Best Cheap Lenses for Canon

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A couple of years ago, we published a post containing a list of affordable and cheap lenses to be used with Canon DSLR cameras. The post name is Cheapest Canon Lenses – Going Long On Budget”, And the list of our choices are:

In this post, we are extending our list of affordable and cheap lenses for Canon DSLR cameras to include lenses manufactured by third-party companies.

What is a third-party lens, and why do we use them?

The leading third-party lens brands are Sigma, Tamron, Rokinon, Samyang, and Tokina. they are best known for their lenses, which are designed for use with cameras from brands such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Fujifilm.

One of the most common reasons to use a third-party lens is its price; generally, third-party lenses tend to be more affordable than their first-party counterparts are. In addition, a third-party lens may offer a specific focal length and aperture combination that is not offered by your camera’s brand.

To clear things out, the “Cheap” word used in this post should not imply, by any means, that a lens has a low image quality or lower performance.

Best Cheap Lenses for Canon

1- Rokinon HD8M-C 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens

(best budget fisheye lens)

Best Cheap Lenses for Canon

The 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Canon from Rokinon gives you a 167º view with dramatic, exaggerated perspective when used with an APS-C camera, or a powerful circular image floating in the frame when used with a full-frame digital camera or 35mm film camera.


With hybrid aspherical elements and multi-layer coating, you will produce sharply defined images with a minimum of flare and ghosting. The 8mm lens focuses as close as 12″ (30.48cm) from the lens.

This version of the 8mm f/3.8 Fisheye lens comes with a removable lens hood that will offer glare reduction and lens protection, but can be removed to offer an increased and unobstructed angle of view when shooting with full frame digital or 35mm cameras.

Specification

Focal Length8mm
Maximum Aperturef/3.5
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View167°
Minimum Focus Distance12" / 30.48 cm
Optical Design10 Elements in 7 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter SizeNone
Dimensions (ø x L)2.95 x 3.04" / 74.93 x 77.22 mm
Weight15.1 oz / 428 g

2- Rokinon 14mm F/2.8

(best budget wide-angle lens)

Best Cheap Lenses for Canon

The 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens for Canon EF from Rokinon gives you approximately a 115° view with dramatic results when used with a full-frame digital camera or 35mm film camera. With hybrid aspherical lenses, you will produce sharply defined images with a minimum of distortion and chromatic aberrations.


This manual focus 14mm lens focuses as close as 0.9′ / 28cm from the lens and has a built-in petal-type lens hood. With some cameras, Shutter Lock must be disengaged on the camera’s menu.

Specification

Focal Length14mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View115.7°
Minimum Focus Distance0.9' / 27.43 cm
Optical Design14 Elements in 10 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter SizeNone
Dimensions (ø x L)3.43 x 3.78" / 87.12 x 96.01 mm
Weight1.21 lb / 550 g

3- Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8

(best budget standard zoom lens)

Best Cheap Lenses for Canon

Mixing a useful zoom range with a sophisticated design, the Canon EF-mount Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM is a Contemporary-series lens, also characterized by its compact, lightweight profile.


The bright f/2.8-4 maximum aperture range pairs with the wide-angle to short-telephoto zoom range to create ideal travel photos and everyday shots. The optical design uses a series of low dispersion and aspherical elements to control color fringing and distortion in order to realize high clarity and sharpness.

A Super Multi-Layer Coating has also been applied to suppress flare and surface reflections for improved contrast in bright conditions. Also, this zoom sports a high 1:2.8 maximum magnification and 8.7″ minimum focusing distance to suit working with close-up subjects.

Specification

Focal Length17 to 70mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 27.2 to 112mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8 to 4
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View79.7° to 22.9°
Minimum Focus Distance8.66" / 22 cm
Maximum Magnification0.36x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1970-01-01 00:01:03
Optical Design16 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.11 x 3.23" / 79 x 82 mm
Weight1.02 lb / 465 g

4- Sigma 85mm f/1.4

(best budget canon lens for portraits)

Best Cheap Lenses for Canon

The EF 85mm f/1.8 USM from Canon is a short-telephoto prime characterized by its slightly compressed perspective for achieving flattering results. Its bright f/1.8 maximum aperture also enables isolating subjects and working with shallow depth of field techniques, and further benefits working in low-light conditions.


Helping to achieve high color fidelity and contrast, a Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements and serves to minimize reflections, lens flare, and ghosting.

Additionally, a ring-type USM is employed to deliver quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus control.

Specification

Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View28° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance2.79' / 85 cm
Maximum Magnification0.13x
Optical Design9 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades8, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.95 x 2.81" / 74.93 x 71.37 mm
Weight14.99 oz / 425 g

5- Sigma 105mm f/2.8

(best cheap canon macro lens)

Best Cheap Lenses for Canon

The Canon EF-mount 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro from Sigma is a short-telephoto prime characterized by its ability to achieve a 1:1, life-size magnification along with a 1′ minimum focusing distance for macro applications.


