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The BEST Canon EOS Lenses

June 17, 2011

For all you Canon users…I ran into this article a while back and I was very impressed with the thorough evaluation of which SLR lenses are best suited for Canon’s EOS body.  Now that I have a blog I felt it was worth sharing.

Here is a list of the best lenses from Canon, Sigma, Tamron and Tokina as determined by user opinions from the “Lensplay” website. Of course there are many criteria for what’s the best lens but here there are three sets of “best lens” data sorted by both price and overall rating. Just because a lens doesn’t appear on the “best lens” list doesn’t mean it’s not a good lens of course. For example less popular lenses may not appear because they have not received enough ratings to qualify (at least 10 are needed before a lens will be rated as a “best lens”).

Over at there is an experimental database of lenses for Canon EOS bodies. Readers of the site were invited to give their own ratings on lenses on a scale of 5 to 10 which is fully explained on the Lensplay Ratings page. Briefly they are:

  • 10 – Outstanding
  • 9 – Very good
  • 8 – Good
  • 7 – Above average
  • 6 – Average
  • 5 – Below average

Rating below a 5 are reserved for me to assign to really bad lenses, though I haven’t yet really found anything worth less than a 5 in a modern lens. I restricted users from giving anything less than a 5 rating to a lens because no lens in the database is that bad and ratings below a 5 would probably represent some sort of grudge that the user had against the lens maker (or maybe me!), or a deliberate attempt to skew the ratings, not the true quality of the lens.


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