Best alternative makes of lenses for Canon DSLR?

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I hate menus New Member • Posts: 7
Best alternative makes of lenses for Canon DSLR?

Apart from Canon's own-brand lenses, what other makes of lens do usesrs here rate as being as good or virtually as good? I'm hoping to buy the 760D (or 750D) but would like to buy the body only with a good quality lens in the 18-55 or 18-135mm range that will give good results until such time as I can afford to choose from the ranges of Canon own-brand lenses. I'm not a great fan of kit lenses, hence this enquiry.

Do others here have experience of using non-Canon lenses which they rate as being good buys?

Many thanks.

RogerZoul
RogerZoul Veteran Member • Posts: 3,041
Re: Best alternative makes of lenses for Canon DSLR?

Both Tamron and Sigma have some good lenses, but with any manufacturer,  including Canon, some lenses are not as good as others.

The Sigma Art series of lens are known to be good, such as their 50mm and the 18-35 mm f/1.8 (which is made for crop-sensor bodies).  The latter is an 800$us lens, though, so it ain't cheap.

Canon 18-135mm STM kit lens is highly thought of around here as a good starting lens for Canon crops.

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All makers have good and bad lenses. If you want an 18-135, you may want to wait a few weeks to see how the new 18-135 USM from Canon performs. If it's a good upgrade over the 18-135 STM you could consider buying the new USM model, and if they end up being very similar you could get a second hand STM.

I think it would be difficult to find a better value than 18-55 STM + 55-250 STM.

Tamron and Sigma don't really have that same kind of cheap zoom, they tend to make faster f2.8 zooms Both for APS-C and full frame), and their cost is always a bit higher. They have super zooms (18-200, 18-300, 16-300 and such), veyr convenient but performance wise not amazing.

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photonius Veteran Member • Posts: 6,895
Re: Best alternative makes of lenses for Canon DSLR?

I hate menus wrote:

Apart from Canon's own-brand lenses, what other makes of lens do usesrs here rate as being as good or virtually as good? I'm hoping to buy the 760D (or 750D) but would like to buy the body only with a good quality lens in the 18-55 or 18-135mm range that will give good results until such time as I can afford to choose from the ranges of Canon own-brand lenses. I'm not a great fan of kit lenses, hence this enquiry.

Do others here have experience of using non-Canon lenses which they rate as being good buys?

Many thanks.

for inexpensive starter lenses of good quality, you actually don't need to look further than Canon's 18-55 or 18-135. - even though they are kit, they are good.

so, best buy as kit, to get an even better price.

if  you mean you don't like the kit lenses because of aperture, and you want a faster aperture such as f2.8, yes, you can look at tamron and sigma.

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OP I hate menus New Member • Posts: 7
Re: Best alternative makes of lenses for Canon DSLR?

Many thanks for the comments and suggestions received so far ... the 18-135 kit does seem to be worth a second look . Having said that, I haven't as yet seen the combination of 650D and 18-135 offered so far in the UK, I'll carry on searching.

The 650D seems to come either as a body or paired with the 18-55mm rather than the 18-135mm.

Thanks again - much appreciated.

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