Best lenses for your Canon EOS 700D: more than 120 lenses tested!By Kevin Carter - Monday June 10 2013 Lens Recommendations
For this review we’ve amassed the data on a number of ‘standard’ lenses made for both APS-C (with a smaller imaging circle) and full frame models that serve double duty on both formats. The lenses that make up this group are arguably the most versatile of their type, and are likely to be your first choice when buying a new camera. They also offer some of the highest imaging performance of any of the groups – the more extreme the focal length, the more difficult it is to correct the anomalies (or aberrations) that are inevitable in lens design.
Standard focal length on a Canon EOS 700D
1- Specification and type of use
For the EOS 700D we’ve measured and evaluated 35 different standard and moderate telephoto lenses from 40mm through to 135mm full-frame (24x36mm) format. A 35mm full-frame lens on a Canon APS-C format body, for example, has a similar angle of view to a 56mm.
We’ve not yet had a copy to review of the new Art series Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM, an intriguing model for its high-speed constant aperture and promise of high IQ. There are bound to be other lenses, new and old, that are in the scope of this overview but please leave comments below, and we’ll try add the popular models to our database.
For clarity, we’ve organized the 35 lenses that we have seen into their respective groups:
- Normal primes between 40mm and 50mm (8 models)
- Primes of focal length from 70mm to 135mm (16 lenses)
- Standard Zoom (11 lenses)
2- Best lens kit for EOS 700D?
|Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM||250||13|
|Canon EF-S 18-135mmm F3.5-5.6 IS STM||549||12|
If bought as a kit, the main two lenses supplied with the EOS 700D are the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (28-90mm equivalent) and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (equivalent to 28-215mm on a full-frame camera).
Both these STM and IS equipped lenses are close in optical performance, the shorter focal range 18-55mm performing just ahead overall of the 18-135mm. The former has less distortion and is the sharper of the two over the focal range even though both score an averaged 9P-Mpix for Sharpness. Overall, the lenses are well specified for their targeted audience but there are better performers available.
3- Standard or normal lenses: get the best “every day” prime
With DxOMark scores of 23 points, the top slot is occupied by two lenses:
For the value choice, look no further than the new Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM A. Unlike the slightly better performing Samyang it has autofocus (with a built-in ultrasonic type motor), and good imaging performance (except for the wider aperture f/1.4) for $500.
4- Short telephotos: select the best lens for portrait
Canon is well represented in the top 10 best (equivalent) short telephoto lenses, but the independent manufacturer, Sigma, occupies the top slot. In fact, achieving 24 points the full-frame Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM has the highest DxOMark Score of all 130 lenses tested.
Newcomer Samyang lies in fourth place but at $285 for a high-speed (large aperture) 85mm, it’s easy to forgive the lack of AF, stopped down metering and zero lens-oriented EXIF data. One point to note is that these 85mm lenses have an equivalent angle of view to that of 135-140mm lenses, which are fine for outdoor portraits but not so good when moving indoors. That’s the time to switch to 50mm - on the EOS 700D they’re the equivalent to 80mm.
5- Standard Zoom
Inevitably, some blurring of the categories occurs with Standard zooms made for full-frame and APS-C and is the reason for the wide range of lenses available. It doesn’t come as any surprise to see Canon’s highly regarded EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens sitting at the top nor is it a shock to see the new Tamron occupying the runner-up position.
However, after the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM, which is a solid performer for $499, it’s largely anyone’s game. Most of what follows are lenses covering the APS-C format but the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX and Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lenses are in fact full-frame ultra-wide angle models, and would be good choices if you’re already own (or are also considering) a full-frame body.