Outgrown your kit lens and feel the need to upgrade? Maybe you’re okay with the length, but need something for low-light shots. Or maybe the length isn’t meeting your needs and you are craving wider angles or a longer reach. Depending on what you need, it might be best to upgrade to a new zoom or prime lens.
Lens for Low-Light Situations
So you’re happy with the length of your kit lens, but need some help with low-lighting. The lens to get would be the Sigma 17-50 f/2.8. It’s a mid-range zoom with a fixed aperture, meaning you can zoom from 17mm to 50mm at the widest aperture. This lens is sharp at f/2.8 and even more so at f/5.6. HSM and OS technology allow for fast autofocus and steady optical stabilization. The price is great for what you get, and you can even use an Overstock 15% off coupon for more savings. Its Canon counterpart, the 17-55mm f/2.8, is almost $400 more. One drawback in getting the Sigma instead of the Canon? Your optical length drops from 55mm to 50mm. But a few steps forward fixes that.
Need more length and a fixed aperture? The Canon 70-200 f/2.8L has you covered. Fast autofocus means you can shoot sports with ease. Additionally, it’s a fantastic portrait lens. The lens allows for an extremely shallow depth of field, making for creamy bokeh and sharp subjects. For all that you can do with this lens, there are issues. It’s pricey at around $1400. However, it’s $700 cheaper than the latest Canon version, without the image stabilization of the newest lens. Get a tripod to save money and weight.
Wide Angle Lens
Tired of having to step backward just to get a bad angle? Try Canon’s 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6. Having 10mm allows you to get everything inside the frame, even with a cropped sensor camera frame. It’s sharp, lightweight, and has a great price. Ken Rockwell says that “there is no other ultrawide you’d want.” It’s also equipped with excellent image stabilization for low light shots.
Are you thinking of getting a prime lens? Take a look at the Canon 35mm f/2. This lens has blazingly fast autofocus. Portrait shots will look great, as it’s super sharp and has excellent contrast. Can’t forget the creamy bokeh. The price? It’s a steal at $310. Bang for your buck performance.
Four amazing lenses for four different situations. Whatever it is you’re shooting, any of these lenses will allow your creative vision to flourish. Whether it’s taking a portrait with a perfect smile, snapping away at the buzzer-beater, or even capturing a landscape with an amazing sunset, there is a lens here for you.