very popular due to the low price, compared to other “L” class lenses from Canon, but especially because of the price / quality ratio!
5. Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
A very popular lens due to the range of focal lengths that cover the vast majority of photographic situations, Canon 24-105mm f / 4 L IS USM has a medium brightness, given the maximum aperture f / 4, but is equipped with optical image stabilization and engine ultrasonic focusing (“USM”). With very good optics and useful focal length, it is probably one of Canon’s most versatile “all-around” lenses.