Best lenses for your Canon EOS 700D: more than 120 lenses tested!By Kevin Carter - Monday June 10 2013 Lens Recommendations
In the latest of our lens reviews based on Canon’s EOS 700D and its 18-mpix APS-C sensor we’ve assessed a wide range of both APS-C and full frame models from Canon and third-party lens makers Some of the more extreme lenses in this group are quite specialist and can be relatively pricey, however if you’re beginner there’s still a wide choice of models available, especially in the ‘super-zoom category’.
1.1 Best high ratio zooms (Super Zooms) for the Canon EOS 700D
Lenses offering a wide zoom range typically more than 5x (and frequently x10 and higher) the minimum focal length are often referred to as ‘super-zooms’. For the beginner, the versatility of a lens like an 18-250mm (28-400mm equivalent in 35mm terms) is hard to beat and there are models for all budgets, including professional-level optics aimed at seasoned travel pros using full-frame (35mm format) cameras. Canon’s EF28-300mm f3.5-5.6L IS USM is one such model, but there are plenty of accessibly priced and more appropriate options for the EOS 700D and similar APS-C sensor size DSLRs .
In fact, the best performing super-zoom for the EOS 700D is one designed specifically for the APS-C format sensor.
Although the image quality is close between the top performing models, with a DxOMark score of 12 points the new stabilized and stepper motor equipped EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (28-215mm equivalent) takes the number one position. With just one point less, the similarly stabilized EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS comes a very close second, albeit tied to the optically more ambitious full-frame (and very pricey), pro-grade EF28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM.
All three offer a high zoom ratio, stabilization and a relatively ‘bright’ maximum aperture at the wider end and make a good choice. Bear in mind the full-frame model is the equivalent to a 45-480mm on the EOS 700D and a lot larger and heavier than the other two.
Perhaps the best overall value choice though is the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM. Not only does it feature a ultrasonic type motor and stabilization it has a higher-zoom ratio than the two top performing models and is priced at a not unreasonable $399.
1.2 Best Short-telephoto Zooms (70-200mm) for the Canon EOS 700D
On an APS-C camera, such as the EOS 700D, the 70-200mm (112-320mm equivalent) models offer mostly higher image quality than the super zooms and as full-frame lenses can serve double duty on the EOS 5D and EOS 6D models (though their ranking does alter slightly on 35mm FF bodies). Tamron does well here, taking the top position with their new stabilized $1699 70-200mm f/2.8 and the value choice with the older $770 model. Another option is the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM (see below). That model is stabilized and has an ultrasonic AF motor like the new Tamron and falls between the two on price at $999.
1.3 Best telephoto primes for the Canon EOS 700D
All of the telephoto lenses are full-frame models but they’re still suitable for APS-C format cameras like the EOS 700D and in most situations, the smaller sensor (with its 1.6x crop factor) is a benefit. The highest scoring lens on the EOS 700D is the EF 100mm f/2 USM, however, as a lens intended for portraits (and equivalent to a 160mm on a APS-C format body) this is one model where the smaller sensor size may be a disadvantage. For longer focal lengths, Canon’s telephoto lenses are all very high performing optics.
It’s not a simple case to pick telephoto lenses on value. However, Canon’s 300mm f/4L IS USM has stabilization, fast AF using an ultrasonic motor, and good imaging performance when compared with zooms of comparable focal length.
Note: the Canon EF 400mm f5.6L is not measured yet, it’s known as a good performer for the price
1.4 Best Telephoto Zooms for the Canon EOS 700D
With a DxOMark score of 19 points, the best performing telephoto zoom on the EOS 700D is the designed for APS-C format Sigma 50-150mm mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM. It’s still pricey at $999 but good value compared with similarly specified full-frame 70-200mm models. After that particular model though, image quality drops significantly, though the Canon EF 70-300mm f/3.5-4.5L IS USM and Sigma equivalent are still strong performers optically. If longer focal lengths are required, though lacking versatility, fixed focal length primes may be the better option.
1.5 Best Wide Angle Primes (full frame models) for the Canon EOS 700D
One of the shortcomings of the smaller sensor is that are few purpose-designed wide-angle prime lenses available. In fact, Canon doesn’t make any, and third-party lens makers have yet to take up the challenge, each preferring to offer full-frame models or zooms instead (see below). Although the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM is the best performing lens in this category, the firm’s newer stabilized EF 24 f/2.8 IS USM (equivalent to a 38mm) is likely a better match for the EOS 700D (unless price is not an issue).
1.6 Best Wide Angle Zooms for the Canon EOS 700D
As you might expect, there is a good choice of zooms covering shorter focal lengths for APS-C format DSLRs, however if brand loyalty is an issue choosing the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM over others may not be a wise decision as it can be bettered optically by cheaper third-party models.
Tied at first place with a DxOMark Score of 14 points is the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX, a mid-price AF 11-16mm f/2.8 (18-26mm equivalent) model (note we’ve not yet tested the newer Mk II version). Tokina also take our value choice with the AT-X 124 PRO DX. Although a ‘slower’ AF 12-24mm f/4 (19-38mm equivalent) model, it is priced at $400, saving a not insignificant $269 on the firm’s more attractive ‘faster’ and ever-so slightly ‘wider’ model.