Canon Lens – Zoom Solves All Your Focal Length Problems

Two reasons to buy a Canon lens with Zoom capabilities:

  1. Cover a multitude of focal lengths
  2. Save time and money

These two reasons can be broken down into a bunch of bullet points, but they are the basic reasons to get a zoom lens instead of a single focal length lens/lenses.

When you use a zoom lens to cover a multitude of focal lengths, you are giving yourself a chance to be successful at capturing every shot that you see. You do not have to stop and change lenses as often, and possibly miss the shot.

Also, keeping one lens on your Canon EOS camera saves times, not to mention money because you don’t need to purchase lots of different lenses to cover the range of focal lengths you will be shooting.

That does not mean that prime lenses are not desirable. They are. Prime lenses usually give the very best quality possible. They just lack flexibility.


Taken with a Canon Rebel T3i and Sigma 18-250mm zoom lens @ 31mm

Selecting the right Canon Lens Zoom range is really a matter of the same two factors. How much do you want to cover with one lens, and how much are you willing or able to spend.

Some zoom lenses can be had for very little money, but the excellent ones can be quite expensive. This is why you want to do your research. For instance, if you opt to buy an inexpensive lens like the Canon 75-300, you will only have to spend about $150, but the Canon 70-300 costs about $500.

The difference between these lenses is in the construction materials and technology. The result is that you get a huge difference in performance and, ultimately in image quality.

The lenses recommended here are “top of the line” for the price. Note that as the technology improves, the resulting price usually increases accordingly. However, feel free to trust that you will be getting the best possible lens for the money if you use these links.

All Purpose Canon Zoom Lenses

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
This easy-to-use standard zoom lens can cover a large zoom area ranging from 24mm wide-angle to 105mm portrait-length telephoto, and its Image Stabilizer Technology steadies camera shake up to three stops. Constructed with one Super-UD glass element and three aspherical lenses, this lens minimizes chromatic aberration and distortion. The result is excellent picture quality, even at wide apertures. Cost – $1000
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di LD Aspherical (IF)
One of the most compact and lightest in the history of fast zoom lenses. Thanks to the revolutionary downsizing “XR” technology employed by Tamron in the development of high-power zoom lenses. An across the board aperture of f/2.8 makes the price of this lens very attractive. Cost – $499

For more about the Tamron 28-75mm for Canon

More all-in-one lenses for Canon

Wide Angle Zoom Lenses for Canon

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Excellent for Landscapes or Real Estate photography.

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 10 – 22mm; 1:3.5-4.5
  • Lens Construction: 13 elements in 10 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 107° 30′ – 63° 30′
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.24m / 0.79 ft.
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Very similar to the Canon 10-22mm but your pocketbook will not suffer because you can get this lens for quite a bit less. Both these wide angle lenses can be used only on Canon APS-C cameras which include the Canon Rebel series and the 20D-50D digital SLR cameras.
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens
A Canon ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. This lens has long been considered the ultimate wide angle lens for professionals. It’s an “L” lens. Ideal for both film and digital SLR cameras, the lens offers three aspherical lens elements in addition to a Super UD (ultra-low dispersion) glass element, creating superior optics in all conditions. In addition, the lens focuses as close as 11 inches (0.28mm), and offers both Canon’s full-time manual focus and a powerful ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) that produces fast and silent autofocus. Cost – $750

Mid-Range Zoom Lenses for Canon

Canon has 5 lenses at the 70-200mm focal length category. You can’t go wrong with any of them. The one you choose depends mostly on your budget. Go to for an in-depth look.

There are also Tamron and Sigma lenses in this category that are very well regarded. If you don’t want the signature light gray Canon lens color, you can save money getting one of these… Take a look at the Canon 70-200mm line-up HERE.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom
This lens has become very popular among entry level Canon Digital SLR users, especially the Canon Rebel buyers.In fact, it is the #1 selling telephoto lens at

Canon has done a great job improving the image quality of this inexpensive lens. It can be a fine compliment to your general all purpose lens.

This Canon 55-250mm telephoto zoom lens captures long distance, low-light shots far better than many comparable lenses, helping you photograph the far-off action of athletes or zoom in for an intimate portrait with a blurred background. The high-zoom-ratio lens is equivalent to a focal length of 88-400mm in the 35mm format (when used on Canon EOS cameras compatible with EF-S lenses such as the Rebel series). More significantly, the image stabilizer effect creates an equivalent shutter speed of roughly four stops faster than the same size lens without an image stabilizer.

Super Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Canon

Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM
Equipped with an Image Stabilizer, the Canon EF 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens makes it easy to capture the far-off action of fast-paced sports or zoom in for an intimate portrait with a blurred background. This is arguably the lens of choice for nature photographers who want an L lens without having to mortgage the farm.

See more about the Canon 100-400mm Lens

Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO RF
This “monster” lens, Sigma 50-500 (aka “Bigma” because of its size) This is a favorite of the nature photographers who do not have the funds for the multi-thousand dollar lenses used by National Geographic photographers. Results are quite satisfactory. Sigma now has released a new version of the Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 with OS (image stabilization) for about $1500.
Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AF APO DG OS HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon
The Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6mm super telephoto zoom lens could be the best kept secret in this lens category. It offers the zoom range necessary for great sports action and nature shots at a bargain basement price of less than $1000.

See our product page – Sigma 120-400mm Lens for Canon

Super Zoom Lenses

Super Zooms are fantastic for making sure you have the right lens for the shot “all the time”. Great as an all-in-one, or walk around lens, especially for traveling and vacation photography. They all have their little distortion problems, usually at both ends of the focal range, but that shortcoming is easy to overlook when you consider the benefit of not missing a shot or lightening the load while traveling.

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
The 18-200mm Canon lens may just be the one lens that gives you the versatility you require to take care of almost any photo taking possibility. It can replace several lenses in your bag, especially the kit lenses you may be thinking about buying. The Canon 18-200mm lens is far better constructed than the kit lenses.

See more about the 18-200mm Canon Lens

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF
A third party Super Zoom that many think is even better than its Canon c0uterpart. It offers an additional 50mm in focal length in comparison to the Canon model listed above without any sacrifice in image quality. And, of course, you will pay less.

See more about the Sigma 18-250mm Lens.

About the Canon Zoom Lens Recommendations

There are many more lenses in the Canon Lens Zoom category. The lenses here are all excellent for their price and construction. You will not be disappointed with any of them. Check the ratings at Amazon Lenses

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