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

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday June 04 2014

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Best performing zooms | Best wide angle zoom | Standard zoom: Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C | Best performing telephoto zoom and super zoom models

Best performing telephoto zoom and super zoom models

Sigma’s stabilised 50-150mm f2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM model takes first place in this combined category, but as a lens intended for enthusiasts it’s unlikely to be paired with an entry-level model such as the Canon EOS Rebel T5

 
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM Canon9991714
Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO HSM Canon469138
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM1599138
Canon EF-S 18-135mmm F3.5-5.6 IS STM549128
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM195127
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM230118
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS349117
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO-M DG Macro Canon209117
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM2570117
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM C Canon399117
Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon449116
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II299116
Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM Canon999107
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM413106
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS250106
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Canon850106
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) Canon0106
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1330105
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM Canon399105
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Canon25096
Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Canon165996
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Canon106996
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM162096
Canon EF-S 18-200mm_f/3.5-5.6 IS59595
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Canon52995
Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] Macro Canon133495
Tamron AF 70-300 F/4-5.6 LD Macro Canon12595
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS Canon37095
Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Canon64995
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS Canon35995

In this instance, we’re looking at the more versatile ‘superzoom’ models, and there’s a wide choice, including several models from Canon, if brand loyalty is important. Their new 18-135mm models are the best performers in our database on the Rebel T5 but the STM version is pricey and both are limited in range when compared with rival offerings from Sigma and Tamron.

Our recommendation, based on performance, price and coverage is the new stabilised Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OS HSM C. It has similar peak sharpness levels to that of the shorter range Canon which in turn are both higher than our third choice, the Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. Both the Sigma and Tamron share the same f6.3 maximum aperture at the longer-end, but this helps keep the size and weight down and doesn’t affect the usual f5.6 autofocus sensor limits.

All three models are sharper at shorter focal lengths but the Sigma and Canon share similar performance over the same focal length range, while the former has the added benefit of a little extra reach.

If you have a Canon EOS Rebel T5 or EOS 1200D and a favorite lens, we would very much like to hear from you. Please leave a comment below, stating what lens it is and why you like it.