It’s time to get down and serious with the 5 Canon DSLR lenses for beginners in different types of photography. From zoom lenses, wide angle to macro, here are our recommendations to get you started on your photography adventure!

Zoom lens

The Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM is a great zoom lens for beginners. This versatile standard zoom lens has a zoom range that covers wide-angle and even telephoto shots. Achieve sharp photographs when shooting handheld (even at low shutter speeds!). The dust and drip-proof structure enables shooting in harsh conditions as well.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM | f/5.6 | ISO 500 | 1/640s

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Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM | f/3.5 | ISO 100 | 1/2000s

Step up your zoom lens game with our Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. Besides its smooth, speedy and quiet focusing, this lens features an expanded correction range.

Prime lens

The Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM is a smaller and lighter option compared to a zoom lens. Its maximum aperture also gives tighter control over depth of field. The lens produces an angle of view that’s close to that of the eyes, making it easy to assess composition before lifting the camera to eye-level. The plus points of this lens is its focusing speed and full-time manual override in producing photographs with colour balance almost exact to the ISO recommended reference values.

Photo by Johannes Trbola
Canon EOS M5 |Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM | f/2 | ISO 160 | 1/1000s

Macro lens

Get up close and personal with our Canon EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens for beginners in macro photography. With a large aperture and hybrid IS, you will be able to capture stunning macro shots by hand. In addition, the 56mm focal length helps achieve natural looking images when photographing small and detailed subjects such as insects, flowers, food and even portraits! Equipped with two LED Macro Lites, this lens also lets you add or remove shadows.

Photo by Karel Mačalík
Canon EOS M5 | Canon EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM | f/13 | ISO 100 | 1/60s

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Canon EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM | f/2.8 | ISO 800 | 1/50s

Take better and more realistic life-size macro photography with the Canon EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM! The lightweight compactness design makes it perfect for nature photography adventures. In addition, the length of lens does not change and hence allows you to get as close as possible to the subject.

Wide Angle lens

The Canon EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is our recommended wide angle lens for beginners. It has a range equivalent to 16-29mm zoom (35mm equivalent), which makes it a good choice for taking those gorgeous landscape photos. This lens has an exaggerated perspective that can also be used to take creative and dramatic shots. Without saying, its compact portability is another point that makes it great for outdoor adventures in taking landscape photography.

Photo by Jensen Chua
Canon EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM | f/9 | ISO 100 | 21s

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Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM | f/4.5 | ISO 1600 | 1/5s

Take your wide angle photography to the next level with the Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM. This lens is a perfect fit for wide angle photographers as it meets all the demands of ultrawide-angle zoom photography. This lightweight compact lens is a load off your shoulders as it lets you capture photographs with excellent colour balance!

Portrait lens

The Canon EF85mm f/1.8 USM is our pick for beginners starting out in portrait photography. It produces consistently high-quality portraits with functions such as the manual focus that allows focus on details with subtle adjustments. Its rear focus system delivers sharp and clear images with the maximum aperture and gives off a natural soft blur – the finishing touch in taking portraits!

Photo by Leo Bülow
Canon EF85mm f/1.8 USM | f/3.2 | ISO 100 | 1/320s

With these information, you are now able to go forth and invest in a lens of your liking!

Feature photo by Karel Mačalík.