If you want a versatile lens that you can use in many different situations, a zoom lens is often the way to go. But choosing the best zoom lens for Canon cameras isn’t always easy. In this article, we’ll give you some things to consider when choosing a lens and then tell you about some of our favorites!
Most people think of zoom lenses as having a long reach for photographing things that are far away but that’s not all they’re good for. Technically, being a “zoom” lens has little to do with having a long reach and everything to do with the ability to change focal lengths. People love zoom lenses for their versatility and ability to capture many different types of scenes and subjects with the twist of a barrel.
1. Canon 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye
At the widest end of the zoom lens spectrum on our list of recommendations sits the Canon 8-15mm f/4L. This fisheye lens captures incredibly wide scenes and provides a unique 180º perspective regardless of a photo’s subject. As is to be expected with a fisheye, this lens produces heavily distorted images–but that is part of its charm. At 8mm this lens produces a spherical image in the center of a black frame but as you approach 15mm, the subject fills the frame and takes on a dreamy, distorted-reality effect. What’s nice, too, is that the lens barrel has markings for APS-C/APS-H sensors showing which focal length to use in order to avoid vignetting.
This autofocus lens works on every autofocus Canon camera since 1987, whether it’s a film camera, APS-C, or full frame DSLR. It has a minimum focus distance of 6″, meaning that you can get up close and personal with your subject. Fisheye lenses are not for everyone but if you are the type of photographer who enjoys playing with perspective and getting close, this is the lens for you.