700D Kit lens upgrade

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groberts New Member • Posts: 16
700D Kit lens upgrade

My Sigma UWA lens and recently acquired Canon EF 300mm IS lens cover my top and bottom / wide angle requirements very well but I would now like to upgrade the 18-55 kit lens that originally came with the Canon 700D camera. Doesn't need to be Canon.

Apart from just better build quality I want to ensure it has:

  • Better manual focus with approximate focus distances marked (I thought this was standard until I got this kit lens);
  • Wider aperture say f2.8 or thereabouts?
  • Unless there's a downside I've overlooked, an EF equivalent rather than EFS - I use an internal Astronomik light pollution filter for astrophotography which fouls the longer back focus of an EFS lens; what is the operating difference between EF and EFS lenses?

Thanks, Graham

 groberts's gear list:groberts's gear list
Canon EOS 550D Canon EOS 700D Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS +11 more
Canon EOS 700D (EOS Rebel T5i / EOS Kiss X7i)
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