Recently I made the switch from a Canon DSLR to a Sony mirrorless camera. While I really enjoy using my new kit, I do miss the incredibly big lens line-up that Canon offers. Very few competitors can offer so many good lenses. Even fewer can do it at the same price.
To give you an impression, these are the lenses I used with my Canon DSLRs. The good news is that all of these have a relatively low price, especially when buying them second-hand.
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II
Your expectactions might drop shockingly low when you hold this cheap lens for the first time. But with its wide aperture and great image quality (for the price) it’s a lot of fun to use.
Canon 18-135mm IS STM
A very well built and versatile zoom lens. 135mm is just too short if you expect this to be an all-in-one lens though. I sold this lens fairly quickly, opting for prime lenses instead.
Canon EF 50mm F/1.4
A very decent 50mm prime but unfortunatly not the low-light shallow depth-of-field king its specs promise. It’s very soft at anything wider than F/1.8. Great all-round prime and compact compared to lenses with similar specs.
Canon EF 24mm F/2.8
Compact and cheaper than the new version. But it lacks features such as IS and image quality can vary.
Canon EF 24mm F/2.8 IS USM
Great image quality and a very well built lens. I owned this lense longer than any other lens on this list as there is simply no reason to part with it.
Canon EF 10-18mm IS STM
A joy to use and probably the best option for crop-sensor DSLRs from Canon for wide angle photography. The focal-range, image stabilization, quiet STM focus motor, low prize and small size all add up to a great lens.
Canon EF 100mm F/2 USM
As far as I know the sharpest lenses in this price range and well built too. The focal distance is a challange to use and Canon has a 100mm macro lens which offers more versatility.
Canon EF 50mm F/2.5 Compact Macro
Can be used for anything from portraits to macro shots and delivers great image quality despite its age. Focus can be slow however, especially when changing focus from macro to a normal distance.
Canon EF 80-200mm
An old low-end zoom from the film-days. It has one thing going for it though: it’s the smallest and lightest lens with this focal range.
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM
Very sharp image quality and a great focal distance on full-frame. Just slightly less well built than the (otherwise very similar) Canon EF 100mm F/2 USM.