Best lenses for the Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D: Best performing primes on a budget

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday June 03 2014

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Best primes on Canon EOS 1200D | Wide angle: Samyang 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS | Short standard: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM A | Portrait lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II | Moderate telephoto: Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM
Best lenses for the Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D: Best performing primes on a budget

In the first part of our comprehensive lens recommendations for the new entry-level Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D, we’ve assessed a raft of primes from both the maker and third parties to see how well they perform on the camera. As well as highlighting the best performers we’ve also taken a closer look at the best on a budget.

Announced in February this year, the EOS Rebel T5 (EOS 1200D in Europe) is the latest entry-level model from the maker and is the successor to the 12-Mpix EOS T3 (EOS 1100D).  The most significant modification the adoption of an 18-Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor, but the T5 also adds full HD video capture at 1920 x 1020 up from 1280 x 720 and includes a new ‘cinematic’ 24 fps option to the 30/25 fps of its predecessor. The Rebel T5 adopts the same Digic 4 processor with 100-6400 ISO sensitivity and 3 fps continuous shooting, however there’s a new expanded ISO option up to ISO12,800 and slightly larger 460k-dot 3-inch rear LCD (up from 230k 2.7-inch). Also, there’s a range of five new filter effects plus it adopts the new standardized menu layout but this refresh is quite clearly aimed at keeping the costs down and the price competitive. As a result it’s one of the most accessibly priced DSLRs on the market and is available at around $549, including EF-S 18-55mm IS II f3.5-5.6 kit zoom.

Although it has a modest spec, the EOS Rebel T5 accepts the widest range of lenses offered by any maker – past and present. Canon’s EF lens mount remains essentially unchanged from when it was first introduced in 1987.  DxOMark have worked incessantly to analyze the optical performance of over 130 full frame and APS-C models from both Canon and third-party makers, ranging from the uniquely wide, yet reasonably compact APS-C Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM through to the affordable 18-55mm ‘starter’ zooms and up to the new and not so accessibly priced full-frame EF 600mm f/4 IS II USM and EF 200-400mm f/4 IS USM Extender 1.4x models.

Some of the more recent introductions analyzed by DxOMark include:

Best primes on Canon EOS 1200D

Wide angle: Samyang 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS

Short standard: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM A

Portrait lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II

Moderate telephoto: Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM

See also: Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D: Best performing zooms on a budget