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    List of great EOS lenses
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    I'm seeing a lot of people needing advice on EOS lenses, hopefully this list will speed thing up for everyone.
    It was originally appeared at bobatkins.com and linked is at bottom of this post ... BUT
    I've altered his list to reflect up-to-date prices as per B&H and adding where lenses have been discontinued.

    Best Lenses for Canon EOS approx $300

    1 - Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro ---- rating 9.1 #reviewers 80 approx $300
    2 - Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 ---- rating 9 #reviewers 111 approx $330
    3 - Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 ---- rating 8.9 #reviewers 60 approx $260
    4 - Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro ---- rating 8.8 #reviewers 51 approx $369
    5 - Canon EF 100-300/5.6L ---- rating 8.8 #reviewers 20 approx $300 (discontinued, available used)
    6 - Vivitar 100mm f/3.5 Macro ---- rating 8.8 #reviewers 21 approx $150 (discontinued, available used)
    7 - Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS ---- rating 8.7 #reviewers 73 approx $220
    8 - Canon EF 50mm f1.8 ---- rating 8.7 #reviewers 163 approx $120 (discontinued, available used)
    9 - Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II ---- rating 8.5 #reviewers 361 approx $120 ********************* dvxuser favorite
    10 - Canon EF 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 ---- rating 8.4 #reviewers 29 approx $70 (discontinued, available used)
    11 - Canon EF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM ---- rating 8.4 #reviewers 44 approx $200 (discontinued, available used)
    12 - Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 ---- rating 8.4 #reviewers 82 approx $360
    13 - Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS ---- rating 8.3 #reviewers 89 approx $199 ********** t2i/550d kit lens,
    don't underestimate it, great for starting out filmmakers, see post 28
    14 - Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Zoom Macro II ---- rating 8.3 #reviewers 33 approx $240
    15 - Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM ---- rating 8.2 #reviewers 133 approx $230 (discontinued, available used)
    16 - Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro ---- rating 8.1 #reviewers 57 approx $170
    17 - Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM ---- rating 8 #reviewers 23 approx $80 (discontinued, available used)
    18 - Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DG Macro ---- rating 8 #reviewers 47 approx $299 (discontinued, available used)
    19 - Tamron AF55-200mm f4-5.6 Di -II Macro LD ---- rating 8 #reviewers 25 approx $165
    20 - canon EF 35-135mm f4-5.6 USM ---- rating 7.9 #reviewers 17 approx $150 (discontinued, available used)



    Best lenses for Canon EOS approx $600

    1 - Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro ---- rating 9.6 #reviewers 299 approx $599
    2 - Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro ---- rating 9.5 #reviewers 96 approx $459
    3 - Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM ---- rating 9.5 #reviewers 89 approx $479
    4 - Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro ---- rating 9.4 #reviewers 199 approx $449
    5 - Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM ---- rating 9.4 #reviewers 247 approx $419 ********************* dvxuser favorite
    6 - Canon EF 28-80mm f/2.8-4 L USM ---- rating 9.4 #reviewers 19 approx $500 (discontinued, available used)
    7 - Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM ---- rating 9.4 #reviewers 336 approx $679
    8 - Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f2.8 XR Di-II LD Asph. IF ---- rating 9.2 #reviewers 232 approx $459 ********************* dvxuser favorite
    9 - Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X M100 AF Pro D Macro ---- rating 9.2 #reviewers 20 approx $449
    10 - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM ---- rating 9.1 #reviewers 360 approx $449 ********************* dvxuser favorite
    11 - Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro ---- rating 9.1 #reviewers 80 approx $299
    12 - Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124AF Pro DX ---- rating 9.1 #reviewers 107 approx $549
    13 - Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro ---- rating 9.1 #reviewers 74 approx $479
    14 - Canon EF 20-35mm f2.8L ---- rating 9.1 #reviewers 26 approx $500 (discontinued, available used)
    15 - Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 ---- rating 9 #reviewers 111 approx $319
    16 - Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 ---- rating 8.9 #reviewers 60 approx $259
    17 - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM ---- rating 8.8 #reviewers 266 approx $600
    18 - Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro non USM version ---- rating 8.8 #reviewers 51 approx $325 (discontinued, available used)
    19 - Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro ---- rating 8.8 #reviewers 51 approx $369
    20 - Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical IF ---- rating 8.8 #reviewers 208 approx $499



    Best Lenses for Canon EOS (price no object)

    1 - Canon EF 85mm f1.2L USM Mark II ---- rating 9.8 #reviewers 177 approx $2099 ********************* dvxuser favorite
    2 - Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM ---- rating 9.8 #reviewers 324 approx $1049
    3 - Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM ---- rating 9.8 #reviewers 191 approx $799
    4 - Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 ---- rating 9.8 #reviewers 55 approx $1329
    5 - Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM ---- rating 9.7 #reviewers 179 approx $1499 ********************* dvxuser favorite
    6 - Canon EF 500mm f/4.0L IS USM ---- rating 9.7 #reviewers 90 approx $6900
    7 - Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM Mark I ---- rating 9.7 #reviewers 65 approx $1500 (discontinued, available used)
    8 - Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM ---- rating 9.7 #reviewers 42 approx $7999
    9 - Canon EF 70-200mm f4.0L IS USM ---- rating 9.7 #reviewers 321 approx $1281
    10 - Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x ---- rating 9.7 #reviewers 43 approx $999
    11 - Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM ---- rating 9.6 #reviewers 135 approx $4999
    12 - Canon EF 200/1.8L USM ---- rating 9.6 #reviewers 126 approx $3000 (discontinued, available used)
    13 - Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG APO Macro IF HSM ---- rating 9.6 #reviewers 13 approx $689 (discontinued, available used)
    14 - Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro ---- rating 9.6 #reviewers 299 approx $599
    15 - Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Mark II ---- rating 9.6 #reviewers 405 approx $2449 ********************* dvxuser favorite
    16 - Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L IS USM ---- rating 9.5 #reviewers 47 approx $8899
    17 - Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM ---- rating 9.5 #reviewers 124 approx $1329
    18 - Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro ---- rating 9.5 #reviewers 96 approx $459
    19 - Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM ---- rating 9.5 #reviewers 317 approx $1120 ********************* dvxuser favorite
    20 - Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM ---- rating 9.5 #reviewers 89 approx $479






