Best lenses for your Canon EOS 6D

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday July 09 2013

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Best primes and zoom for the Canon EOS 6D | Canon EOS 6D vs 5D Mark III, Canon EOS 6D vs Nikon D600 | Moderate telephoto and standard models | Wide-angle telephoto and super-zoom models

Best Primes for the Canon EOS 6D

While the 20.2M pixel count of the Canon EOS 6D seems a little modest, it’s quite clear from the high DxOMark scores that the sensor is capable of delivering very high image quality and resolution. If you’ve been following these reviews you’ll have noticed that the same lenses performed repeatedly well but what is a surprise is that just how close the scores are against the far pricier Canon EOS 5D Mk III. As one might expect, Canon’s L-series lenses perform very well, as do newer models from the firm and those made by third parties.

Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Canon96934
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A Canon89933
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM44031
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM85031
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZE Canon184030
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM107030
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM155030
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM659930
Canon EF 85mm F1.2L USM159930
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM186929
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZE Canon103029
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherique IF Canon28529
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ZE Canon184329
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM142029
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Canon49928
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZE Canon128028
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM1049928
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM69928
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM24928
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM157427

Best Zooms for the Canon EOS 6D

It comes as little surprise to learn the same zoom lens models appear with a very similar ranking, although it is a shock to see the much-vaunted Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM equaled by the new Tamron in our benchmarks, even if there was only one point in it before. In general, however, we’re not seeing any difference in performance over the Canon EOS 5D MK III with the less capable lenses, and even with the best lenses there’s only the narrowest of margins between them.

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Canon169927
Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD Canon129926
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM229926
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM249925
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x1180024
Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM126923
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM169522
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM130022
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM121022
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Canon169922
Tokina AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX Canon84922
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM122121
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO HSM Canon88021
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM Canon89921
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Canon77021
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM139920
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] Canon49920
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM159920
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Canon94920
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM150020