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 zooms

Anyone that has been following our reviews will likely not be surprised to learn that the best performing zoom on the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is Sigma’s Art series 18-35mm f1.8 DG HSM A.  It achieves a high DxOMark score for image quality and aberration correction but it also has high sharpness levels. As a model designed specifically to replace the kit zooms supplied with APS-C models it’s perhaps all the lens you’ll ever need, but as the equivalent to a 28-56mm it’s a conservative range. And, although not exactly pricey compared to some models intended for enthusiasts, at $799 it may be at odds with the accessible pricing of the camera.

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A Canon7992314
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Canon16991814
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM22991812
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Canon35991812
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM Canon9991714
Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD Canon12991710
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM24991613
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x118001511
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Canon7701510
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Canon669159
Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A Canon899159
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM12101410
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C Canon4991410
Tokina AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX Canon849149
Tokina AT-X 11-16 PRO DX Canon659149
Tokina AT-X 12-24 AF PRO DX Canon400149
Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM1269148
Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical IF Canon6491311
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM1046139
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1399139
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1300139
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM Canon899139
Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM Canon649139
Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Canon655139
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS149138
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM1250138
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro Canon419138
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO HSM Canon880138
Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO HSM Canon469138
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM1599138

Sigma’s recently introduced 17-70mm f2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C has a more modest variable aperture but it’s stabilized and has a sonic type AF motor. It’s also modestly priced.