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Canon Lens Recommendations

Recommended Canon Lenses

The easiest way to improve your camera's image quality is to put a better lens in front of it. There are over 70 lenses in the current Canon lens lineup and each fills a specific niche. Unless you spend a significant amount of time reading the reviews, you need some direction in finding the right lens or lenses for your specific needs.

Owning or having owned all of Canon's current lenses along with a significant number of third party offerings from manufacturers including Sigma, Tamron, Samyang, Tokina and Zeiss, I find myself uniquely positioned to guide your lens selection. Lenses for various budgets are included in my recommendations.

Canon Lens Selection Intro
To begin the lens selection process, let's do some groundwork. First, understand that lens quality is very important – it will likely be the minimum factor to the image quality you are able to obtain. Then understand that getting the right focal length range is imperative for properly capturing your subjects from both framing (size of subject in the frame) and perspective (distance from subject) standpoints. Having a lens that allows enough light into the camera will also make a big difference when you try to stop action or blur the background. A wide aperture is key to these needs.
The Most Commonly Needed Lenses
With some background, we move forward to the actual Canon Lens recommendations. Nearly everyone needs at least one general purpose lens, making the first option below a great starting point. Then add at least one lens from the telephoto zoom and wide angle lens categories to round out your basic lens kit.
Common Special Purpose Lenses
Frequently, photographers have a specific type of subject in mind for their cameras and lenses. Following is a list of common photographic pursuits with the recommended lenses for capturing them. Lenses for a variety of budgets are included. Those most-budget-constrained must check out the best-value options listed in the best bargain recommendations.

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