Best Lenses for Canon 70D

Best Lenses for Canon 70D

Canon 70DThe new Canon EOS 70D, 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

Canon 10-18mm lensCanon 10-18mm f/4-5.6 ($299)
For years, the Canon 10-22mm dominated the APS-C wide-angle lens market and was the leading option for a camera like the 70D. However, in 2014 Canon released its new 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens, quieting the clamoring of those who didn’t want to spend big bucks a wide-angle lens. The 10-18mm is a terrific option—it’s sharp, lightweight, has minimal distortion except when wide open at 10mm, and is exceptionally cheap for a wide-angle zoom. With a very useful focal length range of 16-28.8mm on a 35mm camera, it’s a winner in our book. It’s true that the maximum aperture of f/4-5.6 isn’t optimal, but the lens does have four stops of image stabilization to help improve low light performance.
Weight: 8.5 oz.
Max aperture: f/4
Pros: Lightweight, sharp, and cheap.
Cons: Plastic construction. 
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Purely from an image quality standpoint, the Canon 10-22mm is slightly superior to the 10-18mm lens above. The biggest differences are low light performance, where the 10-22mm is a bit faster, and the extra reach at 22mm (equivalent to a 35mm normal field of view). However, it’s now a whole lot tougher to pick the 10-22mm given the large disparity in price. If you value the wider maximum aperture or extra zoom, go with this lens or the Canon 17-55mm below. But for most photographers including amateurs looking for a good wide-angle walk-around lens, the new 10-18mm is a better value and significantly lighter.
Weight: 13.6 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Better low light performance than the Canon 10-18mm above.
Cons: Expensive. 
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The Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 has a nearly identical focal length range to the 18-55mm kit lens above but far superior optics. With impressive low light performance, excellent sharpness, fast autofocus, and minimal distortion, this is a versatile lens built for discerning enthusiasts. Its zoom range is equivalent to 27-88mm on a 35mm camera, which offers some wide capability as well as long to medium portraits. The Canon 17-55mm lens makes less sense with cheaper DSLRs but is a nice match for a DSLR of the quality of the EOS 70D.
Weight: 22.4 oz.
Max Aperture: f/2.8
Pros: Low light performance.
Cons: Weight and 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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Instead of carrying around and switching out multiple lenses, the Canon 18-85mm f/3.5-5.6 covers an impressive spectrum of focal lengths from wide-angle to medium telephoto—it’s equivalent to 24-136mm on a 35mm camera. In addition to quality portrait shots, you get some added wide-angle capability and the lens has manual focus override that is activated simply by moving the focus ring with your finger. Like many zoom lenses of this type, you can some expect distortion, particularly at the wide end (we recommend shooting at 17mm instead of wide open).
Weight: 20.3 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros:  Much more versatile than prime lenses. 
Cons: A bit on the heavy side. 
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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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