Best Lenses for Canon T5i

Best Lenses for Canon T5i

Canon T5iThe Canon EOS Rebel T5i is the newest in Canon’s popular line of Rebel DSLR cameras. The T5i includes additions like in-camera chromatic aberration correction, but the biggest upgrade is to the new 18-55mm STM (Stepping Motor technology) kit lens. Canon Rebel cameras are known for video, and STM lenses are designed with continuous live autofocus for smooth and silent video.


Canon T5i Kit Lenses

The Canon 18-55mm IS STM lens offered with the Rebel T5i is an upgrade from the 18-55mm IS II kit lens offered with the Canon Rebel T4i and T3i. Along with better optical performance, the major difference is STM, or Stepping Motor technology. For those who frequently shoot video, the STM motor performs far better for video than USM motors on other Canon lenses.
Weight: 7.2 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Video quality
Cons: Some distortion at the wide end
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Canon 18-135mm STM lensCanon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM ($949 for the kit)
The Canon 18-135mm STM is a terrific lens and has a considerably 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 as part of the kit—it's $549 on its own therefore the kit represents a savings of $200. 
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 ($699)
The Canon 18-200mm is an extremely versatile lens designed to go head-to-head with the popular Nikon 18-200mm. The optical performance of the Canon 18-200mm is solid overall, but one quirk is that the manual focus ring turns when autofocus is in use. Otherwise, it's a great all-in-one lens and cheaper than the Nikon version. For third-party all-in-one lenses for the Canon Rebel T5i, try the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 ($349) and Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ($449).
Weight: 21 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Versatility
Cons: Autofocus, some distortion at the ends
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Wide-Angle Lenses

Canon 10-18mm lensCanon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ($299)
Released in 2014, Canon hit it out of the park with the 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, finally satisfying those who don’t want to spend big bucks a wide-angle lens. The 10-18mm is sharp, light, exceptionally cheap for a wide-angle zoom, and has a quiet STM motor that is great for shooting video. With a useful focal length range of 16-28.8mm on a 35mm camera, this lens is a winner in our book. The maximum aperture of f/4-5.6 isn’t optimal when natural light is low, but the lens does have four stops of image stabilization to help. For wide-angle specialists, the Canon 10-22mm below still is a viable option, albeit a pricey one.
Weight: 8.5 oz.
Max aperture: f/4
Pros: Lightweight and sharp.
Cons: Plastic construction. 
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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 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 the 10-22mm. But for most photographers including amateurs looking for a good wide-angle walk-around lens, the new 10-18mm is a better value and shoots better video due to its STM motor.
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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Mid-Range and Portrait Lenses

Canon 40mm pancake lensCanon 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens ($199)
The majority of pancake lenses are for mirrorless cameras, but Canon has manufactured this 40mm pancake lens for DSLRs. With a low profile and ultra lightweight design, the Canon 40mm pancake lens produces exceptional images with almost no distortion. It also features an STM motor—if you plan on shooting video with your Canon T5i, the 40mm pancake lens is strongly recommended.
Weight: 4.6 oz.
Max Aperture: f/2.8
Pros: Video quality, lightweight
Cons: None
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Canon 50mm f1.8 lensCanon 50mm f/1.8 ($123)
The 50mm f/1.8 is one the best values of any Canon lens—it’s sharp, lightweight, and cheap. The lens is constructed mostly of plastic (the glass is high quality) but the optics are very impressive for just over $100. If you want even better low light performance, try 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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The Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 has almost the same focal length range as the 18-55mm kit lens but far superior optics. With excellent sharpness, minimal distortion, good bokeh, fast autofocus, and better low light performance, this is a high quality lens built for enthusiasts.
Weight: 22.4 oz.
Max Aperture: f/2.8
Pros: Versatility
Cons: Weight, cost
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Telephoto Zoom Lenses

A nice addition to the Rebel T5i kit lenses is the Canon 55-250mm telephoto zoom. At $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 55-250mm is relatively lightweight.
Weight: 13.8 oz.
Max Aperture: f/4
Pros: Great value
Cons: Autofocus can be slow
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Canon 70-300mm f4 lensCanon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS ($649)
The Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is the top telephoto zoom lens for Canon APS-C format cameras. One weakness is its maximum aperture of f/4—if you frequently shoot in low light you may want to consider a full-frame lens like the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L ($1,299) or Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS ($2,075). Otherwise, the Canon 70-300mm captures great images and has image stabilization with a long zoom range.
Weight: 22.2 oz.
Max Aperture: f/4
Pros: Versatility, image quality
Cons: Autofocus can be slow
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