The optical design employs two SLD elements to virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing throughout the focusing range for improved clarity and color rendering. A Super Multi-Layer Coating has also been applied for greater contrast when working in strong lighting conditions.

Balancing the optical assets, this lens also features a floating internal focus design that maintains consistent sharpness throughout the focusing range.

A Hyper Sonic Motor affords quick and quiet autofocus performance while an Optical Stabilizer minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting.

Specification

Focal Length105mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View23.3°
Minimum Focus Distance1.02' / 31.2 cm
Maximum Magnification1x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1970-01-01 01:01:00
Optical Design16 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.08 x 4.98" / 78.3 x 126.4 mm
Length at Maximum Extension4.97" / 126.2 mm
Weight1.6 lb / 725 g

6- Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC

(best budget “All in one” lens)

Best Cheap Lenses for Canon

 

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens is designed for APS-C format Canon EF mount DSLRs, where it will provide a 28.8-320mm equivalent focal length range.


One hybrid aspherical element and one low dispersion element are incorporated into the optical design and help to reduce distortions and aberrations throughout the zoom range for sharp, clear, and color-accurate imagery.

Vibration Compensation image stabilization is integrated into the lens design, too, and helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting in difficult lighting conditions.

Additionally, a DC motor gear train AF drive module is also featured and helps to maintain the fast, accurate focusing performance that is equally smooth and quiet to benefit both stills and video applications.

Complementing the expansive zoom range and refined optical design, this 18-200mm also features a moisture-resistant construction to enable working in nearly any situation.

Specification

Focal Length18 to 200mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28.8 to 320mm)
Maximum Aperturef/3.5 to 6.3
Minimum Aperturef/22 to 40
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View75° 33' to 7° 59'
Minimum Focus Distance1.61' / 49 cm
Maximum Magnification0.25x
Optical Design16 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.95 x 3.8" / 75 x 96.6 mm
Length at Maximum Extension6.38" / 162.1 mm
Weight14.11 oz / 400 g

7- Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3

(best budget super Telephoto canon lens)

Best Cheap Lenses for Canon

 

The Canon EF-mount 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM from Sigma is a Contemporary-series telephoto zoom characterized by its sophisticated optics and flexible handling.


One FLD element and three SLD elements are used to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range and a Super Multi-Coating also helps to suppress flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.

Balancing the optical design, this lens also features a Hyper Sonic Motor, which provides especially fast and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.

An Optical Stabilizer also works to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Additionally, a removable, rotating tripod collar is included to suit working atop a tripod or monopod.

Specification

Focal Length150 to 600mm
Maximum Aperturef/5 to 6.3
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View16.4° to 4.1°
Minimum Focus Distance9.19' / 2.8 m
Maximum Magnification0.2x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1970-01-01 00:01:05
Optical Design20 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size95 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)4.13 x 10.24" / 105 x 260.1 mm
Length at Maximum Extension13.39" / 340 mm
Weight4.03 lb / 1830 g

Where can I buy a used lens?

Buying and selling used cameras and lenses has almost become an industry by itself. There are many high-quality second-hand cameras and lenses out there, which means you can fulfill your needs and still save a good bit of money. For more information that is detailed check my posts:

What Is The Best Place To Buy Used Camera Lenses

How To Buy Used Camera Lenses? – KEH Is The Answer!

Although Amazon, B&H, and ADORAMA have their markets for used photography gear.

My recommended place is KEH. It is a one-stop shop for camera and lens enthusiasts who love the process of buying and selling gear. They have one of the largest online lens collections around and they have streamlined the process of buying and selling in a way few others have.

Here is a sample search result of Sigma 105mm f/2.8

Conclusion

Third-party lenses offer more options for photographers when searching for a new lens.

When you are thinking of buying a new third part lens, my advice is to go for a reputable third-party manufacturer like Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Rokinon, or Zeiss.

Third-party lenses have some advantages of their own:

  • A third-party lens may offer a specific focal length and aperture combination that is not offered by your camera’s brand because camera manufacturers can't make a lens to suit every need, so third-party companies step in and fill the gaps.
  • In order to be competitive with the big camera companies, many third-party lenses don't cost as much as the first-party alternatives.

 

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed the article, in case you have any questions just drop them below & I will be happy to answer you.

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  • Thank you so much for this awesome post about the different cheap lenses for Canon.  I like that you made it clear that it is okay to buy some third party lenses, even though they tend to be cheaper.  I particularly like the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, as it seems like a very standard and easy to use lens.  I personally don’t know much about some of the more advanced lens, but something l