Best lenses for the Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D: Best performing zooms on a budgetBy Kevin Carter - Wednesday June 04 2014 Lens Recommendations
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.
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.
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.