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The best Canon lenses of 2019 just so happen to be a series of their zoom lenses. This list of the best Canon zoom lenses features much cheaper lenses than any series by Sony or Nikon. They are also new versions of old lenses, so if you’ve shot with Canon in the past many of these lenses will be familiar.
Instead of searching through forums on Canon lenses guides, just check out our list!
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Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L USM III
This lens is the sharpest f/2.8 ultrawide that Canon carries. Version III, as compared to Version II, is much sharper. Every point of the picture will be just as sharp as your focus, which was an issue with the Version II.
Furthermore, you can expect superb sharpness, even when shooting wide-open at f/2.8. Not a lot of lenses can claim that. See it in action in the video above by Georges CamerasTV.
While the lens is technically designed for architecture and landscape photography, you can also use it for some portraiture because the focusing and zooming is done internally.
Best feature: Aside from eye-popping sharpness, the best feature of this lens is what you can do with it. Play with the distortion, explore interesting angles, and compose unique shots of all kinds of subject matter. This is a lens for experimenting with your photography style.
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Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L USM II
The quality of the bokeh on this Canon lens is almost unreal. Like the reviewer said in this video, it’s a great lens for events. Low light photography, like weddings, need one of the best Canon lenses. This one does it.
This lens, as opposed to the older model, features better image sharpness and AF speed.
Version II is also much faster than Version I.
As Jessica Kobeissi says in her YouTube video reviewing this lens, “You are going to build up some arm strength with this lens.”
It’s on the heavier side. But, it’s still lighter than the Version I.
If you’ve ever shot with a 24-70mm in the past, this version is similar but better in every way.
Best Feature: This lens is as versatile as it gets. If you need a walk around lens that can tackle anything from landscapes to portraits to events and everything in between, this is it!
Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS USM III
Any lens over 60mm is considered a telephoto lens, and Canon’s EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS USM III is considered many photographers’ favorite.
This lens comes with impressive image stabilization, plus it’s part of their L series which are weather sealed. Telephoto lenses are frequently used at night for astronomical photography or in the elements for landscape and animal photography. The L series ensures you can do this without worry.
Comparing this Canon lens with Nikon’s and Sony’s version of the lens proves why Canon zoom lens are far superior - their cost.
Canon’s version will save you at least $500, depending upon where you buy it.
Get more details on this lens in the video above by Jared Polin.
Best feature: This lens has superb autofocus performance, and with image stabilization, you can work without a tripod without the worry of camera shake.
Where to Buy the Best Canon Zoom Lenses
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Obviously you can turn to Ebay or Craigslist for your used canon zoom lenses. I recently purchased a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM on eBay for $1,600 (as opposed to the original price tag of $2,100).
But I’ve also had issues with eBay, like really high fees, fraud and unexpectedly high shipping prices. In an age of Amazon Prime, absolutely nobody wants to pay for shipping and if you have to pay for shipping we at least want to know exactly how much we are going to be charged up front.
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Another option for used canon zoom lenses is Craigslist. However, fraud is even more rampant on Craigslist than it is on eBay. Plus, Craigslist limits you to the zoom lenses you can find in about a 50-mile radius, so if you live in a small town your options could be very few to none.
Since, as I’ve previously mentioned, I live in a rather small town I turn to Lensfinder to purchase the best standard zoom lens for Canon.
Lensfinder is upfront about their fees. Sellers are expected to use the cheapest shipping method, and when you plug in your zip code, it will tell you exactly how shipping costs.
Each seller is reviewed and has the opportunity to offer refunds. Like in the case of this Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L tilt-shift lens, the seller allows you to return your purchase within 7 days for a full refund. This is definitely not something you would receive with Ebay, which you know if you’ve ever had to deal with Ebay’s customer service. Yikes.
God forbid something goes wrong with your order, but Lensfinder’s customer service is out of this world. Plus, they like to have a little fun with it too. Their customer service email is [email protected].
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You can use PayPal to purchase your order, which means you have double protection if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase.
Finally, you’re going to be dealing with people who know what they’re talking about. This website is filled with lenses that are near the $100,000 mark. These are serious camera enthusiasts who can answer in-depth questions about their products.
Their website serves as a type of Canon lenses guide because of the amount of sellers with Canon zoom lens options.
If you can’t find the best standard zoom lens for Canon with one of their sellers, you won’t be able to find it anywhere!