Best Lenses for Canon 70D

Best Lenses for Canon 70D

Canon 70DThe new Canon EOS 70D ($1,199), Canon's latest advanced crop-frame DSLR featuring a large 20.2 megapixel sensor, was released in September of 2013 and has been met with high praise. Below are the best lenses to pair with the Canon EOS 70D, from the 18-105mm kit lens to the top wide-angle lenses and telephoto zooms.

 

Canon 70D Kit Lenses

The 18-55mm STM lens is offered with the 70D and boasts superior optical quality to Canon's past 18-55mm kit lenses. One of the major differences is STM, or Stepping Motor technology, which performs better than a USM motor for video with quiet and smooth continuous autofocus. Overall, the 18-55mm STM is a good walkaround lens for still photography and an excellent lens for video.
Weight: 7.2 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Video quality.
Cons: Distortion at the wide end.
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Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM ($1,349 for the kit)Canon 18-135mm STM lens
The Canon 18-135mm STM is a high quality lens with a much longer range than the Canon 18-55mm STM lens above. It captures sharp images, is extraordinarily quiet, and features continuous live autofocus for video. In addition, the lens is a good value with the kit (it's $549 on its own for a savings of almost $200). For those who don't frequently shoot video, Canon also offers a non-STM version of the 18-135mm for $499.
Weight: 17 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Video quality, versatility.
Cons: Some distortion at the ends.
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All-In-One Lenses

Canon 18-200mm lensCanon 18-200m f/3.5-5.6 IS ($599)
The Canon 18-200mm is an all-in-one lens designed to go head-to-head with the popular Nikon 18-200mm. The Canon 18-200mm is versatile and has good optics but the autofocus is less sophisticated than on most other Canon zooms (the manual focus ring turns when autofocus is in use, which can make the lens awkward to hold).
Weight: 21 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Versatility.
Cons: Autofocus, distortion at the ends.
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Wide-Angle Zoom Lenses

For landscapes and other wide-angle photography, no other lens of any brand comes close for Canon APS-C format cameras. The Canon 10-22mm lens is extremely sharp, has minimal distortion, and is relatively lightweight. Considering the complexity in building precision wide-angle zooms, the Canon 10-22mm is an impressive lens at a reasonable price (wide-angle zooms are an expensive bunch).
Weight: 13.6 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: The top wide-angle zoom for Canon APS-C cameras.
Cons: None.
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The Canon 17-55mm has a nearly identical focal length range to the 18-55mm kit lens above but far superior optical performance. With excellent sharpness, minimal distortion, good bokeh, and fast autofocus, this is a versatile everyday lens built for discerning enthusiasts. This Canon 17-55mm lens makes less sense with cheaper DSLRs but is a nice match for the 70D. 
Weight: 22.4 oz.
Max Aperture: f/2.8
Pros: Versatility.
Cons: Weight, cost.
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Portrait Lenses

The majority of pancake lenses are made for mirrorless cameras, but Canon has manufactured a 40mm pancake lens that is compatible with its DSLRs. With a low profile and ultra-lightweight design, the Canon 40mm lens produces exceptional images with almost no distortion. It also features an STM motor for smooth and silent video.
Weight: 4.6 oz.
Max Aperture: f/2.8
Pros: Lightweight, low profile, great optics.
Cons: None.
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Canon 50mm f1.8 lensCanon 50mm f/1.8 ($110)
The 50mm f/1.8 is the best value of any Canon lens—it’s sharp, has fast autofocus, is lightweight, and cheap. The lens is constructed mostly of plastic (the glass is high quality) but the optics are impressive and the build quality isn't a huge risk at $110. For those want even better low light performance, go with the Canon 50mm f/1.4 ($349)
Weight: 4.6 oz.
Max Aperture: f/1.8
Pros: Lightweight, low cost.
Cons: Plastic mount.
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Telephoto Zoom Lenses

Canon 55-250mm lensCanon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II ($299)
At only $299, the Canon 55-250mm covers a wide range of focal lengths and comes with image stabilization (camera shake can be an issue with longer zoom lenses). And considering its range, the Canon 25-250mm is relatively light at less than 14 ounces. 
Weight: 13.8 oz.
Max Aperture: f/4
Pros: Great value.
Cons: Autofocus can be slow.
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The Canon 70-300mm is a quality telephoto zoom with a long range. The lens is sharp, focuses quickly, has image stabilization, and is relatively lightweight at roughly 22 ounces. Another excellent telephoto zoom lens is the Canon 70-200mm f/4, but you’re paying more for full-frame capability.
Weight: 22.2 oz.
Max Aperture: f/4
Pros: Versatility.
Cons: Distortion at the ends.
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