What should be in mind as you are about to pick the best lens for Canon 80D?

For a camera, a lens is always pretty important. It decides by what way you capture images and how good their quality will be. The case of Canon 80D is also not an exception. Whenever you want to buy a new lens, do not forget to consider about sharpness, authenticity, durability, and so forth. Followings are some guideline for you, both amateur and professional ones to own the best lenses for Canon 80D.

Photo taken by Canon 80D with 42mm ƒ/9.0 lens


Let’s imagine that you are standing on a busy street corner. Then you take ten pictures with 9mm, 24mm, 50mm, 200mm and 500mm lenses in turn. Photos from each group of the lens will show different things.

As for the 9mm one, it is possible for you to get a panoramic view of roads, people, vehicles, homes along with sky. In case of narrowing the scene a little bit with a 24-mm lens, the story will be changed. The sky will be surely out of the photoshoot and give room for streets and may be vice versa.

If you plan to have pictures with a specific theme such as one person or car, for example, the lens of 50mm is ideal enough. On the other hand, it is not as suitable as the 200mm one when shooting a photo of details.

Maximum aperture

A common multipurpose zooming lens on good-quality DSLRs must provide medium-to-far-ranging perspective. But these lenses often have narrow maximum apertures like f/3.5-5.6.

What does it mean? Let’s take a 18mm-wide-angle setting, a maximum aperture of f/3.5 as an instance. At this, most of the light is transferred by the lens to the image sensor on your camera. By the time you zoom to 55mm, your lens will have very little light at the aperture of f/5.6. Each f-stop (f/4, f5.6, f/8) equals an ISO setting (ISO 400, 600, 1600). So if you have got a f/4 lens instead of f/5.6, it is good to reduce the ISO from 1600 to 800.

When shooting in the low light conditions with a zooming set, you will have to enhance the light through the lens by increasing the ISO (for example, from ISO 400 to 800 to make the camera more sensitive to light). In other cases, the flash can be in use to add more light or slow down the shutter speed (for example, from 1/60 second to 1/30 second. Hence, more light is sent to the sensor. If you add a lighter lens to your kit, such as a 50mm f/1.8 lens, you will not need to change the ISO or a regular flash.

Size and weight

Maximum aperture also affects the size and weight of the lens. In fact, a large aperture lens will naturally have a big size/weight. For instance, a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 professional lens weighs a mere 1.5kg while the f/4 is a half light, only 0.75kg.

The same is true of wide-angle lenses and fixed focal length lenses. A 17-40mm f/4 wide-angle lens is measured 0.47kg, in comparison with a 0.63kg of a 16-35mm f/2.8 lens. And a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 lens is significantly heavier than a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens.

It is not true that only maximum aperture can influence the size and weight of the lens. Professional and solid structure plays a role as well. The Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens mentioned above is a common device with a plastic structure while the Sigma f/1.4 one is featured by a metal frame.

Are you a traveling and photographing enthusiast in the good light? If the answer is yes, why don’t  you try to choose a lighter weight but narrow aperture zooming lens? The Canon 55-250mm EF-S lens weighs less than 0.5kg with a low cost. Whereas professional lenses 70-200mm f/2.8 is three times heavier with a high price.


Photo taken by Canon 80D with 18mm ƒ/8.0 lens

Actually, when your photography love is for a Canon, Nikon, or Panasonic camera, there is advice for you. A lens with image stabilization is in need to compensate the camera shake thank to its outstanding technology feature. Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic own the optical stabilization technology by integrating into the lens. Olympus and Pentax are different. They have built-in stability into the camera, so you can take advantage of this technology regardless of the type of lens that you attach to the camera.

Although lenses with image stabilization are more expensive, you still should buy them for cameras. Such point is especially useful if you want to take a picture in zooming, remote or telephoto. Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS (image-stabilized) professional lenses are more expensive than models with no IS option. The price difference is too high but it enables users to capture images with high sharpness in diverse lighting conditions.


The next note may be slightly sensitive, highly biased towards personal feelings. But buying a lens that you desire in comparison with one that you think you should buy is an important factor. A lens which you stick with is attractive to you at first sight. Let’s pick. Somehow, what you think is great will inspire you when you take pictures.

All elements together

A new lens means a new inspiration for the photograph passion. Photographers tend to like their cameras but love their lenses. Whenever deciding to buy a new lens, these five notes will help you to narrow down the list of your favorite candidates. Think about the types of photos you want to capture, the brightness conditions where you will be using the lenses and the weight/size that you are ready to carry.

Once you have only short list of potential ones, you will need to read, evaluate, study the specifications and reconcile the budget you have. Finally, choose the lens you want to buy the most from the rest of the contestants and start enjoying the results by taking beautiful pictures.

So, Canon 80D is not a bad idea for any photographer. But its charm will be in an increase with a great lens. Then, it is time to enjoy, not only picking photos, making videos with this as if the best slow motion camera in the world, but also admiring art works by your own.

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