The Trifecta of Affordable EF-S Zooms For Canon APS-C DSLRs
There's something for everyone in Canon's line of APS-C cropped-sensor digital SLR bodies—from the affordable, entry-level Rebel series to the high-performance 7D series. One thing they all have in common is the EF-S mount, which Canon released in 2003.
There's quite a few lenses out for this mount, and they're mostly zooms. If you're looking for a complete set—from ultra wide to telephoto—look no further than the following three affordable EF-S zoom lenses.
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The 10-18mm is the widest of the set, providing an immense angle of view in a small, portable package. The lens features Canon's stepping motor (as denoted by "STM" in the product name) for smooth and continuous autofocus, even while recording video. The in-lens image stabilizer provides up to four stops of shake correction, so you get sharper images at lower shutter speeds.
It's not the fastest lens in the world at a maximum aperture of f/4.5 at its widest focal length, but performs great in good light. The wide angle of view makes it a nice vlogging lens, as even if held at arm's length, it will easily capture you and your background in the frame. Overall, this is a very affordable wide angle lens that's solid across its range.
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The 18-55mm is the lens that's bundled with most of Canon's entry-level DSLRs—and for good reason. It's a solid all-purpose lens, covering wide angle and short telephoto needs. It's quite compact and lightweight, which makes it ideal for everyday use—whether it's at a family gathering or at an outdoor event with friends.
Like the 10-18mm, the latest version of the 18-55mm (the one with IS STM in the title) features a silent, quick autofocus motor and sports image stabilization. This is likely the lens you got with your APS-C Canon, but in case you haven't given it a shot, it's worth picking one up. Or, if you have an older version without the IS and STM in the title, you should look to upgrade. You can't beat the quality and versatility it offers for the low price.
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The 55-250mm is often the second lens that's part of a Canon kit because of it's versatility and long range. It can cover everything from portraits to wildlife with that extended focal length. It's not quite as small and portable as the other two zooms on this list, but all things considered, it's still compact for what it is.
The third edition of this lens, which is the most recent, also offers the STM and IS like the recent 10-18mm and the 18-55mm, making this the final piece in the affordable zoom collection. You'll thank yourself for opting for a model with image stabilization, as it can be quite challenging to get a steady shot at 250mm when you're hand-holding the camera.
With all three of these zooms in tow, there's no limits to the kinds of images you can capture.