    Source of info: Bob Atkins Please click here to read more, very interesting reading !!!

    http://www.bobatkins.com/photography...os_lenses.html




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    The one lens that this list doesn't have that you should also know about is the amazing
    Tokina 11-16 f2.8

    This lens is rectilinear (straight lines stay straight) and as wide as a lot of fish eye lenses.
    Very very very useful if you are shooting short films, interiors especially.

    It is also rated at f2.8 T2.8 by Matt Duclos which means it transmits light at 100%

    The only downside to this lens is they are sometimes hard to get and backordered everwhere.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._AT_X_116.html

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    Great sources to buy used lenses

    keh.com -- >LINK
    Adorama used --> LINK
    B & H used --> LINK
    Ebay search tool for locating prime lenses --> LINK

    Zooms I noticed that are loved by DVXuser

    Tokina 11-16/2.8
    Canon EFS 10-22 f3.5-4.5 USM
    Canon EF 16-35 2.8L USM
    Canon EFS 17-55 f2.8 IS USM
    Canon EF 24-105 f4L IS USM
    Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L USM
    Canon EF 70-200 f2.8L IS USM

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Rodriguez View Post
    I bought the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f2.8.
    Thanks Jay, I forgot that one!



    Primes I noticed that are loved by DVXuser
    Canon EF 35mm f1.4
    Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM
    Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II
    Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM
    Canon EF 85mm 85mm f1.2L
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    I thought the Canon 28mm f/1.8 was a great lens too.
    Great addition Roberto!
    Quote Originally Posted by soarprod View Post
    Best lenses for Canon EOS under around approx $600
    change sigma 50mm f/2.8 to the 1.4 version for about $500. Fantastic lens with FF coverage.
    I forgot the Sigmas! 30mm f1.4 and 24mm f1.8 are great too, also sigma 50-150/2.8 zoom
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Davis View Post
    The one lens that this list doesn't have that you should also know about is the amazing
    Tokina 11-16 f2.8

    This lens is rectilinear (straight lines stay straight) and as wide as a lot of fish eyes.
    Very very very useful if you are shooting short films, interiors especially.

    It is also rated at T2.8 by Matt Duclos which means it transmits light at 100%

    The only downside to this lens is they are sometimes hard to get and backordered everwhere.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._AT_X_116.html

    My FAVORITE lens!

    Matt Gottshalk - Director/ Dp/ and Emmy Award Winning Editor
    Producer, Digital Creative for the United States Postal Service


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    me too !
    love my 11-16. Even though mine is nikon mount, I stick the stem of a Qtip in the groove to keep the aperture at 2.8, use a fotodiox $20 adapter from ebay and I'm shooting on a canon !
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    Excellent post and very helpful to see in consolidated lists. As a quick-glance reference, this is great!

    That being said, some of these highest rated lenses (presumably ratings courtesy of B&H?) aren't necessarily the "best" lenses for video. I would love to see these lists "DVXuser-ized". Not sure exactly what it would look like but essentially open up a poll to have experienced users (say, at least 500 posts?) rank these same lists top-to-bottom (where "top" = most likely to use on projects and highly recommend; "bottom" = most unlikely to use on projects; don't touch it). Sure, the uses vary across DVXusers but they're all at least in video/film settings so the aggregate would be much more useful/specific than the B&H list, which includes photographers, etc.


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    Great thread! I was going to mention the Tokina 11-16 but see that you did. Good stuff...... Last night I bought the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f2.8.


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    I thought the Canon 28mm f/1.8 was a great lens too. Not worthy enough?



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    Thanks very much for this list, I am new to non-fixed lens camera systems, and "which lenses to buy?" is one of my biggest questions.

    I see people refer to lens by focal length and stop but for a newbie like me, it is difficult to find exactly which lens is being referred to in this way. Specifically the brand, and is it compatible with the camera, and if not, what adapter do I need and where do I find it, and what is the trade off?!

    It is too easy for a person like myself to buy an expensive lens which may not be good for my purposes, when maybe there is another brand that is not as pricey, with comparable quality and utility, and if I do make a mistake, it doesn't sting as much!

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    I also second the opinion for some of the more experienced shooters helping us new jacks rank the lens that will be helpful for video purposes, especially those of us who are on shoestring budgets identify the best/most useful lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coddida View Post
    Excellent post and very helpful to see in consolidated lists. As a quick-glance reference, this is great!

    That being said, some of these highest rated lenses (presumably ratings courtesy of B&H?) aren't necessarily the "best" lenses for video. I would love to see these lists "DVXuser-ized".
    I was thinking the same. The above list is not from B&H but from Bob Atkins and the link is at the bottom which I encourage everyone to check out as it makes great reading.

    The rating is very much based on things like sharpness, vignetting, barrel distortion etc.
    I'm adding a little section in POST 3 listing a few lenses I have seen that are loved by DVXuser.
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