APS-C format lenses for cameras
This article will tell you about the most interesting lenses that, in our opinion, an enthusiast photographer or a professional who owns a Canon system should have in his arsenal. Each of the samples selected by us is the best choice in its class of optics, and together they cover almost all typical shooting scenes.
In addition to the best models under the Canon brand, we included in this review a few more interesting third-party lenses that have their own zest.
All viewing lenses are divided into two broad categories: the first for cameras with APS-C format sensors, and the second for cameras with full-frame sensors.
Universal Zoom APS-C
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM
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This model is suitable for those who are not satisfied with regular zoom lenses, which are usually sold with Canon APS-C cameras. High constant aperture, sharpness, starting from the open aperture, fast and silent ultrasonic AF drive, effective stabilizer – all these are the characteristics of this lens.
The minimum focusing distance is 0.35 m, which allows you to engage in subject shooting. The seven-petal aperture and f / 2.8 aperture at a focal length of 55 mm help beautifully and effectively blur the background when shooting portraits. The stabilizer saves up to three exposure levels, and the autofocus speed is enough for sequential shooting. The lens is not too light (645 grams), but it is an inevitable payment for high aperture and a solid design. Perhaps this is the best universal Canon lens that can be put on a crop DSLR.
Wide Angle APS-C
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f / 4.5-5.6 IS STM
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Based on the results of our test, we can confidently say that the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f / 4.5-5.6 IS STM is the best choice for those who need a serious wide-angle camera with an APS-C format sensor. This lens allows you to quickly forget about the inconvenience of shooting in cramped conditions: thanks to the maximum angle of the field of view of 97 ° 10 ′ horizontally, everything you need is included in the frame. It is enough to say that if you stand in the corner of the room, then all four walls will be visible in the frame.
The smooth and silent stepping autofocus drive is especially useful when shooting video – the focusing process does not attract attention with noise and a sharp shift of focus. The aperture ratio of the EF-S 10-18mm f / 4.5-5.6 IS STM is moderate, but to solve the typical tasks facing this lens, sufficient is higher and not required.
APS-C telephoto zoom
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f / 4-5.6 IS STM
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This lens is useful to almost everyone who shoots with an APS-C format camera. Reporting, portraiture, animalistic and even a landscape with a large sunset – all this is possible for a photographer with a telephoto zoom lens EF-S 55-250 / 4-5.6 IS STM. And not just the photographer! The silent and, most importantly, the smooth STM-drive autofocus is especially valuable for those who shoot video.
The operation is facilitated by the integrated stabilizer with an efficiency of 3.5 steps EV. It is easier to sight and take with him, he will dampen random vibrations of the tripod, and the panorama in the video will allow you to shoot smoother.
APS-C portrait lens
Canon EF 85mm f / 1.8 USM
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The portrait lens is perhaps the most sought after standard zoom, and the Canon EF 85 / 1.8 USM we tested is best suited to be the first interchangeable lens in the photographer’s arsenal. Indeed, due to the high aperture and moderate viewing angle when shooting a large-scale portrait, the depth of field is only 2-3 cm, and the background is well blurred.
A soft drawing conceals minor skin defects, sometimes completely eliminating the need for the photographer to retouch them in the editor. At the same time, this portraiture provides high image contrast and demonstrates resistance to backlight. The ultrasonic autofocus drive in the EF 85 / 1.8 USM is equipped with constantly available manual sharpening.
Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 STM
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This lens is even more popular than the previous one, and rightfully: it combines compactness and lightness, high aperture, a fairly shallow depth of field, a portrait field of view on cameras with an APS-C sensor, and most importantly – it is almost the most affordable lens in the line of optics Canon The smooth and silent step-by-step STM-drive is equally good in photography and video shooting, and the image quality significantly exceeds expectations from the lens at the cost of 10 thousand rubles.
For portrait photography, the design of the EF 50mm f / 1.8 STM is somewhat harsh (including bokeh), but only when compared with soft-drawing portrait optics. This lens is also advantageous to buy in the calculation of the future transition to full-frame technology, with which it works like a regular “fifty dollars”. Read the details in the review .
APS-C Macro Lens
Canon EF-S 60mm f / 2.8 Macro USM
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This is the first macro lens in the line of optics for Canon cameras with an APS-C sensor. The focal length is practical: the angle of view is small enough not to get too close to the object (after all, it can be a shy insect), but not too large, which simplifies cropping. The minimum focusing distance is 20 cm from the sensor plane (slightly less than 10 cm from the front lens).
Testing showed that this lens, as befits a macrooptics, is sharp on any aperture, from open to completely closed, well holds backlight, which is rare for macro lenses. Thanks to its fast ultrasonic AF drive, the EF-S 60 / 2.8 Macro USM focuses quickly and reliably. If necessary, this macro lens will also replace the portrait, especially when you need to take a textured male portrait.
Universal APS-C Fixed Lens
Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM
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Canon SLR cameras with an APS-C size sensor are often sold complete with a universal zoom lens, with which the camera cannot be put in your pocket to always carry with you. However, in the Canon optical lineup there is a lens, and in this case – this is the EF-S 24 / 2.8 STM. It weighs 125 grams and protrudes above the camera mount by only 22.8 mm. With it, the “cropped” DSLR turns into almost a compact – but what a compact! The maximum f / 2.8 aperture, the minimum focusing distance of 16 cm and the equivalent focal length of 38 mm make this lens truly universal.
Thanks to the normal transmission of perspectives, you can shoot both street, everyday sketches, and even a portrait. Although not close-up and without pronounced bokeh, but this is not always necessary. Truly, I want to shoot and shoot a camera with such a pancake lens. In our opinion, this is the lens that every enthusiast of photography with a Canon camera should buy