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Beginner Canon Lenses


Canon 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 EF-S Lens
Canon's new replacement for the classic 10-22mm, at $300 this is probably one of the best values for wide angle shooting on an APS-C Camera. It will not work on Full Frames.
Purchase the Canon 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 Lens - $279
 
Canon 18-55 Kit Lens
A "Kit Lens" is a lens that can be purchased with the camera body. Combined this is the "kit". The current 18-55mm is Image Stabilized, and is in fact a very decent general purpose lens, but it's main weakness is that it's variable maximum aperture is limited (f3.5-f5.6).

What this means is, while it will be a wonderful lens outdoors when there is plenty of light, it will not be good as a low light lens, often resulting into the need for longer shutter speeds, blurry images if used incorrectly and ultimately, quite a bit of frustration. (In fact, this is probably the most common frustration with beginners, shooting in low light with a kit lens.

A great starter lens and for outdoor use.
Purchase 18-55 Kit Lens - $199
 
Canon 75-300mm USM Kit Lens
Sometimes you can find this lens with the 18-55mm kit in one box (not as common, but they exist, usually at Costco or Best Buy).

The 75-300mm zoom lens is a decent lens when shooting outdoors with plenty of light (Aperture is limited to f 4.0-5.6). It will struggle in low light.

While there are a couple other lenses cheaper than this version, I appreciate the USM (Ultra Sonic Motor) and recommend investing the extra $50 for it.

Great starter lens for shooting sports and nature.
Purchase the Canon 75-300mm Lens - $199
 
Canon 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
This is actually one of the better kit lenses around. Covers a great focal range, solidly built, includes image stabilization. Max Aperture is 3.5-5.6.

If you have the chance to buy it in a kit, you will save about $200. I would however, NOT recommend buying it individually however, simply because at almost $500 you are close enough to get the BEST walk around lens of all time, the Tamron 18-270, which ranges from $500-$600 depending on what rebates are going on.

Still the 28-135 is a very, very good walk around lens. If you can find one in good condition on Ebay for $200 or less, and need a solid walk-around, this would be a good purchase.
Purchase 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens - $299
 
Canon 50mm 1.8
For just over $100, bang for your buck, this is one of the best lenses you can buy and is the first low-light & portrait lens I recommend to beginners. I have several friends who use it as their primary lens to run a portrait photography business it is that good.

It isnt a quite lens, on the contrary. But tack sharp, great bokeh, yes, you are going to be happy with it. This is the one lens I feel that I can get great images out of and wouldn't be heartbroken if it was damaged or lost.

Great investment for beginning portrait photographers or those wanting to shoot in low light.
Purchase Canon 50mm 1.8 - $110
 
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3mm AF (Canon Mount)
Ok...I know this one is a bit expensive for a starter lens, but I recommend it here simply for one reason: It's versatility is unmatched. It covers all the same ground as the 18-55mm and almost as much as the 75-300mm all in one lens. It is also image stabilized, well constructed, light and compact.

If I am taking a long trip, and I could only bring one lens with me, this is it. While it clearly suffers in low light, in my book it is probably the best all round, general purpose lens available.

Tamron has regular rebate offers that usually will bring it down into the $500 range. With a 6 year warranty, wow, hard to beat that value.

While it wont work on a full frame camera, paired with the high speed shooting of the 7D, it is force to be reckoned with.
Purchase Tamron 18-270 - $449
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